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Nakorn Pink Hotel

Budget
Hotels

Of the many old Chinese-style hotels off Thanon Samsen, this pastel-coloured one is the plum. Rooms are well decked out, with clunky old wooden furniture...

9/1 Samsen Soi 6

National Gallery

Art

Established in 1977 in the neo-classical former Royal Mint, this institution has occasional impressive shows, but its small collection hasn't kept pace with...

5 Thanon Chao Fa
Major venue

Peachy Guesthouse

Hotels

This converted school offers large double beds, wardrobes and a beer garden/restaurant serving breakfasts, crêpes and real coffee. If that seems homely,...

10 Thanon Phra Arthit

Phiman Water View

Budget
Hotels

Feeling creative? Guests at this bohemian waterfront 'art guesthouse' are invited to paint and re-decorate their rooms. Some have. Concealed within the...

123 Samsen Soi 5

Pian

Shops

Rivalry keeps the prices low and the quality high in Banglamphu's cramped open-plan traditional massage parlours, of which Pian is best. Men and women give...

108/15-16 Thanon Khao San

Roti Mataba

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

The women here are expert at patting, flipping, filling and plaiting roti. This flatbread comes stuffed (with chicken, egg, veggies) and drizzled (with...

136 Thanon Phra Arthit

Santichaiprakarn Park

Critics' choice
Attractions

Flanking the river and Khlong Banglamphu, which was dug by Lao POWs, this park has Braille-marked paths and maps of attractions, such as the district's last...

Thanon Phra Arthit
FreeMajor venue

Suzie Pub

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Down an alley dubbed Soi Suzie, this US college bar-cum-dance club brought Thai nightlife to Khao San. On weekends travellers and students cram in for the...

1085-9 Soi Rambuttri

Thanon Khao San

Critics' choice
Attractions, Shops

Alex Garland's 1997 novel The Beach opens in a Khao San flopthouse, immortalising the world's most infamous haunt for budget travellers. Now Khao San...

Major venue

Wat Bowoniwet

Critics' choice
Attractions

Home to the city's second Buddhist university and the Supreme Patriarch (leader) of Thai Buddhism, this wat becomes a major focus on Buddhist holidays....

248 Thanon Phra Sumen
FreeMajor venue

Wat Tri Thosathep

Art, Attractions

At this relatively recent temple, natio-nal artist Chakraphan Posyakrita, master painter and puppeteer, continues to paint one of the most ambitious murals...

Thanon Prachatipathai
Free