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48 Hours in Bangkok

Destination(s): Bangkok

Needless to say two days in Bangkok won’t even scratch the surface of what’s here for you, but it will give you a good taste and the desire to come back for more. The best of the temples are top of the list plus a visit to the Grand Palace. Throw in a bit of fine dining and nightlife and a ride on the river and the city the Thai call Krung Thep may leave you breathless. read more about 48 Hours in Bangkok

Grand Hyatt Erawan

Grand Hyatt Erawan

  • 494 Rajdamri Road
  • Corner of Rama I Rd
  • tel:66 02 254 1234
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10330
Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

  • Paholyothin Road, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bangkok

Although greenery may be hard to come by in Bangkok, Chatuchak Park surely has a lot of it. A sanctuary for joggers, bicyclists and picnickers alike since 1980, Chatuchak Park is home to a variety of trees, a winding artificial lake and public exercising equipment for all to enjoy. It borders Chatuchak Weekend Market, thus also making it a haven for exhausted shoppers who need a break from the crowds. And although it is a bit hidden, the rolling extension of the park to the northwest cannot be missed. read more about Chatuchak Park

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

  • 494 Ratchawithi Road (corner of Ploenchit and Ratchiwithi)
  • (Next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel)
  • tel:+66 2 225 7612(Tourist Information)
  • Bangkok, 10330

In the middle of the glitz and traffic of downtown commercial Bangkok stands Erawan Shrine, a very unique place of worship that is a must-see. Devoted to the Hindu god Brahma, Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to honor the spirits that once resided in trees that were chopped down during construction of the nearby Erawan Hotel. Nowadays, the shrine is constantly flooded with worshippers praying for good fortune as they burn incense, light candles and place carnation garlands at offering tables. Traditional Thai dancers perform on a stage around the clock, and tourists are welcomed to partake in the spirituality. The open-air fills with pleasant scents and the good vibes are abundant. Erawan Shrine is a Bangkok must. read more about Erawan Shrine

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

  • 2 Sanamchai Road
  • Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
  • tel:+66 2 222 5910 / +66 2 226 2942 / +66 2 226 1743 / +66 2 225 9595
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200

Over 200 years old, Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's largest and oldest temple complexes. For an entry fee of 50 baht, visitors can roam the grounds with or without a guide, stopping along the way at numerous notable temples and sites. The most famous of Wat Pho's relics is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, wherein lies an impressive 46 meter-long gold-plated image of a reclining Buddha. A first grade royal monastery, Wat Pho is also Thailand's oldest learning center and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Take a Chao Phraya River ferry to Tha Thien (pier). The Grand Palace is a short walk from Wat Pho. You can also cross the river from the pier to see Wat Arun. Beware that scam artists (often tuk-tuk drivers) will try to claim that the temple is closed for the day. Don't believe it.

[Note: Pho is pronounced with a P like Paul not an F like a Vietnamese noodle soup]
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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

  • Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
  • East of the river, on Na Phra Lan Rd., near Sanam Luang
  • tel:+66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10500

Bangkok's Grand Palace served as the official residence of Thailand's kings from the time it was built in 1782 until midway through the 20th Century. Although the entry fee is considerably higher than most at 300 baht, the grounds are gorgeous and provide an unforgettable glimpse at Thai history and architecture. Sitting on over 215,000 square meters, the Grand Palace houses government offices, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and royal residences. A trip to the Grand Palace is worth combining with Wat Pho, its next-door neighbor of equal cultural importance. read more about Grand Palace

Lingam Shrine

Lingam Shrine

  • Wireless Road, Nai Lert Park
  • (Behind the Hilton International Hotel)
  • tel:+66 2 226 0060 (Tourist Information Center)
  • Bangkok, 10330

Also called Chao Mae Tubtim Shrine, Lingam Shrine is a unique quick-stop while downtown. Next to a canal, the shrine is very small and consists of innumerable phallic offerings. Believers visit Lingam shrine to honor the female deity Jao Mae and ask for fertility, luck or good fortune. The phalluses come in every shape, size and material imaginable and definitely provide for a light-hearted cultural site. read more about Lingam Shrine

Vimanmek Palace

Vimanmek Palace

  • 16 Rajavithi Road
  • Dusit
  • tel:+66 2 628 6300
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10300

Long used only as a storage place, Vimanmek Palace was converted into a museum in 1982 to commemorate King Rama V and has since become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bangkok. The world's largest teakwood mansion, the interior of Vimanmek Palace is breathtaking and displays Rama V's personal photographs, art and handicrafts. The expansive grounds of the palace also house a number of other restored structures turned museums, each important to Thailand's cultural and national heritage. Admission is 100 baht for adults who wish to escape into a sanctuary of history and beauty. read more about Vimanmek Palace

Manohra Cruises

Manohra Cruises

  • 257/1-3 Charoen Nakorn Road
  • At the Krunghtep Bridge
  • tel:+66 2 477 0770
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10600

Dining while sailing on a restored rice barge is certainly a memorable Bangkok experience. Although there are multiple companies that run these types of cruises, Manohra is one of Bangkok's most respected and reputable. Their gorgeously crafted boats can accommodate between 40 and 70 people, depending on the model, and float down the Chao Phraya river in style. Manohra offers cruises for dinner and sunset cocktails, as well as overnight voyages, including one that sails to Ayutthaya, and a Thai cooking class cruise. As if the beauty of the boat is not enough, the route guides guests past some of Bangkok's most important temples and barges. Prices start at 1,990 baht per person. read more about Manohra Cruises

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun