2 Days in Bangkok (Itinerary + Ayutthaya Day Trip)

A complete itinerary for 2 days in Bangkok (+ a map with all must-see sights and temples, the best day trip to Ayutthaya and how to visit the floating markets).

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is one of the biggest cities in Southeast Asia. This vibrant metropolis is famous for its rich cultural heritage, gorgeous temples, delicious street food and never-ending nightlife. The city is also considered the gateway to Thailand, serving as the first stop for most tourists before they continue to Phuket or Chiang Mai.

Bangkok became the capital of Thailand (then known as Siam) in 1782 when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The city’s full ceremonial name is one of the longest place names in the world. Its short version is Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, which means City of Angels in Thai.

Best 2-day Bangkok Itinerary

Bangkok is a huge city with plenty to do, from stunning temples (such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun) to traditional floating markets and modern shopping centres (like Siam Paragon, CentralWorld). So, if it’s your first time visiting the city, I’m sure you’ll find it challenging to plan your itinerary and decide what to see and what to skip. I certainly did when I visited Bangkok for the first time.

That’s why I created this 2-day itinerary for Bangkok, covering all the must-see attractions and some awesome restaurants. Also, at the end of the travel guide, you’ll find the best day trips from Bangkok (in case you have extra time).

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2 Days in Bangkok Itinerary (for first-timers)

  • Day 1: Grand Palace, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Temple Of The Dawn
  • Day 2: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, King Power MahaNakhon
  • Day trips: Ayutthaya, Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary

    In my opinion, 2 days in Bangkok is enough time to see the city’s highlights and try some delicious Thai food. However, if you’re interested in visiting the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, plan an additional day as it’s a full-day trip from Bangkok. Also, the city has some awesome malls like CentralWorld, Siam Paragon and Siam Square One. Thus, if you’re a shopping enthusiast, you might want to budget an extra day.

    Tips on your 2-day Bangkok itinerary

    Accommodation – Bangkok is a vast city, so choose your hotel’s location wisely. To ensure your accommodation is conveniently situated, check out my guide on where to stay in Bangkok.

    My favourite place to stay in Bangkok: Carlton Hotel Sukhumvit
    Why: ideal location, 8min walk to BTS Skytrain and MTR metro stations, rooftop pool
    What I like: fantastic rooftop bar, a complimentary evening cocktail (if you book a club room)

    Sightseeing – there’s a strict dress code in the temples and royal palaces. You need to cover your shoulders and legs above the knees. Additionally, you must take off your shoes before entering any temple building (you can keep them on while walking around the temple grounds). Note that, this rule applies to both men and women, so make sure you dress appropriately.

    Always book tours or skip the lines tickets with GetYourGuide (you get a mobile ticket + free cancellation). Tickets from the attractions’ official websites are mostly non-refundable.

    Mapfind here a map of this 2-day itinerary for Bangkok (with all attractions and restaurants’ websites).

    2 Days in Bangkok itinerary – Day 1

    I suggest having breakfast at your hotel on both days to ensure you can start your day early. This will help you avoid the crowds and the afternoon heat. Additionally, you’ll likely need between 40 minutes to an hour to get to the first attraction, even if you’re staying in a central location, as Bangkok is quite large. For example, I stayed in Sukhumvit (the best area for first-timers), yet it still took me an hour to reach the Grand Palace.

    Morning

    Grand Palace

    08:30 AM – 10:45 AM

    The Grand Palace in Bangkok is one of Thailand’s most iconic landmarks. It was established in 1782 by King Rama I, the founder of the Chakri Dynasty. The palace served as the royal residence and administrative seat for the kings of Thailand until 1925. Today, it is used only for official ceremonies.

    The Grand Palace is a huge complex of buildings and temples, richly decorated with colourful mosaics, intricate details, carved rooftops and gilded spires. Its entrance is guarded by impressive statues of yakshas (mythical giants), who are believed to protect the palace from evil spirits.

    The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, is located within the Grand Palace grounds. The statue of the Emerald Buddha, which you can see inside the temple, is about 66 centimetres (26 inches) tall and is carved from a single piece of jade.

    The Emerald Buddha is ceremonially dressed in different golden costumes corresponding to Thailand’s three seasons: summer, rainy, and winter. The changing of attire is an important ceremonial ritual exclusively performed by the King of Thailand.

