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Bo Bae Market

Shops

This funky canalside talad specialises in wholesale clothes, from assembly-line to catwalk-worthy. Bo Bae Tower (488 Thanon Damrongrak) has separate floors...

Soi Rong Muang

Chitrlada Palace

Attractions

This haven where King Rama VI wrote plays and books is the residence of Rama IX. Access is restricted to tours of the Royal Projects (which are sustainable...

Thanon Ratchavithi
Free

Dusit Park

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

This canal-laced royal estate explains court life through museums in fretworked 'tropical European' style mansions, most famously Wang Vimanmek. Start at...

16 Thanon Ratchawithi
Major venue

Dusit Zoo

Attractions

This state zoological park in Rama V's former botanical garden is one of Asia's best, but but it does keep rare fauna in rather grim enclosures. Elephant...

71 Thanon Rama V
Major venue

Kaloang Home Kitchen

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A rough-and-tumble fish house on stilts is typically found at the coast. Planking, Formica, wind-beaten chairs - every cliché is in place. But the food...

2 Thanon Sri Ayutthaya

King Chulalongkorn Statue

Attractions

Devotees of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) gather on the anniversary of his death for rites at the six-metre (20-foot) equestrian statue he had cast...

Royal Plaza
FreeMajor venue

Nang Leong Market

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés, Shops

Built in 1899, this food market was renovated in 2006 for safety and sanitation, but much charm remains. In the trading hall stands a Chinese shrine, around...

Thanon Nakhon Sawat
Major venue

Phra Nakorn Norn Len

Critics' choice
Hotels

This cosy guesthouse melds bygone styles of Thai wooden-house living with art and a sense of community. It encourages guests to use a nearby laundry or...

46 Thewet Soi 1

Ratchadamnoen Stadium

Critics' choice
Sport, health & fitness

This art deco stadium stages muay Thai boxing, with stirring live music. Each bill progresses from juniors to prizefights. Ringside seats are best; the...

1 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Nok
Tags: Dusit
Major venue

River Bar Café

Restaurants & cafés

Facing Dusit from across Sang Hee Bridge, this glazed hall with timber terraces serves sea-fresh fish in style. The delicious preparations (steamed,...

405/1 Soi Chao Phraya Siam

Royal Turf Club

Sport, health & fitness

Grandstands view biweekly horse races and four annual derbies. Founded by King Rama VI after his father introduced horse racing after his 1897 European...

183 Thanon Phitsanulok
Tags: Dusit
Major venue

Thewet Market

Shops

A more neighbourly and less exhaustive plant market than Pak Khlong Talad or Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thewet makes a pleasant stroll. Liveliest by day and...

Thanon Krung Kasem
Tags: Market, Dusit

Wang Bangkhunprom & Bank of Thailand Museum

Critics' choice
Attractions

The palace of Prince Baripatra until the end of absolutism in 1932, this baroque-cum-art nouveau edifice contains the Bank of Thailand's museum. It charts...

273 Thanon Samsen
Free

Wat Benchamabophit

Critics' choice
Attractions

Clad in Italian Carrara marble, the 'marble temple' is a well-proportioned meld of East and West by Italian Hercules Manfredi. It was commissioned in 1899...

69 Thanon Rama V
Major venue

Wat Indrawihan

Attractions

Down a shophouse alley, 'Wat In' is notable only for its standing Buddha. Eschewing normal proportions, this figure is a lofty 32m (105ft) tall - you can...

144 Thanon Visut Kasat
Free