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To experience Bangkok in a day is hardly possible, so if you have the time to stay a few days more you should do it. Most international airlines allow a stopover if you come from East Asia and Australia or Europe respectively. But nevertheless, if you have only one day, then skip most of your sleeping time - it is well worth it. .
Chao Praya River
Chao Phraya River

Head for the nearest pier at the Chao Phraya river. The pier is a little bit hidden at the eastern side of Wat Pho. From there, you can get to a beautiful temple. Ask for the boat to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). The Khmer style temple is actually located on the other side of the river, but small ferries cross the river every few minutes. Probably you have seen this temple on brochures of Thailand. If you are already too tired you can immediately take an express ferry down the river and jump off at the best town hotel in the world, the Oriental. The express stop has the same name.

Go through the main entrance to the garden terrace. Sitting next to the river and enjoying the probably best milk-shakes of Bangkok or, for example, sipping a real Italian cappuccino while watching the river is really great and relaxing. If you come back in the evening it is even nicer and you can pretend to belong to the rich and famous of the world - if you are not part of them already. Be forewarned that they won't let you in if you're wearing shorts.

Khao San Road

Why not visit the world famous Khao San Road, which has just recently gotten even more attention due to the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio. You find Khao San Road about five minutes walk from Sanam Luang. Here you can find everything that an independent traveler might need.

The place is also a good shopping area and if you want to pretend that you have been to India, Nepal, Indonesia or even Ecuador you can find all sort of clothes and jewellery. There you can also buy tickets for traditional Thai boxing events or book a canal tour if you have another day to spend.

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most beautiful Asian temples in the world and is situated in the same compound of the Grand Palace, its a treasure house of Thai arts, and houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Three main buildings inside the temple which form up a glittering scene are the Golden Stupa, enshrining the relics of the Buddha, the Phra Mondop or the Library, housing the Tripitaka or a Buddhist scripture, the Royal Pantheon which is a pavilion used for keeping statues of deceased kings of Chakri dynasty. Besides, the 178 section mural paintings which depict the story of the Ramayana are the superb masterpiece of Rattanakosin artisans.

You can either hire a guide or stroll around yourself on the 940.000 m2 big compound. Do keep in mind that visitors should dress in a respectful manner. Many people had to miss out an outstanding site because they were wearing short trousers, sleeveless shirts and slippers. The palace guards are very strict when it comes down to dress codes (the same applies actually for the expensive hotels in the evening). Do not forget to remove your shoes before entering the inner temple halls. The compound of Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.. The admission fee is 200 baht , including the entry to the Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion in the same compound and to Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road


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