    Booking in advance is recommended (tickets are timed-entry and lines are usually very long)
    Entry ticket: Skip-the-line Grand Palace
    Best guided tour: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour – explore the 3 iconic sights (Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun) with an expert guide

    The ticket to the Grand Palace gives you also access to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. Both of them are located within the palace’s grounds. Remember, there’s a strict dress code for visiting the palace, as I already mentioned at the beginning of this travel guide.

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    Grand Palace is a must-see during your 2 days in Bangkok

    You have the option to rent an audio guide for an extra fee. However, I chose not to, because you must return it within 90 minutes, and there’s a fine of 200 Bahts for late returns. Also, I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to explore the palace, and I didn’t want to feel rushed.

    If you have time for only one activity in Bangkok, visit the Grand Palace. This breathtaking palace is a must-see and truly feels out of this world.

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    The stunning decorations of the Grand Palace
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    Temple of the Emerald Buddha

    Be cautious and avoid falling for the many scams around the Grand Palace. As you near the palace, you might encounter individuals claiming that it’s closed and offering to take you to other famous attractions. Of course, later you’ll have to pay for this service. Just ignore them and continue walking till you reach the entrance of the palace. I had read about this scam on Tripadvisor before my trip to Thailand, but fortunately, nobody approached me. Most probably because I arrived very early right before the opening times.

    Lunch at The Coffee Club

    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    For lunch make your way to The Coffee Club – Tha Maharaj, a great brunch place with a beautiful view of Chao Phraya River. I particularly enjoyed the croissant with smashed avocado and their
    signature eggs Benedict with Bacon and hollandaise sauce. I found the mocktails amazing as well, especially the butterfly pea peach and the lychee rose soda.

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    Butterfly pea peach and the lychee rose soda at the Coffee Club
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    Eggs Benedict with Bacon at the Coffee Club

    Afternoon

    Temple of the Reclining Buddha

    12:45 AM – 01:45 PM

    After lunch, continue to the next attraction of this Bangkok itinerary, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). Also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan, Wat Pho is one of the city’s oldest and largest temple complexes.

    Founded in the 16th century during the Ayutthaya period, the temple was later expanded and renovated by King Rama I. Wat Pho is famous for housing the Reclining Buddha, one of the largest and most magnificent Buddha statues in Thailand. The Reclining Buddha measures 46 meters (151 feet) in length and 15 meters (49 feet) in height, depicting the Buddha in the posture of entering Nirvana. Pay attention to his feet, richly decorated with symbols and inlaid with the mother of pearl.

    After seeing the statue of the Reclining Buddha, make sure to take your time and explore the temple grounds too. I found the temple a peaceful retreat, filled with golden Buddha statues (394 to be precise) and cats leisurely strolling around.

    Wat Pho is also regarded as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. That is because the temple houses a centuries-old massage school. In fact, here you can receive authentic Thai massages from trained therapists. The massages are based on ancient techniques passed down through generations.

    The entrance fee to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is 300 Bahts.

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    The impressive statue of the Reclining Buddha
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    The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a must when visiting Bangkok

    To reach the next destination of the itinerary, you have to take a ferry from Tah Tian terminal. There are regular local ferries for just a few Bahts, which will take you across the river in several minutes. I was lucky to catch it right on time and didn’t have to wait at all.

    Temple Of The Dawn

    02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

    Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, directly opposite the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Named after Aruna, the Indian god of dawn, it is one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks. And in my opinion, the city’s most beautiful temple.

    The temple’s most striking feature is its central prang (tower), which stands about 82 meters (269 feet) tall. Built in Khmer architectural style, the prang is beautifully decorated with colourful porcelain and seashells. Surrounding the central tower are four smaller prangs, each dedicated to the wind god Phra Phai.

    Wat Arun is especially beautiful at night when it is illuminated, creating a stunning reflection on the river’s surface. Unfortunately, I was only able to see it during daylight, but if you find yourself in the area in the evening, be sure to enjoy the view.

    The entrance fee to the Temple of the Temple Of The Dawn is 100 Bahts.

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    Temple Of The Dawn – a must for your 2-day Bangkok itinerary
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    The beautiful decorations at the Temple Of The Dawn

    Dinner at Indulge Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

    Finish your first day in Bangkok with dinner at Indulge Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. This restaurant blends Asian flavours with European ingredients and techniques. Thus, it’s a great spot to try some Thai food if it’s your first time in Bangkok. I thoroughly enjoyed the Khao Pad (crab fried rice) and Basil Leaf Kra Phao (beef stir-fry served with rice). Make sure not to miss the hot chocolate lava cake with a melted hazelnut centre!

