There is so much to see in Rattanakosin Island, the old city of Bangkok where you will find some of the most popular tourist sites, including the majestic Grand Palace and Wat Pho temple. But if you are looking to get a more in-depth understanding of this fantastic part of the city, make the most of the Muse Pass for only 100 baht.
The Muse Pass provides a dedicated tuk tuk service that takes you around the old town, along with inspiration for sightseeing, and recommendations for shops and restaurants to discover in the area. Starting at Khao San Road, the tour takes guests past the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Museum Siam, the Giant Swing, Loha Prasat and Rattanoskin Exhibition Hall. When you think of how much it would cost to make this trip yourself, it is undoubtable, there is no easier and cheaper way to get around Rattanakosin and see all the sites!
The Tuk Tuk service runs from 09:30 – 16:00 every day, and leaves every hour. The first stop is Khao San, at the junction of Soi Rambuttri and Chakrabongse Road, but you can grab a Tuk Tuk at any of the spots, with tickets for sale at both Museum Siam and Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. The four stops along the way are Museum Siam, Loha Prasat, King Parjaadhipok Museum and finally Rattanakoisn Exhibition Hall.
Our favourite things about Muse Pass is that we didn’t have to stress about negotiating with tuk tuk drivers or taxis, there was a pre-defined route so no-one got lost and we got to discover some of the more unusual spots in Bangkok’s old city.
Taking the Tuk Tuk between sites allows you to get a great view of the old town, and if you haven’t been lucky enough to travel on one of these great little vehicles, it’s a fun way to travel. As you head towards Museum Siam you go by the most famous sights in Bangkok, the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, which houses the Reclining Buddha – at 46 metres long, it is truly an awe inspiring image. Museum Siam is only a short walk from these sights so it is easy to combine both.
Museum Siam brings visitors the tale of Thailand in an entertaining and interactive way, whether you want to dress up in the Thai fashion of the early 20th century, walk amongst the farming communities of the past or sit down in a retro 60s cafe whilst listening to the top 40 hits of the day. Entry is included with the Muse Pass, which is normally 300 baht.
Another great thing about the Muse Pass is that it offers discounts and suggestions on restaurants and cafés to try along the route. After a busy morning I was feeling peckish, so before I visited the amazing Loha Prasat temple with its metal spires, I enjoyed a delicious sweet roti and Thai iced-tea at Milkey Tree Coffee. The sugar gave me enough energy to climb to the top of Loha Prasat, seven floors, each representing a layer of Buddhist heaven. Loha Prasat is one of the more unusual temples in Bangkok, and the only of its kind still standing; the darkened copper spires contrast majestically with the usual red, god and green roof you find on temples in Bangkok.
If you’re looking to sample local street food, the Muse Pass team have also made connections with a local duck noodle and roast chicken stall, which takes the stress out of wandering around not knowing which counter to stop at. Third stop on the circuit is King Prajadhipok Museum, detailing the life of the last absolute monarch and first constitutional monarch of Thailand. Bringing his life (and a time of great change in Thailand) alive, you are also told the romantic love story he experienced with his queen. The museum is close to the Golden Mount, another great point to enjoy a view over the city. The map that comes with the Muse Pass also includes some handy hints of unusual shopping experiences you can experience in Rattanakosin Island, including the Amulet Market and the Passport Book Shop – the ultimate destination for tomes on travel and Bangkok.
The last stop of the tuk tuk tour is Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, bringing history to life with multimedia displays and a guided-tour. Explore behind the scenes of the Grand Palace, learn more about theatre and dance, and finish off your visit at the observation deck.
The pass can be used over several days, so if you can’t fit all the museums in at once, don’t fret. The Muse Pass was designed to make travel in Rattanakosin area worry free, so you can take your time. A Muse Pass is a great addition to your exploration of Bangkok’s old town. Not only does it offer a hassle free tuk tuk service around the main sights, but it also includes entry into Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Museum Siam and King Prajadhipok Museum.
Muse Pass for Bangkok Museum
- Opening Hours: 09:30 to 16:30 Tuesday to Sunday
- Location: Starts at: Junction of Soi Rambuttri and Chakrabongse Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 225 2777 ext 123 or 505