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Bangkok is an eclectic, sprawling city with a neverending supply of things to see and do. This means that if you've only got one full day in the Thai capital it’s more important than ever to make sure it counts. Here’s what not to miss with one day in Bangkok.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Grand Palace

Castles

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Flea & Street Markets

Siam Square

Gift & Specialty Shops,

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Specialty Shops,

Chinatown - Bangkok

Neighborhoods

Khao San Road

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise

Boat Tours

Soi Cowboy

Neighborhoods

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • If it’s not rush hour, taxis are a quick way to get around Bangkok. Always insist your driver uses the meter. If they refuse, get out and find another who will.
  • The Skytrain and MRT (metro/subway) provide an easy way to get around the city. Get a day or week pass and see the city minus the traffic.
  • Always agree on a set price before getting in a tuk tuk. Beware if drivers tell you that big attractions like the Grand Palace are closed; it’s invariably a scam to get you to go elsewhere, where they’ll receive a commission.
  • When shopping in Bangkok, haggling for unpriced items is the norm. It’s important not to let your approach to bargaining become heated though – always remain friendly and polite.
  • When visiting temples, women should wear clothes that cover shoulders and knees. Always remove shoes when entering temples and do not sit with your feet facing the Buddha/altar.
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    Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Wat Arun (or the Temple of Dawn) sits on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, with a unique design made up of colourfully decorated ceramics, which were said to have been donated by local people. Presiding majestically over the water, Wat Arun is a sight to behold and an absolute must-see when visiting Bangkok.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Wat Pho, so combine your visit to maximise your time. Simply take a water taxi between the two.
    • Get up early and arrive at Wat Arun at dawn. You’ll be pleased you did as it’s much quieter and offers fabulous views of the rising sun.
    • It is possible to climb up the temple for views of the Grand Palace across the river, but beware: the stairway to the viewpoint is incredibly narrow!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 639 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely guide Renu 09/21/2018
    • Stunning temple 09/20/2018
    • Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
    Address:
    34 Wang Doem Road
    Wat Arun, Bang Kok Yai
    Bangkok 10600
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 891 2185
    Other:
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    The Grand Palace
    Castles
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Grand Palace complex consists of several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Thai kings stopped living in the palace at around the turn of the twentieth century, but the grounds are still used to mark ceremonial occasions, and the complex remains the spiritual heart of Thailand. It’s enough to marvel at the magnificent Grand Palace itself, but visitors can also gain entry to see the royal thrones on weekdays.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • An admission fee is charged for entry to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Central Court of the Grand Palace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 639 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing! 09/21/2018
    • Really grand 09/20/2018
    • The Grand Palace
    Address:
    Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier
    next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 623 5500 ext. 3100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
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    Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Definitely one for the morning as it closes mid-afternoon, Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace (see above), it houses the highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of jade that dates back to the 14th century.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Tips
    • This is the most sacred temple in Thailand and you must dress appropriately. Arms, lower legs and toes should all be covered or you will likely get turned away.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 639 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful & Special! 09/20/2018
    • Just like other Budha temple 09/20/2018
    • Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
    Address:
    Na Phra Lan Road
    Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    Hours:
    Mon
    8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tue - Fri
    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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    Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market may be more low-key than Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa Floating Markets but if you’re short on time it’s easier to get to – plus there’s a more laid-back, local atmosphere about Khlong Lat Mayom. Arrive around midday and set up camp next to the boat restaurants to take your pick from the many options for lunch. Take a browse around the dry section of the market too, which offers handicrafts and yet more culinary delights.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • After lunch, hire a boat to take you on a tranquil ride of the canal. Settle back and enjoy the rural scenery.
    • The market is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, so your day in Bangkok would need to be over a weekend to visit this attraction.
    • To reach the market, catch the BTS Skytrain to Wang Wian Yai station and take a taxi from there.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 639 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool expereince 08/26/2018
    • A foodie's dream 08/13/2018
    • Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
    Address:
    Soi Bang Ramat
    Bang Ramat, Taling Chan
    Bangkok 10170
    Thailand
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    Siam Square
    Gift & Specialty Shops,
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Siam Square is a shopping hub right in the heart of the city. It’s the sort of place where you can find brash T-shirts alongside tailored suits, and most things in-between. It’s a creative and vibrant spot featuring huge malls and tiny alleyways lined with boutique shops and markets. Head down after lunch and hang out with Bangkok’s students, media types and fashionistas.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Siam Square can be reached by both the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line of the BTS Skytrain system. Siam Station sits pretty much on top of Siam Square so alight there.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 577 Shopping in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • For the young and hip... 09/13/2018
    • Good place, Good food, Good mood 08/28/2018
    • Siam Square
    Phone:
    +66 90 665 3616
    Other:
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    Chatuchak Weekend Market
    Flea & Street Markets, Gift & Specialty Shops,
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If your day in Bangkok falls on a weekend, don’t miss the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Chatuchak is home to somewhere in the region of 8000 stalls offering every item you could possibly imagine. Another must-do in Bangkok.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • It will take a while to get around this vast market and it’s usually incredibly crowded, so ensure you get there early enough to avoid the afternoon rush.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 577 Shopping in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice place where to buy 09/21/2018
    • A Fun-Filled Sunday Activity 09/20/2018
    • Chatuchak Weekend Market
    Address:
    Kamphaeng Phet Road
    Lat Yao, Chatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 83 956 3656
    Hours:
    Tue
    1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Wed - Thu
    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri
    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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    Chinatown - Bangkok
    Neighborhoods
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Bangkok’s Chinatown is open throughout much of the day but really comes alive after dark. Head here as the sun sets to partake in a spot of shopping (and bartering) and to enjoy a pre-dinner snack. It's got everything from dim sum to traditional Thai noodles. It’s a colourful, chaotic, and sometimes even claustrophobic place, but it sure is a lot of fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Cram in another of Bangkok’s most famous temples by taking a peek at Wat Traimit while you’re in the area. This is home to the world’s largest gold-seated Buddha.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 639 things to do in Bangkok
    • Loved staying in Chinatown 09/20/2018
    • Bad experience 09/19/2018
    • Chinatown - Bangkok
    Address:
    Yaowarat Road
    Samphanthawong, Samphanthawong
    Bangkok 10100
    Thailand
    Other:
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    Khao San Road
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re staying elsewhere, squeeze in a quick trip to the infamous Khao San Road, even if it’s just to find out what all the fuss is about! It’s a heady mix of tourists, street stalls, guest houses and bars. If you’ve had enough of haggling, get yourself a drink and pull up a chair for what will surely be an interesting spot of people watching.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Soi Rambuttri 11 is not far from here, so if you have time before dinner, take a tuk tuk to this lively street where Bangkok’s expats gather to catch up over a few drinks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 639 things to do in Bangkok
    • Bucket Cocktail!!!! 09/21/2018
    • Very nice place to know Thai culture 09/19/2018
    • Khao San Road
    Other:
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    Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise
    Boat Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    What better way to enjoy your dinner than by combining it with an evening cruise along the river? It’s been a busy day, so sit back, feast on delicious food and enjoy the entertainment as the city lights drift passed you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Book a table on the upper deck of the boat so you can take advantage of the views.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 57 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bangkok
    • Very enjoyable few hours 09/13/2018
    • Must take this Cruise Dinner 09/12/2018
    • Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise
    Address:
    River City Pier
    Bangkok 10310
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 860 3700
    Price range:
    $1 - $1
    Other:
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    Soi Cowboy
    Neighborhoods
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    Kirsty S Says:

    OK, so maybe there are a few too many girly bars along Soi Cowboy, but it’s the perfect place to let your hair down after a jam-packed day in Bangkok. This nightlife spot has more of a fun, carnival feel to it than places like Patpong. Expect bright neon lights, lots of ‘go go’ bars, plenty of tourists and... a whole lot of fun.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Keep an open mind and have fun; remember – you may not see anything like Soi Cowboy ever again!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #161 of 639 things to do in Bangkok
    • Returning after 35 years 09/20/2018
    • red light district 09/17/2018
    • Soi Cowboy
    Address:
    Sukhumvit Road between Asoke Road and Sukhumvit Soi 23
    ถ. สุขุมวิท ระหว่างถนนอโศก (ซอย 21) และสุขุมวิทซอย 23
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Other:
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