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    Basil Leaf Kra Phao at Indulge Restaurant
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    Hot chocolate lava cake at Indulge Restaurant

    More ideas for 2 days in Bangkok – Day 1

    National Museum Bangkok

    For museum enthusiasts, I highly recommend visiting the National Museum Bangkok. Founded by King Rama V in 1874, it is one of the largest museums in Southeast Asia. The National Museum boasts an extensive collection of artefacts from Thailand’s rich history, including ancient statues, ceremonial weapons and religious objects. One of the highlights of the museum is its collection of royal carriages, which I found very impressive.

    The museum is air-conditioned, making it the perfect place to escape the afternoon heat.

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    Royal carriages in the National Museum Bangkok

    2 Days in Bangkok itinerary – Day 2

    Morning

    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    Floating markets are very popular in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. At these markets, people sell goods on boats, typically along a network of interconnected waterways or canals. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that you shouldn’t miss, even if you’re only in Bangkok for 2 days.

    The most popular market near Bangkok is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is located in the Ratchaburi Province, about 100 kilometres southwest of the capital of Thailand. Originally established in the late 19th century during the reign of King Rama IV, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market has been in operation for over a century! You can find all kinds of goods here, including fresh produce, cooked food, souvenirs, and handicrafts.

    I strongly suggest joining an organized tour to visit the market. It’s approximately 1 hour and a 30-minute drive from Bangkok, and the risk of getting scammed when taking a taxi is high. While public transportation is an option, the one-way travel time is about 3 hours.

    To visit the market I recommend taking the Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market Tour (over 10,800 excellent reviews). Besides the popular Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the tour includes also the famous Maeklong Railway Market. What makes the latter truly unique is that the market stalls are set up directly on the sides of a railway line. When a train approaches, vendors quickly move their stalls to make way for the train to pass.

    The tour will take most of your day (7 hours, starting at 9 AM). However, I’ve included a lunch option in the itinerary in case you opt to remain in Bangkok and do something else.

    Late lunch at Breakfast Story

    For the best brunch in Bangkok, head to Breakfast Story. They have several locations across the city (I visited Breakfast Story Asok). I especially liked the smoked salmon Benedict and the smoked salmon sandwich.

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    Smoked salmon sandwich at Breakfast Story
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    Smoked salmon Benedict at Breakfast Story

    Afternoon

    King Power MahaNakhon

    For the best views of Bangkok, head to King Power MahaNakhon. Built in 2016, this iconic skyscraper is one of the tallest buildings in Thailand. From its observation deck called The Peak (located on the 78th floor) you can enjoy 360-degree outdoor panoramic views of the city. However, the highlight of MahaNakhon is its glass-floored skywalk at a height of 310 metres (approximately 1,000 feet)!

    I suggest arriving just before sunset and treating yourself to a cocktail while watching the sun go down. I visited the skyscraper in the late afternoon and had plenty of time to enjoy the views before the sunset at 6 PM (in November).

    Booking in advance is recommended (tickets are timed-entry and lines are usually long)
    Entry ticket: Skip-the-line MahaNakhon

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    A view of Bangkok from King Power MahaNakhon

    Dinner at Goji Kitchen+Bar

    Finish your second day in Bangkok with dinner at Goji Kitchen+Bar. This international buffet is one of the best in the city in my opinion. It offers an amazing selection of fresh food such as sushi, dim sum, Indian curries, Western roasts and fresh seafood (including oysters and lobster). Of course, it’s needless to say you shouldn’t miss the dessert station.

    I loved that I could sample a variety of Thai foods (which isn’t possible in a regular restaurant where you can only order one or two dishes) as well as seafood. I even tried the famous mango sticky rice, though it wasn’t to my taste.

    Keep in mind that the restaurant is very popular, so make a reservation in advance here.

    If you love Indian food, I can highly recommend Benares. I always make it a point to try new Indian restaurants when I travel, so when I discovered this fine-dining Indian place, I was eager to check it out. It turned out to be the best Indian restaurant I’ve ever visited on all my trips! I particularly enjoyed the ​​Butter Chicken and the Badal Jaam (fried eggplant with tomato sauce).

