Explore the Old Town of Bangkok
The old town of Bangkok holds a lot of history and is that kind of place you have to visit, especially if you are just passing through. Yes, it’s a touristy place, but it’s also where are the main attractions of the city, such as the Grand Palace.
If you are just passing through Bangkok or have only 1 day, I would definitely recommend doing this itinerary through the old city in Bangkok. I did it myself and worked well. Since you have a short time, it’s better see what you have to see in Bangkok.
First of all, have your breakfast at The Yard, because first things first!
Start in the morning…
You have 3 ways to get to The Grand Palace from The Yard:
- By bus number 59 or 503, 9 baht
- By taxi / Grab (local app), +/-150 baht
- By BTS to Saphan Taksin then public boat to Tha Chang pier, 64 baht
The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and for 150 years was Official Residence of Royalty. Inside the complex you can visit Wat Phra Kaew temple where is the Emerald Buddha, made of a single stone. I spend over than 1 hour walking around and taking photos.
- Admission: 500 bath – Bring your passport (or a copy)
- Opening Hours: every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Dress Code: A strict dress code applies. You must wear long pants / long skirt and shirts with sleeves. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks. Finally if you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly. A deposit of 400 baht is required.
Take care and avoid scams!
Then walk to…
Wat Pho is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, a 46m-long Buddha covered with gold. And it is also known for the traditional Thai massage school and excellent massage. I didn’t tried myself, due to my short time to reach Was Arun. It’s beside to the Grand Palace.
- Admission: 100 bath
- Opening Hours: every day from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
- Dress Code: You must wear long pants / long skirt and shirts with sleeves. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed they will provide you proper clothes to cover you up properly for free.
Walk to the river and cross by ferry (5 baht) to …
Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn was built in the 19th century in Kmer style, all ornamented in porcelain and flowers. And you can climb, but getting up is as tricky as getting down! I recommend you (if you have time), see also during the daytime and at night with all lights on.
- Admission: 50 bath
- Opening Hours: every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Dress Code: You have to wear long pants / long skirt and shirts with sleeves. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed they will provide you proper clothes to cover you up properly for free.
Then go back to the pier, cross the ferry river and take a public boat (orange flag) to …
Get off at the Ratchawongse Pier and go to the Grand China Hotel which is on Yaowarat Road. Continue along Yaowarat Road until you reach Chinatwon Gate, where you will also find Wat Trai Mit (Golden Buddha temple). And on this path you will see the ChinaTown market. Maybe you should we something here.
- Information: Bargain!
Do you still have energy? Then walk a few more meters until …
SOI NANA: This is the new hipster place in the old town of Bangkok with bars, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and more, but all places just open after 6pm. The street is narrow, but very interesting to visit and hang out.
But the Old Town of Bangkok has more to do
I don’t think you will have energy, but in case I’m wrong, you also can see in your in between itinerary in the old town of Bangkok (check the map)…
KUDEEJEEN: It’s an ancient Portuguese community just 500m walking from Wat Arun. Opposite side of the river from Flower Market, crossing the river. I suggest you see the Catholic church, Buddhist temple and Chinese temple. And maybe try some local food. Read our blog post.
MEMORIAL BRIDGE: It’s a iron green brigde where teens likes to hang out in the evening. Between Flower Market and Kudeejeen. I was there for the sunset and it was lovely, because of the golden sky.
FLOWER MARKET: As the name says, it’s a flower market. But it’s huge! It’s just in front of Kudeejeen and 10 minutes walking to Wat Pho. If you go there first, the bus number 8 from The Yard will drop you just behind the market in front of Memorial Bridge. I recommend to go you really enjoy street and urban photography.
LHONG 1919: It’s a new design market in front of Chinatwon, crossing the river. If you like design and history, maybe it’s a great place to visit. I wrote here about Lhong 1919.
MUSEUM OF SIAM: It’s not just a museum, because there are many different attractions inside and worth a visit. And also it’s between Wat Pho and Flower Market. Read more.
THA TIEN MARKET: It’s and ancient market between Wat Pho and Tha Tien Pier (to cross the river). This market it’s famous because was the trade center as far back as the 17th century.
Probably you will get hungry, so just keep in mind you are in Thailand, the land of smiles and street food. Stop as much as you want to treat yourself and take your time, because you don’t have to rush. And because the old town of Bangkok is full of options.
How to come back to The Yard?
Oh, well, I didn’t told yet how to come back to The Yard, because I don’t know where you are now. Maybe lost eating some delicious street Thai food, maybe hanging out with some local you just met or, who knows, trying to breath after a long day exploring the old town of Bangkok… That’s fine! I did it myself, so just try to find some wifi, if you don’t have Sim Card, and check on Google Maps the best way to come. Just write “The Yard Hostel Bangkok”.
Just in case you need, The Yard Hostel address is 51 Phahonyothin Road. I promise you we will have big smiles and cold beers waiting for you here.