The beauty of Thailand is that it’s so diverse. Whether you’re looking to wile the days away on a beautiful beach, explore the myriad temples and fascinating culture, or party from dusk till dawn in the eclectic selection of nighttime hot spots, Thailand has it all.
So whether you’re a first time traveller or a repeat visitor, check out our guide to the best 24 hours in Thailand you can get!
9AM: Breakfast at Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok.
Thailand is a big place, with a lot to offer. Set you up for the day by indulging in a traditional Thai breakfast at the popular Rembrandt Hotel’s breakfast Bar in Klong Toei.
With a fantastic breakfast noodle bar, fresh local fruit and western cuisine such as bacon and eggs, you certainly won’t go hungry. Plus staffs are helpful and knowledgeable and can chip in with advice and suggestions for further plans.
11AM: Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, Bangkok.
The temples of Thailand represent some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. Each one is uniquely beautiful, and a place of great peace and tranquility. Representing not only religion, the temples reflect the deep historical and cultural roots of Thailand in the most beautiful way possible.
The best time to visit a Temple is before lunch; because it will be much cooler and less busy.
One of the important temples is the Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of Emerald Buddha)
Set within the grand gardens of the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most visited sites in Bangkok.
One of the most awe-inspiring aspects is the 2km gallery holding incredibly detailed murals and artwork depicting scenes of the Ramayana saga. Golden leaves, beautiful sculptures and statues and tall Chedis bedecked with glazed and dyed tiles are around every corner.
The temple is only open till 3PM, so arriving before lunch in order to ensure a good look around is a must. A strict dress code applies: short pants, sleeveless shirts and revealing clothing is forbidden. Dress smart/casual and whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. A truly fantastic day out, and a chance to learn more on Thai philosophy.
2PM: Erawan Tea Room, Grand Hyatt, Bangkok
Thailand is a fantastic place to explore; but exploring can be thirsty work.
Check out the fantastic Erawan Tea room in the Grand Hyatt and re-energise with fruit teas and a fantastic choice of traditional Thai cuisine.
Be sure to grab a seat by the window to check out busy Bangkok rushing below and the Erawan Shrine.
With a huge selection of refreshing teas on offer-think lemongrass teas, fruit and cucumber smoothies and juices-and award-winning cuisine-a fantastic choice of noodle and fish dishes, curries, and vegetable. One of the most popular dishes is the giant prawn and noodle dish.
All set in sumptuous surroundings, with Teak furniture, sumptuous silk pillows and waiters in traditional dress makes it a very special afternoon tea, Bangkok style.
4PM: ThKhao San Market, Bangkok.
You can’t get the true taste of bustling, eclectic Bangkok without first getting a taste of their dizzying markets.
Check out Th Khao San, one of the most popular and expansive markets in downtown Dubai.
Selling everything from tourist tat to locally woven fabric, beautiful textiles, hand-made crafts and novella, it’s not so much the market stalls as the people and life that make it an amazing experience. Try not to take valuables though and don’t get lost-not easy in such a busy and fast-paced environment! It’s well worth the trip to get a taste of traditional Bangkok spiced with western influences.
6pm: Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Choosing the right hotel can make or break a holiday stay.
Check into the luxurious Millennium Hilton to add a real touch of luxury to your stay in Bangkok.
Conveniently situated and on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Millennium Hilton boasts beautifully decorated rooms complete with modern facilities including ensuites, DVD players, balconies with panoramic river views and premier soft furnishings; guests can also benefit from the world-class Spa offering a fantastic range of beauty and massage treatments, a hairdressers, 24 hour gym facilities, and indoor and outdoor pools. There is also a 24/7 Concierge and doctor on site.
Guests can sample one of the many A la Carte dining options, from Sunday Brunch to Thai, Chinese and Cantonese specialties. Gourmet steak and seafood options are also available at the premier A La Carte restaurant, Prime, and at traditional restaurant Maya, guests can sample a 13-course traditional Thai meal whilst being entertained by modern and folk dancing.
For those who fancy a drink or two on the evening, slip on your glad-rags and head to ThreeSixty Lounge, the Hilton’s beautiful cocktail and wine bar offering panoramic views of Bangkok and the river; with a staggering choice of cocktails and drinks available, guests can even have a dance or two and enjoy the sumptuous surroundings. Those with a sweet tooth should head to The Lantern, for a mouth-watering selection of artisan chocolate, cakes and sweet desserts prepared on the spot.
Located minutes away from premier boutique shopping mall Asiatique, the Hilton also offers a free boat shuttle service from its private pier to River City Shopping Centre.
After a long busy day on your feet, relax in your luxurious room, head down to one of the many restaurants for an A La Carte sensation, and then retire to ThreeSixty for some refreshing cocktails and fantastic music and all with awe-inspiring views of Bangkok. What could be better?
10PM: Painting the Town Red.
For those die-hard explorers who are eager to get out and about, the Bangkok nightlife offers a staggering range to choose from.
From the eclectic and dizzying rush of the Patong All Night Market selling everything from Thai food to textiles, crafts, and knock-off designer products to the endless list of late night bars, karaoke clubs and cabaret lounges, Bangkok has earned a resolute position as one of the most eclectic nightspots in the world.
Check out the world-famous Bed Supperclub, a favourite with celebrities and A-Listers (think Mick Jagger) As well as a completely unique complex decorated in bright, show-stop pink. With themed nights, regular acts and live bands, the likes of Goldie, Boy George and The Klaxons have played here in the past. Lesser known is that Bed Supperclub also has a fantastic gourmet restaurant-lounge, with a fantastic menu. Entry requires ID.
If you fancy dancing the night away to fantastic tunes without getting too hot and sweaty, then head on over to the famous Cloud47.
The latest addition to Bangkok’s staggering range of rooftop bars, the atmosphere of Cloud47 is surprisingly relaxed; chilled and casual is the order of the night, as well as soothing pink, purple and blue lighting on the fantastic terraces.
Located on top of the united Centre office tower, the terrace is huge sixe and offers breath-taking views of the beautiful Bangkok skyline, lit up at night.
Cloud47 also has a pretty impressive cocktail list as well as light meals and snacks-the perfect place to chill out with friends.