Here Is How A Girl Can Spend 24 Hours In A City Like Bangkok

Tripoto
1st Nov 2017
Photo of Bangkok Thailand by Shipra Shekhar

There is hardly any traveller in the world who is untouched by the scenic beauty and culture of Thailand. Famous as the "land of smiles" it has something to offer every kind of traveller. If you are travelling to Thailand from India, chances are that you will land in the capital city of Bangkok. It was the most visited city in the world in the year 2016 and it is not hard to see why. From stunning temples and palaces to hardcore nightlife, delicious food, limitless shopping options, Bangkok has it all.

If you have little time in Bangkok, this guide will help you explore the best of the city in 24 hours:

Morning

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Get lost at the quirky floating market and have breakfast on a boat

Begin your interesting day in Thailand at the Taling Chan Floating Market. It is a great place to observe tiny interesting details about Thai culture. You can spend time exploring floating shops that sell everything from exotic tropical fruits and vegetables to an interesting breakfast straight from the boat. This market is about 10km from the famous Khaosan Road and can be reached by taxi or tuk-tuk.

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Be mesmerised by the exquisite Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha

After you have explored the market, you can hire a taxi or tuk-tuk to the famous Grand Palace which is about 7km from the floating market. Located along the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace's stunning architecture will leave you awe-struck. The temple complex is also home to Wat Phra Kaew, which is the temple of the emerald Buddha, and is one of the most sacred temples in all of Thailand. There is an entrance fee of 500 baht and timings are from 9am to 3:30pm daily.

Post that you can head to Wat Pho, which is the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok, located on the other side of the Grand Palace and witness the famous 150-foot reclining Buddha. It costs just 100 baht or ₹200 to enter, which includes a free bottle of water. Timing are from 8am to 5:30pm daily.

Make a lunch-stop at Klongsan Plaza, on the banks of Chao Phraya River, to enjoy the delicious street food of Bangkok.

Afternoon

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Give yourself a chance to experience the magic of a Thai massage

No trip to Thailand is complete without a Thai massage and there are several places in the city offering it. You can pamper yourself with a foot-massage for an hour for as little as ₹300. Dahra Spa and Breeze Spa is highly recommended.

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Shop to your heart's content at Chatuchak weekend market

If you happen to be in Bangkok on the weekend, you can also choose to shop at the Chatuchak weekend market, which is one of the largest and most diverse markets of Bangkok. There are more than 15,000 stalls that sell everything from artwork to old books to designer clothing. You can shop for gifts, souvenirs or put together an entirely new wardrobe for yourself.

Evening

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Enjoy the sunset over Wat Arun

In the evening, head to the Deck Restaurant of Arun Residence located just across the river to enjoy the spectacular sunset view over Wat Arun as you enjoy a cocktail.

Night

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Choose your poison for the night at Khaosan party street

Head to Khaosan Road for a perfect end to the perfect day. Eat your way through the street food market here or simply party the night away. If you wish to experience the hype of the infamous ping-pong shows and the like, head to Phat Pong, the red light district.

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Enjoy a lavish dinner or watch a movie in one of Bangkok's luxury theatre

If you are not a party person, enjoy a lavish dinner with an amazing view of the Bangkok skyline at Lebua. A part of the movie, Hangover 2 was filmed here.

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You can also choose to watch a movie at one of Bangkok's many luxury movie theatres such as Embassy Diplomat Screen, AEON Theater, Enigma at Paragon Cineplex, BSC Diamond Screen at Esplanade Cineplex and many more. Some of them offer all-you-can-eat refreshments while movie as well as buffet dinners and cost around 1200.

Visa

Indian nationals can avail a visa-on-arrival for a period of stay, not exceeding 15 days. The visa is provided at 32 designated international checkpoints including Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. You need to carry a completed visa application form with your recent photograph and also confirmed return-tickets for a period not extending 15 days. The application fee is 1,000 Baht. You can read more about visa procedure here.

When to go

Though Bangkok is a year-round destination, November to March is best to visit this beautiful city as the weather is dry and pleasant.

Getting there

Round-trip flight tickets are cheapest from Kochi to Bangkok and cost around ₹5,477 on average, if you book in advance. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also embark on a road-trip to Bangkok from India. Read more about it here.

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Getting around

You can choose to travel on all kinds of inexpensive public transport in Bangkok. This includes public buses, ferry, public transit systems of BTS and MRT. You can also use tuk-tuk, taxi, and moto-taxi for short distances.

Accommodation

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Bangkok is one of the most frequented cities in the world and naturally has a lot of stay options ranging from cheap hostels for backpackers to luxurious resorts. If you want to stay in a hostel, Bewel Hostel (₹437), Assembly Hostel (₹446), Yellow Mango hostel (₹472), Loftel 22 Hostel (₹492) are highly recommended.

For more budget stay options, and Airbnb options available in Bangkok check here.

Costs

Return flight tickets from Kochi to Bangkok: ₹5,477

One-way ticket on local transport: ₹96

Short taxi ride fare: ₹177

Stay in Bangkok: ₹845

A meal: ₹190

Beer: ₹79

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