Two Days in Bangkok: What to Do!
Two Days in Bangkok? What to Do?
Tips to Note:
- When taking the water ferry don’t get conned into buying the Tourist Day Pass. Instead, ask for the local ferry, which takes you to the same places at a fraction of the price. Tickets can be purchased onboard.
- When buying bottled water always make sure that the bottle is properly sealed when you purchase it, you don’t want to risk getting any nasty bugs.
- Just because the dress in Thailand in a bit more conservative for sightseeing does not mean that you can’t still look good! For girls, a long maxi skirt and a scarf can go a long way! They are cute, versatile, and will keep you warm on the overly air conditioned trains and buses.
What to see?
There are so many beautiful temples in Bangkok, however some of the more famous ones include:
- Grand Palace & Wat Pra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
- Wat Arun
- Wat Pho
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This market is only open on the weekends but it is definitely worth a visit if you have the time! If you are willing to look hard you can find some great steals! I found a cute watch for only $2.75 and lots of cute jewelry.There are tons of food stands for when your feet need a break. Why not indulge in a mango smoothie and a quick massage?
Chatuchak is easily accessible by public transportation.
Khao San Road
Definitely not the authentic Bangkok scene, but worth a visit nonetheless. With wild bars and fried bugs for sale, there will be no lack of entertainment in this area. You can find heaping plates of Pad Thai for under a dollar on every corner and great shopping throughout the streets. I snagged a couple of pairs of vintage Levi shorts for only $7 a pair.
Floating markets - Damnoen Saduak
Although not technically in Bangkok, the markets at Damnoen Saduak are a fun day trip. While the market is not the best place for bargaining shopping, with all the prices severely jacked up, it was a beautiful site to see. The canal is filled with boats, some carrying tourists while other held locals selling various goods. We took a small boat along the canal, stopping to buy fresh coconut juice and mango with sticky rice along the way!
If you have the time I highly recommend a day trip to Ayutthaya. Located approximately 2 hours away by train, this city offers many beautiful temples and sites that are definitely worth a visit. For more information check out my blog post here.
Where to Stay?
If you are looking for a good night sleep and easy access to tourist sights then I highly recommend this hostel. Located within a few minutes walking from both the BTS metro line and the water ferries, you have the city at your fingertips! Even better, they have 24 hour self-serve breakfast! However, it is definitely a quiet place so I wouldn’t recommend it to solo travelers who are looking to socialize.
Check out their website here for updated rates and info
Once you have had your fill of golden temples, giant Buddhas, and crazy nights on Khao San Rd, there are a couple of other stops to make that probably aren’t in your travel guide.
Pen Little Coffee & Restaurant
Located on the corner of Samsen 4 Alley and Samsen 2 Alley. This restaurant might not look like much but it serves some of the best dishes that I ever tried while in Thailand. Slightly removed by the touristy hustle and bustle of Khao San Road, this restaurant serves a mean cashew fried chicken dish at a crazy cheap price.
Amazing Massage (Name Unknown)
After fueling yourself at the Pen Little Coffee & Restaurant, head down the street to experience one the most amazing massages. Located on Samsen 4 Alley, the massage parlor offers amazing massages at a very affordable rate of $6/hour.
The most amazing hidden dessert stand with a banana-filled menu! For more info check out my blog post here!