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    The buffet at Goji Kitchen+Bar
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    Benares – the best Indian restaurant in Bangkok

    More ideas for 2 days in Bangkok – Day 2

    Take a food tour

    Bangkok is known for its delicious street food, so taking a food tour is a must while in Thailand. That’s why I recommend joining this Backstreets Food Tour with 15+ Tastings to experience the famous Thai cuisine. The small group tour takes you around the backstreets of old Bangkok to local favourites and hidden gems. Moreover, you’ll have the chance to sample tasty Thai foods such as satay chicken, shrimp dumplings, tom yum soup and more.

    To learn how to prepare and cook traditional Thai food, join this Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour. You’ll visit a local market by tuk tuk to select fresh ingredients and then learn how to cook four different traditional Thai dishes.

    Temple of the Golden Buddha

    Wat Traimit, also known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, is one of Bangkok’s most famous temples. The temple is home to the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statue. The statue stands about 3 meters (9.8 feet) tall and weighs approximately 5.5 tons. Although its precise origins are unknown, it is thought to date back to the Sukhothai period (13th-14th centuries).

    The Golden Buddha was discovered in the 1950s. During its transportation from another temple to Wat Traimit, the statue was accidentally dropped, revealing the gold hidden beneath a layer of plaster. It is believed that the statue was covered to protect it from being stolen or damaged during times of war.

    In my view, the Golden Buddha is truly impressive, so if you have an extra half-hour, be sure to visit this temple.

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    Temple of the Golden Buddha
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    The statue of the Golden Buddha

    Jim Thompson House

    Jim Thompson (also known as the Thai Silk King) was an American businessman and former architect who played a significant role in reviving Thailand’s silk industry. He was also an avid art collector of Southeast Asian arts and antiques. His former home, now a museum, is a complex of traditional Thai-style wooden buildings, surrounded by a lush tropical garden with koi fish ponds.

    You can visit his house through a guided tour and learn about Thompson’s life and his role in the silk industry. However, with just two days in Bangkok, there are many more impressive attractions to explore in my opinion. That’s why I suggest visiting his house only if you have spare time or a particular interest in silk.

    Shopping in Bangkok

    Bangkok is home to some of the largest and most luxurious shopping malls in Southeast Asia. When I found out that while planning my trip, I immediately decided to set aside a day or two to explore some of them and do some shopping. I bought an awesome red bag from Lyn (a local brand) from Terminal 21.

    Here are the shopping malls I visited and I recommend checking out if you have some extra time:

    • CentralWorld – one of the largest shopping malls in Thailand and Southeast Asia (if you have time only for one, visit CentralWorld)
    • Siam Paragon – luxury boutiques and designer labels
    • Siam Square One – international fashion brands and trendy local boutiques
    • Emporium and EmQuartier – luxury and high-end brands
    • Terminal 21 – the most interesting mall in my view, as each floor of Terminal 21 is themed after a different city. Also, there were some souvenir shops that I struggled to find elsewhere in the city
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    Each floor of Terminal 21 is themed after a different city
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    The Istanbul floor of Terminal 21

    Try the desserts at ICI

    This creative pastry café is one of Bangkok’s hidden gems. Their cakes are fantastic and so pretty! I particularly enjoyed the 3 Little Pigs dessert and the hot chocolate, which comes with a cute bear on top. Unfortunately, I only found ICI on my last day in Bangkok, otherwise would have definitely come back for more.

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    The delicious cakes at ICI

    Must buy tickets in advance

    There are two attractions in Bangkok for which buying tickets in advance will save you hours of waiting.

    Grand Palace – with 8 million visitors per year, the lines at the palace are always very long, so book your skip-the-line Grand Palace here.

    King Power MahaNakhon – tickets are timed-entry and could be sold out, so I highly recommend booking in advance your King Power MahaNakhon ticket here.

    1-day Bangkok itinerary

    A single day in Bangkok barely scratches the surface of what the city has to offer. Nevertheless, you can visit the city’s three most iconic sites: the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and the Temple of the Dawn. However, visiting the floating markets is not possible due to their distance from the city centre (a 2-hour drive from the city centre).

    If you’re in Bangkok for just one day, I highly recommend joining the Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide. This tour not only covers the Grand Palace, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and Temple of the Dawn but also includes visits to a flower market and Chinatown. Additionally, transportation between sights and hotel pick-up is provided, saving you time and hassle.

    If you opt for a self-guided tour, you can simply follow the itinerary outlined in my travel guide for the first day. After that, just before dinner, make your way to King Power MahaNakhon for stunning views of the city.

