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5 Short Things to Do in Bangkok - Experience the Best of Bangkok

If you've only got one day in Bangkok, but want to see all the best places before you go, don't despair! Here's the ultimate guide to the five top things to do in Bangkok for an unforgettable stay.

1

Wat Arun

Of all the places to visit in Bangkok, from heritage site to modern malls and markets, Wat Arun is a must. The iconic temple, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, is probably the most iconic landmark in Thailand. The temple's unique design is what makes it stand out apart from the city's other temples - the colourful, intricately decorated spires rise majestically over the waterside while the golden stupa is covered with a floral pattern made from porcelain. Whilst the temple is known as the 'temple of the dawn', it's a spectacular sight to behold at sunset, when the temple is lit up with the golden rays of the setting sun. To avoid the crowds of tourist, head there early morning.

2

Chinatown Market

One of the few 'tourist' areas that have managed to retain it old world charm, Bangkok's Chinese community have preserved their own culture and traditions within the narrow alleys and backstreets that make up Chinatown. Once best known for the locations of several opium dens and nefarious gambling parlours, today, Chinatown is where you can find some of the best food, fabrics and gold in the city. A striking ceremonial gate marks the entrance in to Chinatown, and the market within. Largely consisting of shop houses and stalls, search for antiques, fabric sellers and when you get hungry, follow the irresistible aroma of Peking duck to the numerous food vendors along the street.

3

Take a ride on a Khlong

To get a real sense of how locals used to live, move away from the crowded ferries and tourist traps and take a ride down the khlongs. The small, narrow boats that carry people back and forth along the khlongs, gives passengers a glimpse of the stilted houses and old townhouses along the canals. You can easily board one of the numerous boats used to take locals around, or hire a boat of your own. Either way, it's a experience you won't forget.

4

Experience Bangkok's nightlife

After a day of exploring the city and avoiding the sweltering heat, the comfy bed of your Bangkok hotel, like the Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok, may be all you have on your mind, but there's so much more to see after dark. The city's nightlife has grown over the years to be more than just go-go bars and bars. Places like RCA and Sukhumvit 11 have turned into some of the best places after sundown, with international DJs, and clubs entertaining party goers well into the morning.

5

Soi Cowboy

You can't come to Bangkok and not explore the night life of the city. Soi Cowboy has a relaxed ambiance to it, and you can walk around without feeling hassled. Flashing neon lights light up the street, usually full of tourists taking in the sights and sounds, and of course the Thai girls who line the bars, welcoming in visitors.