A Day of Sightseeing



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Bangkok is a huge city, but one day can go a long way. This trip takes you to some of Bangkok's most notable sites, including numerous temples, the Palace, a historic house and Chinatown. It includes recommendations for convenient restaurants along the way and ensures a lively day full of culture, history and fun. Make sure to bring your camera!

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Author: Jennifer


Day 1 - Bangkok


If you're really ambitious (and perhaps short on time in Bangkok), it is indeed possible to hit most of the major spots in just one day. Make sure to set the alarm, because any attempt to conquer Bangkok in a day will need an early start. Grab some street food (try the rice porridge) near the hotel for breakfast to save time, gain energy, and get into the feel of the city. You may go to bed exhausted...but it will have been well worth the effort. Right in the heart of Old Bangkok, the Chakrabongse Villas are an ideal base for city sightseeing. And those keen on experiencing Bangkok's culture and history, will really appreciate the ambiance of this place. Wat Pho is the first stop for the day. Make sure you start early, because the grounds are fairly expansive and there's a lot to see. Don't miss the Reclining Buddha, and please dress appropriately out of respect for this important Buddhist site. After soaking in Wat Pho, make your way over to the Grand Palace. The walk is short, and you can grab some satay if you're already getting hungry. From the Grand Palace, walk to Tha Thien pier on the river. The walk is very short, and there are many chances to grab another snack on the way. For 3 baht take a ferry across to Wat Arun. Whether or not you've been snacking, you'll surely be hungry for lunch by now. If you woke up early enough and timed things right, you should be finished with Wat Arun by lunchtime. Yok Yor is on the same side of the river as Wat Arun and is a good place for seafood. After lunch, cross back to the other side of the river and stop by Lumphini Park. You'll need some kind of transportation (whether public or not). This green have in the middle of Bangkok is a great place to walk off lunch and relax for a bit. Once you're ready, head to the Jim Thompson House for a bit of history and shopping. Be sure to arrive by 4:30pm, because that is when the last guided tour begins. Silk purchases in hand, it's now time for another Bangkok sensory experience. Chinatown is a great place to spend an evening...explore the streets and their markets, wander into traditional pharmacies, and eat a delicious dinner. Such a long, productive day definitely deserves a relaxed nightcap. At the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel, Vertigo is the perfect place to go for drinks and breathtaking views of the lit city. If you've been wearing "sightseeing clothes" or sweating all day, it might be a good idea to freshen up for this classy venue.


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Chakrabongse Villas

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Location:

396 Maharaj Road, Tatien
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: 66 0 2 673 0966
fax: 66 0 2 211 9656


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Wat Pho

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Location:

2 Sanamchai Road
Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: +66 2 222 5910 / +66 2 226 2942 / +66 2 226 1743 / +66 2 225 9595
fax: +66 2 225 9779


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Grand Palace

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Location:

Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
East of the river, on Na Phra Lan Rd., near Sanam Luang
10500 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
fax: +66 2 694 1220 1


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Lumphini Park

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Entrances on Rama IV Road, Sarasin Road, Wireless Road and Ratchadamri Road
10330 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
fax: +66 2 694 1220 1


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