    One day in Bangkok

    • Visit the The Grand Palace
    • Lunch at The Coffee Club
    • See the largest Buddha statue in Wat Pho
    • Admire the stunning Temple Of The Dawn
    • Enjoy the panoramic views from King Power MahaNakhon

    3-day Bangkok itinerary

    Three days in Bangkok is ideal for exploring the city’s iconic attractions, visiting the floating markets, and taking a day trip to the old capital, Ayutthaya. Therefore, if your itinerary permits, I suggest spending at least three days (or four if you’re keen on shopping) in Bangkok. This allows you to leisurely explore the city’s highlights without feeling rushed.

    3 days in Bangkok

    • Day 1: Grand Palace, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Temple Of The Dawn
    • Day 2: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, King Power MahaNakhon
    • Day 3: day trip to Ayutthaya

    Where to stay in Bangkok

    Bangkok is a huge city, so it’s important to pick a central and convenient location, especially for a short visit. Even in central areas, expect to travel between 30 minutes to an hour to reach some of the iconic sites like Wat Arun, Wat Pho, or the Grand Palace. Therefore, my best advice is to book a hotel that’s near both a metro and Skytrain station, as you’ll rely on both to navigate around the city.

    In my opinion, Sukhumvit is the best area for first-timers to stay in Bangkok. It’s a very central neighbourhood, packed with amazing hotels, restaurants, rooftop bars, and big shopping malls such as Terminal 21, Emporium and EmQuartier. Furthermore, it’s only a 20-minute metro ride from the iconic tourist attraction Wat Pho (via the blue MTR line) and a 10-minute train ride (via the Sukhumvit Skytrain Line) to the shopping district of Siam.


    Night Hotel – Best mid-range

    Guest rating: 8.6 | 2,690+ reviews

    Night Hotel is perfectly located on the quiet Sukhumvit Soi 15, just a stone’s throw from Terminal 21 shopping mall, Asok BTS SkyTrain station, and Sukhumvit MRT station. The hotel features a superb spa offering Thai massages and foot massages, along with Flava, a great restaurant serving international and Thai cuisines.

    Why book – 6min walk to Skytrain and metro stations, rooftop swimming pool and a bar, fantastic breakfast


    SKYVIEW Hotel – Best luxury

    Guest rating: 8.7 | 5,680+ reviews

    Located on Sukhumvit Soi 24, SKYVIEW Hotel is steps away from Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain station and Emporium and EmQuartier shopping centres. The hotel features two restaurants – Prime for international cuisine and Yankii for Japanese dishes, along with the Character Whiskey & Cigar Bar. The two rooftop bars, Vanilla Sky Bar and Mojjo Rooftop Lounge Bar, offer stunning views of Benjasiri Park and the city skyline.

    Why book – next to Skytrain station and 2 malls, outdoor salt-water swimming pool, 2 rooftop bars

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    Getting around in Bangkok

    Getting around Bangkok is easy due to its well-developed public transportation system. I recommend using a combination of BTS Skytrain (Bangkok Mass Transit System) and MRT Subway (Metropolitan Rapid Transit). The Skytrain covers major areas of Bangkok and it’s the fastest way to get around the city. Additionally, the subway is particularly convenient for the downtown area. Note that they work with different types of tickets, meaning tickets are not interchangeable, and the fare varies based on the distance travelled.

    Another option is to use the hop-on-hop-off bus. There are a total of 16 stops available, including key destinations like the Grand Palace, the most popular temples, and even shopping malls.

    How to get to Bangkok

    Bangkok has two main airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK).

    Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Suvarnabhumi Airport is the city’s main international airport. It is located about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of the city centre. If you’re travelling from abroad, chances are you’ll land at this airport. To get to the city centre from Suvarnabhumi Airport:

    • the easiest way is to book a private transfer directly to your hotel (over 2,550+ excellent reviews). I highly recommend this option, which is what I opted for myself. It wasn’t very expensive and I was exhausted after two long flights and nearly a full day of travelling.
    • take the Airport Rail Link (runs every 15 minutes) that connects the airport to Phayathai station (for the sky train – BTS Sukhumvit Line) or Makkasan stop (for the metro – MRT Blue Line). Then, you can take either the BTS Skytrain or the metro to reach your destination.

