48 hours in Bangkok

The city of Bangkok… a chaotic mismatch of old-world and modern metropolis serving up enticing markets, impressive temples and a wild night life to go with it.

With a round the world trip ahead of them, our Blueticket competition winners Sabrina, Dan, Kyle and Charlotte chose here to #StarttheAdventure. Like a lot of backpackers, they had to get real. With 48 hours they were never going to have the pleasure of exploring every single corner. Here’s the cultural juice they managed to squeeze out of their whistle stop tour of charismatic Bangkok.

1. Just touched down in Bangkok town (or Suvarnabhumi airport to be more accurate). Hop on the swanky sky train (for about 30p, whattt?) and make your way to Siam Square in downtown Bangkok.

2. For most backpackers there’s only one place to stay, Khao San Road or nearby at least. Go get yourself some traveller uniform whilst you’re there. Jazzy elephant trousers and a chang vest?

3. Get completely lost trying to map your way across the city whilst on a Buddhist Temple run.

4. Feel the humid breeze as you whizz along the streets in a Thai tuk tuk. Top tip: agree the fare BEFORE you get in. Those drivers can be shaddddy.

5. Get your teeth around some of the delicious and flavoursome street food. Those fresh fruit shakes are the perfect antidote for that sticky city heat.

6. Flex those biceps and hit that gong at the Golden Mount (Wat Saket)

7. Booze in buckets. The original bizarre drinking vessel (not just for hipsters) can be experienced in the bars of party street Khao San Road. We recommend you share with a friend as these pack a serious punch.

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8. Jump on a long-boat and cruise the Bangkok canals. The water might not look so Thai turquoise but the views are well worth it.

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9. Be brave and try some exotic fruits you’ve never seen before at the floating markets.

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And if that doesn’t fill up your time, you speedy Gonzales, then check out our Bangkok city guide for more itinerary inspiration and highlights.

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