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1. Posted by Ils1976 (Respected Member 107 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Me and my best friend are going to visit Bangkok for just 2 days. I've been in the country about 18 years ago and I guess loads of things have changed. Since I only have 2 days I hope there is someone out here who can help me on what not to miss out on! I read something on Samut Prakan and visiting the Ancient city. Is this worth a visit ??? What is also important not to miss?

2. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 104 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

There is so much to see in Bangkok that it's difficult just to pick a few things. But I would advise you to take a long boat canal ride. You will see a lot of things along the river front and then get to see the back canal areas also. Keep your camera handy.

3. Posted by Ils1976 (Respected Member 107 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for the input Littlesam1. I am putting this on my list to do!

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It's changed a lot since then, but you'll still recognise it.
If your friend hasn't been there before then the Grand Palace is a must.

Beyond that, it depends what you're both interested in, but I'd suggest you have a look at this; https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Thailand/

Also a decent guide book like 'rough guide' or 'lonely planet'.

Have fun.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3337 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

"... going to visit Bangkok for just 2 days."

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I hope you are not flying all the way from Belgium to Thailand for just 2 days! Long ride to Thailand unless this 2 days is just part of a longer visit to this part of Asia.

Since your last visit the Skytrain has been extended. You can ride the Skytrain, subway and Airport Rail Link to get around. Maybe keep it simple and explore some of the areas at Skytrain stops.
http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

Most long distance international flights land at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) vs old Don Muang (DMK.) Suvarnabhumi Airport has rail service. (Airport Rail Link.) There are many hotels you can reach by cheap rail service.

I choose hotels where I can walk to nightlife, restaurants, malls and use the city rail service. Meter taxis are not that expensive when you pay the meter fare! Only you know what you visited before. Temples, palace, shopping, parks, etc. With more time in the city you can take advantage of shared tours from local travel agencies or hotel tour desks.

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Bangkok/

Good luck.

6. Posted by Ils1976 (Respected Member 107 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

It's changed a lot since then, but you'll still recognise it.
If your friend hasn't been there before then the Grand Palace is a must.

Beyond that, it depends what you're both interested in, but I'd suggest you have a look at this; https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Thailand/

Also a decent guide book like 'rough guide' or 'lonely planet'.

Have fun.

Thanks so much, I surely going to have a look!

7. Posted by Ils1976 (Respected Member 107 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

"... going to visit Bangkok for just 2 days."

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I hope you are not flying all the way from Belgium to Thailand for just 2 days! Long ride to Thailand unless this 2 days is just part of a longer visit to this part of Asia.

Since your last visit the Skytrain has been extended. You can ride the Skytrain, subway and Airport Rail Link to get around. Maybe keep it simple and explore some of the areas at Skytrain stops.
http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

Most long distance international flights land at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) vs old Don Muang (DMK.) Suvarnabhumi Airport has rail service. (Airport Rail Link.) There are many hotels you can reach by cheap rail service.

I choose hotels where I can walk to nightlife, restaurants, malls and use the city rail service. Meter taxis are not that expensive when you pay the meter fare! Only you know what you visited before. Temples, palace, shopping, parks, etc. With more time in the city you can take advantage of shared tours from local travel agencies or hotel tour desks.

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Bangkok/

Good luck.

No, we aren't flying in for 2 days, I am not that rich!
We are ending a tour in Laos and Cambodia ... so those 2 days is just a great way to end our much needed holiday!
Thanks for the link to the skytrain, indeed, this one is new for me!

Some people suggest Samut Prakan, but I don't know if it is worth the visit. Have you been there?

I surely liked the palace, maybe I will go and revisit it, but after that there is still some more time to explore the city!

ILS

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3337 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

There are shared tours to "Ancient City" that you can sign up for at local travel agencies if you have a full day. Some travel agency tours might get you in at a reduced Thai citizen price plus provide the ride. But the last time I did this was around 12 years ago.

Some links come up with using Skytrain and custom transportation to this place. You pay the tourist price to get in. ( I don't think the below link includes the new Skytrain stops.)

https://www.muangboranmuseum.com/en/

This is a representation of some of the things you see in Thailand.

I haven't used the Skytrain to get closer to this place but Google searches show how to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNgLB_oAAZ0

9. Posted by lumahonri077 (Inactive 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

When I first visited Bangkok in 2006, I despised the city and couldn't wait to get out. But recently Bangkok is one of the best cities in the world. It just takes a little time to get to know and love. The city may not have a lot of “tourist attractions” in the way that Paris, London, NYC, and Buenos Aires do but Bangkok is not that kind of city. Bangkok is a place to wander, eat, and imbibe. It is a city that reveals itself to people who get away from the temples, touts, and tourists and get into the local way of life.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

10. Posted by Ils1976 (Respected Member 107 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

There are shared tours to "Ancient City" that you can sign up for at local travel agencies if you have a full day. Some travel agency tours might get you in at a reduced Thai citizen price plus provide the ride. But the last time I did this was around 12 years ago.

Some links come up with using Skytrain and custom transportation to this place. You pay the tourist price to get in. ( I don't think the below link includes the new Skytrain stops.)

https://www.muangboranmuseum.com/en/

This is a representation of some of the things you see in Thailand.

I haven't used the Skytrain to get closer to this place but Google searches show how to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNgLB_oAAZ0

Thanks so much, I will have a look.

ILS