48 Hours In Bangkok

Maximize your long weekend in the Thai capital with American Express.


As one of Southeast Asia’s most popular travel destinations, Bangkok captivates both regular visitors and first-time explorers with its vibrant street markets, luxury megamalls and lively entertainment scene. Beyond its bustling exterior lies a profound spiritual essence reflected through its hundreds of temples. Wat Traimit stands out as the home to what is said to be the world’s largest Buddha statue, made entirely of pure gold and weighing over five tons.

If you’re looking for a quick city getaway with a dose of culture, here’s the perfect itinerary for a long weekend of pampering—made even better with exclusive perks for The Platinum Card Members.



Check in for your Singapore Airlines/Scoot flight at Singapore Changi Airport. As a Platinum Member, you enjoy S$200 (US$149) Airline Credit annually with qualifying spends on Singapore Airlines or Scoot.

Begin your vacation with exclusive lounge privileges. The American Express Global Lounge Collection® provides access to more than 1,400 lounges across 650 cities. You and one of your supplementary Card Members are welcome to bring one guest each on each visit, making it ideal for family vacations. Enjoy light refreshments or catch up on last-minute emails in comfort before you unplug for the weekend.


When it comes to upscale accommodation, Bangkok offers a myriad of choices, from private villas and boutique properties to heritage hotels. Looking for a romantic stay? Check into Banyan Tree Bangkok, among selected properties, and indulge in a complimentary one-night stay. The contemporary-designed rooms feature a blend of rich dark woods, neutral colors and distinctive Thai accents. Don’t miss the rooftop Moon Bar—perched 61 floors above the city—for cocktails and stunning sunset views.

For a touch of opulence, consider the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, a plush resort-inspired haven nestled in the heart of the urban jungle. As part of the Fine Hotels + Resorts collection, Members can enjoy early check-in and a room upgrade when available. Wake up to complimentary breakfast for two and receive a unique amenity valued at US$100. The cherry on top? A guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out, allowing you more time to savor your luxurious stay.

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is perfect for those who prefer urban-style chic. As a Platinum Card Member, bypass the S$50,000 (US$37,205) spend requirement and enjoy a complimentary upgrade to Comoclub’s C5 membership tier for 12 months, offering perks such as early check-in, late check-out, complimentary breakfast for two and more. Pamper yourself with a welcome massage and energize your mornings with complimentary yoga sessions at the hotel’s wellness center COMO Shambhala. You will also enjoy preferential rates at over 40 Club21 stores around the city.


Fire up your appetite at Le Du, a one Michelin-star, modern Thai restaurant which topped Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2023. Choose between 4-course and 6-course tasting menus, featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients prepared using modern techniques and global influences. Let Platinum Concierge, a 24/7 ser­vice, handle your restaurant reservations.

After dinner, explore Silom, lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and malls. While it is part of Bangkok’s central business district, Silom is also a popular entertainment spot.



Explore Ari, a relaxed and green neighborhood favored by the artsy crowd. Stroll down streets lined with art galleries, matcha bars, coffee shops and trendy restaurants. The aromas wafting from Landhaus Bakery, a hidden gem, will lure you in. Enjoy freshly baked pastries and coffee in the shade of the garden. Another option for your caffeine fix is Nana Coffee Roasters, a spacious café spanning two floors.

Looking for some cool threads? Check out Hide.Selected, a multi-label indie store featuring a carefully curated selection of men’s and women’s wear from both local designers and well-known brands.


A cruise down the Chao Phraya River, which runs through the heart of Bangkok, is an ideal and relaxing way to see the city. Hop off to visit a temple or two along the way, such as Wat Saket (The Golden Mount), a historic temple perched on a hill. If you’re up for it, climb over 300 stairs for panoramic city views.

Stop for lunch at the iconic Blue Elephant Restaurant to enjoy traditional Thai flavors with the Platinum Dining Credit. Housed in a colonial-style mansion on Sathon Road, the restaurant is a stalwart of the Bangkok culinary scene. The Blue Elephant offers cooking classes on its premises—try your hand at preparing a few Thai classics to really understand Thailand’s popular cuisine.

Platinum Members can enjoy dining credits at selected restaurants worldwide. Receive up to S$400 (US$298) in statement credits each calendar year, comprising S$200 (US$149) for use at over 25 restaurants in Singapore and S$200 (US$149) for use at over 2,000 restaurants abroad, when you dine at some of the world’s best restaurants. 

Cap off your day of sightseeing with a pampering spa session at Banyan Tree Spa, known for its exceptional service and quality treatments. Relax and let your stresses melt away with the signature 150-minute Royal Banyan treatment. 


Make your final dinner in the heart of Bangkok a truly unforgettable experience. Platinum provides a carefully curated selection of Michelin-starred establishments worldwide. Paste Bangkok, for instance, serves up dishes inspired by Thai royal cuisine and heritage cookbooks, while also incorporating its unique creative spin.

Afterward, make your way to the sophisticated BKK Social Club at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok for a nightcap. Ranked 13th on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 list and hailed as The Best Bar in Asia, BKK Social Club combines the glamor of Buenos Aires with the dynamic spirit of Bangkok. Indulge in the exquisite Evita, a limited-time-only cocktail paying homage to the iconic former first lady of Argentina.



Begin your final day in Bangkok early to maximize your remaining hours in the city. Song Wat, a historic area located just off Chinatown, is home to heritage buildings and traditional shops and eateries coexisting harmoniously with trendy cafes and stylish art galleries. Capture some captivating shots, especially before the crowds arrive. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way back to the hotel to freshen up for your return flight. Head to the Miracle First Class Lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport for a glass of wine or light bites before boarding.

This itinerary is complemented with a comprehensive worldwide travel insurance for peace of mind as you enjoy your weekend getaway. And just like that, your time in Bangkok is well taken care of by Platinum.

The benefits mentioned in this article pertain to The Platinum Card issued in Singapore. For cards issued in other countries, please visit their respective websites.  Find out more about The Platinum Card® today at go.amex/sg-fbasia.




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