Thailand’s capital city is known for its many shrines and vibrant street-life. Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world, and it’s not hard to imagine why! With so much to offer, this thriving city is sure to satisfy everyone’s taste.
Visit the many temples and shrines or take a longtail boat through the floating market. Taste the delicious street food or make a reservation at one of the many rooftop restaurants with a view.
If you’re visiting to experience the incredible nightlife scene, you’re sure to be in for a treat. Bangkok’s nightclubs, cabarets, and red-light districts have so much to offer.
If you’re trying to figure out how many days to spend in Bangkok, a weekend is more than enough time to explore the best parts of the city, and learn about their interesting culture.
If you’re spending a weekend in Bangkok, you’re in for a treat!
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Insider Tips for an AMAZING Weekend in Bangkok
2 days in Bangkok is more than enough time to see the best in Bangkok! Here’s how you can make the most of your short Bangkok trip!
During your weekend in Bangkok, it’s important to find the best place to stay in a central location so that you don’t spend any of your precious time traveling. Even if you’re spending 3 days in Bangkok, it’s important to situate yourself near all the best things to do in Bangkok this weekend.
Whether you want to stay in the bustling city, or a more rural location, Bangkok as the perfect place for you. Once you’ve decided on the best area in Bangkok for you to stay, check out our favorite Bangkok hostels and hotels!
There are also loads of amazing Airbnbs in Bangkok.
Our Favorite Hostel – Bed Station Hostel Ratchthewi
- Free Breakfast every morning
- Located in central Bangkok
- Variety of room options (private/dorm)
This wonderful hostel is perfect for travelers who like to socialize and make friends with fellow guests. The hostel is also close to the party district for those who are planning an active nightlife.
Our Favorite Budget Hotel – Khaosan Green House Hotel
- Located a few roads from Khao San shopping area
- Safe in every room for personal belongings
- On-site restaurant serving middle-eastern and Thai cuisine
The rooms are simple but neat and provide you with everything you need for your weekend in Bangkok. The staff is friendly and very accommodating, which makes the stay very pleasant.
Our Favorite Splurge Hotel – Amari Watergate Bangkok
- Located in front of the Pratunam wholesale market
- City, garden and pool views from each room
- Squash court, aerobics classes and fitness center on-site
If you’re looking to live in the lap of luxury during your stay in Bangkok, this is the perfect hotel for you! With fine dining restaurants at the hotel, and many Bangkok attractions located nearby, you’ll be ecstatic you arrive at this gem of a hotel.
Know How to Get Around in Bangkok
In order to get to the best things to see in Bangkok, you’re going to need to know how you’re going to travel around the city.
One of the cheapest and most effective ways to get around the city is by Skytrain. This train travels along an elevated track that runs through the central business district of Bangkok. The only downside to this way of travel is that it can only take you from station to station. You may still need a tuk-tuk to take you to a specific place or travel the rest of the way by foot.
Taxis are quite a cheap way to travel, and fairs start at about USD $1. These taxis are metered, so make sure when the taxi driver starts the car it’s showing 35 baht (USD $1) so that you won’t get ripped off.
Chao Phraya River Express Boat is a very scenic way to get around! For just 25 baht, you can travel down the river for about an hour. These boats leave in both directions every 25 minutes and during rush hour they run every 5 minutes.
You can’t go to Bangkok without traveling on a tuk-tuk. This is a three-wheeled motorbike with an enclosed passenger seat. These don’t have meters so it’s important to negotiate the price before taking the ride.
If you’ve been wondering what to do in Bangkok this weekend, experiencing the vibrant nightlife is the perfect way to spend the weekend. Here are a few of our favorite nightlife activities for a weekend in Bangkok!
Huai Khwang District
- Just East of the city center
- Locally known as New Chinatown
- Full of vibrant activity
Huai Khwang district has come to be known as the “New Chinatown” due to the influx of Chinese residents over recent years. There are a variety of great clubs in the area but none compare to Onyx nightclub, which boasts the best EDM in the area.
This incredible nightclub is full of excitement and entertainment. It holds over 2000 people every night and ensures a night of partying as you’ve never experienced before.
CO2 cannons, laser shows, and confetti drops are but a few of the visual displays that Onyx provides. If you’re looking to pull an all-nighter and dance til you can’t anymore, Onyx is the place to do it!
- The transport hub of Bangkok
- Variety of laid-back jazz bars
- Great food options
If you’re looking for a relaxed night out, Khet Ratchathewi is the perfect place to have it. With plenty of public transport, you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get home after a night of drinking!
We recommend visiting the Saxophone Pub, which offers a completely different side to Bangkok nightlife. A laid-back environment and a cozy atmosphere will make you feel right at home.
