One Day in Bangkok – How To Make All Day Unforgetable
Thailand’s capital city is a bustling metropolis with a quaint cultural and religious mix. Experiencing Bangkok is a literal attack on the senses—sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell.
It is a city like no other. Its vibrancy and way of life are pretty appealing to tourist and travelers alike. Plus, it is really cheap to travel and stay here.
The most populous city of Thailand offers a wide array of options: shopping, history, food, religion, culture, nightlife, a whole lot of fun and what not. That is why spending one day in Bangkok may be a daunting and overwhelming task.
This step-by-step guide will help you cover a considerable amount of must see places and will give you an idea of how to maximize your 24-hour stay in the city. This guide also includes directions from one point to another, suggested duration of visit, things to expect, and a ton of helpful information.
So enjoy your one day tour and be sure to make the most of your stay!
Things To Remember:
Taking A Taxi
Taxis are still the quickest way to get from point to point in Bangkok providing it is not rush hour. Upon boarding, always assert that your driver uses the meter. If he refuses, alight the cab and find another one who will do.
Taking The BTS or MRT
The BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System) or the Skytrain and MRT (metro/subway) are the most efficient mode of transportation to get around the city. Though not all attractions and top sites are accessible through them, most places are oftentimes walking distance from the nearest station. Purchase a day pass to avoid the traffic delay.
Taking A Tuk Tuk
Before getting on a tuk-tuk, agree with your driver on a set price. Beware of drivers who tell you of top attractions being closed. Most of the time it’s a scam to get you to visit another place where they will get a commission.
Haggling In Bangkok
Haggling on items and products is an acceptable thing when shopping in Bangkok. Be sure to remain polite and courteous in your bargain. You will surely get a discount as long as you are patient in looking for stores with good deals.
Modest Clothes In Temple
Women should always wear clothes that cover the shoulders and are knee high when entering temples. Remove your shoes all the time when inside the temple and always sit with your feet facing the altar.
Wear comfortable and light clothes when doing this tour. There will be times when you will just be walking from on site to the next. Also use a sturdy and proper walking shoes.
Bring A Water Container
Bring a water container and a hand towel. It tends to be humid and hot in Bangkok especially at noon time.
Bring A Camera
Bring a camera to take photos of the beautiful attraction. At the same time, be mindful and considerate in places with religious significance—sometimes they do not allow cameras and smartphones inside
For this guide, we suggest that you stay at the Riverside area in Bangkok. Aside from the fact that there are a lot of good accommodations in the area, it will also give you a better starting point for the tour. Most of the sites that we will cover are near or around the riverside so it will be ideal to stay here to save on travel time.
Wake up at 6:30 AM and prepare early. Leave your hotel before 7:30 AM and head to the Grand Palace area.
Breakfast at 7:30 AM at near the Grand Palace.
There are many restaurants and local cafes near the Grand Palace but only a handful open before 9:00 AM. The Dining Room, On Luk Yun, and Ethos are a few of those that open at 7:00 AM.
Here We Go
#1. Sightseeing at the Grand Palace
Arrive before 8:30 AM
Leave at around 9:30 AM
Getting there: If you decide to stay at the area on the other side of the river, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang (N9) pier, then walk through the riverside market to the Grand Palace neigborhood. If you stay along the Phra-A-Thit Road, then this will just be a less than a 10-minute walk.
Arrive before 8:30 AM, to avoid the swarm of tourists who crowd the palace ground starting 9:00 AM.
The Grand Palace is a whole block of Thai temples and historical buildings. Highlights include Wat Phra Kaew, known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Chakri Maha Prasat hall.
Admission to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Central Court of the Grand Palace is 500 Baht. Wear proper clothes to be able to enter one of Thailand’s most sacred site.
Leave at around 9:30 AM and proceed to Wat Pho.
#2. Temple of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Arrive at around 9:40 AM.
Leave at 10:40 AM
Getting there: Wat Pho is within walking distance from the Grand Palace
Arrive at Wat Pho at around 9:40 AM.
Wat Pho is Bangkok’s oldest temple and houses the massive Reclining Buddha statue, as well as one of Thailand’s first massage schools.
Admission fee is 100 Baht.
Leave at 10:40 AM and cross the river to Wat Arun
#3. Cross to Wat Arun
Arrive at around 10:50 AM
Leave at around 11:50
Getting there: Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is just across the Chao Phraya river from Wat Pho.Take the three baht cross-river ferry from Tha Tien (N8) pier, near Wat Pho.
