So you and your partner have two days in Bangkok and you want to know what to do?
For many, the answer would be an exhausting and bipolar mix of visiting ornate temples, sampling delicious street food, exploring colorful markets, sneaking a peek at the streets of debauchery and shopping till you drop. It’s true that this is how most people would spend two days in Bangkok, especially on a first visit. However if you’re looking for a more balanced Bangkok experience there is another side to this massive metropolis.
We recently spent several months in Thailand and had the opportunity to visit Bangkok on four separate occasions for varying amounts of time. Of course we did the traditional things listed above and came away equally exhausted and amazed as you would expect. But we also made a point of searching out experiences that may not be so readily associated with Thailand’s bustling capitol.
Believe it or not, two days in Bangkok can also be a perfect chance for a fun and romantic couples getaway.
We’ve created a wonderfully balanced itinerary based on our own personal favorite, less touristy, Bangkok experiences. It includes a comfortable combination of romance, pampering, relaxation, sightseeing, local cuisine plus a bit of physical activity. Our plan for two days in Bangkok will have you leaving the City of Angels feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and energized as opposed to exhausted and in need of a rest.
Where to Stay
Amari Watergate Hotel
Start by checking in to the Amari Watergate Hotel. Ideally this itinerary will have you staying for 3 nights and two days in Bangkok.
There are many wonderful accommodations in Bangkok suited to all tastes and budgets but one of our favorite hotels is the Amari Watergate Bangkok. The Amari is a full service, modern and comfortable hotel in the heart of the city offering lovely rooms at an agreeable price.
When you’re not out on the town experiencing all the fab things on our itinerary you will have no problem finding comfort and romance with Amari Bangkok’s deluxe guest suites and great amenities…especially their fabulous peaceful tropical pool and lounging area. Oh and be sure to allow a good amount of time to sample all of the items at the international breakfast buffet.
Location: 847 Petchburi Road
Telephone: +66 (0) 2653 9000
Grand Swiss Hotel
A modern hotel right in vibrant Sukhumvit providing a calm oasis from the busy streets below. This 4 star hotel offers five types of rooms from premier to executive, all furnished tastefully and comfortably with luxurious beds for a great nights sleep.
The Grand Swiss also offers a swimming pool to cool down after a day of shopping, a fitness center to work off all the delicious Thai food and a fabulous rooftop lounge with a stunning 180 degree view of the city.
Location: 155/23-24 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Telephone: +66 2 253 2000
Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20
Again right in the heart of Sukhumvit this new 4 star hotel offers luxury and full service at an affordable price. Every room is tastefully decorated with a harmonious blend of contemporary and traditional Thai style creating a peaceful retreat for a restful stay.
The Novotel also has a beautiful infinity pool with lounge chairs and a bar, a separate kids pool and kids club, a state of the art fitness center and coming in late 2016 a full service spa.
Location: 19/9 Soi Sukhumvit 20, Kwang Klongtoey, Khet Klongtoey, 10110
Telehone: +66 2 009 4999
What To Do
After a dreamy nights sleep spend a leisurely morning enjoying the facilities at the Amari Watergate. Start with a workout at the huge state of the art gym and build up an appetite for the fabulous breakfast buffet. Then maybe go for a swim and lounge around the tropical pool before heading to the Flow House about noon.
The Flow House is an urban beach club where you can eat, drink and surf right in the heart of the city. Yes I said surf! With the state of the art Flow Rider imported from California you get exercise and adrenaline pumping excitement with body boarding or even full-on stand up surfing with their simulated wave machine.
Ladies if this is not your thing you can sit back and watch your man flaunt his physique and skills (or fall on his butt) while sipping a cool cocktail. After all he will be taking you to the spa later so he deserves some fun. I will tell you though that I tried it and had a blast and I am incredibly uncoordinated and balance challenged.
After surfing you can enjoy a delicious lunch at their bar or restaurant.
Location: A-Square, 120/1 Sukhumvit 26, Klongton, Klongtoey
Contact: +66 (0)99 083-8787 or email email@example.com
Divana Massage & Spa
Thailand is world renowned for their massage techniques and Bangkok is literally overflowing with options for everything from a sidewalk foot massage to a full body wrestling match.
Divana Spa Massage & Spa is neither of those. It is a beautiful boutique spa that offers a luxurious oasis right in the heart of the city. I spent a glorious four hours here getting scrubbed with mango, doused in champagne, massaged with hot oil and stones and finally soaking in a tub of milk and rose petals.
Many of their spa packages are also offered as couple massages and we highly suggest you do this together for your romantic weekend. Unfortunately for Nathan he had opted to try a traditional Thai massage at a different spa and although he said it was a great experience I personally wouldn’t have traded my pampering for his pain for anything.