The bands play a mixture of jazz, blues and old classics that get the crowd singing along. It’s also a great place to meet expats as they seem to congregate here.
Phra Nakhon District
- Most central district in Bangkok
- Party district
- Variety of nightlife activities
Phra Nakhon District is home to a variety of different nightlife options, from wild clubs to laid-back live music venues.
For a more laid-back option, we recommend paying a visit to Brown Sugar. This wonderful pub works as a coffee shop and restaurant during the day and turns into a lively pub in the evenings, where you can listen to live music of all kinds.
They’ve been open for over 26 years, so it’s fairly clear that they know what they’re doing when it comes to entertainment. If you’re looking for a great place to relax and listen to a live band, Brown Sugar is the place for you.
You’re sure to find some absolutely delightful meals during your weekend in Bangkok. Thailand has some of the most delicious food in a great variety! Thai cuisine has become popular all over the world, but nobody makes it quite like the Thai’s do. Here’s where to go in Bangkok if you’re looking for the tastiest meals!
Wang Lang Market
- Great variety of street food
- Open from 7 am to 8 pm every day except Sundays
- Used mainly by locals
The market is bustling with locals all week long and it’s easy to see why. The stalls sell clothing, fruit, vegetables and plenty of street food.
The variety of street food is amazing! You’ll find noodle dishes, dumplings, fried pork, grilled bananas, squid skewers, fish cakes, cakes, and cupcakes. If there isn’t something at this market to satisfy your appetite, then we’re sure nothing will!
- Traditional Thai restaurant
- The birthplace of Pad Thai
- Opened in 1966
Despite what you may think, Pad Thai hasn’t been around forever. In fact, it’s a fairly recent dish that became popular in the 20th century, and Thip Samai restaurant is the birthplace of this great dish!
What better place to eat Pad Thai than the very restaurant that invented it? Their food is delicious and the pricing is very competitive.
Siam Discovery Shopping Center
- Buffet style dining
- Set price of USD $30
- On the 4th floor of the Oishi Grand
On the 4th floor of Oishi Grand, you’ll find Siam Discovery shopping center where you can indulge in a 2,5-hour all-you-can-eat buffet. You’ll pay a standard fee of USD $30 for however much you decide to eat.
You can choose from a variety of great dishes: sushi, tempura, miso soup, dumplings, yaki grills, veggies, and raw meats.
If you don’t leave this buffet experienced stuffed full to the brim with delicious food, then you’re simply not doing it right!
Cook Your Own Meal
Finding a delicious meal in Bangkok is as simple as walking down the street. That’s okay but where’s the fun! If you really want to experience a great bit of Thai cuisine, you should try your hand at a traditional cooking class.
Here you get to visit local markets and source your own ingredients as you prepare your masterpiece from scratch. Not only is this a cool way to get a meal, but you will also have a new skill to impress your curry loving friends at home with.
See here for availability.
Sports are a great activity to take part in during your time in Bangkok. There are a variety of incredibly unique sports in Bangkok, some of which you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Here are a few of our favorites!
Wakeboarding at Taco Lake
- Bangkok is limited to cable wakeboarding
- USD $10 per session
- Thrilling experience
If you love watersports then this is one you have to try during your time in Bangkok. Cable wakeboarding has gained popularity over the past few years and joining in with the locals is always fun.
All the gear is provided so you only have to worry about showing up in swim gear.
- Maui Thai is the country’s national sport
- Plenty of Maui Thai gyms in Bangkok
- High energy sport
If you’re looking to switch up your gym routine during your weekend in Bangkok, why not try Maui Thai. It’s a high-energy sport that requires lots of skill and stamina.
You’ll find plenty of Maui Thai gyms in Bangkok seeing as it’s the country’s national sport. There are many beginner classes that will teach you the basics and ignite your love for this unique style of fighting. If you want to check it out first don’t miss a chance at the Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok. One of the oldest and most respected event centers, you can watch first hand this amazingly difficult and intense sport.
Watch Formula Renault Driving
- Hear the roar of the engine
- Join Bangkok’s petrol-heads
- ‘Taki Formula’ cars reach a speed of 200 kph
If you love to watch cars racing around the track, then be sure to visit this track while you’re in Bangkok. If you’re a keen petrol head, you can even take to the track for half the day – if you have a spare USD $490.
The track has a pit stop, stands and many other facilities to ensure your safety on the track!
Seeing theatrical arts is an absolute must-do in Bangkok. Here are a few of our favorite music productions, concerts and theater productions in Bangkok.
Calypso Cabaret Show
- Running for over 25 years
- World-class entertainment
- Phenomenal song and dance numbers
You can see the show performed in English, Thai or Korean, and enjoy impersonations of Elvis Presley and Marylin Monroe. Enjoy a variety of great burlesque performances and incredible Thai dancing numbers.
