I already have a hotel… but am not sure what to fill my day with. My priority is great authentic Thai cuisine and to not get sick as I am on an extended trip and will need to have my game face on the next day. What would you do if you only had 24 hours in Bangkok?
It depends on how busy you want to be, but since you only have a day I would guess that you would like to try to do a lot while in Bangkok.
If your main goal is to do a lot of sight seeing, you may want to consider doing a day package tour that includes transportation and all of the major sights. It’s not my favorite way to do things normally, but most people end up spending a lot of time figuring out directions and haggling with tuk tuk drivers. That can be part of the fun, but you will definitely be able to see more if you have the transportation figured out in advance. Plus, tuk tuk drivers sometimes have a habit of pressuring you to go into their friends’ shops which can waste more time.
If you are more for going at your own pace, then I would start by looking at the top attractions and seeing what calls to you. You could pick a mix of Buddhist temples, (Reclining Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew, and Temple of Dawn are popular choices), take a ferry ride on the Chao Phraya River, something modern like the Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok, and maybe something weird like the Snake Farm.
There are several good food tours in Bangkok where you will be able to sample several different Thai staples, and might be the best way to taste many things in a short amount of time.
If you really wanted to experience what the food is all about, consider taking a cooking class.
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If you are still around in the evening, I think one of the best places to find good Thai food is at the night markets such as Train Night Market in Ratchada or Huai Khwang. Look for the busiest stalls to see what’s popular.
Mango sticky rice is one of my favorite things ever, closely followed by coconut ice cream… Just so you know.
End your day with a Thai massage. Massage is a important part of Thai health, so it’s definitely not just a tourist thing. The prices are great and it will help you feel refreshed the next day!
Enjoy your day in Bangkok, happy travels!
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