2 Days In Bangkok Itinerary: The ULTIMATE Guide (2024)

Find out the perfect 2 days in Bangkok itinerary to ensure you have the ultimate time in Thailand’s capital city. Let’s talk about the best things to do, restaurants, where to stay, and more!


Bangkok is a city you will no doubt pass through throughout your Thailand adventures. It has so many things to do here that could keep you entertained for weeks, whether that is checking out the markets, the temples or simply getting lost amongst the bustling streets.

However arriving in a new bustling city can be a bit daunting at times, especially if you get overwhelmed. There is a lot of traffic and noise. I hate to say it but parts of the city aren’t the most charming.

I have actually spent a reasonable amount of time in Bangkok over individual trips to Thailand. All up I have probably spent about a month in this city. So I definitely know how to kill a couple of days here.

That is why I have written this best 2 days in Bangkok itinerary so you can make the most out of your 48 hours. I will let you know where to stay, where to eat, what to do and so much more!


waiting for street food on khao san road
eating cheap pad thai streetfood in bangkok

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Day One Of Your 2 Days In Bangkok Itinerary

There is no better way to start your 48 hours in Bangkok than to start with some of the best sights in the city, The Grand Palace and Wat Po.


Fuel Your Morning

Before we get exploring, best to start with a delicious breakfast to give you enough energy to last the Bangkok heat. If you like you can get breakfast near your Khao San Road accommodation otherwise there are a couple of options at the Grand Palace area.

Elefin Coffee is an excellent and delicious choice just an 8-minute walk from The Grand Palace. This is a great spot for any coffee lovers.

It opens around 7.30 am which is perfect as you’ll want to get up early to explore before the tourist crowds start forming.

After some yummy eats to get you fueled up make your way to the incredible Grand Palace.


Explore The Grand Palace & Wat Po

The Grand Palace opens from 8.30 am each day until 3.30 pm. Though you will be best off visiting early to beat all the crowds, seriously it can get insane when the tour buses start arriving at 10.30 am!

Make sure you are dressed appropriately as well with your shoulders and knees covered up.

The entrance fee will set you back $16.70 / 500 THB which is quite pricey compared to some other spots in Thailand. Though this is an iconic place with incredible architecture making the price worth it.

You will want to spend between 2 to 3 hours exploring the grounds of the Grand Palace including the temple Wat Phra Kaew also known as The Temple Of The Emerald Buddha.

After The Grand Palace, you can simply head across the street to visit Wat Phra Chetuphon, also known as Wat Po. The entry fee here is $2.60 / 100 THB which is a lot more reasonable.

Wat Po is actually one of the most popular temples to visit while backpacking Bangkok. This is because here you will find the famous reclining Buddha. Reaching 45 meters in length and 15 meters high it sure is a sight to see.

crowds outside the grand palace bangkok
crowds outside the grand palace- this is one of the best places to see on this 2 days in bangkok itinerary
the face of the golden reclining buddha in wat po bangkok
the incredible reclining buddha at wat po

Lunch With A View

Stop for lunch nearby at one of the eateries which have an incredible view over the river to our next stop Wat Arun.

Some of the top choices include The Deck Restaurant, Bitter Deck Restaurant, or Sala Rattanakosin Eatery And Bar.

They are more pricey than a lot of other restaurants you may find around Bangkok. This is because they are in a popular area around the Grand Palace and have such an incredible view.

You will want to budget between $15.00 to $20.00 per person for the meal. Though don’t worry, this is the most expensive spot we will be eating at!

lunch consisting of pad see ew and a thai iced tea in bangkok
lunch consisting of pad see ew and a thai iced tea

Appreciate The Architecture At Wat Arun

With a full belly make your way over to the Tha Tien Pier which is only a couple of minutes’ walk away.

Once here buy a ferry ticket which will cost you around $0.10 / 3 THB. The journey only takes a couple of minutes to get you across to the other side of the river where you will hop off basically right next to Wat Arun.

Wat Arun costs $1.34 / 40 THB to enter and you will need to wear appropriate clothing. Though this should be no problem as you will be covered have been to temples in the morning.

No doubt Wat Arun is certainly one of the most popular temples to visit while in Bangkok as it is a popular Instagram spot thanks to the beautiful colored tiles and architecture.

