Bangkok holds massive appeal to travellers and visitors from around the globe and has unforgettable experiences suitable for all budgets.
Whether it’s dining from the rooftop of the world at some of the most fabulous sky bars and restaurants, or snacking on the huge variety of street food, some of which is Michelin star credited, to exploring elegant shopping malls, rivers, temples and high street shopping - Bangkok has endless energy and activities to keep you busy and entertained.
We look at how you can make the most of 48 hours in the Thailand capital of Bangkok (City of Angels).
Day 1: Morning
One of the real gems and joys of exploring Bangkok is the wide variety of transport available; from taxis to tuk tuks, bikes to boats. You could of course even rent your own high-end sport or luxury car while in the city, with a choice from Jaguars, Mercedes, BMS or a Ferrari.
The Chao Phraya River is the heartbeat of river travel however in Bangkok and consists of four different tributaries. Boat tours (which can be private) offer fantastic views of the sprawling city of Bangkok, alongside are markets, modern shopping malls, traditional and historical temples, luxury hotels and condos and so much more. You can even venture further along the Chao Phraya River into Nonthaburi, a province north of the city.
Another popular option in Bangkok is the fantastic hotel brunch deals, depending on where you are staying, many hotels offer great dining and staycation specials.
The supposedly ‘5-star’ Siam Kempinski is one of Bangkok’s most expensive hotels, and a room provides 300 square metres with 120 square metres of balcony space. In addition to 2 bedrooms, guests can enjoy a private Jacuzzi, massage room, bar, kitchen, gym and study.
Many hotels in Bangkok have their own helipads and you could fly by helicopter between destinations too - see the range of YUGO Bangkok private charter experiences here.
Some of the best central hotels include:
- Peninsula Bangkok
- Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
- Four Seasons Bangkok
The morning can also be topped off by exploring MOCA BANGKOK (Museum of Contemporary Art) which showcases 5 floors of galleries and art from many Thai artists.
Day 1: Afternoon
If you haven’t fulfilled your appetite, then head on to Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, which is one of the oldest districts in the city but has a wonderful assortment of food, from the divine to the exotic. This vibrant area offers 5-star dining as well as more curbside snacks and local dessert vendors.
It’s also worth stretching your legs and taking in one of the many green spaces in Bangkok. One of the most popular parks is Lumpini Park (spread over 57 hectares) which is centrally positioned and has many food markets nearby, nestled among the tall skyscrapers and apartment blocks.
Day 1: Evening
All that exercise deserves some pampering and heading to one of the many exclusive and excellent rooftop bars, cocktail venues and restaurants is a perfect reward.
Many locations offer a stunning view of Bangkok. Some of the most popular nightspots include Above Eleven, Cloud 47, Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge, and Park Society. A 5-star dinner is also available at Lebua’s rooftop drinking and dining area called The Dome - made famous by The Hangover Part II.
You can see more exciting rooftop venues and luxury experiences in Bangkok here.
Day 2: Morning
Markets, glamorous malls and shopping are a rite of passage in Bangkok and a perfect way to start the day.
From wheeling and dealing for knock-off brands to spending money on some of the most prestigious brands on the planet, Bangkok has something for everyone.
The famous weekend market is Chatuchak Weekend Market in Eastern Bangkok, with hundreds of stalls, selling clothing, souvenirs, art and antiques and much much more. For higher-end shopping, the Asiatique is easily identifiable by the lighted ferris wheel and has several thousand boutiques, restaurants, and other retail therapy.
Other interesting markets in Bangkok include:
- JJ Green Night Market
- Pak Khlong (Flower Market)
- Liab Duan Night Market
- Maeklong Railway Market
With so many air-conditioned malls in central Bangkok, many have premium brand stores from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Hugo Boss. Explore Gaysorn, Central Embassy, Siam Paragon, EmQuartier, or the very elegant Emporium (an established luxury shopping mall in Bangkok).
The Icon Siam, which is one of the largest shopping malls in Asia, includes the tallest and 5th tallest buildings in Thailand: the 52-storey Mandarin Oriental Residences and the 70-floor Magnolias Waterfront Residences.
Gaysorn Shopping Centre is also reserved for international brands and exclusive stores like Ermenegildo Zegna, Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Hugo Boss as well as some of Thailand's most innovative designers - Disaya, Fly Now, and Senada Theory.
You can see some of the charter flight experiences in Bangkok with YUGO here.
Day 2: Afternoon
Very few visitors to Bangkok don't take the opportunity to explore one of the many glamorous and historical temples. The Old City along the river are home to the famous Wat Pho (known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), and Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha),
The latter is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace, another popular visit on any Bangkok itinerary.
There are so many other temples to explore, including Wat Saket - which provides an amazing view of the city from its vantage point above a golden mound on the temple grounds.
You can also head to the Authors’ Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental to enjoy the views and stylish setting at this famous hotel which counts Noël Coward and Joseph Conradas previous guests. Alternatively take in an afternoon tea at the historic House on Sathorn, which is an elegantly restored mansion.
Day 2: Evening
There is no better way to end off your Bangkok trip with a fantastic dining experience. Michelin star Thai cuisine at Nahm is a perfect choice, or try well-known dining establishments like Paste.
Alternatively, a night view of the Mahanakhon Sky Walk is a must-see for any trip to Bangkok - with fantastic and slightly scary views from 314 meters up and also offers 360-degree panoramic views from an indoor and outdoor viewing area. There are dining and drinking areas atop the building and the glass trays from the 78th floor and at a height of 310 meters is daunting and fantastic all in one.
Of course, if you want to hit the clubs on your last night, Bangkok has something for all night owls with live music, jazz clubs (The Bamboo Bar located in the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel in a stunning colonial bar setting), cigar lounges as well as a massive assortment of DJs and VIP lounges and Champagne bars (try out CRU Champagne Bar Bangkok - located on the 59th rooftop of by Centralworld Bangkok).
With so much to do in Bangkok, from shopping, dining, drinking and exploring, it means the city needs multiple visits to fully appreciate the variety and splendour of the Thai capital.
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