1 Day Bangkok Highlights Tour

1 Day Bangkok Tour – What To Visit:

Morning: Grand Palace, Wat Pho and/or Wat Arun

  • Grand Palace
    Arguably Bangkok’s most impressive attraction, the Grand Palace is a huge complex of Thai temples and historical buildings. Highlights include Wat Phra Kaew, known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Chakri Maha Prasat hall.
    Entry to the Grand Palace for non-Thais is 500 baht. There are several ways to access the Grand Palace. If you’re staying along the Riverside, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang (N9) pier, then walk through the riverside market to the Grand Palace.
  • Wat Pho
    Wat Pho is located within walking distance of the Grand Palace, making it a great attraction to visit afterwards. One of Bangkok’s oldest temples, it contains an incredible 160 foot Reclining Buddha statue, as well as one of Thailand’s first massage schools.
  • Amulet Market
    In the area around the Grand Palace, you’ll find Bangkok’s largest and most popular market for Buddhist amulets. Most of the amulets are purchased by people in dangerous professions seeking safety and good fortune.
  • Wat Arun
    Across the Chao Phraya from the Grand Palace is Wat Arun — the Temple of Dawn. One of Bangkok’s most picturesque and impressive temples, it’s a great temple to visit after you’ve seen Wat Pho. Take the three baht cross-river ferry from Tha Tien (N8) pier, near Wat Pho.
  • A popular way to see the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Arun is on the Walking Temple Tour, where your guide will ensure you take the fastest route between the temples and deal with all admission fees and transport.

Lunch: Where To Eat

  • Old Town Café
    Located just a couple of minutes from Wat Pho on foot, Old Town Café serves strong coffee and a selection of sandwiches, croissants and other baked goods. A great place to stop for morning tea after visiting the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and other temples.
  • Krua Khun Kung
    Located inside the Navy Club Building on Maharaj Road, Krua Khun Kung’s location beside the Chao Phraya makes it a great place for a scenic lunch. Portions are large and although the restaurant isn’t aesthetically pleasing, the great view of Wat Arun makes up for it.
  • Krisa Coffee Shop
    Krisa Coffee Stop is a small restaurant and coffee house located directly opposite the Grand Palace, making it one of Rattanakosin’s most convenient lunch spots. Tasty Thai food and air conditioning make it a great place to enjoy lunch and cool air after seeing the Grand Palace.

Afternoon: Klong Tours, Jim Thompson House or the National Gallery

  • Khlong Tours of the Chao Praya River
    Bangkok’s busiest and most modern districts are located on the east side of the Chao Phraya River. Board a small teak boat – either a converted rice barge or a longtail boat, as made famous in the James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun – and adventure through the city’s eastern districts on historical klongs — canals that were once Bangkok’s primary transportation network.
  • Jim Thompson House
    American businessman Jim Thompson played a major role in building Thailand’s silk industry during the 1950s. After his disappearance in Malaysia, his house — which contains a massive collection of Thai and Southeast Asian art — opened to the public as a museum.
  • National Gallery
    The National Gallery is located a short distance from the Grand Palace on Chao Fa Rd. Inside you’ll find an impressive collection of Thai and Southeast Asian paintings, sculptures, portraits and photos from post-WWII Thai artists.