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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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10 Quick Try Outs in Bangkok - Must see places before you go

Got only one day to explore Bangkok, but not sure what to do? Here's a list of top 10 things to try in Bangkok before you leave.


Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

The magnificent silhouette of one of Thailand's most revered temples, is a sight not to be missed. The towering, golden spires of Wat Arun are arguably the most recognised landmark in not just Thailand, but Southeast Asia. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the golden stupa is covered with intricate floral patterns layered on glazed porcelain. Come evening, the entire temple is lit up with beautiful lights that radiate a golden hue off its gleaming exterior.


Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw

This royal citadel was the home of the Thai King, his royal court and the administrative seat of Thailand's government for 150 years. Today, even without its royal residents, the grand palace still exudes a stately atmosphere with its ornate architecture and detailing. Wat Pra Kaew is the home of the emerald Buddha, a highly revered statue of Buddha, dating back to the 15th century, which is expertly carved out of a single block of green emerald.


Chinatown Market

Something you cannot miss is a trip down to Chinatown for the amazing food. Chinatown's old market has some of the most delicious and reasonably prices food in the city - from peking duck and bird's nest soup, to the highly prized roasted chestnuts, there's something for everyone's taste buds.


Khlong Tour

Move away from the congested streets and crowded ferries, and travel like the locals do. Bangkok's khlongs (canals) were once the only way to move around the city before roads were built, and for some locals travelling into the city, it still provides an easy, traffic free route. Hop aboard a khlong and take a tour through its narrow waterways, to get a sense of what old Bangkok was like.


Soi Rambuttri

Soi Rambuttri gives visitors a glimpse of what the city used to look like, before all the modern day buildings sprung up around. Tall, banyan trees throw shade over the pavements, and the atmosphere is more laid back local life than backpacker, despite a lot of budget travellers choosing to stay in this area.


Sunset Cocktail

Hit the rooftop bars, order a delicious cocktail, before sitting back to catch the sun setting over Bangkok. The city has its fair share of rooftop bars and restaurants, each one offering their own unique views over Bangkok. From these staggering heights, you get a great view over the city's skyscrapers, markets, and contemporary buildings like the Somerset Park Suanplu Bangkok, for example, a hotel apartment in Bangkok.



Combining a night market with a trendy mall, Asiatique is where you go to hang with friends, browse the various boutique shops, or tuck in to food at one of the many restaurants. The mall has its own performance area, so you'll be well entertained by daily shows featuring the famous ladyboy cabarets, and even Thai puppet shows.


Soi Cowboy

Named after a cowboy hat-wearing American who opened the first bar in the area, Soi Cowboy is essentially a less doge red light district, than the more famous Patpong. The area has a carnival vibe going through it, with flashing neon lights highlighting around 20 go-go bars that line the street. Entrance is always free and drinks come at fixed prices.


Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruise along the mighty Chao Phraya River offers a different view of the city as it's bathe in the golden hues of the setting sun. Board one of the many dinner cruises and watch the shifting colours dip below the horizon and the city light up along the river. Famed landmarks like Wat Arun's iconic spires and the Grand Palace take on a whole new look after dark.


Royal City Avenue

The center of Bangkok's club life, you'll find many clubs open and buzzing daily, till way into the morning. The city's best venues, DJs and parties are all located here, so go crazy and club-hop like there's no tomorrow.