Bangkok in 2 Days

  • 01 of 05

    Day 1: Life on the River

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    Spend your first day in Bangkok traveling up and down the Chao Phraya River, which runs along the west side of the city. Take one of the public river ferries, which stop at all the important sites and are a lot of fun, too.

    Along the way, visit Bangkok's most important cultural sites, including Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha).

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  • 02 of 05

    Evening 1: Markets and Dinner

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    After seeing the city's most important sights, freshen up and then head back out to Bangkok's Chinatown where, if it's not too late, you can get a little shopping in before dinner. If it's already evening, head instead to the Patpong Night Market. It's less authentic and more touristy but it can be very entertaining!

    For dinner, treat yourself to one of Bangkok's excellent high-end Thai restaurants for a modern take on traditional cuisine.

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  • 03 of 05

    Day 2: Shopping

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    Today you’ll spend part of the day indulging in one of Bangkok's favorite pastimes, shopping. If it's a weekend, head out to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, where you'll find plenty of souvenirs and gives to bring home, plus lots of other stuff you'd never expected to see in a market.

    If it's a weekday, head instead to one of Bangkok's other amazing shopping spots.

    Wherever you end up, make sure to take a break and enjoy another of Bangkok's indulgences, Thai massage. You can find massage parlors all over the city!

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  • 04 of 05

    Day 2: Street Food for Dinner

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    For dinner, make sure you sample some of the fantastic street food Bangkok has to offer. You can find good street food just about anywhere, but there are a few top Bangkok street food neighborhoods to check out if you need a starting point.

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  • 05 of 05

    Practical Tips

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    If you only have a couple of days to see Bangkok, try to stay in an area that's close to cultural sights and good food.

    Take advantage of Bangkok's Public Transportation. It may seem counter intuitive, but generally taking taxis is not the fastest way to get around. Traffic can be awful, and when you only have a limited amount of time, it can ruin your plans!