Bangkok and Bali is a superb twin-centre holiday option and one that’s increasingly popular with couples in particular.
It covers two destinations at the opposite end of the holiday spectrum; spend a few days in lively Bangkok and a week on beautiful Bali, where you can relax and unwind.
Bangkok is the best place to start this tour, as there is so much to see and do. We’d highly recommend taking to the river as the public boats are a great, cost-effective way to get around and give you a very different view of the city. Taking a tour of the Chao Phraya river is a relaxing and beautiful experience that shouldn’t be skipped.
There aren’t as many major attractions in Bangkok as there are in other large cities. However, the temples are truly a sight to behold. The Grand Palace and neighbouring Wat Pho should feature on your itinerary, home to the famous reclining Buddha and massage school.
The Royal family doesn’t live in the palace (as it is only used for official state functions) and you can’t go into any of the buildings, but the grounds and open temples are spectacular. A top tip from us is to head there early in the morning to avoid the big crowds through the afternoon.
Afterward, wander down the street to Wat Pho and the famous reclining Buddha (as well as the famous Golden Buddha). The Wat Pho complex fills a city block so while seeing the statues doesn’t take long, you could spend a solid hour wandering the maze-like temple grounds. From there you can also take a trip across the river to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and get stellar views of the city.
Once you’re done with Bangkok it’s time to travel to Bali for the second leg of the tour. There you can spend the remaining days of your break relaxing.
Beyond unwinding though, there are many day trips to consider before you head home. One great example is a day spent at the cultural town of Ubud. By heading inland, away from the beaches, you will discover an incredible arts scene and intricate temples.