Enjoy a meal while being thoroughly entertained by Thailand’s best performers!
Bangkok Siam Niramit
- 1-hour show
- Stage listed in the Guinness World Records
- Extravagant costumes and stunning set designs
This theater production is highly realistic and very entertaining. If you love extravagance and elegance all wrapped up into one incredible performance, then this show is surely for you.
With marvelous set designs and beautiful costumes, there are few productions that can compare to this wonderful show!
Buy your tickets here before you go.
- Live music every night
- Stage performances
- Original music played
The Black Cabin provides high-quality music on a consistent basis for all of its patrons. If you’re a fan of listening to original live music, then this is the place to be during your weekend in Bangkok.
You can expect to hear jazz, blues, indie rock, soul and electronica. The crowd is a mix of locals and in-the-know foreigners that’ll make you feel right at home!
10 Other Awesome Things to do in Bangkok This Weekend
If you’re spending a weekend in Bangkok, you’re going to need a few more activities to add to your Bangkok itinerary. Here are a few of our all-time favorites!
#1 – Visit the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is by far the most popular tourist attraction in Bangkok. Ornate statues and intricate golden decorative patterns line the walls. The beautiful palace was once the home of the king of Thailand, and much like the white house, it was used as the office of the government at the time.
If you’re a fan of visiting historical buildings with wonderful architecture, you’re going to love this activity in the heart of Bangkok Thailand!
Only pay your entrance fee when you’re at the doors of the palace, often scams are run in the foreground of the palace which you don’t want to be a victim of.
Buy your tickets here before you go.
#2 – Ride the Sky Train
This is an activity you’re likely to take part in some time during your trip, as it’s a popular form of transport. However, if you haven’t worked it into your Bangkok trip, you’re missing out!
The Skytrain is a train that runs along an elevated track through the heart of Bangkok city. This gives you amazing views of the city below! The Skytrain is also air-conditioned, giving you a much-needed break from the heat Bangkok is so famous for.
See here for availability.
#3 – Visit Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak is an expansive market with over 8000 stalls selling a variety of weird and wonderful goods. If you’re looking for a shop-til-you-drop experience in Bangkok, this is your chance.
The market takes up an impressive 27 acres of space and attracts over 200 000 hopeful buyers every day that it’s open. The market opens every Saturday and Sunday in Bangkok, which coincides perfectly with your weekend away.
You’ll find everything to be very reasonably priced as the market is aimed at locals rather than tourists! You’re sure to pick up a bargain at this incredible market.
#4 – Visit the Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum is home to the largest number of artifacts and Thai art in the whole of Thailand. Making it an incredibly interesting place to visit during your weekend in Bangkok.
The museum was first opened by King Rama V to show off all the gifts that his father had given him, before morphing into the museum it is today. You can expect to see an array of Chinese weapons, precious stones, puppets, clothing, and textiles as well as Kohn masks.
Exhibits are held on a regular basis so be sure to check out what’s showing at the museum during the weekend of your Bangkok visit.
- Free WiFi
- Free Breakfast
- 24 Hour Reception
#5 – Explore the Sathorn Unique Tower
This 49 story skyscraper is an unfinished building that shapes the Bangkok skyline. The Sathorn tower was being built when the financial crises hit. The building was put on pause and then never picked up again, leaving a giant of a building to stand quietly unused.
There are now plants growing on the unfinished building, making it look like something out of an apocalyptic movie. There are security guards at the bottom of the building who will charge you a small fee for entrance, after which you’ll be free to explore the building as you please.
#6 – Walk Through Lumpini Park
Lumpini is Bangkok’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park and acts as the lungs of the city. It’s 500 000 square meters give the locals a much-needed breather from the everyday hustle and bustle of busy city life.
Taking an early morning or sunset stroll through this luscious green park is the best way to enjoy the peace and quiet it provides. On the weekends, the park is full of people taking part in all sorts of activities, so don’t be shy to join in!
#7 – Visit Dusit Zoo
The Dusit Zoo in Bangkok is the oldest zoo in all of Thailand! The zoo has been open for over 60 years and is home to over 1600 different animal species. If you’re an animal lover, this is the perfect outing to take part in during your time in Bangkok!
The animals are very well looked after and there is even an animal hospital on site. There is an interesting education center too, which teaches you about the many wonderful animals that call this zoo their home.
#8 – Explore Wat Arun
The Wat Arun temple is one of 31 000 Buddhist temples in Thailand. But what makes this one so special? The temple is situated right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and stands an impressive 79 meters tall.
The tower is covered in colorful tiles making for an impressive sight. If you catch the temple in the right light, it appears to glow a magnificent gold! The temple is said to be guarded by mythical giants that keep watch over the temple grounds.
