Let me start by saying that Bangkok,is a fairly large the capital city, and has many exciting attractions that reflect the culture of Thailand. It includes not only the beaches (which are a hot favorite of tourists) but many other places too where you get to see the historical buildings, temples, bazzars and gardens. And of course some awesome street food which is a big draw among tourists.
Frankly, one day is a bit too less if you want to see all the highlights of Bangkok at leisure, but then if that is all the time you have, here is a small list of the most important places that you must go to if you happen to have just a day to spend in Bangkok.
The Khlong Lat Mayom Market
located at the outskirts of the city, in a lush green area which is famous for the vendors who dock their boats and sell delicious local cuisine nearby. While you are here, you may choose either one of the boat restaurants for your snacks or the dry area of the market.
The Khlong Lat Mayom Market is not as big as the more famous Damnoen Saduak market; but since it is very close to Bangkok it is more preferable especially if you have less time it is also less noisy than the other markets.
This is a famous “Temple of the Dawn” and is one of the most historic places in Bangkok. you can climb to the top of this Temple along its narrow staircase and get a beautiful view of the Chao Phraya River flowing nearby. This is open from morning 7:30 a.m. right up to the evening 5:30 p.m. There is an entrance ticket which costs 20 THB.
Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace
These are two of the most well-known iconic symbols of Bangkok and attract many visitors. This also translates into them being very crowded and hence you should try to reach early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds. The Palace is famous because it was the home of the royal family in the past. The Wat Phra Kaew temple houses the famous emerald Buddha.
Wang Lang Market
This market is located in the town known as Siriraj, on opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is well known for its hospital. This fabulous market is right next to the hospital and is packed with the best of street food at Bangkok has to offer. You must sit down and some of these restaurants and try out the various curries and other delicacies.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This is one of the Bangkok’s busiest and biggest markets and offers a totally different type of experience as you discover authentic Thai ingredients, meats and veggies being sold in bulk.
This is one of the best places to be in while at Bangkok. Here you will see a variety of beautiful flora and fauna besides a huge lake which makes the entire place extremely scenic. It is also a nice place to walk and relax in the evening.
If you are fond of delicious seafood there is no better place to round off your day than the evening at Kuang Seafood’s; a restaurant located at Rangnam Road. It serves a great selection of all type of Thai seafood favorites and has kept its prices very reasonable.
A Note: before you plan your day out, do keep in mind that The Chatuchak and the Khlong-Lat-Mayom markets open only on weekends. All other attractions are however open daily from 9.30 am onward..