Bangkok is a Love It or Hate It city for a lot of people.
While I was there I could understand both sides of that argument.
There’s a lot of fun and cool things to see in Bangkok.
But it can also be too overwhelming for a lot of people.
During my travels I was in Bangkok for a combined 7 days.
I wouldn’t recommend that amount of days for a 1 time visit.
Three days seems like a good amount of time to see all the sights without feeling rushed.
But if you’re just making a quick visit, here’s the best way to spend 2 days in Bangkok.
With enough water and shade you can see get through this Bangkok itinerary rather quickly.
But don’t wait until afternoon to begin.
You must start as soon as the sites open so you can beat the heat.
The first sight to visit is:
WAT SAKET(Golden Mount).
Hours: 08:00 – 19:00
The heat in Bangkok gets pretty hardcore.
So you want to visit the Golden Mount first because it has steps you have to climb to the top.
All the other sights are flat and have more areas to hide in the shade.
The Golden Mount has nice views of the city once you reach the top.
You can also see all the other sights from atop this one.
Once you’re done at the Golden Mount wave down a taxi from the street to take you to the Grand Palace.
Remember to always ask if they use the meter(it’s the law for them to).
Taxi rides start at 35B, so this ride should be very cheap.
THE GRAND PALACE and WAT PHRA KAEW(Temple Of The Emerald Buddha).
Hours: 08:30 – 15:30
This sight closes quite early and it stays packed all day.
So you might as well get it out of the way as soon as you can.
To enter this sight you must have your knees covered.
I had pants on but they had a hole in the knee and they still wouldn’t let me in.
So I had to go to a nearby shop and buy those ugly baggy pants you see a lot of hippy tourists wear in Southeast Asia.
After that extra 200B purchase I was allowed to enter.
There’s a lot to see here, so you can spend quite a bit of time at this sight.
The Grand Palace is near the exit and it’s the least interesting thing to see.
So spend more time at all the other buildings and catch a quick glimpse of The Grand Palace on your way out.
Wat Phra Kaew is the most sacred temple in Thailand and home to the famous Emerald Buddha.
The Emerald Buddha is dark green Buddha statue made out of jade.
It is believed to date back to the 15th century.
And only the Thai king is ever allowed to touch it.
When you leave the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is within walking distance.
WAT PHO(Temple of the Reclining Buddha).
Hours: 08:00 – 18:30
Wat Pho is famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue.
The Reclining Buddha statue is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
You might recognize it in the opening sequence from the movie The Beach.
Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok.
So there’s much more to see at this sight than just the Buddha.
Once you leave Wat Pho it’s walking distance to the nearest pier that’ll take you across the river to see Wat Arun.
WAT ARUN(Temple Of Dawn).
Hours: 08:30 to 17:30.
Take a water taxi across the Chao Phraya River to visit Wat Arun.
Wat Arun is one of the oldest and best known tourist attractions in Bangkok.
The temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru.
Which is the center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology.
After Wat Arun you can choose to go where ever you want.
Chances are you’ll probably go take a shower.
SIAM PARAGON MALL.
Hours 10:00 – 22:00
If you’re looking to escape the heat of the city the Siam Paragon Mall is quite an experience, as far as malls go.
It might be the most over-the-top mall I’ve been too.
I never thought I’d see a Rolls Royce, Jaguar, and Maserati dealerships inside a mall.
But I did here.
Siam Paragon Mall also has a nice movie theater too.
All English speaking movies ARE in English, so don’t worry about overdubs.
If you do go to a movie you’ll witness a funny “Thai thing”.
The Royal Anthem of Thailand plays before each movie.
It’s required of everyone in the theater to stand up while the song plays and images of the king are shown on the screen.
KHAO SAN ROAD.
Khao San Road is always an interesting place to end each night.
It is known as a young backpacker party street.
Loud music, bright lights, and something visually stimulating every couple of meters.
Cheap drinks, insect snacks, and locals trying to have you buy and try everything they can.
Some people look like they’ve spent 48 hours in Bangkok just roaming up and down this road.
Always something entertaining to see here.
The Ayutthaya Historical Park is a great day trip out of the madness of Bangkok.
Located 50 miles north of Bangkok it’s a cheap and easy site to visit.
It’s also a lot less crowded than any of the sights you’ll visit in Bangkok.
Ayutthaya was a former capital of Thailand(Siam at the time).
It is now an archaeological site that contains palaces, temples, statues and monasteries.
Ayutthaya is like a smaller Thai version of Angkor Wat.
From Mad Monkey Hostel/Khao San Road area a taxi to Hualamphong train station should only be about 63 baht.
At the station I bought a 2nd Class train ticket(includes A/C) for 345B($11).
The train ride is only about 1.5 – 2 hours long.
Once I arrived at the station I just walked to all the sites.
But there’s tuk tuk drivers everywhere if you want to avoid walking in the heat.
Most of the sites were free to see but Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet both had 50 baht entry prices.
For the train ride back to Bangkok I decided to buy a 3rd class ticket(no A/C) this time.
The ticket was only 20B($0.64).
A significant price difference from the 2nd Class ticket.
Once I was back in Bangkok I braced myself for the chaos again.
If you’re interested in Thailand’s most famous national sport you can watch Muay Thai at night.
For me personally, this is one of the best things to do in Bangkok.
I love Muay Thai so I was very excited to watch some good fights.
MUAY THAI KICKBOXING.
There are 2 big stadiums in Bangkok where you can watch Muay Thai.
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.
Fights every: Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday.
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is not very close to central Bangkok.
But it’s THE kickboxing stadium of Bangkok.
A lot of the more well-known Muay Thai Kickboxers fight there.
Lumpinee is one of the only places where gambling is permitted.
So the fans are even more passionate with money on the line.
The other stadium is:
Fights every: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday.
This stadium is much closer to everything than Lumpinee.
Since it’s closer to the city you’ll have more casual fans and tourists visiting.
The stadium might be more crowded earlier in the night because of this.
But after a few fights they might start to clear out.
So you’ll probably have more space later in the evening.
A Quick 2 Days In Bangkok.
Bangkok is a giant chaotic city, but the sightseeing is actually quite easy to navigate.
My itinerary is only a small list of what to do in Bangkok.
I’m sure the city has a lot of great hidden treasures to find while roaming the streets.
But I was only there for quick sightseeing and stop-overs.
I saw what I wanted to see and I was ready for jungles in the north and beaches in the south.
But I’ll be back again someday.
I know the city has more to offer that I need to discover.
Have you been to Bangkok?
What was your experience like?
What were your favorite sites to see?
Let me know in the comments below.