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How to Spend 2 Days in Bangkok

How to Spend 2 Days in Bangkok

As Thailand’s largest city and one of the world’s busiest tourist destinations, Bangkok can keep you entertained for weeks. Yet with just two days you can still take in the highlights, discover the famous floating markets, feast on delicious Thai cuisine, and experience Thai culture. Here’s how to spend an unforgettable 48 hours in Bangkok.

Day 1: Temples and Traditions

Morning: Make an early start and set out on a tour of Thailand’s traditional floating markets. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the most popular and it’s a mesmerizing sight, with boats lining the canal and vendors selling everything from tropical fruits and delicious coconut candies to beautiful handcrafted goods.

Afternoon: Some of Bangkok’s most magnificent temples are in the heart of the city. Take a walking tour of the Grand Palace, where the star attraction is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and Temple of the Giant Swing (Wat Suthat) are equally impressive.

Night: Continue sightseeing with an after-hours tour of Chinatown, one of Bangkok’s liveliest neighborhoods renowned for its street food. End up on the legendary Khao San Road, where you can drink cocktails, browse souvenir shops, or just soak up the street’s atmosphere into the wee hours.

Day 2: Shopping and Sightseeing

Morning: If you’re visiting on a weekend, make a beeline for the huge Chatuchak Market, where vendors sell everything from handicrafts and clothes to fun souvenirs and delicious street food. Otherwise, there are plenty of other markets to explore, including Sampeng, Wang Lang, and Khlong Toey.

Afternoon: See a different side of Bangkok on a scenic sightseeing cruise. Glide along the Chao Phraya River, past city landmarks like the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, then venture out along the khlongs (canals) for a glimpse of local life in suburban Bangkok.

Night: Conclude your Bangkok trip with a cabaret show or a nighttime sightseeing tour of the city. Finish the evening with a drink at one of Bangkok’s stunning rooftop bars—popular choices include the Banyan Tree Hotel’s Moon Bar and the Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower.

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Bangkok Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

Bangkok Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Savor the after-dark pleasures of Bangkok’s legendary street food scene during this evening food and sightseeing excursion by tuk-tuk. Travel aboard one of these iconic 3-wheeled taxis, stopping to sample sizzling roadside favorites like charcoal-fried noodles and pad thai. You also experience attractions like the flower market and the famous Wat Pho temple illuminated at night.
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  • 4 hours
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$65.27
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Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day

Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day

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Discover the best that Bangkok has to offer on this full-day private tour of the city. Visit all of the must-see attractions such as the Grand Palace, Chinatown, the vibrant flower market, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and much more. Learn about the city’s rich history, religion, and culture from your informative guide as you drive around Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
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$175.13
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$175.13
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Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

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This private half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew is an essential deal for anyone traveling to Thailand’s capital city. Explore some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks with your expert guide, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to an image of Buddha made up entirely of jade.
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  • 3 hours
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$65.38
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$65.38
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Bangkok Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer

Bangkok Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer

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Arrive with ease on this Bangkok shared airport and hotel transfer. Meet your friendly driver upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and make your way to your preferred Bangkok hotel. Service is available 24 hours a day, ever day of the week and this express service insures speedy transfer from your international flight to the comfort of you hotel room.
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  • 1 hour
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$15.38
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise

Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise

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Board a longtail boat for a journey along the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings) and explore the canals of Bangkok. Your half-day tour includes cultural highlights of the Thai capital such as the majestic Grand Palace where you can view the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. You also visit Wat Pho, a temple that houses the Reclining Buddha. Numbers are limited to 12 for a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

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A Bangkok river cruise is a luxurious way to view main attractions—including the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)—illuminated at night. During your Chao Phraya River dinner cruise, feast on a buffet of authentic Thai dishes while watching the lit-up city skyline pass by. Relax as the live band provides the ambiance.
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  • 3 hours
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Thai Cooking Class with Market Visit by Maliwan

Thai Cooking Class with Market Visit by Maliwan

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Learn authentic Thai recipes in this Bangkok cooking class, where you’ll prepare classic dishes using ingredients you’ve gathered from a nearby market.  Ride a Tuk Tuk from the produce market to the immaculate teaching kitchen, where you’ll spend the 4-hour class cooking a multi-course feast. Work at a personal cook station as you blend ingredients to create Thai classics, and learn to customize each recipe to your taste.  After sharing a meal at a family-style table, you’ll bring home recipes with tips for preparing memorable Thai meals at home.
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  • 4 hours
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Floating Markets Day Trip from Bangkok

Floating Markets Day Trip from Bangkok

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Go beyond Bangkok city limits and gain a deeper understanding of life beyond the capital as you explore the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak. Travel by long-tailed speedboat as a guide unpacks the secrets of these 19th-century canals built by King Rama IV. Over the course of this half-day trip, cruise past vendors selling freshly picked produce, handmade sweets, and interesting souvenirs.
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Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

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Experience vibrant Damnern Saduak floating market on this day-long private tour of Bangkok’s most memorable sights.  Pass through dramatic rice paddies and salt fields, and meet traditional artisans on your way to the market, where vendors in wooden boats sell the fruits and vegetables they’ve brought from the countryside. After dining in this atmospheric setting, immerse yourself in Bangkok’s vivid history.  Step aboard a river boat into the heart of the city, then explore the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, considered the most sacred in Thailand.
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  • 1 day
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Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour

Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour

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Visit several different eateries in Bangkok’s Chinatown during a leisurely walking tour led by an expert food-loving guide. Learn about the neighborhood’s culinary traditions and history as you discover the best local spots and try a variety of savory and sweet dishes like Chinese dumplings, noodles, rice plates, and desserts. Your guide shares places that most visitors would never find on their own, giving you an authentic local experience. Numbers are limited to 10 participants for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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