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Short Trip Ideas in Bangkok

Enjoyable Activities on a Short Stay

Bangkok stretches over an area of more than 1,569km² and would take weeks, if not months, to explore properly. However, it’s not difficult to fit in a lot over a short amount of time. Even a short trip can help you capture the essence of Bangkok provided you plan properly. Read on for some ideas on how you can turn your short trip in Bangkok into an unforgettable experience:

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1. Khlong Tour

Avoid the tourist traps and souvenir stalls to explore Bangkok by narrowboat through its mazy network of khlongs (canals).
Journey through Khlong Mon, Khlong Bangkok Yai or Khlong Bangkok Noi to see a part of the city that has never lost its rustic charm. Long-tail boats (hang yao) are available at most tourist piers (we recommend checking out Taksin, Chang or Maharaj), and you can also arrange for a Khlong Tour with a pick-up and drop-off at your hotel to make the most of your short trip.

2. Wat Arun

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is a majestic Buddhist temple complex located on the west bank of the Hao Phraya River in Thonburi, one of the most significant Buddhist landmarks in the city. Climb the 79 storey central prang (tower) for one of the best views of the city.
There’s plenty to see inside besides the spectacular view – the temple itself is surrounded by beautiful narrow lanes, old buildings, and numerous shrines. Join one of the guided tours of the temple grounds or simply explore the surrounding areas by yourself.

3. Soi Rambuttri

If you prefer exploring by foot, Soi Rambuttri is the perfect place to kick-start your adventures. Despite its location close to the tourist trap that is Khao San Road, there are far fewer tourists than its noisy neighbour. That means local food, local prices, and authentic Thai culture. 
Check out Madame Musur for some of the best cocktails you’ll find in the area, and be sure to drop by the Penthai Food for incredible value, fresh produce and delicious traditional Thai food. You can also just grab some street food on almost any corner, a must-try for any traveller looking for the authentic Thai experience. 
Put aside a couple of hours in your travel diary to fully explore Soi Rambuttri, and you can pack in enough authentic experiences to make your short trip to Bangkok a success.

4. Phra Arthit Road

Right next to Khao San Road, you can find the charming Phra Arthit Road that’s full of historic small shops and numerous historic landmarks. 
It’s very easy to lost track of time and spend the whole day exploring the beautiful riverside park, the pier, or the ancient fort. Add in the wide range of shops that offer almost anything you could imagine, and you’ve got yourself a day that’s hard to match. 
You will also find many tendy café’s and bars if you want to have a drink, as well as a range of restaurants that have a youthful and hip vibe because of the many students and tourists that frequent the area.

5. Tha Thien Pier

If you want to cram as much as you can into your day trip, you can’t go wrong with the Tha Thien Pier, which can help you easily access some of the most important landmarks in Bangkok. 
Just a short walk through the market surrounding the pier will help you reach Wat Po, the world,-famous temple of the Reclining Buddha. The market itself can make for an interesting visit as well, as its authentic and vibrant atmosphere perfectly captures Bangkok’s spirit.

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