Our 24-Hour Guide on What to Do When In Bangkok – What to Know

November 11, 2019
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One of the most sprawling and colorful cities in all of Asia, Bangkok, is Thailand’s most vibrant capital featuring cacophony of sights and activities for all types of travelers. People from all walks of life and backgrounds flow in and out from all directions, which is why you can expect to immerse yourself in diverse cultures.

To that end, we’re here to give you a map of the best places to see and eateries to taste to help you maximize your stay in the busiest city in Asia.

What to do in the Morning

Time: 6 am to 11 am

Visit Wat Pho and Wat Arun

After fueling yourself up for the day with breakfast in one of many quality accommodations or food stops in Bangkok, you now have enough energy to make your first trip for the day. One of the best places to visit during the Morning is two of Thailand’s most famous and jaw-dropping temples, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.

You will need to experience a boat ride by the Tha Tien Pier to reach the famous temples. Both welcome visitors between 8 am to 6 pm, making it an excellent way to start your morning with a bang as you marvel at the herculean statue of the golden reclining Buddha Wat Pho is famous for. Be sure to prepare $100 for the entrance fee, and once you’re inside, you can snap away and capture scenic views of the temples surrounding gardens.

If you need a pick-me-up from all the walking, you can also get a Thai massage from the temple’s onsite Thai Traditional Medical School, wherein you can rest your feet and prepare for another one-day adventure ahead.

Time: 11 am to 12:30 am

Choose the Restaurant You’re Craving for at Chao Phraya River

All that morning exercise can leave anyone hungry, and if you’re craving to taste your way into Thai’s rich culture, Chao Phraya River is one of the best places to visit with its plethora of authentic restaurants. One of the tastiest eatery to try is The Deck by Arun Residence, which is just a few minutes away from the Tha Tien Pier and Wat Pho. Here, you can get a mix between Western favorites and staple Thai dishes.
Time: 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Shop till You Drop at Bangkok’s Liveliest Shopping Center, Slam

Now that you have your energy back, you need to take a boat ride back and take the BTS Skytrain to stop by the most colorful shopping district in Bangkok: Slam. It’s a metropolitan dream that features one of the best shopping centers as it houses high-end Thai brands and designers, making it one of the most costly experience for the day.

Slam holds various shopping malls that offer their own set of charms such as Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and Siam Square One. If you’re visiting during the weekends, it’s best to skip Slam altogether and witness the ultimate shopping experience at the Chatuchak Weekend Market off at Mochit station. Both offer superb shopping experience, though the latter takes pride in its authenticity with better souvenirs and trinkets.

Time: 8 pm to 12 pm

Spend the Night at Soi Cowboy

Shopping can be exhausting, but resting in your hotel room is not an option when you only have one day to make the most of Bangkok. For that reason, you can easily unwind at one of the most infamous streets in the vibrant city: Soi Cowboy.

The long stretch of colorful and neon-lit streets are lined with bars, clubs, and food stops that make a perfect combination for filling yourself up with dishes and chugging on Thailand’s extensive list of drinks. They have one for every kind of mood, but the best scenery that captures the nightlife scene is at the red light district in Nana Plaza and Patong, which are a short walk away from Soi Cowboy.

Dine and drink at Cheap Charlie’s, one of the most famous dive bars in all of Bangkok, for those wistful tipplers looking for affordable drinks that pack a punch. Once you fill yourself up and feel alive again with the pre-game at Soi Cowboy’s bars, you can head out to one of the best nightclubs or bars on Soi 11, Above Eleven.

It offers the most picturesque views of the city as the bar sits at a rooftop of an impressive building, but the place feels like a fusion of Asia and New York City’s Central Park with its lush decor. At this last stop, you can let your inhibitions loose and complete your experience.

In Conclusion

Bangkok is a meld of attraction spots and food markets from solemn shrines, awe-inspiring flowered temples, skyscraping buildings, crisscrossing highways, and a limitless supply of street food staples from every corner. It can be overwhelming to explore with its sensory overload at every turn, especially when you only have 24 hours to take it all in. The itinerary guide above should help you map out the city and maximize your stay in Thailand’s most electric city.

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