Bangkok Old City (Rattanakosin)

Everything you Need to Know about Old City (Rattanakosin)

Straddling the Chao Phraya River and situated just north of Chinatown, the Old City (Rattanakosin) is where you'll find Bangkok's most spectacular and revered historical attractions. Not only part of the Kingdom's rich past, but intrinsic to it, with shimmering, spire-shaped eye-candy on nearly every corner.

Sights include the regal majesty of the Grand Palace, the awe-inspiring beauty of Wat Phra Kaew, and the traditional learning centres Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat, the latter widely considered one of Thailand's first universities and a centre for meditation. Sanam Luang, a historic park next to the Grand Palace traditionally used for important Royal or Buddhist ceremonies, and the National Gallery can also be found here.


Sheepshank Public House

Another restaurant from the owners of Seven Spoons, Sheepshank Public House serves American-inspired food that makes you happy.  Read More...

 
Rattanakosin Hall

Visit this interactive museum where Bangkok's old town and Grand Palace are brought to life through music, film and an excellent guided tour. Read More...

5 Great Bars on Khao San

Khao San Road and the surrounding area (Soi Rumbuttri and Pra Atit Road) contains a rich and varied nightlife scene for anyone who dares to scratch beneath the surface and go deeper than the mainstream. Read More...

 
Seven Spoons Restaurant Seven Spoons

In a cosy double shophouse on a quiet road that visitors don’t really frequent you will find one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Read More...

Old City Top 10
Top 10 Resaurants in Old City Top 10 Restaurants in Old City

Bangkok’s Old City has plenty of dining options, but the great ones can be a little tricky to find, so we’ve put together a list of our top ten, complete with map.  Read More...

 
Top 10 Attractions in Old City

The Old City district in Bangkok is home to a glittering array of temples, palaces and ancient architecture, representing the cultural and historical centre of the city. Read More...

Top 10 Nightlife in Old City Top 10 Nightlife in Old City

Nightlife in Old City Bangkok is noticeably different to every other district and offers more quality live music than anywhere else.  Read More...

 
Top 10 Shopping in Bangkok Old City Top 10 Shopping in Bangkok Old City

Bangkok Old City offers plenty of opportunities for shopping, but like the area name suggests these are more traditional than the mega malls in the city centre. Read More...

Top 10 Everything Old City Top 10 Everything Old City

The Old City in Bangkok is blessed with glittering palaces, religious monuments and an air of antiquity so there is always something to see and do. Read More...

   
Most Popular Attractions
Wat Pra Kaew Wat Phra Kaew

Temple of Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines a highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of jade. Read More...

 
Wat Pho

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city Read More...

Khaosan Road

Is Bangkok really "the centre of the backpacking universe"?. Judging by the truth-seeking travellers who converge here, the phrase sums it up perfectly. Read More...

 
Bangkok Flower Market Bangkok Flower Market

Bangkok Flower Market is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. It has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, and prices are amazingly cheap. Read More...

 

Old City Travel Guide
All Hotels in the Old City

The best way to experience the flavour of the Old City is to stay in the area. Find the right hotel for you, with incredible deals thrown in, from our A to Z list of hotels. Read More...

 
Old City Review

Some call it the Vatican City of Thai Buddhism; Bangkok Old City (also known as Rattanakosin) is notable for its spectacular collection of religious and architectural treasures. Read More...

Old City Attractions

The majesty and grandeur of Rattanakosin's temples, palaces and pavilions, which date back to the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty and the foundation of the new capital, rarely disappoint. Read More...

 
Old City Shopping

The Old City is not big on conventional modern-day shopping opportunities, but (rather fittingly to its character) there are some great markets to explore. Read More...

Old City Restaurants

If you're after food toned down for the Western palate and Thai fusion foods, the best place to eat and drink in the Old City is definitely Khao San Road and the road's fringing it. Read More...

 
Old City Nightlife

Bangkok's Old City does not have what one would call a nightlife scene. For that, you'd be better off heading to nearby Khao San Road for an anything-goes vibe.  Read More...

Old City - Rattanakosin Map

Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. The perfect way to find your way around and see where everything actually is. Read More...

 
Getting Around Rattanakosin

Not served by the BTS Skytrain, your options for getting around Rattanakosin are limited to taxis tuk-tuks, walking or river taxis. We strongly recommend the latter. Read More...

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