How to spend 5 hours in Bangkok

While travelling to Perth from Bangalore, I had about 5 hours transit in Bangkok. Even though I have traveled to Thailand twice, I have never stepped out of Bangkok airport. So, I decided to utilise these hours to see this city.

I was advised by the Ministry of Tourism guys (at the airport) not to step out of the airport as I did not have sufficient time. But I wanted to go explore as according to my calculations, I have enough time to see at least two landmarks.

This is the exact itinerary that I followed while I was in Bangkok.

9 AM – Out of airport

I hired a one way taxi from the airport to be dropped at the Grand Palace. The one way fare costed me Thai Bhat 350 + Thai Bhat 70 for toll 1 + Thai Bhat 50 for toll 2. The taxi ride from airport to the Palace is around 1 hour.

10 AM – Grand Palace

The Grand Palace was established in the year 1782 and has been the official residence of Kings of Siam.

The entrance fee to this Palace is Thai Bhat 500.

I spent about 1 hour exploring the complex. Note: There is a dress code to enter the complex and be prepared for lots and lots of people.


11:15 AM – Start from Grand Palace

I took a Tuk Tuk to Wat Arun Ratchavararam. The Tuk Tuk driver initially said that the fare was Thai Bhat 100, but when we arrived at the temple, he demanded Thai Bhat 300, which unfortunately I gave. The ride was around 15 to 20 minutes. But I must admit the Tuk Tuk ride was fun.

11:30 AM – Wat Arun Ratchavararam

Wat Arun Ratchavararam is a Buddhist temple, on the bank of Chao Phraya River. It is said that the temple derives it’s name from the Hindu God Aruna.

The entrance fee to the temple is Thai Bhat 50. Note: There is a dress code to enter the temple.

I personally loved this temple and there were less people here.

I spent about 30 to 40 minutes at this temple.


12:15 PM – Start to airport

I hired a metered taxi from the temple to the airport. It costed me around Thai Bhat 400 + Thai Bhat 50 for toll 1 + Thai Bhat 25 for toll 2. I was at the airport by 1:15 PM, well in time for my connecting flight.

Total expenses

  • Taxi fare with tolls = Thai Bhat 945
  • Tuk Tuk = Thai Bhat 300
  • Entrance fees = Thai Bhat 550
  • Coffee and breakfast = Thai Bhat 285
  • Lunch = Thai Bhat 368

Total = Thai Bhat 2548

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