It’s a big city with so many things to do, places to visit and food to eat. Here’s a quick guide to a full day of sightseeing, making the most efficient use of daylight hours.
There’s always time for breakfast! So what can you see in Bangkok in a single day? Its a big city and it can be fun to get lost – but follow this guide and you’ll see the city in a logical path so you can maximise your stay.
- MBK (at National Stadium BTS)
- Siam Paragon (at Siam BTS)
- Terminal 21 (at Asok BTS)
Go to Saphan Taksin BTS, head towards the ferry, the pier is called Sathorn (Central) Pier. Purchase a One Day River Pass, 140 Baht. The Chao Phraya Tourist Boat services eight piers, which in turn give access to Bangkok’s most famous tourist attractions. Unlimited rides are included and you’ll get your money’s worth from it after four stops.
N1 The Oriental Pier is the first stop after Sathorn (Central) Pier. Here you can see the Assumption Cathedral, Holy Rosary Church, Siam Commercial Bank.
N3 Si Phraya Pier, is next where you can visit River City mall and Wat Traimit Wittayaram (home to the world’s largest golden Buddha, standing three-metres tall and weighing five tons). This is also the gateway to Chinatown.
N5 Ratchawongse Pier, is where you can visit the Phahurat (Indian) Market, Samphen (Wholesale) Market, and Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. The temple whose name means “dragon lotus,” bustles with worshippers amid heavy scents of incense smoke from the ever-burning oil lamps. Offering oil is believed to provide a smooth journey into the afterlife and to fuel the fire of the present life.
N6/1 Pak Khlon Talat, is home to the famous Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad), the Yodpiman River Walk (a riverside mall) and the Museum of Siam.
N8 Tha Tien Pier, at the pier head towards the street and visit Wat Pho (the oldest and largest image of the reclining Buddha). Pay 2 Baht at the pier to cross to the otherside of the river, head towards Wat Arun (the temple of the dawn). It’s also apparently a great place to watch the sunset.
N9 Maharaj Pier, is a major stop and you’ll likely be here for a while. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are in the same location – you’ll be given pants to wear if you are wearing shorts or a skirt (dress modestly for the temple). The Maharaj mall is located next to the pier and in the vicinity is the Bangkok National Museum.
N10 Wang Lang (Sriraj) Pier, here you can visit the Royal Barge Museum, Sriraj Bikmusthan Museum and Wang Lang Market.
N13 Phra Athit Pier is the last stop, you can get down here to see Phra Sumane Fort, Banglumpoo Market and the famous (or infamous) Khao San Road. From the pier, walk to Phra Athit Road and turn left. Follow the road past Phra Sumane Fort and continue another 500 metres to the intersection with Chakrabongse Road. Cross there and turn right. Walk about 500 metres and Khao San Road is on your left.
On the weekend, Chatuchak Market is a vibrant place, full of colour, wonder and bargain hunting.
Take the BTS all the way to the end of the Sukhumvit Line, get down at Mo Chit. Follow the signs to the market, which is next to the Chatuchak Park.
In the park, you can sit by the lake and feed the birds and take in the sun. There will be street vendors walking around who will rent a mat for you to sit on – it costs 20 baht (I guess its unlimited time, but we were there for two hours).
In the market, anything you want to find, you’ll find it if you look hard enough. Rainbow baby chicks, yes you can find these! The typical tourist clothing, like fisherman pants, harlem pants with elephant print, elephant tshirts, sarongs, whatever you need.
There’s plenty of food there, too!
Grab a meal in Sukhumvit Soi 38, the best street food at the best prices. The Thong Lo BTS station is right next door.
Head out to Silom and take a stroll through the night markets, starting at 7:30PM. Do take care, as the night markets blend in with the Patphong street which is lined with erotic bars – namely, strip bars and ping pong shows etc.
Have a drink at a rooftop bar – I went to Banyan Tree Hotel, the bar is called Moon and Vertigo Bar 59 levels above Bangkok. The drinks are pricey, but the view is totally worth it.