From here you can either choose to head back to your hotel and hide from the midday heat or you could partake in a hop-on hop-off boat tour down the Chao Praya River.

wat arun from over the water with 48 hours in bangkok
taking a boat across to wat arun in bangkok

Spend The Evening At A Bangkok Skybar

One of the best things to do in Bangkok is check out some of the incredible SkyBars. Visit just before sunset so you can see the sky change color and watch it reflect from the impressive glass buildings.

Made famous by the Hangover 2 film, these Skybars offer some of the best views in the city and definitely need to be added to your Bangkok itinerary.

If you are a big Hangover 2 fan then you will definitely need to visit the Sky Bar at Lebua Bangkok. This is where some parts of the movie were filmed and is one of the best in Bangkok. It has a huge outdoor area providing plenty of space to relax and enjoy the views over the city.

Another great option is visiting CHAR Bangkok. I was staying in this hotel during a recent visit and couldn’t miss checking out their impressive Skybar. There are insane views across the Bangkok skyline and over the nearby parks.

Be aware that these views are not usually seen by travelers on a budget. So, I recommend everyone backpacking Bangkok puts on their best clothes to really try to fit in. That means no jandals and elephant pants.

It is not the cheapest way to spend an evening. Even a basic soda will set you back $6.00+ so perhaps you may not want to stay too long.

view during sunset from char skybar in bangkok
view during sunset from char skybar in bangkok
enjoying the sky changing color and the streets lighting up during nightfall from a bangkok skybar
enjoying the sky changing color and the streets lighting up during nightfall
sunset over the bangkok skyline from a skybar
night falling over the incredible city of bangkok

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Day 2 Of Your 2 Days In Bangkok Itinerary

Today will be doing some more iconic things to do in Bangkok, but heading a little further out of the city to the Floating Market and Train Market.

I recommend booking a guided tour to visit these rather than trying to do it yourself. It is a bit of a drive out of the center, but your tour guide will keep you entertained.

floating through the famous damnoen saduak market with boats nearby selling food
floating through the famous damnoen saduak market with boats nearby selling food

Breakfast Of Champions For A Busy Day

Grab breakfast either at your hotel or close nearby. If you’re staying near the Khao San Road area there are too many fabulous places around.

They generally cater to hoards of tourists so aren’t too bothered by quality. Though if you aren’t a meat-eater Mango Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant is definitely worth checking out and they have some delicious smoothie bowls.

views over the chao praya river from the river city mall in bangkok
views over the chao praya river from the river city mall in bangkok
a almond crossiant and strawberry acai refresher from starbucks for breakfast in bangkok
an almond croissant and strawberry acai refresher from starbucks for breakfast

Get Out Of The City On A Train Market & Floating Market Tour

There are so many tours of Damnoen Saduak and Maeklong Railway Market available in Bangkok you honestly will be overwhelmed with options! However, I recommend booking on Get Your Guide.

The Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market From Bangkok is one of the most popular tours and one which I have actually booked myself.

For $34.00 you get a full day of activities visiting both these markets and checking out a different side of Bangkok away from all the city highrises. You will also get an awesome tour guide and be paired with a like-minded group of travelers.

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On the day head to your designated meeting spot. If you booked with Big Country Experience on Get Your Guide this will be River City Bangkok. There is also a Starbucks in case you want to come early and have breakfast here.

You will then head to one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, the Maeklong Railway Market. It can be a bit of a drive, approximately an hour, but you will also make a stop for a bathroom break and snacks along the way.

First off you will visit a small salt farm off the main road. This is just a short stop here while you wait to catch the train to Maeklong Railway Market. This means you will get to experience the market on the train itself, as well as on the ground a short while later during your shopping.

The train passes through 8 times per day. You will need to time your visit around one of these times if you choose to visit without a tour; 6.20 am, 8.30 am, 9 am, 11.10 am, 11.30 am, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, or 5.40 pm.

The train doesn’t always run perfectly on time so prepare for it to come through a few minutes on either side of the stated time. Either way, you will hear it coming!

There are numerous cafes and stalls set up alongside the railway tracks so make sure to bring some cash! This spot has more food and drink options for sale.

