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How to Spend 1 Day in Bangkok

How to Spend 1 Day in Bangkok

Cramming all of Bangkok’s top sights and best bites into one day is no easy feat. Maximize your time by planning your itinerary carefully, swapping taxis for tuk-tuks, and taking in multiple attractions on one tour. Here’s are some ideas for how to spend an unforgettable 24 hours in Bangkok.

Morning: Temples and Palaces

Set out early on a sightseeing tour of Bangkok’s must-sees before the crowds arrive, starting with the magnificent Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). The Grand Palace is just a short stroll away and visiting with a guide ensures you cover all the highlights of the vast palace complex. Don’t miss a visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the king’s residence, and the Royal Courts. Next, ride the cross-river ferry from the Grand Palace Pier to visit the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and enjoy stunning views of the sacred temple.

Afternoon: Chinatown and the Chao Phraya

Hop in a tuk-tuk for a scenic ride to Chinatown, one of Bangkok’s most atmospheric districts and among the largest Chinatowns in the world. Hiring a guide is a great way to explore the maze-like streets; otherwise else simply wander around on your own, browsing the lively street markets and filling up on tasty street food. From Chinatown it’s a short stroll down to the pier, where sightseeing cruises set sail along the Chao Phraya. Relax on-board as you float past the riverfront sights, then enjoy a glimpse of local life along the klongs (canals). 

Evening: Night Markets and Nightlife

Choose between Bangkok’s two main nighttime entertainment areas—Khao San Road or Sukhumvit. The backpacker hostels, street markets, and cocktail bars along Khao San Road are great value and offer the chance to pick up some last-minute souvenirs as well as party into the early hours. Alternatively, Sukhumvit is home to Bangkok’s infamous red-light district (Soi Cowboy), but also some of its most luxurious hotels, shopping malls, and restaurants. Enjoy a drink with a view at the Octave Rooftop Bar, stroll around Soi Cowboy, or party at one of the many bars and nightclubs along Sukhumvit Soi 11.

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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

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Experience the magic of Bangkok at night on this after dark temples, markets, and food tuk-tuk tour. Your evening adventure begins with a tuk-tuk ride around Bangkok, seeing the way the city lights illuminate ancient temples and modern skyscrapers against the night sky. Along the way, you'll visit markets and palaces, explore the bustling streets of Chinatown, and feast on street food, while learning about the city from your local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

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This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through some of the city's top attractions, including Wat Arun Grand Palace, and the Floating Market. Explore some of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (own expense), and wander the shops and sites with a local who offers insight and information along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
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Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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Thailand is driven by the Buddhist faith and some 26,000 wats, or temples, dot the landscapes of this southeast Asian nation. Take a private tour of three significant Bangkok temples, including the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and marvel at the religion that permeates the culture and traditions of this city.
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Bangkok Airport: Private Arrival Transfer from Airport to Hotel
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Bangkok Airport: Private Arrival Transfer from Airport to Hotel

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This quick and easy private arrival transfer from Bangkok Airport to your preferred hotel is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll enjoy a hassle-free arrival at Suvarnabhumi International or Don Mueang International Airports with this private transfer that includes an air-conditioned vehicle and friendly, local driver. Your knowledgeable chauffeur will meet you upon arrival and transport you with ease to your Bangkok hotel.
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

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Visit the Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok on a tour that showcases the best of travelers’ ‘must-see’ list for the capital city. Taken in the morning or afternoon, this one-of-a-kind experience allows time to explore the best-known landmarks with an expert local guide. Highlights include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located in the Grand Palace Complex.
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Bangkok Airport Departure – Private Transfer from Hotel to Airport

Bangkok Airport Departure – Private Transfer from Hotel to Airport

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Experience a truly seamless departure with this private transfer from your hotel to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International or Don Mueang International Airports. Ride in style and comfort in a private air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy the expertise of a hand-selected, professional and friendly local driver. These popular transfer services are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and perfect for the traveler who prefers an airport departure minus the drama.
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  • 2 hours
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Bangkok Temples Tour, Including Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Bangkok Temples Tour, Including Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

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Experience the beauty of Thai culture on this half-day Bangkok temples tour that showcases some of the city’s most impressive landmarks. See a massive solid gold Buddha at Wat Tramit and marvel at delicate marble carvings at Wat Benchamabophit. Then follow your guide to the birthplace of traditional healing, Wat Pho, and learn about some of the age-old practices still used today.
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Fine Dining Experience at Vertigo Rooftop Restaurant, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok

Fine Dining Experience at Vertigo Rooftop Restaurant, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok

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Skip the line to the exclusive Vertigo rooftop restaurant at Bangkok’s Banyan Tree Hotel.  You’ll sit 61 floors above the city streets and dine on four courses of internationally-inspired cuisine at this ultra romantic, open air restaurant. Arrive as sunset illuminates the glittering cityscape, and nibble dessert as the moon rises over the Chao Phraya river. Indulge in a fine dining experience you’ll never forget while you see Bangkok’s nighttime sights from a VIP table.
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Bangkok Private Tour By Locals, Highlights & Hidden Gems

Bangkok Private Tour By Locals, Highlights & Hidden Gems

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With rich culture and UNESCO–listed treasures to discover, Bangkok attracts travelers from across the world—but avoiding the tourist trail can be tough. During this private Bangkok experience, visit the city with a local guide and see sides of this bustling Asian capital many people miss. Plus, enjoy the freedom to customize your own itinerary to take in the sites that interest you most—seeing Bangkok your way.
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