Bangkok Old City (Rattanakosin) Review

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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. The Old City is filled with some of Thailand’s most honoured and holy sites including the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Sanam Lung (Royal Grounds), The National Museum, Parliament and more.

Besides the city’s beloved attractions, the area is home to many local markets include Pak Khlong Talad (flower market), Bo Bae Market (clothing wholesale), Saphan Phut Night Market and the Amulet Market in Tha Chang. The Old City also offers unique dining and nightlife. 

Come here to take in the street life as much as the famed attractions. The best time to do so is in the morning before the sun reaches its maximum strength. Please note: most temples here are off-limits to visitors after 16:00.

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Where to Stay in Old City (Rattanakosin)

The Old City is a paradise for backpackers. It’s fairly easy to find to find a place to crash, just have a look and ask around for the best offer at the many guesthouses and hostels in and around Khao San Road. You don’t need to make a reservation for these places, just show up and Read More...

What to See in the Old City (Rattankosin)

The Old City is the historic centre of Bangkok. There are many spectacular attractions and plenty of things to do, including temples, monuments, galleries, museums, or markets. Give yourself a few hours to stroll around the area, preferably in the morning. Mark Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall at the Royal Plaza, Dusit as a starting point, from Read More...

Old City (Rattanakosin) Shopping

Because of the district’s holy status, shopping around this area is rather simple but pleasant. Tha Chang amulet market near the Royal Grand Palace is where locals come to inspect sacred amulets and to pick up traditional medicines. There are quite a few antique markets. Tha Prachan Pier Market is where you can shop for souvenirs Read More...

Old City (Rattanakosin) Nightlife

The Old City offers a ‘same same but different’ nightlife experience such as found on Khao San. The area is, however, more laid back and relaxed with plenty of hip bars. Many students and backpackers here head to the sleepy little boulevards off Phra Athit, for live music and inexpensive drinks and food.

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Old City (Rattanakosin) Dining

Because of its wide swathe of international travellers, the Old City has a vast variety of places to eat. With lots of trees and a cool vibe, Phra Athit Road has plenty of cute cafes, bakeries, and easy-on-the-ear acoustic music. For travellers on budgets, Bang Lumphu has modestly priced hole-in-the-wall Thai restobars.

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