For many, Bangkok is just the starting point for an unforgettable Asian adventure, but before you head off for some well-deserved island hopping, make sure to head out of Suvarnabhumi Airport to explore all Thailand’s enchanting capital has to offer.
To ensure you don’t waste a second, here’s how to spend 48 hours in one of the world’s most spellbinding cities.
Start your day at the Grand Palace, conveniently located in the heart of the city. As the king’s official residence for over 200 years, the Grand Palace is home to a collection of grandiose palaces, pavilions, lawns, and courtyards that’ll have you gaping in awe. The grounds of the palace showcase numerous architectural styles, and are a true reflection of this eclectic yet harmonious city – as the locals like to say “same same but different.”
Link your visit to the Grand Palace with a riverboat ride on the Chao Phraya River. Get around the city in no time with river taxis or opt for a full-blown, 2-hour cruise on a rice barge, which will take you along the city’s canals and allow you to indulge in some chilled out sightseeing.
If you haven’t had enough of unconventional transport for the day, hop on a tuk-tuk (you know you want to!) and head over to China Town. Here, you can really take your taste buds out of their comfort zone by trying local delicacies such as oyster omelets, raw mantis prawns, and red ant eggs.
What better way to enjoy Bangkok than from one of the many rooftop bars in Sukhumvit. Sit back and take snaps of the sweeping views of this pulsing metropolis at night. End your day at a cabaret show or dance until sunrise in the city’s party district
When in Bangkok, a Thai massage is a must. Start your day off with a pampering session – many massage parlors offer beauty treatments as well, so why not throw in a mani-pedi while you’re at it? Or head to one of the many beauty salons in downtown Bangkok to unwind from the city’s relentless hustle and bustle.
For lunch, join a cooking lesson and prepare your own Thai dish. Learn how to make a classic red curry or any other local dish with cooking classes run by local chefs. A skill you can show off back at home!
No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a stroll (or full-blown shopping session) in one of its many malls. Hide away from the afternoon heat in any of the towering shopping centers in Siam, and delight in its mall culture by buying local or western luxury brands while sipping bubble tea.
End your whistle-stop tour by hopping on the Skytrain or BTS and whizz over to Lumphini Park for epic sunset views over Bangkok.