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Bangkok One Day Tour

Understand
One day in Bangkok tour is a day and night sightseeing tour through the capital of Thailand.
In this itinerary, you'll explore historic Bangkok with its famous temples in the morning. When the sun gets at its strongest, it's best to cool down in an air-conditioned mall or indoor attractions. The evening will show you modern Bangkok with its bustling and hip nightlife. The Grand Palace (Bangkok's most popular attraction) is not included in this itinerary. Since the Palace is located right next to Wat Pho, you can visit it instead or even try to squeeze in both if you wish but the palace ground is so large that it's best to visit it on another day.

 
 
 
 
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Prepare
Bangkok is relatively close to the equator, so beware of the heat. Start out early because temple-tramping during the afternoon heat is draining and there won't be much air-conditioning along the way. Drink enough fluids but don't carry huge bottles of water as there are plenty of convenience stores selling cooled beverages. Since you will be walking most of the time, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the climate. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and shoes must be neat, as temples have strict dress codes. There are surprisingly few (good) places to eat in Rattanakosin, so pack in a good breakfast before you go.

Wat Ratchaorotsaram by Mattana
As you will be crossing through the city the whole day, get familiar with Bangkok's public transit system. The BTS Skytrain and MRT Metro are the easiest ways to move around Sukhumvit and Silom. Getting to Rattanakosin can best be done over water with the Chao Phraya Express Boat and the Saen Saep Express Boat. You can also pullover a metered taxi.

If you keep an eye on your budget, the day won't cost more than 1,000 baht, unless you visit Siam Ocean World, which is already a whopping 900 baht. Entring the temples and short taxi rides are not more than 50 baht, while mid-range lunch and dinner are around 250 baht each. If you are really on a budget, you might want to eat at the street restaurants for not more than 50 baht a meal.

Metro train in Bangkok by Ilya Plekhanov

Safety
Touts can be a hassle at many of the better-known tourist sights. Don't trust a single word of unsolicited advice and don't let strangers steer you away from your intended destination. When taking a taxi, be sure to insist on the meter. If the driver refuses, or quotes skyrocketing prices, just walk away and get a different taxi since there are usually plenty available. If multiple taxis refuse to take you, take a tuk-tuk but always agree on a price in advance. In the go-go bar zones, beware of touts who try to drag you. Rule of thumb is if you can't see inside from street level, the establishment is best avoided.

 
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