It’s tough to stretch 48 hours in Bangkok considering there are a lot of things to do. Whether you are here for a layover or just waiting for next destination, I made you an itinerary that makes your short stay unforgettable!
Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destination’s cities and has a lot to offer. From Royal palaces and temples to several museums which contributes to significant historical and cultural attractions. The bustling nightlife and dining experiences that offers affordable prices and broad range choices.
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Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city. If you are feeling adventurous and has limited time in the town, which I had. Here are the top tourist destinations that you should visit and do when you’re in Bangkok.
We booked a group tour from Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on the first day and Bangkok to Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Palace on the second day to make this trip comfortable. I recommend booking a tour since this requires a long journey through driving and a far reach of public transportation. Group tours are not expensive considering with lunch, transportation, and a tour guide.
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Book a joined tour to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
You will find the floating market in Ratchaburi province, the southern part of Bangkok which you need an ample amount of time to travel. The market is very lively and colorful where you can see numerous vendors selling local foods, fruits, and products on the rowing boats. You can explore freely around the market or hire a paddling boat along the canal and experience the once in a lifetime atmosphere of the traditional market.
2:00 -6:00 PM: Take the Chao Phraya Tourist boat.
It was easy to travel from pier to pier and visit the famous temples along Chao Phraya river by taking the tourist boat. We didn’t miss to visit Wat Arun, Wat-Pho, and the Grand Palace and took the opportunity the service of seeing Bangkok in a different perspective. The guided announcement for stops and the spacious seating in the boat makes the tourist boat unique than the other boat service in the river.
CHAO PHRAYA TOURIST BOAT
Route: Sathorn pier (Central) – Phra Arthit Pier (N13)
Daily Service: 09:30 hrs. – 16:00 hrs.
Every 30 minutes from Sathorn Pier.
Unlimited Hop on and off on the river all day.
6:00 – 10:00 PM: Dine and drink in Khao San Road.
Experience and embrace the wild part of Bangkok, to which it has been known before as to backpackers haven an endless string of bars and club both locals and foreign come together.
You will never get tired of seeing street vendors offering various of cheapest food in the city in 410 meters stretched road. From spring rolls, Pad Thai, hamburger joint, Pizza parlor and of course, plenty of Thai food!
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Book a whole day Ayutthaya and Summer Palace (Bang Pa-In) Tour.
I wouldn’t miss visiting Thailand’s ancient city which makes it the most popular day trips from Bangkok. It is one of Unesco’s World Heritage List which is just an hour drive away from Bangkok. Discovered in c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was later than destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. The remains that we saw during the tour are the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries which gives an idea of its past splendor.
The second stop in the afternoon is visiting Bang Pa-In Palace. Two options are getting around the Palace ground: by foot or by golf cart. We chose golf cart, to rest our achy feet and it offers a lot of fun. Bang Pa-In Palace is also known as the Summer Palace, a complex used by the Thai Kings. It was initially constructed by King Prasat Thong in 1632 but have been disused and overgrown in 18th – 19th century. Until King Mongkut restore the complex in the 19th century and open it to the public. I’m impressed how vast the gardens and detailed landscaping that surrounds the building.
We booked our group tour through a Ronnie, an affiliate with a different travel agency in Bangkok. Aside from that, he can also arrange tours anywhere in Thailand. It was an excellent trip and much impressed with all the guides with productive of knowledge. It’s absolutely, worth the money!
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You can book a personalize or private tour with him. I would suggest joining a group tour to make it more fun and if you worry about the money. They do pick up and drop off at your hotel. Plus, the tours include lunch if you will book a whole day activity. Now, who wouldn’t resist a Thai food? ♥