Bangkok has seen an exponential increase in tourists in the last few years. Visitors travel from all over the world to experience the culture and food, and to see the beautiful architecture of temples. If you are heading to Bangkok but don't have a lot of time on your hands then here are a few things that you can do when you spend two days and one night in Bangkok.
A Visit to the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace was the Kings home for over 150 years, but at the turn of the 20th century the kings stopped living here full time. The Grand Palace is now one the most famous attractions in Bangkok. The complex is the seat of power and the spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom.
There is a submission fee of around 500 Baht, and there is a strict dress code for the Grand Palace. As with most temples, ladies for required to wear long pants (or skirt) closed shoes and a top that covers their shoulders. Men need to be similarly modest in their clothes – no tank tops are permitted.
The Grand Palace is a 15-20 minute walk from the backpackers hub in Bangkok, Khao San Road.
Take A Round Boat Trip on the Mae Nam Chao Phraya River
Aptly named the Mother Water Grand Duke in direct English translation, it is the bloodline of the Thai people, this river flows through the heart of Thailand.
Locals have made the banks their home since ancient times and created their livelihoods from its environment.
We were privileged enough to experience this first hand. We took a round trip down the river in a long-tail boat. We were approached by a few of the river vendors to buy their local produce*.
Boat drivers do warn you to keep valuables out of arms reach of vendors. Even though they are trying to earn an honest living – avoid problems by taking away the opportunity for things to be taken out of the boat.
*This is not the floating market.
Get A cheap Thai Massage
As you turn onto Khao San Road you are bombarded with colours, smells, sounds, signs, and crowds of vendors and tourists. And along with the assault on the senses, comes the vast amount of massage parlors and the challenge of choosing the right one.
We tried a new parlour every time we wanted a massage, and luckily never had an unsavory experience. In saying that, I was not brave enough to do more than just a foot massage on one of the recliner chairs that lined the walking street – I stayed outside of the salons and in a public area.
Be careful who you chose for your massages and what massage you request. If you get it wrong, you might have a very 'un'happy ending.
Experience the Night Life of Khao San Road
Khao San Road lights up at night – like neon lit up! Music begins blasting from every bar and club along the street, each competing with each other to see whose sound system can withstand the deepest bass.
Tourist flock to the street for a night of bar hopping, alcohol induced dancing, local entertainment, and absolute fun. Khao San Road leaves tourist spoiled for choice for their evening.
Get A Ride In A Motorised Rickshaw
Tuk Tuks used to be everyone’s favourite way of getting around, but I think that riding a Tuk Tuk has become more about the experience than the ride – it’s an item to tick off the bucket list.
I must say that we took a few rides in Tuk Tuk’s in different cities, because they are one of the most convenient ways to get around, and the experience is the same no matter where you go… scary.
Tuk Tuks are generally 30 Baht per ride, but the price can vary based on traffic and peak hour times. There are a few Tuk Tuk drivers that will give you an inflated figure when you ask them for a price, so remember to haggle the price down about roughly 15 Baht.
Visit Talat Kao China Town
Most major cities of the world have a China Town of their own, and Bangkok is no different. The Chinese community of Thailand have managed to preserve their culture in the food and trade items they sell in the China Town neighbourhood.
Be prepared to walk through narrow alleys, with crowds of people moving both ways and the occasional moped squeezing through. The alley-ways are greasy, noisy, and rather smelly from all the spices, herbs, and dead animals hanging from hooks.
Eat Street Food
Street food is the best place to find local and seasonal food because these traditional Thai dishes are usually prepared at home by Thai people. Bangkok is noted for it’s variety and abundance of street vendors, and is recommended the number one spot to try street food.
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