Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is a major metropolitan area and center of business. The city’s 8 million residents uphold a vibrant tradition of art and local flavors. Thai locals are friendly and welcoming to visitors, often learning enough English to communicate with North American visitors.
Many international business travelers make regular trips to Bangkok, but likely don’t know where to start and end up missing out on the beauty found just outside the hotel. Here are our recommendations a 48-hour tour of the best that Bangkok has to offer.
00:00 – Check in at the hotel
There are several Best Western hotels in Bangkok. Visit bestwestern.com to book your stay.
09:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
Exploring a new city requires lots of energy. Enjoy breakfast just the way you like it with Best Western’s “Build Your Own” breakfast stations.
10:00 – Shop at the floating markets
There are several floating markets found around the town. Fresh fruit and authentic flavors are abundant in these traditional market places. The most popular spots are Khlong Lat Mayom and Thaling Chan. Stay for a lunch of freshly-prepared red curry and rice and a Thai iced tea to wash it down.
14:00 – Tour the Grand Palace and Wat Pho
While tourists are not allowed to enter the building, the grounds are stunning enough. Every wall is replete with ornate detail and color. Just south of the palace is the “Temple of the Reclining Buddha,” otherwise known as Wat Pho.
18:30 – Enjoy the delicious cuisine
Thailand is perhaps most famous for its delicious cuisine. While you are visiting, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of dishes. But, adventurous eaters will love the opportunities to enjoy Thai food at every corner.
23:00 – Rest back at the hotel
Enjoy free high-speed internet and a comfortable bed after a big first day.
32:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
Day two will be just as action-packed as the first. Start the day right with a delicious, complimentary breakfast.
33:00 – Get outside the city
Bangkok is a noisy, fast-paced city with very little room to spread out and breath. The rural areas surrounding Bangkok are a welcome contrast. Use the morning as an opportunity to discover the quieter side of Thailand. Just a few hours out of town, you can find pristine beaches like Hua Hin and dense rainforests villages. Discuss your plans with the front desk at your hotel and get their recommendations for places to visit and transportation.
41:00 – Take a boat ride of the Chao Phraya river
The river is the most peaceful way to experience the heart of Bangkok’s downtown. You can take an official tour or simply ride a water taxi to see the city from a new perspective. Chao Phraya bisects the city down the center and is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.
44:00 – Relax at the hotel
Don’t forget to pick a few key photos to post to Instagram to share your perfect 48 hours in Bangkok with your friends and family back home. When you post, include #BestWesternIsThere to join the global conversation.
There are more than 4,100 best Western locations worldwide with several properties throughout Thailand. Plan your next trip and book direct at bestwestern.com.