Travel Postcard: 48 hours in contradictory Bangkok

Fri Aug 3, 2012 2:26am EDT
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By Amy Sawitta Lefevre

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Bangkok is a city of contradictions. With its luxury shopping malls, unparalleled spas, gilded temples and racy nightlife, the city remains one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia.

Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of a 48-hour visit.


6 pm - Celebrate the start of your weekend with a drink at Sky Bar on the 63rd floor of lebua at State Tower and be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river that winds its way around the city. Listen to a live band while sipping a cocktail at one of the world's highest open air bars, popular with locals and tourists alike. Opening hours: 6 p.m - 1 a.m (weather permitting)

8 p.m - No visitor to Bangkok should miss out on a dinner by the river. Supatra River House serves up authentic Thai cuisine and is the former home of a Thai noblewoman, offering a private dining area for large groups. Feast on classics like pomelo salad with seafood and massaman beef curry while taking in a Thai-classical dance performance by the famed Patravadi Theater dance school (

After dinner, take a stroll by the river then cross over to the Grand Palace side, taking in the glittering rooftops and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. For a taste of Bangkok's backpacker trail, finish the night off at Brick Bar in bustling Khao San Road.(


8 a.m. - Fuel up on a hearty breakfast at Gastro 1/6, tucked away in the heart of the city. The egg and potato fritta with Spanish ham is a favorite with regular customers at this unpretentious garden cafe, an ideal spot to read your weekend magazines and grab coffee before starting your day (Gastro 1/6, RMA Institute, Soi Sai Namthip 2, Sukhumvit Soi 26)   Continued...

Tourists share a laugh during a visit the Temple of the Dawn in Bangkok August 2, 2012. Bangkok is a city of contradictions. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom