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 48 hours you won’t have the pleasure of exploring every single corner but here’s the cultural juice you can squeeze out of a whistle stop tour of charismatic Bangkok. And when flights start at just £299, you’ve got no excuse to say no!
The Reclining Buddha
So you’ve 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 Wat Pho to see the giant, and we mean GIANT Reclining Buddha. Standing at 15 metres tall and 46 metres long and covered completely in gold leaf, this is one epic statue you don’t want to miss.
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?
Get completely lost trying to map your way across the city whilst on a Buddhist Temple run.
To tuk tuk or to not tuk tuk?
The answer to this question is always to tuk tuk! Agree the fare BEFORE you get in to avoid any nasty surprises and the feel the humid breeze as you whizz along the streets in typical Thai style and get a view of the city on the move.
Time to eat
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. If you’re not sure where to start with the street food and the idea of chomping into what you thought was chicken but is actually squid is petrifying, then try a cute little street food tour instead!
Get ready to flex
Biceps at the ready! Hit the gong at the Golden Mount (Wat Saket) just one of the many beautiful temples littered across the city. But the best thing about this one is the panoramic views you’ll get from 80 metres up. If you can’t make it to this temple, then at least make sure that Wat Arun is on your to-do list.
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!
Sail the seven seas
Or just the Chao Phraya River… Jump on a long-boat and cruise the Bangkok canals. The water might not be super turquoise but the views are more than worth it and when some people refer to Bangkok as the ‘Venice of the East’, you know you need to try it!
On a floating market that is! Be brave and try some exotic fruits you’ve never seen before at the floating markets, just be sure to avoid the Durian fruit… Don’t worry about needing to know what it looks like, you’re sure to smell it before you see it!
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.
Get yourself to Bangkok for less, with flights starting at £299!