How to Spend a Perfect Day in Bangkok

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With over 26 million tourists visiting Thailand every year, Global Destination Cities Index ranks Bangkok as one of the most visited cities in the world. It’s no surprise — Thailand is home to hundreds of islands, beaches, diving sites, shopping malls, and temples, but what if you have only one day to explore the exuberant capital.


Around 100km from Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most famous floating market in Thailand. Go sightseeing in the morning before the crowds arrive and the heat builds up.

Floating MarketColorful canoes float through narrow khlongs, making short halts at small shopping stores. You’ll find varieties of Thai souvenirs and fresh fruits and vegetable in this bustling market. While you’re busy exploring the market on the go, try the delicious mango sticky rice and Phat Thai that are freshly prepared by the locals in their sturdy canoes.

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If the kids are with you, head to Dusit Zoo instead. Mingle with the adorable Pongo Pygmaeus and meet some of the rare animals like the white bengal tiger and albino barking deer.


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Bangkok has plenty of temples, but some of the major ones are Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. If you prefer to explore a historical site, head to Ayutthaya, which is only an hour away from Bangkok. Make note of the train and bus timing.

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On the bank of Saen Saeb Canal, Jim Thompson’s 19th century residential enclave features an aesthetic collection of antiques  that includes impressive Southeast Asian art. This teak wood villa houses a dining room, kitchen, living room, and a bathroom — all of it designed in traditional Thai style with a modern twist. Be sure to visit the property early as it closes by 5pm.

Yaowarat (Chinatown) I Image by Jimmy Dau via Trover

There is no way you can resist Bangkok’s street food. Walk down the alley on Yaowarat Road just off Chinatown to savor Bangkok’s endless eating options.


With plenty of events and parties held every day, Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. As a shopper’s hub, Bangkok is brimming with weekend and weekday markets.

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Chatuchak weekend market is Thailand’s most visited shopping destination, and it features an array of goods like furniture, plants, clothes, and antiques.

Some of the major shopping spots in Petchburi are Pantip Plaza, where you’ll find electronics at surprising bargains, and Pratunam, where you’ll see find wholesale textile and delightful accessories. One of the best views of the skyline is from the bridge close to Pantip Plaza.


Experience the city’s buzzing nightlife by grabbing a drink at one of the al-fresco rooftop bars.


Spaceship-shaped Vertigo Bar and Restaurant on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Other bars that have equally sweeping views are Sirocco bar and Park Society.

When you’re ready to call it a day, head to one of the hotels in Bangkok. Book a room in downtown area to be in the most happening part of the town.

Whether you visit Bangkok to indulge in the city’s culture and heritage, art scene, culinary adventures, or nightlife, you’ll find no shortage of things to keep you busy and enthralled.

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  1. says: Kate

    Thailand is at the very top of my bucket list and this is an awesome guide for a day in Bangkok. I can’t wait to travel there and check out several of the things you suggested especially the floating market. Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. Hi Kate. The floating market is great. However, be sure to check with the locals if the shops at the market will be open. When we went, the shops were all shut so the market wasn’t as buzzing as expected.

  2. says: Tim

    Bangkok is an amazing city and well deserves the rank of number one city to visit. It is so traditional yet so futuristic at the same time. As you point out there is plenty to do within the city and just a short drive from town, including the island of Koh Chang and Koh Samet.

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