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Bangkok One Day Tour

Morning Tour
If your accommodation is around Sukhumvit or Silom, your starting point will be Ratchathewi station (N1), easily reached from the Skytrain Sukhumvit line. Take Exit 1 and head a few hundred metres south (after walking down the stairs, turn 180 degrees and walk down the street) and walk over the bridge across the Saen Saeb canal. To your right, you will see the small, rickety pier called Saphan Hua Chang. Board the next canal boat sailing to the west (boat heading left as you stand on the pier) and move quickly because the boats don't wait for lingerers! The fare is 10 baht and enjoy a view into the backyards of Bangkok.

 
 
 
 
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Sukhumvit Road by Aimaimyi

Disembark at the Phan Fa Lilat terminal near the Golden Mount. If your accommodation is around Khao San Road, you can just get here on foot. To your left, you'll see a small bridge with oncoming traffic and a large bridge with multi-lane traffic. Cross the large bridge, pass the white Mahakan Fort and then cross the street to Wat Ratchanaddaram, one of Bangkok's unappreciated temples. Entry is free, just take your shoes off and climb into the tower for a bird's-eye view of Rattanakosin.

Once finished, head back to the main street and hail a metered taxi (not a tuk-tuk) for a quick trip to Wat Pho. Entry into Wat Pho will set you back another 50 baht. The world's largest Reclining Buddha is to your right as you enter from the northern entrance. Explore the rest of the large complex, and if you feel like taking a break, pop into the famous massage school at the eastern side of the temple grounds.

When done, exit through the west gates (behind the Reclining Buddha) and look for signs pointing towards the pier of Tha Tien, which you will find half-hidden past a market alley full of stalls selling dried squid and such. You will see the white spires of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) across the Chao Phraya river. Hop aboard the angular little ferry and pay 3 baht for the trip. Seeing Wat Arun closer from the gardens around it is free but looks better from a distance. 50 baht is charged if you climb up. Note how the decorations of the spires are in fact all made from millions of bits of smashed painted white porcelain.

Wat Arun by Deror Avi

Head back across the river on the ferry you came on and cross the pier to the Chao Phraya Express Boat dock. Wave down the next southbound (downriver) express boat and ride down all the way to Oriental Pier (N1). From here, get to the Mandarin Oriental, often judged as the best hotel in the world. From the Oriental, head for the Saphan Taksin BTS station (S6) by either taking the express boat to Sathorn Pier (Central) or wall to Charoen Krung Road, turning right and walking some 15 minutes south.

 
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