Location: 7 Sukhumvit 25, North, Klongtoey, Wattana,
Contact: +66 (0) 2661 6784-5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Siam Wisdom Restaurant
The award winning Siam Wisdom restaurant is set in a traditional Thai stilt teak wood house which sits in a beautiful garden making it feel worlds away from busy Bangkok. Acclaimed Chef Chumphol Jaengprai prepares age old authentic Thai recipes that are then displayed in a beautiful contemporary presentation.
The multi-course set menu offers three styles: Ancient, Classical and Innovative but as the menu changes with the seasons there’s no point in us recommending the dishes we had. It’s very safe to say though that whatever you choose will be as delicious as it is beautiful.
Tip: Be sure to arrive for dinner a little early to enjoy an exotic cocktail in the romantic lounge.
Location: 66 soi Sukhumvit 31(Sawadee), Yak4, Klongtoey-Nua,Wattana
Contact: +6622607811 or email email@example.com
Image courtesy of Willetts World
After another delicious breakfast buffet put on some comfortable clothes and shoes and head to Lumpini Park for a morning of nature, exercise and romance.
Lumpini Park offers a bit of tranquility in the center of busy Bangkok. Dating back to the 1920’s this 142 acre parkland is a favorite of Bankokians who are looking for a respite from the concrete jungle. Here you can stroll, jog or cycle the many scenic pathways, join in a yoga class, hire a boat and enjoy a romantic ride on the lake, explore the gardens and green-ways full of wildlife or lay out a blanket and watch the elders practicing their Tai Chi.
Plan to have lunch here at one of the food stands or if it is a weekend you can enjoy the weekend fresh market and possibly even a free musical concert.
Location: Rama IV Road, Pathumwan
Afternoon Leisure Time
When you’ve had your fill of the park head back to the Amari for an afternoon relaxing poolside or maybe another pampering treatment at their Breeze Spa. If shopping appeals to you then you are in the right place. From Amari Watergate you can quickly reach Platinum Shopping Mall, Pratunam Market and Central World.
Shangri La Horizon Dinner Cruise
The Shangri La Horizon Dinner Cruise is a romantic way to see the city lights and the beautiful shimmering temples lit up at night. The two hour cruise on the Chao Phraya River is not overcrowded allowing for an ambient and relaxing voyage.
Also the food is amazing! You will be treated to a 5 star dining experience complete with white linens and mood lighting and a Thai and International buffet fit for a King. We feasted on everything from traditional local favorites like green curry and pad Thai to prime rib, fresh crab and mussels.
Location: Shangri La Hotel 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak
Contact: (66 2) 236 7777 or book online
Nightcap at the Red Sky Rooftop Bar
Image courtesy of Centara Grand Hotel Red Sky Bar
If you’re not ready for the romance to end a nightcap at a rooftop bar is a perfect option.
Bangkok has so many rooftop bars it can be tough to choose one. We’ll make it easy for you and recommend one close to the Amari Watergate so you can easily stroll home after your nightcap.
If you take the Metro back after the cruise you can get off at Siam station and walk the short distance towards Central World. You can and enjoy a libation and a beautiful view of the city at night at the Red Sky Bar in the Centara Grand Hotel.
Location: 55th floor of the Centara Grand, Central World
Contact: +66 (0) 2100 1234
Getting to and Around Bangkok
The best way to get to and from the airport is with Blacklane, a German based company that is giving Uber a run for it’s money. Bangkok airport can be pretty intimidating especially if it’s your first time. Having the security of a pre-scheduled professional driver service greeting you upon arrival really takes the stress off.
Blacklane connects passengers arriving in Bangkok, and more than 130 other cities, with a vast network of vetted, licensed and insured drivers. Their rates are very competitive and they have multi-lingual, 24/7 customer care, real-time service control for tens of thousands of quality cars, and all- inclusive fares guaranteed at the time of booking. You just need to schedule a pickup using Blacklane’s website, iOS app or Android app.
Note: Blacklane drivers are also available for driving services outside of the airport.
For getting around the city public transit is often the fastest and least stressful option due to the crazy traffic on the streets of Bangkok. They have a pretty decent network of MRT (Bangkok Metro), BTS (Sky Train) and boats. If you plan on using transit a fair bit it’s best to get a card that you can top up. You can plan all of your trips on the Transit Bangkok site.
The famous Bangkok Tuk Tuks are motorized versions of the original Rickshaws and although they are not as popular as they once were it’s definitely something you have to try at least once. Depending on the time of day and where you are going they can even be the preferred option. Just make sure you negotiate a rate and preferably have an idea of the direction you’re going to avoid getting ripped off. Definitely opt for public transit during peak times or you will find yourself sweating in traffic and inhaling fumes.
If you do try out our suggestions for two days in Bangkok we’d love to hear what you thought. Or if you have other suggestions for an alternative trip to Bangkok please do share them here!
Disclaimer: We would like to thank Amari Watergate, Siam Wisdom Cuisine, Horizon Dinner Cruise and Divana Spa for hosting us. We thoroughly enjoyed out time and are delighted to recommend these businesses based on our own personal experience.