2-Day Local Family Experiences: Bangkok Sightseeing and Shopping

Bangkok, Thailand

2 days

Floating lantern
Big Buddha statue at Wat Paknam Phazi Charoen
Wat Benchamabophit Dusit Wanaram
Floating market
Wat Phra Kaew Ancient temple

About Bangkok, Thailand

Experience the vibrant city of Bangkok, Thailand, a bustling metropolis that perfectly blends modernity with rich cultural heritage. Marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Palace, the city's most famous landmark, and the sacred Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaew temples. Explore the bustling markets like Chatuchak Weekend Market for unique souvenirs, and savor the world-renowned street food. Cruise along the Chao Phraya River for a different perspective of the city, or unwind in the tranquil Lumpini Park. Nightlife enthusiasts will enjoy the lively Khao San Road or the upscale rooftop bars with panoramic city views. Bangkok is not just a city, it's a diverse and vibrant world waiting to be explored.

2-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Exploring the Grand Palace and Wat Arun


Start your day with a visit to the Grand Palace, a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok. It has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. The grandeur and majesty of the building would leave you in awe.


Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at a local restaurant. Try some of the famous dishes like Pad Thai, Green Curry, and Mango Sticky Rice.


After lunch, head to Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. It is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different from the other temples you can visit in Bangkok.


Have dinner at a riverside restaurant. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Chao Phraya River while savoring delicious Thai cuisine.


End your day with a relaxing river cruise. Enjoy the beautiful city lights and the cool breeze.


Begin your second day with a visit to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It is one of the world's largest weekend markets and you can find almost everything here, from clothes to antiques.


Have lunch at a local food stall in the market. Try some street food like Satay, Som Tam, and Thai Iced Tea.


After lunch, visit the Jim Thompson House. It is a museum in central Bangkok, housing the art collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson, the museum designer and former owner.


Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner at a local restaurant. Try some of the famous dishes like Tom Yum Goong, Massaman Curry, and Khao Pad.


End your day with a visit to Asiatique The Riverfront. It is a large open-air mall in Bangkok and it faces the Chao Phraya River. It is a great place for shopping and entertainment.

Attractions in Itinerary (5)

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782.

Cultural Experiences
Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Religious Sites
Cultural Experiences
Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market

One of the world's largest weekend markets covering area of 27 Acres altogether divided into 27 Sections, contains more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand.

Food and Drink
Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House

The museum spans one rectangular 'rai' of land (approximately half an acre or 2023.43 square meters). It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand; sporting vibrant jungle foliage in the heart of the city.

Cultural Experiences
Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront is a large open-air mall in Bangkok, Thailand. It occupies the former docks of the East Asiatic Company, and faces the Chao Phraya River and Charoen Krung Road.

Food and Drink

Local Food and Drinks (12)

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

A popular Thai stir-fried noodle dish with eggs, tofu, shrimp, and bean sprouts, flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, garlic, red chili pepper, and palm sugar. It's a must-try dish in Bangkok.

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong

A classic Thai soup known for its distinct hot and sour flavors, fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. It's a shrimp soup that's a staple in Bangkok.

Som Tam

Som Tam

A spicy green papaya salad that combines all four tastes - sour, chili, sweet, and salty. A popular dish in Bangkok, especially among locals.

Green Curry

Green Curry

A creamy and spicy curry made with green chillies, coconut milk, and a variety of vegetables and meat (usually chicken). It's a common dish in Bangkok and throughout Thailand.

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

A traditional Thai dessert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango slices, and sweetened condensed milk. It's a favorite dessert among locals and tourists in Bangkok.

Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry

A rich, relatively mild Thai curry that is an interpretation of a Persian dish. Massaman curry is a popular dish in Bangkok, often made with chicken, beef, or lamb.

Khao Pad

Khao Pad

A Thai fried rice dish with meat (chicken, shrimp, or crab), egg, onions, garlic, and sometimes tomatoes. It's a common street food in Bangkok.



Grilled skewered meat served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. It's a popular street food in Bangkok.

Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea

A refreshing, creamy, and sweet beverage made from tea, milk, and sugar. It's a popular drink in Bangkok, especially during the hot summer months.

Singha Beer

Singha Beer

A popular Thai beer brand. It's a pale lager that's a common choice of drink for locals and tourists in Bangkok.

Chang Beer

Chang Beer

Another popular Thai beer brand. It's a pale lager that's widely available in Bangkok.

Mekhong Whisky

Mekhong Whisky

Despite its name, Mekhong is actually more of a rum. It's a popular local spirit in Bangkok, often enjoyed with mixers or in cocktails.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Bangkok, Thailand is between November and February. During these months, the weather is cooler and less humid, making it more comfortable for sightseeing and outdoor activities. This period is also considered the dry season, so you're less likely to encounter heavy rains. However, it's also the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds at popular attractions and higher prices for flights and accommodations.