There are many fascinating areas in the temple that are sure to catch your eye!
#9 – Pay Your Respects to the Erawan Shrine
The Erawan shrine is so popular that on many days it sees more visitors than many of the temples! Situated in the heart of Bangkok, this shrine was built back in the 1950s and remains as popular today as it was back then.
The shrine was built because construction workers who were working on a nearby hotel became too superstitious to continue working. They believed that the land spirits were unhappy and were causing problems on the construction site.
The shrine is a 4-faced, golden Brahma god that people bring gifts and flowers to in hopes that the god will grant their wishes.
#10 – Explore the Vimanmek Mansion
The Vimanmek Mansion is not only the largest teakwood building in the world, but it’s also the former home of the Thai royal family. The mansion now serves as a museum and is home to many artifacts and photographs donated by the king of Thailand.
The building is absolutely beautiful and well worth the visit! However, it’s important to note that just like many of the temples in Thailand, a strict dress code is enforced, so be sure to dress modestly!
You also won’t be allowed to take a camera inside of the building, but are free to take as many photos as you like in the gardens.
Bangkok is an amazing place to spend a weekend exploring as you’re sure to be well entertained! However, you’re likely to have a question or two about what you should expect during your stay. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about traveling to Bangkok, Thailand!
#1. What should I pack for a weekend in Bangkok?
- A bathing suit – You simply cannot visit Bangkok without a bathing suit! With so many beautiful turquoise-water beaches, you don’t want to miss out on this fantastic swimming opportunity! Although, if you happen to forget your bathing suit, there are sure to be a variety of them at one of the markets you visit, going for an absolute steal!
- Rain gear – Although the weather is hot and humid, Thailand is no stranger to the occasional downpour, so make sure you’re well prepared for this event. A light rain jacket is the perfect piece of clothing to protect you from the rain but it won’t cause you to overheat.
- Water bottle – If you’d like to save a pretty penny – and the environment – during your Bangkok travels, it’s a great idea to take your own water bottle. You can refill your water bottle with filtered water for just a few cents at most restaurants which makes access to clean and safe drinking water cheap and easily available.
#2. Can I get an apartment in Bangkok for the weekend?
The short answer – yes, you can easily rent an apartment in Bangkok for the weekend. This is a great option if you’d like a little extra privacy or a little more room! If you’re traveling with family or friends, this is a wonderful way to make the most of all the facilities an apartment has to offer, whilst splitting the cost with your loved ones.
We recommend looking for an apartment on a sites like bookings.com or Airbnb.com as they have a great selection of apartments to choose from. You can filter by the number of rooms, facility types, price, and location to find an apartment that will suit your exact needs!
If you’re going to book an apartment instead of a hotel room or hostel, be sure to book well in advance to ensure your stay at your first-choice apartment.
#3. Is Bangkok safe for a weekend trip?
While Bangkok is generally very safe, as with any capital city, there are things you need to watch out for!
If being scammed is not on your list of things to do, then carry an air of discernment about you. It’s best to travel with a tour group if you’re a first-time traveler, as you’ll learn when and what you should be looking out for.
When you’re traveling via tuk-tuk, be sure to negotiate a price before taking the trip as this will minimize your chances of being taken advantage of.
When you’re walking through busy streets and markets, be sure to hold your bag in front of you where you can see it, and make sure the zipper is securely shut. Pickpocketing is an issue on the bustling streets of Bangkok, so be sure to keep your valuable possessions safe while you’re on the move and hide your money when out and about.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t accept free drinks from anyone! These are often mixed with drugs and should be avoided at all costs! When buying drinks at a bar, it’s safest to buy drinks that are sealed in their bottle as alcohol in bars is often diluted with ethanol which can be dangerous when consumed in excess.
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Final Thoughts on a Great Weekend in Bangkok
Bangkok is a wonderful place to travel for the weekend, especially for first-time travelers to Thailand. The easily navigable city makes exploring a breeze, and the fact that there’s such a variation in activities makes Bangkok an exciting visit!
If investigating museums, exploring temples and getting to know the locals at one of the many markets in Bangkok doesn’t get you excited, then taking part in the upbeat and vibrant nightlife that Bangkok is so famous for sure will. This city is sure to leave you intrigued and ready for a return visit in no time!
No matter what you’re looking for in a holiday destination, this wonderful city is sure to be the answer! So what are you waiting for? The vibrant Bangkok city awaits you!
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Writer and Editor, Ana Pereira is a California native, inspired by Earth exploration and introspection. Recently, she spent several months exploring Africa and South Asia. She spends most of her “down-time” out in the wilderness, climbing, hiking, and beyond, and is feverishly passionate about travel and health.