This was my preferred place for shopping on the day as it had a great lively atmosphere.

tasha amy at the Maeklong Railway Market in bangkok
hanging out at the maeklong railway market during my 2 days in bangkok
the stalls at the railway market in bangkok selling all sorts of goods
the stalls at the railway market in bangkok selling all sorts of goods
watching the train come through the maeklong railway market with sellers about to pull back the awnings
watching the train come through the maeklong railway market with sellers about to pull back the awnings

Relax On A Floating Market Tour

After visiting the Railway Market you will jump back into the minivan and drive the short distance over to the Floating Market, also known as Damnoen Saduak Market.

This is definitely your typical Instagram spot when traveling Bangkok. However, it is a lot quieter these days than pre covid. Either that or our tour of the Floating Market was timed perfectly.

Again you will have plenty of opportunities to shop here. This is definitely more popular for souvenir shopping with lots of floating stalls selling wood products, bags, and clothing.

Though if I am being honest no one in our boat was interested, and we didn’t feel pressured at all. Instead, we were simply visiting to experience a different side of Bangkok.

From here you will enjoy a late local lunch with recommendations provided by your tour guide before heading back into the city and hopefully not getting stuck in traffic.

If you are reiling on public transport heading back into the center will take you around 3 hours. It is half this time using private transport, which is why I recommend booking a tour.

sellers in stalls over the water which your boat will visit on a floating market tour while on your bangkok itinerary
sellers in stalls over the water which your boat will visit on a floating market tour
looking down one of the canals to the bridge with the sign floating market in bangkok
looking down one of the canals at the floating market
tasha amy on a boat at the Damnoen Saduak floating Market in bangkok
enjoying the views on a boat at the Damnoen Saduak floating Market

Enjoy The Nightlife Of Khao San Road

Welcome to the backpacker mecca of Bangkok, Khao San Road. This is the place for all the weird and wonderful. I recommend grabbing dinner here and just having a walk around.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, though rather than eating on Khao San Road itself, I recommend moving one street over to Rambuttri Alley.

If you are looking for street food you will want to head a few streets over again and look for a stall where the locals are eating. Honestly, the street food on Khao San Road is pretty poor quality compared to the rest of the country.

After dinner grab a beer and join the crazy. If you are up for it feel free to spend the rest of your night partying away. This is definitely THE party place to be for travelers so you will fit right in!

walking through the street of soi rambuttri next to khao san road during sunset
walking through the street of soi rambuttri next to khao san road during sunset
walking down khao san road by the cannabis cafes and massage shops
walking down khao san road by the cannabis cafes and massage shops
khao san road at sunset on my bangkok itinerary
the bright signage and crowds down khao san road at night

Add To Your Bangkok Itinerary?

If you happen to be staying longer than 2 days in Bangkok then there are plenty of other things to add to your itinerary:

Ayutthaya: If you have time to take a day trip to Ayutthaya I highly recommend this. You can easily take the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and explore the temples by bus, bike, or boat.

Lumpini Park: If you are looking for a break from this bustling city then definitely head to Lumpini Park. Here you will find jogging trails, gym equipment, and even boats to hire. You can even find a bit of inner-city wildlife here in terms of birds and the infamous monitor lizards.

Food Tour: If you are a bit of a foodie like me what better way to discover a new city! I recommend checking out Get Your Guide for tours. The top choice by travelers is Bangkok by Night Tuk Tuk Tour: Markets, Temples & Food which involves a variety of highlights.

Airplane Graveyard: The famous airplane graveyard in Bangkok has become a famous Instagram spot. Near the Ramkamhaeng Station in Bangkok, you will find a field of abandoned airplanes. Be aware that locals patrol the area and will ask you to pay an entry fee.

Chatuchak Weekend Market: This is Thailand’s biggest market boasting over 15,000 stalls! It is also open from Wednesday to Friday, but during the weekend, this place truly transforms with countless stalls selling anything and everything.


Travel Tips For Your 2 Days In Bangkok

Now you know about how you should spend your Bangkok itinerary here are some further tips so you can make the most of your adventures in Thailand’s capital city.

Staying on Khao San Road & Meeting Our Stray Tour Leader

Where To Stay In Bangkok?

