Hi Guys! We would like to talk to you today about our 24 hours in Bangkok. It was the beginning of our Thailand and Cambodia Trip. We are very excited to share all our experience with you.
We flight from United Kingdom to Bangkok for 2 full days there packed with activities. Unfortunately our flight was delayed by 12 hours, so we lost the whole day. We could only spend there exactly 24 hours before our next flight. The city is very exciting and definitely worth spending more time in. Very often it is place of layover for other destinations, so we are going to share our 24 hours in Bangkok.
Above Eleven Bar
After checking in to the hotel in the evening we headed to the first place we planned to visit. It was the roof top bar Above Eleven. This very high rated place in Bangkok, with stunning views of the city is definitely worth paying a visit. It is not only cool bar with good music and view but also restaurant where you can taste local and Japanese food. We had few tasty drinks and meal, which was delicious. [tripadvisor]
TUK TUK night ride.
Tuk Tuk is small 3 wheel scooter/people carrier, which is very popular in Asia. They work as touristic taxis and are everywhere. We just had 24 hours in Bangkok, so we decided to go for a night city tour instead going straight back to the hotel. After a bit of negotiating, we paid 300 baht for 1 hour tour (we are not sure if we overpaid but it was at least half of the first offered price).
The trip was actually amazing, specially if you haven’t got much time to visit the city. At night there is not much traffic and the driver was able to show us the most important places in Bangkok. He actually turned into local tour guide and told us about all the places we were seeing. That was definitely good decision to turn casual ride back to the hotel into the small tour.
If we come back to Bangkok we will definitely do that again. It is effortless and lets you relax and enjoy the place at night.
Wat Pho – Temple of Reclining Buddha
One of the things that we really wanted to go and see were temples! We were so interested and fascinated about Asian culture and how Thai people expressed their religion in the past!
Wat Pho temple is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. The temple is so impressive, containing the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. It houses a school of Thai medicine, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.
Make sure that you cover legs and shoulders when you go and visit temples, otherwise they won’t let you in ! We went there early in the morning and it was relatively empty, so it is the best time to avoid turists.
This temple was actually the most impressive one we saw in Thailand! For sure we recommend you to go there! We have learnt quite a lot from this visit. Something interesteing we have noticed were messages everywhere in temple saying that it’s wrong using the Buddha image in tattoos or for decoration! I always associated Buddha to spa and relax places, on that day I have learnt it is wrong and that’s not the meaning of Buddha at all!
Wat Saket – Buddhist temple
Wat Saket was another temple that locals advice us to go as one of the best temples in Bangkok! Really worth to go actually! The ticket only cost 20 Baht per person and this place is really stunning as well! A must visit when you are coming to Bangkok because it is the only “mountain” in the city and the 360° views are amazing. There are 344 steps to the top but they are very small and the climb is not that easy. If you are visiting Wat Pho temple, Wat Saket is very close to it. It is about 5 mins by taxi.
We have stayed in amazing Amara Hotel. It was one of the sky scrappers centrally located. The hotel had the roof top pool and incredible city view. On our trip we didn’t have much time to get lost and explore the city, instead of that we have decided to spend some time in the hotel and enjoy the pool on the roof top. We consider that to be a thing to do in Bangkok. You can relax after the hectic day in the busy city. We are going to write separate review about the hotel, as we believe that it great place to stay in Bangkok. [tripadvisor]
Things to be careful about.
Thailand is an amazing country full of incredibly polite people. It is hard to experience similar kindness in Europe. Thai people are definitely on the top of the game in their service. But we need to warn you that there will be many people in touristic places trying to trick you. Mainly outside of temples and places to visit. There are loads of people going to tell you that the place, which you want to see is closed at the moment. They are polite and dressed up nicely. They will help you to make an alternative plan and take you to see something else. Most likely you will hear that the new destination is open once a month and is actually today. Sounds great, but it is a lie! In the first place, the temple which you were going to visit was open and there was no need for going anywhere else. This misleading is not dangerous, but it might cost you a bit extra and mainly you will waste your time. Especially if you are spending just 24 hours in Bangkok like we did.
Just make sure you are careful and don’t trust anyone straight away and you will be fine 🙂
Taxis are very cheap in Bangkok. The only thing you should always remember is to ask the driver to turn the meter on. They always try to avoid it and set the price with you in advance, most of the cases the price is a double of what you would pay by meter.
Tuk Tuk as we mentioned above is more expensive and you have to set the price in advance. But it is very nice way of moving around and watching the city. We highly recommend using it.
Taxi from the airport. if you can manage to find the taxi with meter, your ride will cost around 500 Baht to get to city center. But it is quite difficult to find one. Your other option is preorganising your ride through the hotel and they will wait for you at the airport. That will cost 1500Baht, more expensive, but we have found out that most of the taxis on the airport charges this amount.