With just 2 days in Bangkok you still have time to enjoy its impressive cultural sites as well as its fine selection of shopping and dining. Check out this 2 day Bangkok itinerary.
Bangkok Tuk Tuk © Didier Baertschiger
From places to eat to places to shop, read our itinerary for 2 days in Bangkok to find out what you should do.
For more itineraries for different kinds of Thailand trips, see our Thailand Itineraries page.
What to Do:
- Click here to view our One Day in Bangkok: Must See Itinerary
Day Two Morning: Shopping at Ratchaprasong
Ratchaprasong is Bangkok’s biggest shopping district, home to a massive selection of malls and independent shops around BTS Siam and Chit Lom. From souvenirs to the latest fashion, a morning at Ratchaprasong is ideal for filling your suitcases.
Note that most of Bangkok’s shopping malls open at 10 am, making it a good idea to have a late breakfast before making your way to Ratchaprasong.
Siam Paragon © KhunBhun
- Siam Paragon
Located next to BTS Siam, Siam Paragon is one of Bangkok’s most popular malls. It’s home to a huge range of retail stores ranging from designer fashion to furniture, as well as a luxury cineplex, a sports car dealership and an excellent food court.
- Siam Square
Located opposite Siam Paragon, Siam Square is made up of several small alleys, each home to a selection of small boutiques and retail stores. Most of the items here are aimed at teens and early 20-somethings, although there’s a huge selection of souvenirs and other products.
- MBK Centre
The MBK Centre is cluttered and chaotic, but a lot of fun for shoppers. On floors one through three, you’ll find a range of clothing and accessory shops. The fourth floor is home to a huge range of smartphone, tablet and technology shops offering new and used gadgets.
- Central World
Bangkok’s biggest shopping mall, Central World contains a wide range of high street retailers, a cinema and an ice skating rink. Located a short distance from BTS Chit Lom, connected by skybridge. Contains two department stores: ZEN and Isetan
- Central Embassy
Central Embassy is Bangkok’s latest luxury shopping mall — a futuristic building that’s home to a selection of well-known brand names and designer boutiques. On the upper floors, you’ll find a range of high-end eateries and luxury movie theatre Embassy Diplomat Screens.
Day 2 Lunch
- Siam Paragon Food Court
The ground floor food court in Siam Paragon is a great place to enjoy tasty Thai food at low prices. Pick up a stored value card once you enter and receive your change once you finish eating — food is billed to your card as you order.
- Som Tam Nua
This reasonably priced Isaan (Northeast Thailand) restaurant is popular with local workers and students from nearby Chulalongkorn University. Famous dishes include som tam, which is a Thai papaya salad, and Thai-style fried chicken.
- Food Loft at Central Chidlom
Food Loft, the seventh floor food court inside Central Chidlom department store, serves a mix of Thai and international dishes with great views of Ratchaprasong. Collect a charge card as you enter and pay your bill on the way out.
Erawan Shrine © Shubert Ciencia
Day 2 Afternoon: Erawan Shrine and Lumpini Park
- Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Located opposite the MBK Centre and connected to BTS National Stadium, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre houses hundreds of paintings, sculptures and photographs from a selection of acclaimed Thai and international artists. Free entry.
- Erawan Shrine
Conveniently located opposite Central World and next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, this Hindu shrine contains an impressive statue of Phra Phrom. Popular with locals seeking good fortune, the shrine is usually crowded but worth stopping to appreciate.
- Lumpini Park
Bangkok’s version of Central Park, Lumpini Park is a great place to escape from the hustle, bustle and heat of the city. Small boats are available for rent if you’re interested in navigating the park’s large lake, but be on the watch for the park’s population of monitor lizards.
Day 2: Dinner
- Soul Food Mahanakorn
Owned by American food critic Jarrett Wrisley, Soul Food Mahanakorn serves a selection of Thai classics accompanied by strong cocktails in a charming classic shophouse. Located on Sukhumvit Soi 55, a short distance from BTS Thonglor.
High-end Thai restaurant Bo.Lan serves excellent Thai food in a beautiful renovated house in Thonglor. Try one of the tasting menus to experience a fantastic selection of dishes from all of Thailand’s famous food regions.
