Bangkok is a capital city of Thailand, and it has many places that worth visiting. The city is well-known for beautiful attractions, delicious food, traditional massage, and street shopping. Like other big cities, Bangkok offers temples, palaces, museums, art galleries, floating markets, shopping places, and so on.
I personally think that 2 days are not enough to get to know this city. But if you really have only 2 day in Bangkok, here is a recommended itinerary from me. Well, this is just a suggestion. You do not have to follow the itinerary stickly. Feel free to adapt or change the activities from day 1 to day 1 or vice versa depending on what you want.
Day 1: Visit an old town
Bangkok’s old town has several historical attractions. And, it could take more than one week, if you want to visit them all. Well, since we do not have much time, here is the highlight.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
The Grand Palace consists of buildings, halls, and pavilion. This place is used for royal ceremonies. Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple, is located inside the Grand Palace.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
From the Grand Palace, you can walk to Wat Pho. This temple is well-known for the Reclining Buddha (the main attraction) and Thai traditional massage. You can try a massage at this temple; the price is reasonable.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun is opposite to Wat Pho. To go there, just take a cross-river ferry from Tha Tien. The main attraction is the grand pagoda which you can climb up.
All above 3 temples are Bangkok’s most remarkable temples. Visit all 3 places above takes at least 3 hours. If you start in the morning, it will ends around noon. So, the next one would be the market where you can find something to eat.
Wang Lang Market
Wang Lang Market is a local market which is well known for food and clothing. At this market, you will see many workers and students. Have lunch there!
Khao San Road
To go to Khao San Road, a 400-meter long street that is full with pubs and restaurants. You have 2 choices. One is take a ferry to Tha Phra Arthit. From there, walk to Khao San Road. Well, this area is lively at night. Another one is take a ferry to Tha Phra Chan and walk from there to Tha Phra Arthit. With this option, you will walk pass Thammasat University, local restaurants, park, fort. For me, it is a great walking path.
Day 2: Visit shopping places
Bangkok is a shopping paradise. You can find both cheap products and luxury products here. There are shopping malls at almost every BTS Station. Below is recommended shopping places.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
If your day 2 is weekend, I recommend you to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market, the biggest market in Bangkok and also in Thailand. There are 27 sections and more than 15,000 stalls selling products. You can see my posts related to this big market here.
Pratunam Market and The Platinum Fashion Mall
If your day 2 is not weekend, I recommend you to visit Pratunam area. This area is well known for cheap clothings and accessories. The popular places are Pratunam Market and The Platinum Fashion Mall.
Then, in the afternoon, you might visit Siam Square. It is a shopping and entertainment area. You will find many shopping malls here such as Siam Square One, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and so on.
Last but not least, my advice for wandering in a city which is hot all year long like Bangkok is to start your day early, apply sunscreen before going outdoors, and bring drinking water with you all the time.