National holidays

Here you can find the national calendar of all public holidays for the year. These dates are subject to change as official changes are announced, so check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday Name

January 1


New Year's Day

February 24


Makha Bucha

February 26


Day off for Makha Bucha

April 6


Chakri Day

April 8


Chakri Day observed

April 13



April 14



April 15



April 16


Songkran Observed

May 1


Labor Day

May 4


Coronation Day

May 6


Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day

May 6


Coronation Day observed

June 3


Queen Suthida's Birthday

July 20


Buddhist Lent Day

July 22


Day off for Buddhist Lent Day

July 28


King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday

July 29


King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday observed

August 12


The Queen's Birthday

October 13


Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol

October 14


Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol observed

October 23


Chulalongkorn Day

December 5


King Bhumibol's Birthday/Father's Day

December 10


Constitution Day

December 31


New Year's Eve

Please note that during national and public holidays, opening hours for establishments, museums, etc. may vary. Don't forget to check in advance!

How to get around

The Skytrain is an elevated rapid transit system in Bangkok. It is a convenient way to travel around the city, especially during peak traffic hours. It has two lines: the Sukhumvit Line running northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and Kheha respectively, and the Silom Line which serves Silom and Sathorn Roads, the central business district of Bangkok, terminating at National Stadium and Bang Wa.

The MRT, also known as the subway, is another great way to get around Bangkok. It serves many of the main areas in the city and connects with the BTS at several stations. The MRT has two lines: the Blue Line, which runs in a loop around the city, and the Purple Line, which extends to the northern suburbs.

Bangkok has an extensive bus network providing routes to various parts of the city. It's a cheap way to get around, but can be quite confusing for first-time visitors. The buses can get quite crowded during peak hours, and traffic in Bangkok can be very heavy.

Taxis are plentiful and cheap in Bangkok. They're a good option for direct travel to a specific location. All taxis are metered, but some drivers may try to negotiate a flat fare, especially during peak hours or for longer distances. Always insist on using the meter.

A Tuk-Tuk is a motorized rickshaw and is one of the most popular modes of transport in Bangkok for short trips. They're fun to ride in, but be sure to negotiate the price before you get in as they don't have meters.

Motorcycle taxis are a quick way to get around Bangkok, especially during peak traffic hours. They're best for short distances and can be found at designated motorcycle taxi stands. Riders are required to provide and wear a helmet.

The Chao Phraya River is a major transportation artery in Bangkok. Regular boat services operate along the river and canals, providing a unique and scenic way to get around the city. Some boats are express boats with fewer stops, while others are local boats with more stops.

Grab is the most popular ridesharing app in Bangkok. It offers services similar to Uber, including private cars, taxis, and even motorcycle taxis. It's a convenient and reliable way to get around the city, especially if you're not familiar with the local transportation system.

While we strive for accuracy in our "How to get around" section, the information may not always be up-to-date or 100% accurate; we highly recommend cross-checking with local resources before your travel.

Important information

Currency฿ THB

Time zoneUTC+7

Driving sideLeft

Emergency phoneAmbulance: 191; Fire: 199; Police: 191

Drinking waterOpt for bottled water

Power sockets

Power socket type APower socket type BPower socket type C

Voltage230 V

Things to know about Bangkok, Thailand as a first time visitor


Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is known for its vibrant street life and cultural landmarks.


The official language is Thai, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas and hotels.


The currency used in Bangkok is the Thai Baht (THB). Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's also good to carry some cash for small vendors and taxis.


Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate, so it's hot and humid throughout the year. The average temperature ranges from 79°F (26°C) to 95°F (35°C).


The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including the BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, buses, and taxis. However, traffic can be heavy, especially during rush hours.


Tuk-tuks are a popular mode of transport for short distances. Remember to negotiate the fare before getting in.


Bangkok is known for its street food. Try local dishes like Pad Thai, Som Tam, and Mango Sticky Rice.


Be respectful of the Thai culture. It's considered rude to touch someone's head or point your feet at people or religious images.


Dress modestly when visiting temples or other religious sites. Shoulders and knees should be covered.


The tap water in Bangkok is not safe to drink. Always buy bottled water.


Bangkok is generally safe, but like any big city, beware of pickpockets and scams, especially in crowded areas.


The city is known for its bustling markets. Visit places like Chatuchak Weekend Market, Pratunam Market, and Asiatique for shopping.


Thai people are known for their hospitality. 'Wai' is a common Thai greeting, which involves a slight bow with palms pressed together.


The voltage in Thailand is 220 volts, and the plug types are A, B, C, and O. You may need a power plug adapter or voltage converter.


Bangkok has a vibrant nightlife, with many bars, nightclubs, and rooftop lounges. However, the legal drinking age is 20.


The emergency number in Thailand is 191 for police, 1669 for medical emergencies, and 199 for fire.


Bangkok has a high air pollution level, especially between January and April. Consider wearing a mask if you have respiratory issues.


Tipping is not mandatory in Thailand, but it's appreciated. A tip of 10-15% is common in restaurants.


