24 hours in Bangkok is certainly not enough but you can get a lot done in that space of time with some careful planning. The key to accomplishing this is to choose your activities that are all based in a similar area or close proximity to one another. One of the most ideal areas to do this in is in and around the Old Town of Bangkok.
Start your morning off bright and early to avoid walking around in the humid heat. In all honesty, this will probably happen anyway but at least you can enjoy one sight in the hot but cooler temperatures. Head to the Wat Pho Temple when it opens at 8am in order to avoid the hoards of tourists and the midday heat. Before even entering the temple grounds, you will be in absolute awe of the colours, intricacy and pure size of the temple. No words can truly explain the beauty that you will witness but maybe hopefully these pictures will give you a slight glimpse. Additionally, Wat Pho is home to the giant reclining Buddha. The entrance cost is 100 baht, which is more than reasonable.
Next, take a stroll to the Floral Cafe at Napasorn, which is approximately 1km away. This cafe is seriously beautiful. The combination of its exquisite floral themed decor and its delicious drinks and cake menu make this cafe such a hit. It opens at 10am, just in time for a refuel after exploring the temple. Additionally, the cafe is strategically placed in between the bustle of the Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market, which is next on the agenda. Check out my post dedicated solely to the Floral Cafe at Napasorn here.
As you step out of the Floral Cafe at Napasorn, you will enter the main road of the Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market. This is a thriving wholesale flower market which supplies most of Bangkok with its daily dose of fresh flowers. Here, you will find a variety of different flowers that range in colour from natural to artificial. It is well-worth going to and will leave you with a boosted and refreshed mood, ready to move onto the next adventure.
Just around the corner from the flower market is a little organic ice-cream parlour that is definitely worth a visit. Farm to Table, Organic Cafe serves some of the best ice cream in Bangkok, which is often needed in the heat. However, if you are looking for a more Thai ice cream experience, this cafe’s has got you covered at their other location, farm to table, Hideout. This cafe is literally around the corner, hidden down an alley-way. Besides the delicious ice cream, their decor is on point too.
After this little sugar rush, take a walk to China Town, which will take you along the Chao Phraya River and some side roads until you reach the hustle and bustle of people, vendors and chaos (the good kind). China Town is a maze of the weird and wonderful. You will see the most foreign foods that your mind probably won’t be able to fathom as to what it could be, you will be surrounded by hundreds of people in every direction and you will have a whole new cultural experience. If you don’t feel up to trying some of the street food, there are plenty of restaurants around. If you are looking for something trendy yet well-priced then head over to Lhong Tou for some dim sum.
After a long day of exploring, you will probably just want to grab a cheap meal close to your accommodation or order room service. However, if you have some energy and feel like being fancy, head over to the Char Rooftop Bar at the Indigo Hotel. The view accompanied by a delicious cocktail won’t disappoint!
Hope this has helped anyone in or headed to Bangkok soon! Another awesome 24 hours can be spent in Ayutthaya, just outside of Bangkok.