Bangkok is big city and with about 14 million people living in Bangkok there is always something to do or see. Maybe you’ll have a lot of time in this city, but there are also many people that will just be there for a short stop or layover. Don’t worry, in this post I tell you how to see, what I think are, the highlights of Bangkok in 48 hours.
Grand Palace + Wat Phra Kaew
Start your day at the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew with the emerald buddha. The Wat Phra Kaew is the most important temple in Thailand and of all the temples I’ve seen in Thailand I also think this is the prettiest and most impressive one. It’s gold that glitters everywhere.
It’s not the cheapest thing to do in Thailand, but I still really recommend it. Make sure you are wearing proper clothing, wear something that covers your shoulders (a scarf to cover up won’t be allowed), wear long trousers or a skirt and wear shoes that don’t show bare feet or at least cover up your heels.
Make sure you always check if there isn’t a (religious) holiday, because the temple or palace might be closed on those days. You can check the dates for 2014 here
Entrance fee: 500 Baht
After the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew it’s a 15 minute walk to the Wat Pho, you’ll come across some places to have lunch if you fancy. I think the Wat Pho is my favorite thing to do in Bangkok! The complex consists of the biggest lying buddha which is 43 meters long and covered in gold, surrounded by 91 chedi’s and over 400 buddha images.
Just like the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, decent clothing is necessary in order to enter the complex.
Entrance fee: 100 Baht
If you still have some energy left it’s nice to stroll around china town for a bit. You can easily get there with the boat taxi from the Wat Pho. You’ll easily get lost in all the small lanes with people trying to sell everything you can imagine and people cooking food on the streets.
It kinda depends on how you like to spend your evening where you should go. If you’d like to have cheap drinks, food and like to go party with all the backpackers, Khao San Road is your place. For a more classy evening you can try out the sky bar in Bangkok, good for some drinks with a view. Make sure that you dress up fort his occasion though!
Co van Kessel Bike tour
I highly recommend you to go biking around the different parts of Bangkok with the Co van Kessel bike tour. Do this tour in the morning since it tends to get really hot later on! You’ll come around some parts of Bangkok where you won’t come across any other tourists, you’ll bike a long a part of the highway and even go into parts with beautiful nature. I really loved this tour! The tour takes up 3 hours and starts at 8 am so you’ll have enough time for other activities during the rest of the day!
Price: 950 Baht
Boattour on the Klongs + Wat Arun
After some freshing up when you finished the bike tour continue your day on the waters of Bangkok. A boat tour on the klongs (small canals) will take you to places in Bangkok you can’t visit by foot. You’ll see a lot of mall wooden houses build on poles above the water, some barely holding up. It’s quite hard to see some of these houses, but I think it’s good to see it and realize how people in Bangkok live outside of the touristy areas.
You can easily book these tours at the different piers along the river side.
Let the boat drop you at Wat Arun for a visit to this temple. Whereas most of the temples are covered in gold this one is decorated in parts of porcelain. It’s very different from all other temples in Thailand so it’s definitely worth a visit! For this temple again, make sure you bring something to cover up your shoulders 🙂
The price for the boat depends on your bargaining skills, for Wat Arun you pay 50 Baht
End your day at the Baiyoke skytower, the highest building in Bangkok. On the 77th floor there is an observation deck and on the 84th floor there is an outside revolving deck to give you great views over the city. I advice you to come just before sunset so you’ll see the city turn into night which leaves you with stunning views. It’s also possible to book a dinner buffet + entrance to the tower if you’d like a dinner with a great view.
Entrance for the 84th floor + 1 drink in the skybar: 400 / 500 Baht (depends on the time you like to go up)
The first time I went to Bangkok I stayed in the Grand China Princess hotel which is situated in China Town. I highly recommend this hotel since it’s very nicely located regarding to the above mentioned activities. It’s just a short walk to the pier where you can take the boat to the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho, also the boat to Wat Arun can be booked there. Furthermore the Co van Kessel bike tour starts at this hotel which is very convenient.
I really think that you cover the best of Bangkok in 48 hours with these activities!
What did you really like in Bangkok? Or if you’ve never been there, which of the above activities seems most appealing to you? 🙂