Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is so full of things to add to your itinerary. However in this city, there are over 400 temples, more than a dozen parks, and countless numbers of restaurants that serve delicious local food. There are a lot to choose from. So I’ve summed it up to these following things that you can do within 24 hours whether you’re having a long layover or deciding to stop by in Bangkok for a day or two.
Late morning: Taking a morning stroll at Benjakitti park.
It’s a good way to start your morning by going to a park where you get to see a beautiful city view while enjoying your morning stroll. I lived in the outskirt of Bangkok, therefore getting to the park took about an hour and a half taking 75 bus. It seems long but you can easily add this to your trip as you will pass Benjakitti park first before reaching the central area. There is a bus stop about 10-minute walk away from the front gate where you can take 47 bus to go to our next destination.
Lunch: Best padthai restaurant.
Thipsamai restaurant, located in the center of the city, is known for its oldest and most authentic padthai in Bangkok, or even in Thailand. And they serve nothing else but padthai (which comes in different styles) and other appetizers like pork satay. They also serve really fresh orange juice, which cost just as much as one plate for padthai but it’s totally worth it.
Afternoon: Exploring the temples.
About 20 minute walk from the restaurant, you will get to first explore Wat Phraa Kaew (known as the Royal Pantheon/ Buda Esmeralda). As you’re reaching the intersection, there will be a security checkpoint where they will check your bags to see if you carry any dangerous objects (it’s safe than sorry, can’t blame them!). Thailand really love to separate a gate for their citizens to provide them with some privileges (which is fair enough); therefore if you’ve got a citizenship ID card, don’t forget to bring it with you absolutely anywhere and everywhere.
From the checkpoint, there is a free tram service that comes every 15 minutes so you don’t have to walk much in a really hot sun.
Once you’ve reached the temple, there is an area inside that you can see the statues of Buddha up close. If you plan to take some photos for souvenirs, sorry to say this but they don’t allow anyone taking pictures inside. Also, they separate the area inside into two sections: one for thai people that is closer to the Buddha statues, and one for foreigners that is right behind the barrier.
Existing Wat Phra Kaew and walking a bit further, you will reach a port where you can take a boat crossing the Chao Phra Ya river to Wat Arun to see these!
And don’t forget to dress appropriately, otherwise they won’t let you go inside!
Dinner+late night: seeing the city view from the 65th floor.
You can enjoy a fancy dinner at The Dome restaurant where you can enjoy being treated like a royalty, the amazing five star food and the night city view from your table. However, if you wanted to spend more time enjoying this view outdoor while hanging out with friends where it’s lively with music, you can spend your time at Sky Bar which is right outside of The Dome restaurant in the open-air area of the floor.