You can see many of Bangkok’s iconic attractions in the space of a day, plus sample some great food and enjoy the nightlife too.
Whether you’re just passing through on your way to another destination or have limited time available due to a tight travel itinerary, it’s surprisingly easy to enjoy the best of Bangkok in the span of a single day. From where to stay to what to do, read on to find out what are the best things to do in Bangkok when you only have one day to spend.
Arguably the most impressive of all Bangkok attractions, the Grand Palace is a huge complex 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.
Entry to the Grand Palace for non-Thais is 500 baht. There are several ways to access the Grand Palace. If you’re staying along the Riverside, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang (N9) pier, then walk through the riverside market to the Grand Palace.
Wat Saket or Golden Mount is 2.3 Km away from Grand Palace, you could use Tuk Tuk ride (around 60-100 THB) to get there, When visiting Bangkok, it is imperative to ride a Tuk Tuk at least once
This temple is stunningly beautiful and will cost you only 20 Baht to get in. There is a climb but the steps aren’t steep so the going is quite easy. There are the bells to ring, and you get the opportunity to see the city when you get to the top of the mount. You won’t need more than 45 mins there so definitely a worthwhile detour.
Behind Wat Saket there is Canal boat service on Khlong Saen Saeb, to the Jim Thompson house you will need to get off at Ban Krua (a Muslim community)
Jim Thompson House is a complex of several authentic Thai houses that Mr. Thompson moved to create this oasis in the center of the city. You can wander through the gardens and some of the buildings on your own, but you must take a tour of the house itself. There are tours available in English and other languages. Mr. Thompson also collected a lot of art from the area and our guide was able to provide additional details on much of it. There is a café and a beautiful gift shop on the premises. Well worth visiting.
Admission : Adult 150 baht; Students (under 22 years old) 100 baht
Bangkok taxi fare from Jim Thompson house to Lumpini park can be around 50-60 THB, you can grab some lunch and enjoy the atmosphere at Lumpini Park. This park is central Bangkok’s largest green lung and occupies 360 Rai (58 hectares) of land in Silom. Formerly known as Sala Daeng field it was donated by Rama VI in 1925 and named after Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal.
Lumpini Park appeals to people of all ages today, from wise elders practicing tai chi, sweethearts lounging by the lakeside, to nine-to-six workers craving fresh air and physical exercise – and every other shade in between. The park is home to ever rarer indigenous flora, a forest park, and some quirky residents like water monitor lizards… Looming beyond the immediate green with glimmering city skyscrapers punctuating the scene.
You could also get taxi from Lumpini Park to Chao Phraya Riverside (cost around 90-120 THB). Wat Arun Sunset is one thing you can’t miss while visiting Bangkok, beautiful atmosphere and simply breathtaking at night. Blessed by a cool breeze the Riverside offers a scenic change to Bangkok’s inner-city stuffiness. It’s a great place for a sundowner, a romantic Chao Praya cruise, a relaxing lunch, or for afternoon tea. Alongside the old temples, warehouses, wooden houses and old buildings you’ll find classy hotels serving wonderful buffet lunches and sublime afternoon tea. You’ll also find local restaurants perched on old wooden piers serving seafood platters, floating restaurants and smart places to eat in Thai houses along the river banks.
Walk from Chao Phraya Riverside via Phra Athit Road It is known for its bars and artsy restaurants and shops. This road is surrounded by the river pier, a riverside park, ancient fort, and restaurants and bars with live music such as pop, rock, and Jazz.
Khao San Road the home of the backpacker hordes of South East Asia. For years it’s been the base camp for travelers making expeditions to outlying parts of Thailand or into neighboring countries like Laos or Cambodia. The street stalls sell low-priced noodle soups, buckets of cheap alcohol and t-shirts that are designed to prolong laundry day rather than take enhancing one’s appearance. Large throngs of backpackers from every part of the world mixing together, sharing tales about adventures they’ve just come back from or talking excitedly about the ones they’re about to embark on.