1-Day Itinerary of Old Town Bangkok

By Polyglot Petra 3/9/24

Welcome to this carefully tailored itinerary packed full of Thai culture, suitable for any style of traveler visiting Bangkok for a couple of days! The day plan you’re about to read will help you get to know the 3 most important historical and cultural sites of Bangkok

We start the day at Wat Arun, which was the country's royal chapel before the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Did you know this?

Also known in English as the Temple of Dawn, this temple got its name from the Thonburi King when he first moved the previous capital city to Thonburi and first saw its beauty at dawn.  He initially it “Wat Jaeng” which means the temple of dawn in a simple spoken language, while Arun is a poetic Thai word for dawn.

Next, we stop for Pad Thai at a hole-in-the-wall place right behind Wat Arun. This place is called "Ple Pad Thai" I recommend either getting the traditional Pad Thai with just eggs or with shrimp.

After lunch, we take the crossing ferry back to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, easily the most significant temple in the country today.

The only temple in the city that doesn’t house any monks, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha serves as the current capital’s royal chapel.  Monks are invited in only when religious ceremonies are held for the royal family.

After the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, we're walking a few blocks down to Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Ending the day with an authentic Thai dinner by the river, watching Wat Arun light up after sunset.

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