    Don Mueang International Airport
    Don Mueang International Airport primarily serves low-cost carriers and domestic flights and some short-haul international flights as well. It is located about 24 kilometres (15 miles) north of downtown Bangkok. If you’re flying domestically within Thailand, chances are you’ll arrive at this airport. However, double-check your airport information carefully. For instance, my flight to Phuket with Thai Smile departed from Suvarnabhumi Airport, even though it was a domestic flight. To get to the city centre from Don Mueang International Airport:

    • the easiest way is to book a private transfer directly to your hotel (over 260+ excellent reviews)
    • Take the SRT Dark Red Line train to Bang Sue Station and then transfer to the MRT Blue Line to reach your destination

    Day trips from Bangkok

    Ayutthaya

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    The famous Buddha’s head at Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

    Located about 80 kilometres north, Ayutthaya is the most popular day trip from Bangkok. The city was founded in 1350 and served as the capital of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s most prosperous and powerful ancient kingdoms. For over 400 years Ayutthaya was a major centre of commerce and culture until it was sacked and destroyed by the Burmese in 1767.

    Today, you can see only the ruins of this beautiful city. Still, they are truly impressive so if you have some extra time, I highly recommend taking a day trip to Ayutthaya. Some of the most famous ruined temples are:

    • Wat Mahathat – the most iconic temple in Ayutthaya, famous for the Buddha’s head entwined in the roots of a tree
    • Wat Chaiwatthanaram – a stunning temple, built in the Khmer architectural style
    • Wat Lokayasutharam – famous for its enormous reclining Buddha statue, which measures over 42 meters (138 feet) in length
    • Wat Phra Si Sanphet – the temple served as a royal monastery and it features three impressive chedis (stupas) that once enshrined the ashes of Ayutthaya kings
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    Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya

    How to get to Ayutthaya
    I highly recommend taking this organized ​​Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour (4,400+ excellent reviews). It not only includes all the must-see temples but also a free lunch.

    I wouldn’t suggest using public transportation to get to Ayutthaya. Although there is a direct train, it takes approximately 2 hours, and you need to allocate at least an additional hour for transportation within Bangkok and Ayutthaya. And once you arrive, you’ll have to arrange for someone to drive you around, as the sight is huge. Initially, I considered taking the train for a day trip to see more temples, but after considering all the logistics, I opted for an organized tour instead.

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    Wat Lokayasutharam in Ayutthaya
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    Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya

    Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary

    Take this Pattaya Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Trip, and enjoy a day with the elephants, away from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary provides a haven for rescued elephants. You’ll have the chance to feed and enjoy a mud Spa with the elephants in their natural environment. I suggest joining an organized tour from Bangkok to visit the elephant sanctuary, as guided visits are mandatory. Plus, it’s more convenient than arranging transportation on your own.

    Best time to visit Bangkok

    The best time to visit Bangkok is during the cooler and drier months, which are between November and February. During this time, the humidity and temperatures are lower, making it more comfortable to explore the city. However, keep in mind that the peak tourist season starts in December (until February) so expect larger crowds.

    Avoid visiting during the monsoon season, from June to October, when there is heavy rainfall and higher humidity.

    The Thai New Year is celebrated in April (from April 13th to 15th). It is marked by massive water fights (known as Songkran) throughout the city, symbolizing the washing away of bad luck.

    Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated every year on the full moon of the 12th Thai month. During this time people float decorated baskets (krathongs) on waterways to honour the goddess of water, seek forgiveness, and make wishes for the future.

    Faqs about visiting Bangkok

    How many days in Bangkok?

    I recommend spending between 2-3 days. This will allow you to see the most popular attractions, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and the floating markets. If you’re interested in visiting the old capital, Ayutthaya, or doing some shopping, consider adding an extra 1-2 days to your itinerary.

    Is Bangkok worth visiting?

    Absolutely! Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, home to gorgeous temples (like Wat Pho and Wat Arun), the Royal Grand Palace, huge shopping centres and sky bars.

    Is 2 days in Bangkok enough?

    Two days in Bangkok can give you a taste of the city’s highlights, allowing you to visit some iconic attractions such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and floating markets. However, if you plan to visit Ayutthaya, an elephant sanctuary, or explore some of the city’s huge shopping malls, you’ll need an additional two days.

    What to do in Bangkok for 2 days?

    In 2 days in Bangkok, you can visit the stunning Grand Palace and Wat Arun, see the largest Buddha statue in Wat Pho, enjoy the panoramic views from King Power MahaNakhon and explore the floating markets.

    How much do you tip in Bangkok?

    It’s customary to leave a tip of around 10% of the total bill if a service charge hasn’t already been included.

    Can you drink tap water in Bangkok?

    It is not recommended to drink tap water in Bangkok, but it’s generally safe for brushing your teeth.

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