There are many different areas of Bangkok that are popular with travelers. However, the main ones here are Khao San Road, Silom, Siam, and Sukhumvit.

Khao San Road is perfect for first-time travelers coming to Bangkok or those just looking to party.

Just note that I do not recommend for ANYONE to stay on actual Khao San Road.

There is constant noise from the street below and because that’s automatically where travelers book, most of the hostels/hotels aren’t bothered about providing a comfortable and clean space.

If this sounds like you, you can check out my guide on the hostels around Khao San Road for the best stays.

I recently stayed at Sleep Withinn a very short walk from Khao San Road and it was a great choice for a private room. I could relax in the pool, the room was clean, the air conditioning worked perfectly, and it was $26.00 per night.

For a “normal” and not a drug or alcohol fueled experience of Bangkok, I recommend you stay in Silom, Siam, or Sukhumvit. These are more modern parts of the city and a lot more low-key.

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Staying Safe In Bangkok

Bangkok is as safe as any other large city around the globe.

The only real crime you need to be worried about is petty theft. Though simply use your common sense. Don’t use your phone along a busy street and carry your valuables in a cross body bag.

The number one thing is always to get the taxi to use a meter. If you are concerned about getting scammed in a taxi then use Grab. This is an app that can be downloaded on your phone.

Also, remember don’t drink the water out of the tap.

a smoothie stall in bangkok
smoothie stall nearby to khao san road
food at khao san road fettucine and a smoothie
eating fettucine on khao san road after a busy 2 nights in bangkok

Where To After Your 2 Days In Bangkok Itinerary?

North: Heading up north will take you inland and to beautiful countryside sights. An overnight journey will get you from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. For those looking to immerse themselves into all things Thailand definitely take the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

South: Alternatively, you can end back down South towards the incredible beaches. About halfway down the country on the east side are the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui. First travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao and then from there the rest of the islands will be extremely accessible to navigate between.


FAQs About The Bangkok 2 Day Itinerary

Is 2 days enough time in Bangkok?

If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok, it’s important to give yourself enough time to explore the city and its many attractions. Most travelers find that spending three to four days in Bangkok provides a more in-depth experience. However, if you’re short on time, you can still get a taste of the city in two days.

What to do in Bangkok for 48 hours?

There is so much to do in Bangkok, however, if you are short in time there are certainly some highlights worth visiting. These include The Grand Palace, Wat Po, The Train Market, and The Floating Market.

How many days should one stay in Bangkok?

If you have the time you should spend 3 days in Bangkok to fully experience the city as a traveller. However, if you are short on time you could spend 2 nights in Bangkok to explore the highlights. These include The Grand Palace, Wat Po, The Train Market, and The Floating Market.

How much money do I need for 2 days in Bangkok?

Unfortunately, Bangkok is on the more expensive side when it comes to destinations in Thailand. Though I would recommend $35.00 per day for backpackers staying in hostels, otherwise $50.00 per day for a mid-range traveler.

What is the best time to go Bangkok?

The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to February when the weather is not too hot and mostly sunny, which is very suitable for exploring. You will find big discounts if you travel between June and October due to the rainy season, perfect for budget travelers.

How to plan 2 days in Bangkok?

If you are wanting to plan 2 days in Bangkok you have come to the right place. By using my Bangkok itinerary you will be able to check out all the highlights of the city even though you may be short on time. You can leave feeling you made the most out of your time and with no regrets.

What is the most crowded month in Bangkok?

The most crowded month in Bangkok is considered January. This is the busiest month during the high season with plenty of international and domestic tourists checking out Thailand’s capital city. You can expect prices to be quite high during the period.

Which month is rainy season in Bangkok?

The rainy season in Bangkok usually starts around late June and continues to early October. During its peak in July and August, there are often intense afternoon and evening downpours.

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Wrap Up: The Ultimate 2 Days In Bangkok Itinerary

No doubt spending 2 days in Bangkok is the perfect amount of time to spend here. You will be able to check off some of the highlights such as Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun.

Of course, make sure to head a bit further out as well to experience the famous floating market and train market. These are a must do!

Nevertheless, no matter how you decide to spend your Bangkok itinerary you will be in for an awesome time is this bustling city.


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