Bangkok in a Day

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and a huge city with an immense offer. Walking its streets in a single day seems like a challenge, but it is possible if we organize ourselves well and if we settle for seeing what is essential. Thus, if we put on our sneakers we can visit the Old Town and the Temples of Bangkok in the morning, while we will make a stop at the Canal Walk and the Night Market to close the day. Ready?

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In the morning 

We will start the day strong, so have a good breakfast and get psyched for an intense day. We will first set foot in the Grand Palace, one of the most emblematic symbols of the city. It dates back to 1782 and served as the official residence of the King of Thailand for 200 years. Inside you can discover the wonderful Wat Phra Kaeo, home of the Emerald Buddha. It is the most revered Buddha image in all of Thailand, so remember to show respect in the Temple. Later there is the option of visiting Wat Pho, the oldest temple in Bangkok built in the 16th century.

Once you have visited the main temples, one possibility is to take the ferry at Tha Tien Pier to cross to the other great temple in the city, Wat Arun. In addition, in the port there are numerous fish and craft stalls with very interesting things. From there you can reach the famous Temple of Dawn, one of the most famous monuments in Bangkok. 

Photo: Mark Fischer

Where to eat

Taking advantage of the fact that we are in Thailand, we cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy Thai food. There are numerous local businesses where you can eat at a very affordable price. Whether rice or chicken, fried pork or noodles, you will find them very tasty. You can find these types of stalls all over Bangkok, although taking advantage of the fact that you have just taken the ferry, in that less touristy area they will offer you a more interesting menu.

In the afternoon

Well fed, it's time to fly across the China Town pier, Bangkok's Chinatown. From there it is a good option to continue to the Pahurat Market to have some souvenirs from Thailand. In addition, you can take the opportunity to continue along the route of Sampang Lane, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat and Wat Traimit.

Photo: Bernard Spragg. NZ

Finally, if you feel like doing some shopping in the most famous shopping center, you can stop by the MBK. However, if you prefer something more authentic in the Silom area, one option is the famous Patpong night market.

At night

With the sunset it is a good opportunity to take a walk along the busy and lively Khao San Road. It is a very authentic neighborhood with many live music venues. Thailand has a lot to offer in this sense, so you can't leave Bangkok without a beer in a traditional place. The people will be very friendly, especially in this tourist area, so take advantage of their hospitality to discover the real Thailand.

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