One Day in Bangkok Itinerary – Top things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

Known as the City of Angels, Bangkok is a vibrant city with an unlimited number of things to do and places where you can have fun. Although its heavy traffic makes it super chaotic and polluted, Bangkok has some lush green parks and beautiful canals, too. It’s also the place where you can try the most delicious street food, visit the biggest street markets in the world and meet the friendly Thai people. One day in Bangkok surely won’t be enough to explore all the things this city has to offer, but it’s still enough time to give you a good feel of this amazing place.

One day in Bangkok Itinerary

What’s the best time to visit Bangkok?

Bangkok doesn’t have an off-season. The city lives 24/7, 12 months a year. Still, it can get pretty humid and super warm in some parts of the year. Pick the November-to-January period for the most bearable weather conditions. From March to May it can get extremely hot, so skip it if you can’t stand intense heat. The rainy season starts in late May and lasts until November.

Bangkok Cityscape
Bangkok Cityscape, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

What’s good to know about Bangkok?

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Bangkok is the Thai capital and the biggest city in SE Asia. It’s also the cultural center of the region and home to some of the most exquisite Buddhist temples and palaces, such as  the magnificent Grand Palace, Wat Pho or Wat Arun.

Grand Palace Bangkok 2
Grand Palace, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

One Day in Bangkok Itinerary

Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Bangkok.

Start your day at the Grand Palace

Start your day in Bangkok with the tour of the Grand Palace. Being super early at the palace entrance means you can skip the crowds that come later in the day. The Grand Palace is the former home of the royal family, and even though you cannot enter it, you can still wander around the area and visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and many other open temples in the area.

Grand Palace Bangkok
Grand Palace, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

Grab a snack along the way

Food stalls along the street on your way to Wat Pho offer a wide range of snacks and local dishes. Go for a fresh fruit smoothie and the Roti pancakes. They are much more delicious that those you eat at home.

Visit the Wat Pho and its Golden Buddha statue

Walk for about 10 minutes and visit the Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It’s famous for its reclining Buddha statue and the long line of the Golden Buddha statues. The Reclining Buddha statue illustrates the Buddha entering nirvana, and its length of 46 meters and height of 15 meters make it an awe-inspiring sight.

Wat Pho
Wat Pho, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr
Wat Pho Golden Buddha Statues
Wat Pho Golden Buddha Statues

Cross the river and visit Wat Arun

Take a short boat ride to the other side and visit another one of Bangkok’s famous temples – Wat Arun or the Temple of the Dawn. Its Khmer-style towers go up to 82 meters in height, so don’t miss the chance to climb the temple for a stellar view of the city, perfect for some amazing panoramic photo shots of the Palace.

Wat Arun
Wat Arun, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

Have a Pad Thai

You’re already super hungry by now, and when in Bangkok don’t miss to try Thai’s most famous dish – Pad Thai. It’s a local stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food. Whether you pick one at the food stalls (it costs only 30 THB), local eateries or you eat at some nicer restaurant, in Bangkok they’re usually super delicious no matter where you get them.

Pad Thai
Pad Thai, Author: BlueJules, Source: Flickr

Shop at one of many Bangkok’s street markets

Whether they sell food, clothes, accessories or all of it, you’ll always bump into a street market no matter where you’re going. And even though Chatuchak Market is the biggest of the kind in all the country, it works on weekends only and it takes hours to explore it. If you only have one day in Bangkok, rather choose the Chinatown market.

Stroll around Khaosan Road

Evening is the perfect time to wander around Khaosan Road, Bangkok’s most famous and busiest street. It’s filled with endless bars, street food and clothes stalls, tailors shops, massage places and many locals offering some naughty fun. Yes, it’s the most touristy place on Earth, but it still shouldn’t be missed.

Khaosan Road at Night
Khaosan Road at Night, Author: Andrij Bulba, Source: Flickr

Have a pre-dinner Thai massage

Whether you really need a foot massage after a long day of walking, or you do it just for fun while sipping your cocktail – Thai massage is what all the tourists do several times a day when in Thailand. Khaosan Road is loaded with massage places, so why not make the most of one?

Have a dinner on the 59. floor

The best place to enjoy the 360° panoramic view at night while eating the most delicious food is at the Moon Bar & Vertigo Grill restaurant. This fine dining restaurant on the rooftop of one of Bangkok’s skyscrapers is definitely not a budget eat, but it’s still a great value for money when you keep in mind the service, food and the atmosphere with the most spectacular city view.

View from Moon Bar Bangkok
View from Moon Bar Bangkok, Author: Eric Pesik, Source: Flickr

Enjoy a jazz night

If you’re into jazz, or you just like cozy bars with some live music – Saxophone Pub is the best place in Bangkok to spend a night at. Nice interior, great atmosphere and the best live jazz is what describes this place the best. With its European prices, it’s not the cheapest bar in Bangkok, but it’s without a doubt a place where you’re going to have a great time.

Where to stay in Bangkok?

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok is a great choice for relaxation away from the city crowds, but guests can still easily access the city by hotel’s shuttle boat. This modern and luxurious hotel provides an outdoor pool and facilities like hot tub and sauna.

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Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Tower Club at lebua

Tower Club at lebua is a luxurious five-star hotel that epitomizes luxury accommodation in Bangkok. The lavish interiors and exclusive privileges complement an exclusive stay with a breathtaking views of the city or Chao Phraya River. Ideal for both business and leisure, the Tower Club at lebua is the most coveted five stars luxury hotel in Bangkok.

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Tower Club At lebua
Tower Club At lebua

Silom Space Hostel

Silom space hostel is a super trendy hostel, perfectly located in the heart of the business district, very close to 2 train station BTS (sky rail) and MRT (sub way). Its unique appearance is a combination of industrial machinery and modern design. It’s a perfect choice for those who are looking for a great nightlife.

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Silom Space Hostel
Silom Space Hostel

The Quarter Bangkok Poshtel & Coworking

The Quarter Bangkok Poshtel & Coworking is located in the center of Bangkok, only 50 meters from Skytrain BTS station. It’s set amidst the Bangkok chaos, but feels more like a quiet Parisian cafe. The hostel features a cafe, shared lounge and co-working room.

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The Quarter Bangkok Poshtel & Coworking 3
The Quarter Bangkok Poshtel & Coworking

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Extra tips for visiting Bangkok

– If you’re planning to visit religious sites, make sure you wear some modest clothes that covers legs and shoulders and that you have no bare feet. Still, if you forget about it, they usually provide the clothes at the entrance.

– Be aware of scams! In Bangkok there are many of them and most of the time they result in either wasting your money or time, both of which you don’t want, especially if you only have one day in Bangkok. Make sure you do an online search for the most common scams.

Traffic Jam in Bangkok
Bangkok Heavy Traffic

– Never forget to agree to the fare prior to starting a tuk-tuk ride, otherwise you’re gonna pay double or triple the price.

– Make sure the taxi driver turns the taxi meter on, otherwise they’re going to charge you some insanely high rate. You won’t believe how cheap legal taxis really are.

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