48 hours in Bangkok for free
There's a lot of amazing tourists sights in Thailand's capital, Bangkok. The main temples cost, but it's really easy to spend 2 days without paying an entry fee in this phenomenal city.
Over two days, we suggest you visit:
Wat Indraviharn with its 32 metre high standing Buddha, Wat Pathum Wanaram conveniently placed between the mega malls of Siam Paragon and CentralWorld, the Chinese buddhist temple of Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat and the colourful and elaborately carved Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple in India Town. Tip – we do think it’s worth paying to visit at least one landmark temple. Wat Pho would be our choice if you just visit one and it’s worth knowing the best view of Wat Arun is free – from the opposite side of the river at sunset.
Bangkok is packed with atmospheric markets and the best one is free. Avoid the tourist traps and visit the massive Chatuchak Weekend Market to window shop your way through the corridors of leather goods, vintage clothes, Thai designer brands and souvenirs. Tip – avoid the illegal wildlife on sale and go early as it gets very hot.
In search of an instagram favourite? Then shop and eat along the tracks at Maeklong Railway Market and marvel as a train runs right through the stalls 8 times a day. Tip – check the train times and remember don’t endanger anyone – getting that ig shot isn’t worth it. Plus, it’s polite to buy some food or wares from the vendors.
It may be called a market, but the hip hangout of Chang Chui Plane Market feels more like an open air museum. Centered round a Lockheed L – 1011 plane with a neon red slide, it features urban art, modern sculptures, creative spaces, hipster shops and upscale street food (for example Insects in the Backyard for Thailand’s “first edible insect dining experience”). Tip – it’s open all day, but has more of a vibe at night.
As Bangkok is packed with historical and cultural sights, it’s easy to ignore the more modern attractions of this rapidly growing, 21st century city.
Tap into the city’s growing vintage and retro scene with a visit to Papaya. This iconic three storey building is as much a museum as a store. It is packed with millions of items of decoration and furniture. Check out the life sized hero figures, neon signs, European furniture and vintage vehicles.