2 Days In Bangkok

Spend 48 hours seeped in the eclectic charm of Bangkok, the land where couture and culture mix to ensure relaxation and recreation

Day 1

Sawadika…Greetings from Thailand. With its lush tropical landscape, exotic cuisine and hospitable people, Bangkok is the ideal destination for urban travellers – except for the humidity that envelops you from the moment you step out of Suvarnabhumi Airport. But that is not enough to deter tourists from discovering the delights in store.

Time for retail therapy

Bangkok is an aesthetic blend of tradition and modernity, and it caters to all sizes of wallets, ranging from economical street shopping to posh malls sporting the latest in international couture. If you are brand conscious, head towards the new shopping centres in Rajdamri Arcade or Rajprasong Shopping Centre. Mahboonkrong (MBK) is another famous haunt.

Siam Center sells everything from inexpensive clothes to paintings, and is ideal for tourists who are just looking around.

Right across is Siam Square, with showroom displays. It also boasts three large movie theatres, restaurants, and coffee shops. Grab some lunch at one of the restaurants in Siam Square for a taste of the local cuisine. Try dishes like Thai Chicken/Beef Curry with rice, fresh seafood and Tom Yum Soup. Lok, Congee with meatballs, is a must try at the food stalls that line the streets.

Revel in its culture

Prepare for an unusual yet inexpensive evening of entertainment at the Siam Niramit Theater, which hosts the most elaborate and largest stage shows in the world every night from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

The story of Thailand’s history and scenes of Thai culture are brought to life by a cast of over 150 artistes accompanied with live elephants on stage. They sing, dance and perform aerial acrobatics whilst showcasing over 500 spectacular costumes.

Each ticket is priced at 1500 Bhat per ticket (approximately $44), and a fulfilling dinner buffet before the show costs 350 Bhat ($10). The Thai version of the Cirque Du Soliel winds up your first day in the city.

Day 2

Visit the bridge on the River Kwai

Transport can be arranged by the hotel to take you to Kanchanaburi town, which is about two-and-a-half hours from Bangkok.

Our first stop is the ill-famed Bridge on the River Kwai, built in 1943 and which still supports the weight of a working train. A delicious traditional Thai lunch is included in the tour cost. Post lunch, you can visit the war museum where the well-preserved pictures, paintings and poignant exhibits teach you what no textbook ever could.

After this sombre sojourn, we visit the remote forest temple of Wat Pha Luangtabua, also known as the Tiger Temple. This is the highlight of the tour as you get the chance to up and personal with the cats.

Unwind with a taste of its nightlife

Wind up an exhausting but rewarding 48 hours by treating yourself to the best fine dining experience in Bangkok. The Dome at State Tower on Silom Road offers an eclectic selection of restaurants and bars. They adhere to a strict smart casuals dress code. Skybar, one of the world’s highest open-air bars, suspended on the 63rd floor of the Dome, offers a panoramic view of Bangkok city whilst casually whetting your appetite with exotic cocktails.

Too soon, it’s time to bid farewell to the bustling city – ‘La-Kawn Sawatdee’.

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