The crowded, bustling city of Bangkok is rarely described as beautiful or scenic, but what it lacks in aesthetics it certainly makes up for in atmosphere, buzz, and thrills. The city is forever moving, with crowds of people adorning every street corner, every bar, and every shop. The hot and stifling nature of the city can be overwhelming at times, which is probably why people spend little more than a couple of days in the city at any one time. Maneuvering around the city, seeing the sights and experiencing the humidity is an experience in itself and will be one that stays with you for many years to come. Take a look at some of the things you might want to do if you find yourself with 24 hours to kill in this eclectic city.
Grab a Patongo
Nearly every jaunt into the world of Thailand travel begins in Bangkok before you move onto the serene beaches of Koh Samui or the cultural wonders of Wat Rong Khun. Fuel the start of your day in Bangkok with a patongo, a Thai sweet treat to give your body a sugar kick ready for the day ahead. Ensure you’re stocked up on plenty of fluids and head out onto the streets with your trusty itinerary. There’s no excuse not to be prepared.
Head To The Flower Market
To fully immerse yourself in the culture of any city you have to make an effort to travel to a market. The Pak Klong Chalat market sees stallholders opening up before the crack of dawn to await the fresh shipments of exotic flowers of all colors, shapes, and sizes arriving from all over Thailand. You could embark on a mini two-hour tour of the market, learning about its history as you allow the intoxicating aromas of sweet smelling jasmine and roses to invade your senses.
The Emerald Buddha
When you’ve had your fill of foliage head over to the Grand Palace to marvel at the wonder of the Emerald Buddha. Made of jade, he sits proudly within the complex of the royal palace. It’s important you are respectful to the Thai cultural customs, so cover up and remain quiet as you move around the grand architecture.
It’s best to follow your nose when it comes to Bangkok, street traders and food sellers will encourage you to purchase their appetizing pork skewers or noodle dishes. Refraining from restaurants means your budget won’t be overstretched and you can utilize your time in the city more effectively.
Khao San Road is synonymous with all manner of night time activities. From the sedate wine bars to the seedy brothels, the cultural mixing pot of experiences will leave you wide-eyed and open-mouthed. To just venture down the street is a task in itself without being accosted by street vendors and drinking establishment owners. Take it all in your stride and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.
Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. If you find yourself here for 24 hours, use your time wisely, steer clear of the taxis so you don’t get caught in traffic and enjoy the eclectic ethos that permeates through the streets of this incredible city.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.