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North Route (North of Sathorn)

Sathorn (Central Pier)

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Reasons to come:

  • Saphan Taksin Skytrain (BTS) Station
  • Silom Road
  • Sathorn Road
  • Eminent Riverside Hotels, including Shangri-La Bangkok and lebua at State Tower
  • Shuttle boats to hotels like The Peninsula Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Menam Riverside Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok and Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa.
  • Shuttle boat to Bangkok Night Festival Market named Asiatique the Riverfront

Lines: tourist, local, orange, yellow, green-yellow, blue 

Oriental (N1)

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Reasons to come:

  • the colonial atmospheres and period architecture of the old Western quarter
  • the venerable Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok, the perfect place for literary nostalgia and afternoon tea on the Author's Lounge
  • OP Place, an upmarket antiques arcade housed in a white period building
  • French Embassy

Lines: tourist, local, orange

Si Phaya (N3)

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Reasons to come:

  • River City, a modern shopping complex selling pricey antiques
  • Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
  • Bustling Charoen Krung Road
  • Bangkok Folk Museum

Lines: tourist, local, orange, yellow, green-yellow

Rachawongs (N5)

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Reasons to come:

  • Chinatown, one of the city's most evocative and historic enclaves (walk up Ratchawong Road)
  • Offbeat shopping: used amulets, Canto pop cassettes, Guan Yin statues, gold, Chinese medical herbs, birds nest soup etc
  • Sampeng Lane, a charismatic alley lined with cheap clothes, food and household items (walk up Ratchawong Road)
  • Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, a Chinese temple with Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian shrines

Lines: tourist, local, orange, yellow, green-yellow 

Memorial Bridge/Saphan Phut (N6)

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Reasons to come:

  • Saphan Phut Night Market
  • King Rama I Monument
  • Pak Khlong Talad, Bangkok's biggest 24-hour flower/fruit market (turn left out of pier, walk for 10 minutes)
  • Sampeng Lane, a narrow old alley lined with cheap clothes, food and household items
  • Pahurat Road/Little India, the Indian enclave famed for its Hindu iconography and fabrics

Lines: tourist, local, orange 

Rajinee (N7)

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Reasons to come:

  • Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Pak Khlong Talad, Bangkok’s biggest 24-hour flower/fruit market
  • Wonderfully shabby and dilapidated old architecture
  • Museum of Siam, interactive museum on the history of Thailand 
  • Santa Cruz Church, old Portugese Catholic church (cross river ferry required)
  • Cafes and bars overlooking Wat Arun 

Lines: local

Tha Tien (N8)

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Reasons to come:

  • Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
  • cross-river ferry to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn
  • dried seafood market found along a parade of King Rama V-era shophouses 
  • restaurants and bars overlooking Wat Arun

Lines: tourist, local, orange 

Tha Chang (N9)

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Reasons to come:

  • a leafy old enclave brimming with atmosphere and King Rama V-era shophouses
  • Maharaj Road's pavement market selling everything from used Buddhist amulets and phallic charms to old religious texts and false teeth
  • the city's most venerable temples (Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Mahathat)
  • the iconic Grand Palace
  • National Museum
  • Sanam Luang, the old, oval-shaped Royal park
  • authentic local food at the pedestrianised market in front of the pier 

Lines: local, orange 

Maharaj Pier

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Reasons to come:

  • The iconic Grand Palace
  • City's most venerable temples, including Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Mahathat
  • National Museum, Sanam Luang, the old, oval-shaped Royal park

Lines: tourist

Wang Lang (N10)

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Reasons to come:

  • a women's clothing market selling cheap shoes, bags, dress, T-shirts and accessories (popular with teenagers)
  • Patravadi Theatre, a riverside playhouse staging traditional/modern performing arts
  • Wat Rakhang Khositaram, and ancient Ayutthaya temple with five bells inside
  • Siriraj Hospital

Lines: tourist, local, orange, yellow, green-yellow, blue

Phra Pin Klao Bridge (N12)

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Reasons to come:

Lines: local, orange, yellow, green-yellow

Phra Arthit (N13)

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Reasons to come:

  • Phra Athit Road's tree-shaded atmosphere, hip shophouse boutiques and cafes
  • nearby backpacker ghetto Khao San Road (10-minute walk)
  • Banglamphu clothing market
  • Wat Chana Songkram
  • National Art Gallery
  • early 20th Century architecture style made popular by King Rama V
  • vintage postcards and kooky one-off blouses
  • superb Indian food at Roti Mataba, a tiny box of a restaurant
  • bohemian coffee shops like Coffee & More, Joy Luck Club or On Art
  • chilled out Santiphap Park
  • the Phra Sumen fort

Lines: tourist, local, orange

King Rama VIII Bridge (N14)

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Reasons to come:

  • to visit Bank of Thailand Museum
  • to see up close the King Rama VIII bridge
  • for Samsen Road – home to guesthouses and a few decent live music bars
  • to dine at Kin Lom Chom Saphan, a relaxed open-air restaurant overlooking the river (Samsen Soi 3)

Lines: local line

Thewet (N15)

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Reasons to come:

  • to make merit by releasing fish into the river
  • to witness the feeding frenzy as people feed catfish beneath the pier
  • to dine at an old wooden restaurant overlooking the river
  • to visit the lively wet market beside the canal (walk 100 metres, turn left over footbridge)
  • to get to the nearby Royal district of Dusit (Wat Benchamabophit, Dusit Zoo, Vimanmek Mansion, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall). 

Lines: local, orange, yellow, green-yellow

Nonthaburi (N30)

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Reasons to come:

  • Nonthaburi, a charming provincial town with old fashioned clock tower, cyclos (bicycle taxis), a clothing market and early 20th Century European-style civic buildings
  • Koh Kret, the nearby Mon tribe island and daytripper favourite

Lines: local, orange, yellow, green-yellow, blue 

Kiak Kai (N21)

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Reasons to come:

  • interesting temple
  • short taxi ride from Soi Ari, a hip road popular with the city's arty urban youth
  • Krung Thon Bridge 
  • River Side Bangkok Hotel

Lines: local, orange

South Route (South of Sathorn)

Wat Worachanyawas (S2) and Wat Rajsingkorn (S3)

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Reasons to come:

  • low-key temple complexes serving local communities

Lines: local, orange

 

 

 

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