When flying to Asia, many people will find themselves stopping over in Bangkok, Thailand. This metropolitan city is continuing to grow, and although there is so many things to see and do in Bangkok, it is possible to get a flavor of the city in just a day. So that is why I am sharing with you this Bangkok day trip itinerary.
Wake up early, pick up breakfast at your hotel or a nearby 7/11 and grab a tuk-tuk or taxi to Wat Arun. This is one of the most popular temples in Bangkok and deserves a climb. Entrance costs 100B and the temple is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm. By getting here early, you beat the crowds and the heat — trust me, you don’t want midday heat when trekking up the stairs of this temple.
Enjoy the view from the top and get energized for your busy day ahead.
Once you have finished your descent of Wat Arun, get on the ferry and head across to the opposite side of the river for the Grand Palace. This is probably the most crowded tourist attraction in Bangkok but it is well worth braving the crowds and queues. The Royal Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are found in the same complex with tickets costing 500B with opening hours of 8.30am to 3:30pm.
If you choose not to do the palace, you could always walk around the corner to Wat Pho. This is the temple which is home to the Leaning Buddha and tickets costing 100B but you do get a free bottle of water.
Head out of Wat Pho and just get some street food from Tha Tien Market nearby or sit in one of the cute cafes dotted around the area.
After refueling, head to Tha Chang Pier (or any other tourist pier you find yourself near) and hire a long tail boat to explore the Thonburi Klongs. Some tourist piers will offer organized tours and many local Thais are looking to hire out their long tail boat. Agree on a price — around 500B per hour is a good price to aim for, and jump on a boat along the river.
If hiring the boat, then ask to explore Klong Mon, Klong Bangkok Noi and Klong Bangkok Yai as well as the Royal Barge Museum if possible.
If boat tours aren’t for you, you may prefer to head to Wang Lang market. This is a bustling market, full of delicious local snacks, dishes and exotic fruit juices and is arguable one of the best local food markets in Bangkok. Within walking distance from the market is Wat Rakang Kositaram, a local temple that is quiet but beautiful.
Before leaving in the morning, find which pier is nearest to your hotel and ask to be dropped off at that stop. If you’re staying near a BTS or MRT station, get your boat to drop you off at Sathorn (Taksin) Pier and then get the BTS from Saphan Taksin to your nearest station.
If you opted for the Wang Lang Market afternoon, you can hop in a taxi back to your hotel or if your hotel is near a BTS, you can get a taxi to Saphan Taksin and then take the BTS to your destination.
Once back in your hotel, take this time to jump in the pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one in your hotel), shower, refresh, relax and get ready for a night out.
Walk or get a Tuk Tuk to the nearest BTS/MRT station and head to Siam MRT Station. Opposite the station are Siam Paragon and MBK Center — both open to late. Have a walk around these and pick up a few magnets and postcards to remember your time in Bangkok.
Before the sun sets, take a walk down the road to Erawan Shrine, a well-known Hindu Shrine that stands opposite Central World, another shopping center that also includes a Sea Life Aquarium.
7.30 PM onwards
Either walk down Sukhumvit Road or get the BTS train to Asok Station. This area is full of bars and restaurants to suit all needs. Walk around to the Soi Cowboy area for bars and nightclubs or choose one of the high-end restaurants for a special dinner. Take advantage of the happy hours, buy food from the street vendors and have fun!
Alternative option: Because I love having lots of choice, I have an alternative option for those that may visit Bangkok as a stopover often or for those that are looking for a quieter night. Personally, I love the On Nut and Phra Khanong areas, both offering some great cheap local bars and food stalls.
Hope you enjoy your day trip in Bangkok and head back soon!
If you’re staying longer in Bangkok, you’ll find that there’s still so much to see and do. Here’s an ideal 4 days itinerary in Bangkok.