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One Day Itinerary in Old City of Bangkok

The old city in Bangkok holds a lot of history and is the 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 the city's main attractions, such as the Grand Palace.

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Start in the morning, just after you breakfast ate The Yard, because first things first…

You have 3 options to get to The Grand Palace from The Yard:

By bus number 59 or 503

By taxi / Grab (local app)

By BTS to Saphan Taksin then public boat to Tha Tien pier


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 isthe Emerald Buddha, made of a single stone. I spend over than 1 hour walking around and taking photos.

Admission: 500 baht

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.

Then walk to…


Wat Pho is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, a 46m-long Buddha covered with gold. It is also known for the traditional Thai massage school and excellent massage. I didn’t tried myself, sorry. It’s beside to the Grand Palace.

Admission: 100 baht

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.

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.

Admission: 50 baht

Opening Hours: every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dress Code: You must wear long pants / long skirt and shirts with sleeves.

Go back to the pier, cross the ferry river and take a public boat (orange flag) to ...


Get off at the Rajchawongse 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). On this path you will see the ChinaTwon market.

Information: Bargain!

Do you still have energy? Then walk a few more meters until ...

SOI NANA: This is the new hipster place in 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.

I don’t think you will have energy, but in case I’m wrong, you also can see in your in between itinerary…

KUDEEJEEN: It`s an ancient Portuguese community just 500m walking from Wat Arun and right in front of Flower Market, crossing the river. I suggest you see the Catholic church, Buddhist temple and Chinese temple.

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.

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.

LHONG 1919: It’s a new design market in front of Chinatwon, crossing the river. If you like design and history, it’s a great place to visit. I

MUSEUM OF SIAM: It’s not just a museum. It has many different attractionsinside and worth a visit. Between Wat Pho and Flower Market.

THA TIEN MARKET: It’s and ancient market between Wat Pho and Tha Tien Pier (to cross the river).  Tha Tien was the trade center as far back as the 17th century.

How about food?

You are in Thailand, the land of smiles and street food. Stop as much as you want / need to treat yourself.

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 your are lost eating some delicious street Thai food, maybe hanging out with some locals you just met or, who knows, trying to breath after a long day exploring Bangkok… That’s fine! I did it myself, so just check on Google Maps the best way to come. Just write “The Yard Hostel Bangkok”.

In case you need, The Yard address is 51 Phahonyothin Road. I promise you we will have big smiles and cold beers waiting for you here.

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Published on
April 22, 2023
Mônica Morás
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Mônica Morás

Travel Designer at Eduardo e Monica Travel

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