Bangkok is one of Asia’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. It’s got great shopping, great food, incredible temples, palaces and cultural centres, and a buzzing nightlife.
Why go to Bangkok?
If you are travelling to Thailand, then you will without a doubt pass through the capitol city of Bangkok. Bangkok is a tourist mecca, it’s a great place to start your visit to Asia. There is tons to do, tons to see, tons to eat, and doing all these things is pretty easy for even the most novice of travellers. It’s no surprise that Bangkok is often the first place in Asia that new travellers visit.
What to do in Bangkok
Bangkok is a massive, sprawling city, but most of the main sights of interest to tourists are concentrated in the old city. So it won’t be a surprise that our 24 hour itinerary is focused on this area.
24 Hours in Bangkok
Morning – Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun
In the morning head to the most important historical, cultural and spiritual attractions in Bangkok. Start at the Grand Palace. This immense complex could easily take up the entire morning. Within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple of Thailand. The temple is not like traditional temples; a building where monks live and pray. This temple is more of a collection of holy monuments and structures. Don’t miss the Emerald Buddha – the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand.
Wat Pho is home to the world’s largest reclining Buddha statue. It’s an absolute incredible sight with a ton of intricate details. The Buddha even has finger and toe prints.
Hop on a ferry to cross the river to Wat Arun, Thailand’s most picturesque temple. The temple is so beautiful and iconic that you might recognize it as the temple that is engraved on the 10 baht coin.
Afternoon – Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm
Bangkok is home to a very important centre for snake research and venom milking. There is a really great exhibition about venomous snakes here and the process of making anti-venom. Every weekday, at 2:30 PM there is a really informative snake handling show and at the end of it you will even have an opportunity to hold a (non-venomous) snake.
48 Hours in Bangkok
Morning – Canal tour and floating market visit
Bangkok used to be full of canals. Today many of these canals have been filled in, but some still exist in the older part of the city where they are still vibrant waterways of commerce and transportation. There are tons of canal tours available. Some visit one or more of the floating markets, while others take you through the old city and even to the outskirts of town.
Choose which tour visits the sights that interested you the most and spend the morning relaxing on the water.
Afternoon – Chatuchak Weekend Market
This market in the Phahonyothini is held only on weekends, and is certainly worth the journey out to this suburb. There are over 8,000 stalls here, making this the largest market in South East Asia. You can buy absolutely everything here; clothes, electronics, souvenirs, home wares… you name it, you can buy it here.