From the pier, proceed to Wat Arun and arrive at around 10:50 AM.
Wat Arun is a stunning and picturesque temple that glitters when the whole structure is hit by daylight.
Admission fee is 100 Baht. Climb to the top of the temple on the narrow staircase and take a peek Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.
Leave at around 11:50 so that you will have ample time to rest and eat Lunch at Wang Lang Market
#4. Lunch at Wang Lang Market
Arrive at around 12:00 PM
Leave at around 1:30 PM
Getting there: Wang Lang Market is just a few blocks from Wat Arun. Ride a Tuk-tuk and proceed in a straight direction to the Thanon Arun Amarin street then turn right just before the Siriraj junction.
Arrive there at around 12:00 PM just in Time for Lunch
Wang Lang Market is located a block away from the Siriraj Hospital. The market is home to different local shops and street food.
You can find different local cuisines inside the market. Sample on cuisines that call your attention. If you are up for some southern Thai cooking, take a short walk to the Lan Luam Dtai.
Linger for a while and leave at around 1:30 PM
#5. Boat Tour at the Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure
Arrive before 2:00 PM.
Leave at around 2:00 PM
Getting there: From the Wang Lang Market, you can either ride a taxi and head there or take the Express Boat from Wang Lang pier to Wat Rajsingkorn and walk meters to the Khlong Tours of Thonburi.
Arrive at the area before 2:00 PM.
Hop on a small teak boat and squeeze through the city’s eastern districts on historical khlongs or canals that used to serve as Bangkok’s primary transportation network.
You can opt for a two-hour tour on the canals instead of the half-day package. Be sure to check for the fee as it varies with the duration of the tour.
Leave the area at around 2:00 PM.
#6. Shop at Siam
Arrive at around 2:30 PM
Leave at around 4:45 PM
Getting there: Board a Taxi from the Canal Boat Tour to the Siam Square.
Arrive at around 2:30 PM.
There are plenty of malls around the area as this is considered to be Bangkok’s primary shopping hub. From cheap stands on the mall floors to designer shops, you can find it all here.
Check out Siam Paragon and Siam Square One for different shopping options.
Leave the area at around 4:45 PM and take the MRT to Benjakiti Park
#7. Scenic Tour at the Benjakiti Park
Arrive at around 5:00 PM
Leave at around 6:30
Getting there: Take Sukhumvit Line from the Siam Station and disembark Asok Station. Walk toward the Benjakiti Park on the right.
Arrive at around 5:00 PM.
The park is girdled with lush green views and a scenic lake. A great place for you to take a leisurely walk and relax under the shade. Wait for the sunset behind the city’s sky-rise buildings.
You can take photos of the river with the tall buildings as your foreground. Do this at the boardwalk as the sun slowly fades.
Leave the park at around 6:30 and head to the Yaowarat Night Walk.
#8. Dinner and Stroll at the Yaowarat Night Walk
Arrive at around 7:00 PM
Leave at around 8:45 PM
Getting there: Walk to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre Station take the MRT to Hua Lamphong Station and walk towards Chinatown.
Arrive at around 7:00 PM
Stoll at Yaowarat or Bangkok’s Chinatown for a foodie adventure in a unique atmosphere of long queues of street food at every corner.
Look for Nai Mong Hoi Tod and order their award winning and mouth-watering fried oyster omelet. You order it regular or spicy, depending on your taste.
Do a food tour around the area unhurriedly and leave at around 8:45 PM.
#9. Enjoy the night at the Silom Nightlife
Getting there: Go back to the Hua Lamphong station and board the MRT to the Silom station.
Silom is Bangkok’s financial district by day. At night, it is home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.
Have a few drinks at some popular bars in the area. Enjoy the rest of the night with some music and party with locals and expats.
Stay there until late night if you want to but be sure to give yourself enough time to rest for your next trip the next day
Head back to your hotel through a taxi or a tuk-tuk. There are no available transportations aside from the two at late night in Bangkok.
Did you enjoy the step-by-step guide in touring Bangkok for just a day?
I hope you will find the information here helpful to make the most of your stay in the city, even if it is just for a day. Be sure to follow the chronological order of the attractions so as not to take so much time for travel. The guide is designed to maximize the whole experience and covers considerable places to visit in just less than 24 hours.
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