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Ibrik Resort


A trio of unique balconied rooms - River, Sunshine and Moonlight - feature pared-down design and oriental touches. With boats functioning as the main...

256 Soi Wat Rakang

Patravadi Theatre & Studio 9

Critics' choice
Art, Dance, Restaurants & cafés, Theatre

Thailand's Broadway diva Patravadi Mejudhon - actor, teacher, dancer, producer, director and writer - turned her compound into the open-air Patravadi...

69/1 Soi Wat Rakang
Major venue

Phra Ratcha Wang Derm


Meaning 'original palace', King Taksin's compound of Chinese-influenced buildings once included Wat Arun. Rama V gave the palace to the Thai navy, and its...

Royal Thai Navy Headquarters

Princess Mother Memorial Park

Art, Attractions, Museums

The king's late mother, Somdet Phra Srinagarinda Boromarajajonani, beloved as 'Somdet Ya', was born a commoner to goldsmiths and practised nursing. This...

Somdet Chaophraya Soi 3

Royal Barge Museum


It's an unforgettable sight when fifty slim, elegant and ornate boats carry the royal family from Vasukri Pier to Wat Arun, for a kathin ceremony; the most...

80/1 Rimkhlong Bangkok Noi
Major venue

Ruam Tai

Restaurants & cafés

Khun Achara has served her sour and spicy curries, which are prepared each morning and displayed in trays, here since 1980. This is Southern Thai cooking,...

375/4 Thanon Phrannok

Santa Cruz Church


Descendants still remain of the Portuguese Catholics who built this church and convent, known as 'Wat Kudee Jeen'. Often rebuilt since King Taksin donated...

Soi Kudi Jeen

Siriraj Hospital Museums


The world's fourth largest hospital, which treats royalty, has six small academic museums. They aren't for the squeamish. The Si Ouey Forensic Medicine...

Thanon Phrannok

Supatra River House

Restaurants & cafés

River views of the Grand Palace and Wat Arun make reservations wise at this gorgeous Thai restaurant in an old teak house, where classic recipes get...

266 Soi Wat Rakhang

Taling Chan Floating Market

Restaurants & cafés, Shops

Some canal tours stop at this rather modern floating market in semi-rural environs, but Thais come here to lunch on the superlative seafood cooked on moored...

Khlong Chak Phra

Thai House

Restaurants & cafés

Amid scenic waterways, this teak stilt compound runs day or residential cooking courses in classic Thai dishes (8.30am-3.30pm Mon-Sat min 2 people). Choose...

32/4 Moo 8

Wat Arun


Seen on the TAT logo and B10 coin, this five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then...

34 Thanon Arun Amarin
Major venue

Wat Kalayanamit


Founded in 1825 by a Chinese nobleman, the temple needs Thailand's tallest vihaan to house its largest indoor sitting Buddha (15 metres/49 feet high). It...

371 Soi Wat Kalaya

Wat Prayoon


Fenced in with English-made cast iron, this family temple of the powerful Persian-descended Bunnag clan features Bangkok's first Sri Lankan-style chedi....

Thanon Tetsaban Sai 1

Wat Rakhang


This delightful riverside temple was restored by King Taksin and is famed for its red hor trai, a teak scripture hall where Rama I stayed before his reign...

Soi Wat Rakhang
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