One day in Bangkok: Top Places Not To Miss

Bangkok attracts millions of people each year with its interesting sites, exotic street food, and endless entertainment. It’s also one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Wondering if it’s possible to spend one day in Bangkok? Whether you’re in Bangkok for the first time or returning there, we’ve got the top suggestions for you. If you’ve got a half-day layover in Bangkok, you’ll find what to do here too! Let’s have a look below:  

How to spend one day in Bangkok:

For first-timers

1.The Grand Palace

One day in Bangkok is not complete without visiting the grand palace
The Grand Palace is one of the must-visit landmarks in Bangkok.

The Grand Palace is located in the heart of Bangkok. Moreover, it’s one of the must-visit landmarks. We’re sure you will appreciate the elegant architecture. While you’re there, you can walk to the temple of the Emerald Buddha and admire the royal residence.

2.Wat Pho

If you have one day in Bangkok, Wat Pho is also a must!
Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Wat Pho is one of Bangkok’s oldest temples and it was even built before Bangkok was established. Its highlight is the giant golden reclining Buddha that is 46 meters longs. Also, it’s known for its Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School, so you shouldn’t miss getting a traditional Thai massage while you’re there.

3. Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn

Even if you have one day in Bangkok, come to spend your time at Wat Arun
Wat Pho is recognizable because of its colorful decorated spires.

You should come to Wat Arun after visiting Wat Pho because they are opposite each other. With its colorful decorated spires, Wat Arun is different from other temples. Also, we recommend you to visit in the early morning because it’s quiet and less crowded.

To make your trip even easier, you can visit the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun on this private Bangkok temple tour with a local too.


One day in Bangkok at Bangkok Chinatown is a must!
Bangkok Chinatown, or Yaowarat in Thai, is famous for its street food.

A trip to Bangkok can’t be complete without visiting Bangkok’s Chinatown. Even if you have only one day in Bangkok, we recommend you to spend your night there. With its tasty street food, Thai-Chinese culture, and unique sights, it’s not to miss! Explore Bangkok Chinatown with a local and discover all the experiences that Chinatown has to offer.

How to spend one day in Bangkok:

For frequent visitors


Spend one day in Bangkok and explore the local side of Bangkok.
Come to Thonburi canal and explore the local side of Bangkok

If you are looking for somewhere to explore the local side of Bangkok, then you should come to Thonburi. It won’t disappoint you! This area has so much to offer. We suggest taking a boat to see the Thonburi canal. Furthermore, you can shop like a local at Bangkhunsri market or even try freshly prepared food. Prices start from as little as 25! The best way to experience it is through a Thonburi boat trip with a local

2.Tha DinDaeng Market

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Tha DinDaeng Road has one of the oldest traditional markets in Bangkok. Come to Tha DinDaeng Market and you can find a wide range of exotic street food. Undoubtedly, it’s a home for foodies and it’s a less touristy place. The right side of the street market is close to the pier, so there are veggies, fruit, fresh meat, and seafood. If you’re still not sure where to start at Tha Dindaeng Market, exploring it with a local is the best choice! 

3. Sampeng Lane 

It's worth spending your one day in Bangkok at Sampeng Lane.
Sampeng Lane is located in Chinatown and it’s one of the cheapest markets in Bangkok

Did you know that just beside Chinatown, there’s Sampeng Lane? Sampeng is a chaotic narrow alley with packed of everything from souvenirs to gadgets and fabrics to household items. Also, it’s one of the cheapest places to come shopping in Bangkok and you can buy in bulk to get a good discount.

How to spend one day in Bangkok:

Half-day during a layover

1. Visit Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market

One day in Bangkok at Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market and absorb the local atmosphere
Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market is one of the most authentic floating markets

If you want to experience the local atmosphere, then Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market is a great choice. It’s one of the most authentic floating markets in Bangkok. Here, you can find delicious local food and even order from vendors in small boats. You can also come to Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market with a local for an even more fun time!

2. Go Bangkok Cafe-Hopping

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There’s no better way to freshen up after a flight than to grab some coffee! Go cafe-hopping with our Local Expert and find all the best specialty coffee shops in Bangkok. You will get to taste and experience different types of beans from various origins, as well as talk to the baristas. If you’re a coffee-lover, this is definitely a fun way to spend your day in Bangkok.

For your next journey, don’t forget to check Bangkok’s hidden gems you can’t miss here. All the places are waiting for you to explore!