A 24-hour itinerary in Bangkok is undoubtedly difficult to plan. It seems there are thousands of attractions, top sights, restaurants, neighborhoods, and more on “must-see” lists in Bangkok, so how can you plan your itinerary to see everything? Unfortunately, you can’t. To that end, we’ve compiled an itinerary for the best things to do in Bangkok, one of the most epic cities on earth.
Among Bangkok’s top attractions is the Chao Phraya River, which leads us to our next adventure. Start your day early by taking the Skytrain from Saphan Taksin station on the Silom line to Saphan Taksin. Alternatively known as the Sathon Bridge Pier, exit two leads to the Central Pier. Passes for the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat can be purchased here. The pass costs ฿150 (about $4). At each of the eight stops, you will have unlimited access to board and exit the boat as you please.
The Maharaj Pier is our first stop on our trip. Located here is the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, Wat Phra Kaeo. It costs *400 (about $15) to enter the complex, and you can hire a guide to give you a full look at everything on display.
You will see two of Thailand’s most famous temples at Tha Tien Pier, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Take Thai Wang Road straight after exiting the boat to reach Wat Pho. The temple will be to your right. Temple hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is an entry fee of *100 ($3). Located just across the river by ferry, Wat Arun is currently undergoing construction with most of its roof covered in scaffolding. In case you decide to go, there is an entrance fee of *50 (about $1.50).
Take advantage of the riverside restaurants that line the Chao Phraya to refuel and grab an early lunch. From these establishments, you can see Wat Arun from every conceivable angle. Tha Tien Pier and Wat Pho are both within walking distance of The Deck by Arun Residence. Both Thai and Western food are available at the restaurant. At this pier, as well as outside of Wat Pho, there are many street vendors selling touristy items. If you are visiting a Day Tour Bangkok during the week and are unable to go to any weekend markets, you should check out these vendors, as touristy as they are.
You will then board the boat to return to the BTS Skytrain to continue your trip to Siam, our next stop. Taxis are also available. Bangkok’s best shopping can be found here. You will wish you had more money to spend in Siam, as it offers high-end products and Thai designeThere are many shopping malls in this area, including Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and Siam Square One.One.
The Chatuchak Weekend Market is an epic event that you should not miss if you are visiting Bangkok on a weekend. Instead of visiting Siam, head to the Mochit station of the BTS Skytrain instead. The Chatuchak Weekend Market is more authentic and has better trinkets and souvenirs than the Siam Weekend Market.