Bangkok is a city of contrasts… on one side you have the chaotic traffic and city stress and on the other, the peace and serenity of the city’s Buddhist temples and canals.
eDreams’ blog offers you the chance to discover Bangkok and its most important tourist attractions and traditions in just 24 hours. How can anyone possibly enjoy Bangkok in such a short time? Read on to find out!
One thing you will notice on arrival and during your stay in Bangkok is the heat. The best time to visit the city and Thailand in general, is between November and April.
How to get around the city
The quickest way to get around the city is by taxi. Remember to ask the driver to use the taximeter as some may “forget” and then try to charge you a fortune.
Another popular form of transport are tuk-tuks as called in the city by locals, but also known as three-wheelers or auto-rickshaws. Be careful how many stops you make… many drivers stop at shops just because they receive commission if you purchase something at them.
Given that 24 hours isn’t a lot of time you should go and see the most important tourist attractions: the temples. A temple is the perfect place to avoid the chaos and enjoy the peace and silence of a spiritual city.
Start your tour of the city by visiting the Grand Palace where you can find Wat Phra Kaew Temple which contains the Emerald Buddha.
Continue your tour by visiting more Buddhist temples. One of the absolute must-sees is Wat Pho Temple, where you can see the Reclining Buddha which measures 46 metres long and 15 metres high and is gold plated.
Having seen some tourist attractions and bearing in mind that your time is limited, you should take a boat trip along Chao Phraya river and have a bite to eat while on-board. Have your camera ready to take pictures of your trip and the wonderful colours of the sky at about 6 p.m.
Your next stop has to be the markets. Go to Chatuchak market and bargain for whatever you fancy buying. Here you can pick up all sorts of souvenirs.
24 hours in Bangkok isn’t very long… but hopefully you’ll be able to make the most of your trip with these ideas!
And if you don’t want to end up looking like a tourist, read our travel guide “The Traveller’s Code“. You’ll find all you need to know to fit in anywhere, without looking like one!