Short of time? Maybe you have only a few hours left. This can be due to your delay in airplane timings or simply you are in a hurry. While we do not recommend to visit a place as beautiful as Bangkok in a hurry but if you must, then the following guide will help you to explore all the beauties of Bangkok.
Well, the good news is that yes, 1 day is enough to linger through all major destinations in Bangkok in real-time.
1 Hour – Wat Arun – An hour is all it takes to visit Wat Arun. It’s a beautiful Buddhist monastery and a monumental heritage. Women especially should take care though as they follow strict rules for dressing. Skirts below knees or pants with a t-shirt is typically allowed. In real-time one just needs around 20 minutes to visit this beautiful place.
10 minutes by car (or bus) – Reach Grand Palace – Full place can be covered under 1.15 hours. It’s a historical monumental building complex. There is also a dance event ticket free with this. Again clothing should be paid extra care for. Shorts are not allowed. Foreigners are charged around 500 baht so keep it clear in mind. Also, it’s quite hot up there so pack your jackets inside a bag. If you are sensitive to heat and stuff, you can have sunglasses and sunscreen applied.
Under 5 minutes by bus – Reach Temple of the Emerald Buddha – A Very beautiful temple with stunning art on walls. Should take around 1 hour but can be packed with tourists so avoid if highly packed. Up to this, you have spent around 2.30 – 3 hours max and there’s still a lot to see.
Walk on foot for 15 minutes – Reach Rattanakosin Island – It’s an old town and you can get good coconut milk and BBQ Pork around. You should rest a bit here as continuously walking for the past 3 hours, given the hot and tropical environment of Thailand is enough to make you tired especially when you are not used to. Drink fluids, have some light snacks and use the restroom and be ready for your next destination. This all should typically take 45 minutes and you will be rejuvenated and ready for the next destination.
15 minutes’ walk on foot – Reach Khaosan road – This is a relatively urban town and you can do dining or shopping or all kinds of purchases. Keep around 2 hours in hand to scrounge this place. The place is much more tourist-friendly now, all thanks to a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration ruling where all street vendors were declared illegal and made the area encroachment free. Though it might seem or look like a fair rule but foreigners were many a times forced to buy a product.
And now you check your watch and see that in only about 5-6 hours, you have gone through all major places, except one –
25 minutes by car/equal vehicle – Chatuchak Weekend Market – This is your last stop so one can customize the timings as per need here. Honestly, this is really a very massive, huge and spacious shopping paradise. The place has almost everything on earth but the majority of those are fashion-related products at ultra-low costs. Bargaining though can be tried but doesn’t work because of a huge customer there. So, buy something if you like. Another important thing is to make sure that you carry some lose cash and credit cards are not accepted here mostly.
So, congratulations! You have travelled to Bangkok in just a single day and also have gained the first-hand experience in it. While nothing can match the enjoyment in traveling in a peaceful manner for days or weeks but a quick trip can also satiate your taste buds.
Don’t forget to try the coconut milk ice-cream and exotic Thai food platter while coming back after this tiring yet enjoyable journey.