Bangkok is in the Indochina Time Zone (ICT), which is 7 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+7).


Always carry a copy of your passport and important travel documents with you. It's also a good idea to leave a copy with someone at home.

Basic Thai to know as a first time visitor

English phrase

Native phrase


When to use it




Greeting someone



Laa gòn

Leaving or saying goodbye

Thank you


Khob khun

Expressing gratitude




Agreeing or confirming




Disagreeing or denying



Khor thot





Making a request

I don't understand


Chan mai khao jai

When you don't understand something

Do you speak English?


Khun poot pasa angkrit dai mai

Asking if someone speaks English



Chuai duay

In emergencies or needing assistance



Hong nam

Asking for the restroom




When looking for something to eat




When asking for water




When ordering a beer




When ordering a coffee




When ordering a tea

Where is...?


... yùu tîi năi

Asking for directions

How much?


Tao rai

Asking for the price

Too expensive


Paeng goen pai

Negotiating a price

I'm lost


Chan long thang

When you are lost

Packing List

  • Clothing

  • Lightweight clothing

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Swimwear

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Sandals

  • Hat or cap

  • Sunglasses

  • Light jacket or sweater

  • Toiletries

  • Travel-sized shampoo

  • Travel-sized conditioner

  • Travel-sized body wash

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Deodorant

  • Razor

  • Shaving cream

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Travel-sized first aid kit

  • Prescription medications

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Travel documents and essentials

  • Passport

  • Driver's license or ID card

  • Credit and debit cards

  • Cash in local currency

  • Travel insurance documents

  • Hotel and transportation reservation confirmations

  • Emergency contacts and addresses

  • Electronics and gadgets

  • Smartphone

  • Charger for smartphone

  • Power bank

  • Headphones

  • Camera

  • Charger for camera

  • Universal travel adapter

  • Miscellaneous items

  • Travel pillow

  • Earplugs

  • Eye mask

  • Snacks

  • Water bottle

  • Books or magazines

  • Travel guide for Bangkok

  • Map of Bangkok

  • Notebook and pen

  • Reusable shopping bag

Weather Conditions

Bangkok, Thailand is known for its tropical monsoon climate, which means it's generally hot and humid throughout the year. The city experiences three main seasons: hot, rainy, and cool, although temperatures rarely drop below 20°C (68°F). The hot season, from March to June, sees temperatures often soaring above 30°C (86°F). It's a great time to visit if you love the heat, but remember to stay hydrated and wear sun protection. Air-conditioned malls and attractions like the Grand Palace or Wat Arun offer respite from the heat. The rainy season, from July to October, is characterized by short, heavy showers, usually in the afternoon or evening. Despite the rain, it's still quite warm with temperatures typically between 25°C (77°F) and 35°C (95°F). Don't let the rain deter you; it's also the season when the city is at its most lush and green. Just remember to carry an umbrella or a raincoat, and be prepared for occasional traffic snarfs due to the rain. The cool season, from November to February, is arguably the best time to visit Bangkok. The weather is more comfortable with temperatures ranging from 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (86°F), and there's less rainfall. It's the perfect time for outdoor activities like exploring the Chatuchak Weekend Market or taking a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River. Regardless of when you visit, Bangkok's weather can be unpredictable. It's always a good idea to check the forecast before your trip and pack accordingly. Don't forget to include light, breathable clothing, a good pair of walking shoes, and a hat or umbrella for sun and rain protection.

MonthHi / Lo (°C)Weather Overview


32° / 21°

January is a great time to visit Bangkok, as it's the coolest month of the year with less rainfall.


34° / 23°

February is still relatively cool and dry, making it a good time for outdoor activities and sightseeing.


35° / 25°

March marks the start of the hot season, with temperatures starting to rise, but it's still manageable for most tourists.


36° / 26°

April is the hottest month of the year, so be prepared for high temperatures and humidity, but it's also the time of the traditional Songkran water festival.


35° / 25°

May sees the start of the rainy season, with afternoon showers, but it's also less crowded with tourists.


35° / 25°

June is in the middle of the rainy season, with frequent showers, but there are still plenty of indoor activities to enjoy.


35° / 25°

July is similar to June, with frequent rain, but it's also a good time to visit indoor attractions like museums and shopping malls.


35° / 25°

August is one of the wettest months, so pack a raincoat, but don't let the rain deter you from exploring the city's vibrant street life.


34° / 24°

September is the peak of the rainy season, but the rain usually doesn't last all day, and the city is less crowded.


34° / 24°

October still sees some rain, but it starts to decrease towards the end of the month, and the temperatures are more comfortable.


33° / 23°

November marks the start of the cool season, with less rain and more pleasant temperatures, making it a popular time to visit.


31° / 21°

December is one of the best months to visit, with cooler temperatures, less rain, and lots of festive activities for the holiday season.

Did you know?

Did you know that Bangkok, Thailand is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, which means 'City of Angels'?

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