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You’ve been planning your Thailand trip for ages but you’ve only got a couple of days in Bangkok before you head out to the islands or up to Chiang Mai. It’s common for people to plan their short time in Bangkok before they get here, as many do but when they get here their amazed by just how big this bustling metropolis really is and all their plans to go simply to pot.

Where do you start? How long should you spend there? And what should you do next? If you’re asking yourself these questions then don’t worry you’ve come to the right place. On this page we will talk about some of the most popular activities and places to visit in Bangkok helping you to organise your day out in Bangkok more efficiently.

So where’s the best place to go first? Well one of the most popular places to visit in Bangkok and a great place to start as it’s not too far from Sukhumvit hotels is the Grand Palace.

A Tour Around the Grand Palace

Built in 1782 the Grand Palace was home to the King of Siam for over 150 years and is still an official Royal residence within its walls you will find the Royal court and administrative buildings as well as Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) all wrapped up in the finest Thai architecture from Siam’s golden age. The Grand Palace is great for a morning tour and a favourite place for families to take some wonderful photos. An hour and a half is ample time to give yourself plenty of time to see the Grand Palace in all its glory.

Bangkok Canal Tours

Known as the Venice of South East Asia, Bangkok sits on a network of Canals or Klongs as they are known in Thai, many of them have been turned into open sewers or public (boat) transport routes but there are still some wonderful canals preserved to how they were at the beginning of the last century; the best examples of these are found in the old town of Rattanakosin. You can board a long tail boat very near the Grand palace and a Klong tour will take you down wonderful waterways lined with traditional Thai houses and beautiful old temples. If you take a boat tour with a company such as Thailand Tours Center then you will transfer to a refurbished rice barge that will then take you on a short cruise back out onto the Chao Phraya river where deep in the heart of old Bangkok lined with some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks such as Wat Arun. A tour of Bangkok Klongs usually takes about an hour to an hour.

Unique Photograph Opportunity at Wat Arun

Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is like no other Temple in Bangkok. This unique structure was built in the latter half of the 1800s and sits on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river and the entrance fee is 100 baht. You should give yourself at least an hour at Wat Arun to walk around take photos and climb up the main spire of this impressive temple. You can reach the temple either buy taking a boat from Saphan Thaksin bridge reachable by the MRT and then getting off at Pier 8 from there you can take a shuttle boat across to Wat Arun. Or if you already in the area it is across the River from Grand Palace and Wat Poh.

Thai Massage at Wat Poh

Still located in the old town of Rattanakosin and a prime example of architecture from Siam’s Golden period Wat Poh was built in 1781 and is one of the largest and oldest temples. Wat Poh is named after a temple in India where Buddha is believed to have lived and was one of Thailand’s first public universities it is still the home of one of the Wat Poh Thai massage school and is one of the best places in Bangkok to get a traditional Thai massage. You can get a half hour or hour massage at Wat poh.

Eat Traditional Chinese Food in China Town

From Wat Poh you can take a tuk tuk to China town or Yaowarat as it is known in Thai. China Town is great for traditional Thai food such as Peking Duck, Roasted Chestnuts and even birds nest soup and its network of side streets and alleyways are a living museum and prime example of how the Thai Chinese have preserved their Chinese culture here in old Bangkok, give yourself at least an hour and a half at Yaowarat before heading back to the shopping district for some great shopping or for a drink down Khaosan Road to see how travelers spend their time in Bangkok.

A Beer in Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road is within Walking distance of the Grand palace or a ten minute taxi ride from China Town as one of the World’s most famous backpacker areas and travel hubs with hundreds of travel agents, open bars, live music and great shopping but most people to go to Khaosan road to have a drink, play pool, grab a bite to eat listen to music and watch people from every country in the world walk by. Nearby soi Rambutri also has a great choice of bars and can be reached through Khaosan’s side streets.
Watch the Sunset from a Rooftop Bar

Bangkok has one of the most amazing city scapes at sunset and there’s no better place to view it from than sipping a cocktail in one of Bangkok’s many rooftop or sky bars in either the Sukhumvit or Sathorn areas of New Bangkok where you can relax and think about what you are going to do next to enjoy Bangkok’s wonderful nightlife.

This is just a amsll list of favourite things to do in Bangkok, don’t forget to visit us regularly for more travelling tips on exciting things to do in Thailand.

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