Bangkok Skyline 4 © Swaminathan
Where to Stay:
Luxury Hotels in Bangkok
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is arguably Bangkok’s most luxurious hotel. With a great location on the Chao Phraya River, it’s perfectly located for visitors that want to see Bangkok’s famous temples and historical attractions during their stay.
- Shangri-La Hotel
The Shangri-La offers a beautiful riverside setting and some of the best rooms in the city. Like the Mandarin Oriental, it’s a convenient and luxurious choice for visitors that want to travel to the Grand Palace and other attractions near the Chao Phraya.
- Sala Rattanakosin
Located beside the Chao Phraya on the historical Rattanakosin Island, Sala Rattanakosin is a luxurious 4½ star hotel with a fantastic location. Minutes away from the Grand Palace and the city’s other top historical attractions, it’s a great choice for travellers seeking convenience.
Mid Range Hotels in Bangkok
- Centre Point Silom Hotel
The Centre Point Silom Hotel is a short walk away from Sathorn Pier, making it a convenient and comfortable accommodation option for visitors to Bangkok that want to access attractions along the Chao Phraya by day and Bangkok’s best nightlife by night.
- Arun Residence
Offering some of the best views of Wat Arun in the city and home to one of Bangkok’s most popular riverside restaurants, Arun Residence is a conveniently located 4-star hotel that’s a short distance from the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and other attractions.
Budget Hotels in Bangkok
- Khaosan Immjai Hostel
With a location close to Khao San Road and a selection of affordable hostel beds and private rooms, Khaosan Immjai Hostel is a conveniently located and clean option for travellers on a strict budget.
- Oldtown Hostel
Oldtown Hostel is a clean, simple and comfortable hostel located a short walk from Bangkok’s luxurious Riverside area. Rooms range from eight-bed shared rooms to private doubles, twins and family rooms.
Feel like a night out? Since you’re in Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s most popular nightlife district, it’s easy to experience some of the city’s best bars and nightclubs. Try either of the two nightlife areas for a great taste of Bangkok nightlife.
Thonglor is Bangkok’s most popular high-end nightlife area, home to a selection of bars and nightclubs that attract the city’s “hi-so” community. Good places to start your night out include Thonglor Soi 10 and Seenspace on Thonglor Soi 13.
- Sukhumvit Soi 11
Located a short distance from BTS Nana, Sukhumvit Soi 11 attracts a mix of Thais, tourists and Bangkok expats seeking to party. Good places to start your night out include Levels, a large nightclub inside Aloft Hotel, Nest Rooftop Lounge, Cheap Charlie’s and Above Eleven.
Getting to Bangkok
From Suvarnabhumi Airport
- Suvarnabhumi Airport is Bangkok’s main international airport, located about 25 kilometres east of the city. There are three ways to get to Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport: via the Airport Rail Link, by public bus and by taxi.
- The Airport Rail Link (ARL) connects with the BTS Skytrain at Phayathai Station, making it a convenient option for visitors staying along the Sukhumvit Line. Trains depart on a frequent schedule from the basement floor of the airport terminal.
- Bangkok’s somewhat confusing public bus system is the cheapest way to get into the city from Suvarnabhumi. Buses depart from the Transport Centre close to the airport for a wide range of destinations.
- Taxis from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok cost 250 to 400 baht, depending on traffic and your destination, and are available from the taxi stand on the ground floor of the terminal. A 50 baht fee is applied to all taxi fares departing from the airport.
- See Travel Happy’s Bangkok Airport Guide for more info
From Don Muang Airport
- Don Muang Airport is Bangkok’s second airport. It primarily serves domestic and short haul international flights. There is currently no direct train service to Don Muang Airport, so you’ll need to catch a taxi from the airport into the city.
- Taxis depart from the taxi stand on the ground floor of the airport terminal. Turn left once you exit customs and you’ll find the stand. Like at Suvarnabhumi Airport, a 50 baht fee is applied to all taxi fares from Don Muang Airport.
- See Travel Happy’s Bangkok Airport Guide for more info