10 Short Things to Do in Bangkok
What to Do in Bangkok in One Day
You have only one day in Bangkok and want a list of what are the places you shouldn't miss? This 'Top 10 Short Things to Do in Bangkok' offers ten good starting points. Choose three, five, or try to fit them all if you feel up to it, and get a feel of what Bangkok is all about. The below selection has a good mix of cultural and leisure activities, each with recommended time to go. As any seasoned visitor would tell you that Bangkok is ‘an all-out attack on the senses’, meaning a fascinating combination of weird and wonderful sights, sounds and smells – just waiting to be discovered by visitors.
1Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw Old City
Built in 1782, and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government, the Grand Palace continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail. Wat Pra Kaew enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of emerald, dating from the 15th century AD. Read More...2Khlong Tour Riverside
Forget the over-crowded ferries. Forget the tourist hordes, the overpriced souvenirs, the whole money-making charade. For a real sense of how people in Bangkok used to live, in stilted shacks, old wooden townhouses and dilapidated lean-tos – and still do – try them Bangkok Thonburi Khlongs. Read More...3Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Riverside
The impressive silhouette of Wat Arun’s towering spires is one of the most recognised in Southeast Asia. Constructed during the first half of the 19th century in the ancient Khmer style, the stupa showcasing ornate floral pattern decked out in glazed porcelain is stunning up close. Apart from its beauty, Wat Arun symbolises the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and the founding of the new capital after Ayutthaya fell. Read More...4Chinatown Market Chinatown
A must do when in Bangkok is to venture down to Chinatown for food. At the old market, you will find some of the city's best tasting and most reasonably priced fare. From the obscure (birds nest soup) to the ostentatious (Peking duck) to rare delicacies (roasted chestnuts), there will be something to enlighten your taste buds and provide a feast for the eyes. Read More...5Siam Square Siam
Siam Square, like the city in which it is located, is an area of contrast. In essence it is the hub of all things cool, an individual expression point where styles are both shaped and surface (and resurface). Siam also holds claim to being the most expensive place to rent land in Bangkok. It is to the City of Angels, what Bond Street is to London and Fifth Avenue to New York. Read More...6Soi Rambuttri Khaosan
Parallel to Khao San, Rambuttri gives you a taste of how Bangkok used to look before all the skyscrapers arrived. Leafy banyan trees shade the pavements and the vibe sways more towards local than backpacker, despite a number of them now choosing to stay here rather than on the famous street itself. Read More...7Rooftop Sunset Cocktail Sathon - Silom - Siam - Riverside
Gone are the days of chilling out in a hotel lounge after sunset. Hit the rooftop of the iconic State Tower’s Sirocco or the Banyan Tree’s Vertigo and Moon bar and claim your first-class ticket to the most amazing sunset vista Bangkok has to offer. From this height, the hustle and bustle of downtown feels like a distant hum, while the glittering skyline, a backdrop before which romance unfolds. Read More...8Dinner Cruise Riverside
Feel the magic of Chao Phraya River at sunset. As the sky turns from tawny gold to twilight, life along the riverbanks seems to slow down, and its beauty takes on another dimension. Embark on a dinner cruise in a restored teakwood boat or luxurious yacht and watch as the skyline unfolds along the Chao Phraya, from Wat Arun’s iconic silhouettesto Saphan Bhut’s strong industrial lines and the Grand Palace’s graceful curves. Read More...9Soi Cowboy Sukhumvit
Soi Cowboy was named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s, this red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights up a colourful streetscape comprised mainly of middle-aged expats, Japanese and western tourists, and of course a lot of girls with cries of 'helloooa, welcome!' Read More...10Partying in RCA Ratchadapisek
Bangkok’s electrifying nightlife scene has been rated as one of the best in the world. Much has changed since the early days of go-go bars and clubs. While Soi Cowboy, Patpong and Nana slowly fade into the background, Khao San, RCA, Sukhumvit 11 and Thonglor have emerged as the most-happening places after sundown, where international DJs rock the house with their latest mixes. Read More...