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Updated by Erin Hunter on Mar 23, 2015
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What To Do In Bangkok In One Day – experience the best of the city in 24 hours

It's a pity if you have only one day to spend in Bangkok since it is a city full of exciting things to do. But make the most of what you have and cover at least some of the suggested locations.


Grand Palace/ Wat Phra Kaew

Before starting your journey to discover the city, find a Service Apartment in Bangkok to leave your belongings. If you want to stay in close proximity to the city and the airport then try the Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites. Once you are comfortably checked into a safe place head out to see the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Though they are the most crowded tourist attractions in Thailand, they are also the most respected and iconic symbols of Thailand therefore should be visited once during any visit. The palace, which was built in 1782, was the Thai king's home for 150 years. Wat Phra Kaew is renowned for the revered Buddha statue that is carved from a single block of emerald.


Wat Arun Temple

Constructed in the 19th century in the ancient Khmer style, the stupa showcases an ornate floral pattern decked out in glazed porcelain. If you have only one day then don't miss out from climbing to the top of the temple on the narrow staircase. From the top you can peer over Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.



You find everything Chinese here. Street food is very, very popular and you can enjoy some of the best Chinese food from the street vendors. The streets here are always busy and packed with people so be prepared to huddle amongst the crowd. There are plenty of Chinese temples, shops and restaurants to experience here. If you are there during the Chinese festival time, the town gets pretty exciting.


Amphawa floating market

Since this is not an early morning market you can check it out during the day. You find houses transformed into small shops that sells a different variety of things. Cooked food, fresh fish, other raw items, souvenirs, handicrafts and many more can be found in this concise floating market. If you visit Amphawa on an empty stomach you can fill up on plenty of delicious foods. Apart from roasted meat chops, kebabs, seafood, deserts, beverages you also find succulent fruits such as lychees, guavas, mangoes and a yummy list of other foods made available here.


Khlongs and canals

Cruise through the Thonburi khlongs or canals of Bangkok on a flat bottom boat or long tail speedboat. This gives you a real sense of how people in Bangkok used to live. This is an excellent way to explore the historical and modern beauty of the city and also a great experience.


Enjoy some Shopping

Bangkok is a great place for shopping. You may not have time to rummage through the busy street markets so try the luxury shopping malls. If you want great bargains go to MBK, for the latest trends in the fashion world CentralWorld is your ticket and if you love big brands then The Emporium is the place for you.