48 in Bangkok

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Date: November 19th 2019
Traveller: Carla Rijnders
Bangkok, a city that never sleeps. Never a dull moment in the city of the movie Hangover II. But where to begin in one of the biggest metropolises of Asia? We will start with teaching you about the real name of Bangkok. The city is known as Krung Tep to the Thai people, an abbreviation of the official name, which is the longest city name in the world: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Meaning: The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (unlike Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.
So now you know the name of the city, now it’s time to get to know it! Follow us to spend your 48hrs in the best way possible!

Day 1 – Culture and background of Bangkok
You can start with some culture, to understand a little bit more about Thailand and the background of its people. Visit the historic city and start with Wat Arun, the place where Bangkok started about 150 years ago when Ayutthaya was defeated. You can cross the river and go where Bangkok settled down later, until today. The Grand Palace and specifically the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the most sacred place of Thailand. It’s here where huge crowds still come together every day to pay respect to King Bumiphol, who passed away on October 13th, 2016, a big loss for Thailand and its people. It’s a genuine mourning of a nation that loved their ‘father’. You will feel this when you visit the Palace (although you will not be admitted to the Throne Hall, where Thais are currently paying respect).
Around the corner of the Grand Palace is Wat Pho, the temple of the immense, golden reclining Buddha. Before entering Wat Pho, go for a lunch at Eat, Sight, Story Deck. Opposite the entrance of Wat Pho is a small, dirty alley. Go in, until the very end and you will be surprised to encounter a lovely restaurant along the river, with a stunning view on the opposite Wat Arun.
Time to visit the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho. The temple grounds is a vast area. Don’t pass by the actual temple, where a few hundred Buddha statues form an impressive gallery. You can walk around and go to the back of the temple complex to find Thailand’s greatest massage school. Time to rest with a relaxing foot massage.
You can finish the day with a drink on one of the small rooftops. Go back to the alley of Eat, Sight, Story, but just before you will find Sala Arun on the left side, a nice B&B. Walk up the stairs and enjoy the end of the day with a cocktail, accompanied by a view of Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the Grand Palace. It’s a unique place, which not many people know about. Thonburi Klongs & Grand Palace tour bring you to these not-to-be-missed sights.

Day 2 – markets, markets and more markets
If you’re visiting Bangkok on the weekend, make sure you enjoy one of the floating markets (only open in the weekend). If you’re a local market fan, then the ‘markets and community lifestyle’ tour will be a perfect match for you, where you go to one of the smaller and less touristic markets.
In the olden days, there used to be many floating markets, where people would sell their vegetables, fruits, and other foods from a boat but with the convenience of supermarkets and transport by road, these markets are now, unfortunately, gradually disappearing. So this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy this fantastic local activity.
On this trip, you will visit another famous site, namely the ‘train market’. This market is set up along and on the train track and when the train arrives, vendors will hastily take away their goods and put away their blinds which protect the food from their stalls from the raging sun, so that the train can pass by. To get into the mood, take a look at this fantastic clip to see how the market vendors work on the train tracks. 
This has been a long day, but again, a great way of experiencing ‘authentic Thailand’.

Day 3 - Bangkok street food
There is no better way to the city through its street food! Bangkok is famous for its'delicious food. In our 'street food tour' you will experience the tasty delicacies in a safe way! You also visit the beautiful flower market

Day 4 - Shopping paradise.
What do you want? Super chique, middle class or one of the great markets?
You can’t believe how many malls Bangkok has. Along the long Sukhumvit road you can start with all the fancy ones, who have Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and many more brands located in them. An extravagant start is at Siam Paragon (BTS Siam), the most ‘Facebooked’ place on earth. Central World (between BTS Siam and Chidlom) has a much wider range of shops and the newest mall on the block, EM Quartier (BTS Phnom Phong), which has a beautiful garden and a popular food court. Not enough? In between, you will find Siam Discovery, Central Embassy, Terminal 21, Central Chidlom and many more. MBK is great for souvenirs and bargains and a lot of fake accessories (make sure to bargain for a good price!).
In the weekend you can go to Chachuchak market (also known as JJ market), an endless market of stalls with food, souvenirs, and clothes. You can visit Patpong market in the evening and the best local market for food and ‘weird’ stuff is the market of Klong Toey, this is not a touristy place, but a real Asian market!

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