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Patpong's sleaze soon dissolves in the lane to Ruen Urai. Suddenly, you'll find an exquisite early-Rattanakosin era teak house, painstakingly restored and decorated with weathered antiques and vivid silk. Ruen Urai traffics in easy sophistication - classic cocktails and a well-curated wine list alongside Thai recipes with subtle updates. It was once home to an herbalist doctor, hence the focus on fragrant Thai herbs.