It is said that you can spend a month exploring Bangkok and still have some more to discover. This is not far from truth. The capital of Thailand is known as one of the world famous destinations with number of heritage and interesting spots as well as myriad choices of shopping place to travel around.
So, what to do if you only have a brief moment to go around, or want to catch the famous scene of the Bangkok without spending too much time? Hotelthailand.com will take you through bustling streets and canals of Bangkok and catch the heart and soul of city in just 48 hours. Let's find out.
With the area of 1,500 sq.km, Bangkok is Thailand largest city and can easily fits in to the group of world largest metropolis without much problem. It is not easy to visit every place. Not because of its mega size, but also the hot and humid climate that can make you feel uncomfortable to travel around. The area along the Chao Phraya River is the "must see" of the city. This river runs from north to south passing through the heart of the city, where you will find many famous places along the way without using weeks or so.
When you arrive in Bangkok, use BTS Skytrain to Sapan Taksin Station and have a short walk to Sathon Pier for Chao Phraya Tourist Boat. With the ticket as cheap as 150 THB (around 5 USD), you can hop on and off the boat as many times you like in 1 day, and visit interesting place along and near the river. This tourist boat operates from 10.00 am. - 6.00 pm. There are 8 piers in total and the boat depart every 30 minutes.
We recommend arriving early so that you can explore as many places as possible. Also, make sure you dress appropriately, because numbers of famous attractions in Bangkok is Temple that is not allowed to wear short and tank top. Rajchawong Pier
is the first stop, perfect for traveller who loves to have a bite of Bangkok street food and catch lively market scene. From the pier have a short ride by Tuk Tuk to China Town Yaowarat the biggest Chinese community in Bangkok. Here you will be amazed with energetic streets full of gold shops, old markets, small alleys, knick-knack shops, and Chinese restaurant. Not so far is "Wat Traimit" or the Temple of the Golden Buddha, enshrined a beautiful Sukhothai era Buddha image made of solid gold weight 5 and a half tons.
Back to the pier and proceed to Tha Tien Pier
where you can have a short walk along the street to "Wat Pho" or Temple of Reclining Buddha. Inside you will find big reclining Buddha image in bronze built in Ayuthaya period (1350-1767) and quiet atmosphere to take a break from busy Bangkok city. "Wat Arun" or Temple of Dawn just across the river is one of the most famous attractions of the city. You can have a closer look of the iconic Chedi as well as enjoy the view of Chao Phraya River and Rattanakosin Island from high place.
From Tha Tien Pier, walk a little further to "Pak Khlong Talat", Bangkok biggest flower market. Make sure to prepare a lot of memory for your camera, as there are tons of beautiful flowers with vibrant colour and design for you to take photo. This place may take a lot of time to explore, so make sure you have free slot on your itinerary.
Next stop is Tha Maharaj Pier
. From here, you can have an easy walk to Wat Phrakaew or Temple of the Emerald Bhuddha and The Grand Palace. Wat Phrakaew is the most important temple of Bangkok, and probably the most beautiful, built more than 200 years ago during the raign of King Rama I enshrined Phra Kaew Morakot carved from green stone. We recommend you to arrive here before 2.30 pm., as you will have around an hour to explore inside and around the temple (Temple close at 3.30 pm). If you arrive late, you can still catch the gorgeousness of the temple from the outside especially around sunset, the best moment of the day.
After a long day walk, you are probably tired and have sore feet. Here you have 2 options; hop on the boat to Phra Arthit Pier where you can have a short walk or Tuk Tuk ride to Khao San Road, Bangkok Backpacker Street. At Khao San you will find choices of restaurant, pub and beer bar to have fun during the night. Hotel room here is quite cheap, convenient , and near to the place where you can hang out and have late night meal.
Instead, you can ride the tourist boat back to Sathon Area and get off at Asiatique Pier (1 stop after Sathon Pier). Here you will find assortment of restaurants, serving Thai, seafood, and international dishes. There is a riverfront premade which will give you comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and Asiatique Sky, a giant Ferris wheel that will take you up to 60m high overlooking the river and Bangkok CBD area.
After the first day of city exploration, the second day is just right for shopping. Bangkok has been known as ultimate shopping destination, offers beyond imaginable ranges of stuffs and product from food, souvenir, handicraft, clothing, to luxurious brand name stuffs. If you want to find many products in one place, we recommend heading to Chatuchak Weekend Market.
From city center, you can get to Chatuchak Market with BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway. For BTS take light green line and get off the train at Mo Chit Station, take a short walk then you will see the market right on the right hand side. For MRT take the train north bound to Chatuchak Station and have a short walk, or get off at Kamphaeng Phet Station located just in front of the entrance of the market.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is the world's largest weekend markets and the most popular shopping centre to Thais and foreign visitors with more than 200,000 visitors daily during weekend. The market covers area of 1.13 sq. km. divided into 27 Sections with more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand such as wood carving handicrafts, local souvenirs from every part of Thailand, ceramics wares, Thai Bejarong wares, trendy fashion, silk, toys, pets, plants, etc.
Undoubtedly, you can spend the entire day shopping here at great bargaining price -- far cheaper than near tourist places. One thing to note is that that Chatuchak Market only opens on Saturday and Sunday (also Wednesday for trees and fish, and Friday for ceramic wares).
Instead, if you want go sightseeing for more we recommend to visit Lumphini Park either by MRT Subway at Silom Station or BTS skytrain at Saladaeng Station. Here is the largest garden amid the city. It is a good place to start the day seeing local life and catch beautiful cityscape of Bangkok. After that, take a visit Jim Thompson House located near to BTS National Stadium to see Thai tradition house by canal and learn the interesting story of Thai silk and history of the owner.
When you come to Bangkok, it is also recommend to visit one of the floating markets around the city. Without using much time, you can go to ones near to the city. Take skytrain to Wong Wien Yai Station catch a taxi to either Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market or Taling Chan Floating Market. It is also a good idea to combined two markets in one go; starting from smaller Klong Lat Mayon then catch a long tail boat ride along the canal to Taling Chan Market. At the market you will see merchants rowing small boats selling food and fruits. Take a seat on the bank of the river and order food from the boats. There are also stalls on the shore where you can shop for delicious eateries and fresh products right from their garden.
If you still have time left, finish the day with Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise will be a great choice. Enjoy international buffet dinner and catch the night scene of Bangkok along the River will give you a perfect finish for your trip to Bangkok. You can find more info about river cruise here
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