Grand Palace

There are many wonderful places to visit in Thailand, but Bangkok is the main port of entry, so I always suggest at least 'one night in Bangkok' (like the song).

It is a sprawling city with no distinct centre, but the main attractions are close to the Chao Phraya river. Personally, I think the best way to spend limited time in Bangkok is to go on the hop-on hop-off ferry. It costs 180 baht (about R100) for the day and you can get on and off as much as you like.

hop-on hop-off ferry Bangkok

My personal favourites are Wat Arun, the reclining Buddha and Chinatown, although the museums and palaces are worth a stop. 

1. Wat Arun has a 100 baht entrance fee (includes a bottle of water) and is very popular for photo shoots.

Wat Arun

Photo shoot at Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Ring the gong at Wat Arun.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun spire

2. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (officially Wat Phra Chetuphon) has a 200 baht entrance fee.

Reclining Buddha

3. Chinatown (get off at Rajchawongse jetty) is a big area near the river. Thousands of little alleyways and stalls selling everything you can imagine (think China Mall times 1000). Some days are better than others regarding things to see. Click here for more info.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown food

Chinatown alley

Other popular attractions include: