Known as the ‘Land of Smiles’, there’s a lot to love about Thailand. From the sun-kissed, slow-paced islands and the cultural diversity from the city to the hill tribes of Chiang Mai; to the bustling streets of Bangkok that radiate with energy, flavour-filled fresh food and richly hued temples, Thailand sure is a winner!
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting this South-East Asian paradise of a country, it’s likely that a visit to the country’s capital, Bangkok will be included in your itinerary. While 2 days is a short amount of time, there is still plenty that can be experienced. Here are some of our favourite Bangkok activities that can be done in 2 days:
Explore Bangkok’s Klongs (Canals)
Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, the waterways that traverse Bangkok serve as living cultural and historical relics. While many of the klongs have been filled in and paved over to make room for roads, many waterways are still in use.
The waterways of Bangkok are divided into 3 parts, the main Chao Phraya river, the Klong Saen Saeb which cuts across the city from east to west and the Klongs of Thonburi which act as a network of canals on the opposite side of the river.
As you glide down the rivers, you’ll see crooked houses, floating markets, old bridges and elaborate temples – it will be difficult for you to not fall for the charm of travelling around Bangkok by boat!
Visit Bangkok’s Temples
No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to some of the city’s dazzling temples. Our top recommendations include the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho (also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun.
All of the temples are located close to each other and can be easily visited in a morning or afternoon.
Shop til you Drop!
If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve landed in a shopper’s paradise. From bargain-priced designer label goods, to souvenir products and delicious street food, Bangkok has it all!
If you’re starting your shopping in the morning, be sure to check out the floating markets, or head to Pratunam Market, or if it’s a weekend, the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
If you’re still keen to bargain-hunt throughout the day and into the evening, there are many malls for you to choose from! Our favourite is Terminal 1, a multi-storey mall with each floor representing a different world city.
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