A long layover in Bangkok, Thailand, doesn’t have to mean twiddling your thumbs for hours in the airport. Forget about making yourself comfortable in the terminal and instead embark on an adventure in the capital city. Even if you only have a day, you can see the sights and experience the culture all before your next flight is ready for takeoff.
Begin your adventures at the Grand Palace, where you’ll feel like royalty. Built in 1782, this regal compound is home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Siwalai Garden, and several museum exhibits. For your next stop, head to Wat Arun, the “Temple of Dawn,” and marvel at its porcelain prang, or tower-like architecture. While you’re in Bangkok, don’t miss the out-of-this-world Erawan Museum, which is housed in an enormous three-headed elephant statue. Then view the city from on top of Wat Saket, a Buddhist temple, and ring the bells for good luck. If you have 24 hours in Bangkok to spare, save some time for a teak boat adventure and float through the market canals, and later take a peek at the Democracy Monument.
Whether you’re interested in seeing all the Buddha statues or learning about the past, one day in Bangkok is more than enough time to explore. Ditch the terminal and experience Thailand’s largest city on your next extended layover.
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