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8 Short Things to do in Bangkok – Vibrant City of Fun

If you are spending just one day in Bangkok and want to enjoy the best experience read on for inspirational ideas on experiencing fun, cultural and leisure activities, aimed at the discerning tourist.


Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Be awed by the elaborate and intricate architecture of the Grand Palace, home to the Thai monarchy for over 150 years. Built in 1782 the palace draws hundreds of visitors daily who love exploring the compounds, home to the royal court and administrative seat of Thailand. The palace grounds are also home to the Wat Phra Kaew best known for its treasure the Emerald Buddha. Dating back to the 15th century this highly revered statue is carved out of a single piece of jade.


Khlong Tour

All excursions in Bangkok almost always contain a tour of the khlong's; these watery alleys are the best way to experience traditional Thai lifestyles. Experience how the population lived as you pass old wooden townhouses, stilled abodes and crumbling lean-tos; you will see that many Thais still live according to ancient customs.


Wat Arun

Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is one of the city's iconic attractions. The spires and domes of this complex is one of the most recognised sites in South East Asia. The temple is built to reflect the Khmer style of architecture while the stupa covered in flower motifs and beautiful glazed tiles promise to stun all onlookers. Built in the early 19th century Wat Arun denotes the birth of Thailand's Rattanakosin Period and promises sights of a stunning sunrise and sunset.


Browse Chinatown Market

All foodies must surely visit the fabulous food markets of Chinatown. The Old Market is the best place for tasting local favourites such as birds nest soup, roasted chestnuts and Peking duck. Get there on an empty stomach and enjoy treating your taste buds!


Siam Square

Just as important as satisfying the foodie in you is treating the shopaholic on holiday and Siam Square promises to do just that. Considered the hub for 'cool fashion' Siam Square is where you will find designer labels rubbing shoulders with Bohemian chic. Enjoy browsing for trending styles, new fads and vintage fashion at Siam Square which is close to the AVANI Atrium Bangkok, Siam Paragon, MBK, Central World and Sukhumvit Road - other fabulous destinations for lodging and shopping.


Soi Rambuttri

Soi Rambuttri is a local precinct that has not changed over time. The place is not taken up by huge skyscrapers and glittering malls instead you are treated to pavements shaded by banyan trees and lovely roadside stalls where you can purchase just about anything from clothing to food.


Relish Rooftop Sunset Cocktails

Now as your day in Bangkok draws to an end do not settle for a mundane dinner, instead head over to one of the city's popular rooftop bars and enjoy an amazing sunset as you sip your favourite cocktail. The views are stunning and the ambiance is chic and relaxed.


Enjoy a Dinner Cruise

Relish the magic of the Chao Phraya River as you hop aboard a luxury yacht for dinner and champagne under the stars. The beautiful sights of Bangkok's temples lit up in a thousand lights will soothe mind, body and soul as you drift aimlessly enjoying good food and relaxing vibes.