Welcome to Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit - or as most like to call it ‘Bangkok’. Besides having the world’s longest city name, Bangkok is also known for its tasteful cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and friendly residents. The city certainly lives up to Thailand’s nickname ‘Land of Smiles’ – from the guides, to drivers, and even statues, everyone is always smiling!
With only two full days to spare for Bangkok, we curated the perfect itinerary for first-timers that covers all the city’s must-sees, and leaves time for relaxing. Read-on for a detailed, jam-packed 2-day itinerary, that includes recommendations and a few fun facts along the way.
Day 1: City Tour and Skywalk
We started our trip with a private tour of Bangkok. Why private? Well besides having the ability to create a personalized itinerary, private tours allow you the flexibility to tailor to your needs, budget, and schedule. Plus, the overall experience is much more intimate.
The first stop of our tour was the Grand Palace (pictured below). Located in the old city of Bangkok, this is a must for first-timers. Construction of the complex began in 1782, and since then it has housed numerous Thai Kings. Besides breathtaking exteriors that provide the perfect backdrop for photos, the Grand Palace is also a great way to become acquainted with Thailand’s religion: Buddhism. Although, with over 40,000 temples, you’ll have many chances to learn about this unique faith.
After visiting the Grand Palace, we headed to Wat Pho (pictured below), also known as the ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’. Famed for its giant Buddha that measures 46 meters long (151 feet) and is covered in gold leaf, this temple is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. In fact, Wat Pho is considered the leading school of massage in Thailand.
Next we made our way to Wat Arun, or the ‘Temple of Dawn’. Situated on the West bank of the Phraya River, this stunning riverside temple is colorfully designed with spires. To reach the temple we took a very rocky, yet scenic boat ride across Phraya River – this alone makes the trek to Wat Arun a must!
After a long day in the sun we headed to Bangkok’s tallest building for some views from above, and we were not disappointed! In fact, it was one of the highlights of the trip. Besides offering bird’s-eye views of the city, the open-air rooftop also has a transparent floor with heart-stopping views from 314 meters above (1030 feet).
At night we drove through Bangkok’s famous Chinatown (the largest Chinatown in the world), and headed to Khaosan Road. Famously described in the popular book ‘The Beach’ this lively street is especially popular amongst back-packers. Personally, I found it to be a bit too touristic, and preferred the street over. Besides offering a quieter more relaxed atmosphere, the prices were also substantially less!