Attractions in Bang Khun Phrom
If there’s one reason why you should come to Bang Khun Phrom, this is it. Bank of Thailand has converted an old building that used to house banknote printers into an educational center where you can learn about the moneymaking process in a mini-museum, read books on finance at a riverside library, meet at a co-working space or sip a cuppa at Pacamara coffee house.
The gem of the hood, Bang Khun Phrom is regarded as one of the most beautiful Western-style palaces in Thailand.
Famous Thai florist Sakul Intakul turned a vintage house into a museum to display multi-cultural floristry in different forms.
Built in 1922, this wooden house-turned-museum gives a brief history of various neighborhoods in the district—Tha Tien, Wat Norarath, Tha Wang—via a walk-through exhibit that displays objects of old and vintage photographs.
You won’t see a teak mansion of this size every day. Originally built in Phrae, a province that’s famous for fine teak wood, and relocated to its present premises in 2009, Golden Teak Mansion is upheld by giant 59 teak wood pillars, each one so big that two people can wrap their arms around it.
After a massive renovation that lasted three years, the main building of the National Library has reopened its doors to the public.
Situated right next to Thewet intersection, Thewarat Market (aka Thewet market) sells fresh, affordable food products as well as potted plants and flowers.
Ruam Yang is a go-to spot for local office workers scouting out reasonably priced food products and clothes.
Restaurants in Bang Khun Phrom
Krua Apsorn is a family-run restaurant spearheaded by chef/ owner Chanchavee Skulkunt, who used to cook for Thai royalty. Despite its exalted reputation, this two-decade-old eatery offers flavorful Thai dishes at pocketfriendly prices.
Food-loving graphic designer, Sittisak Sakornsin, has converted a traditional wooden house into a casual eatery serving up Thai dishes cooked with passion.
Thonglor’s favorite coffee house has branched out to the old town, taking up space on the first floor of Bank of Thailand Learning Center.
Situated in a shabby shophouse, Pad Thai Nana is famous for its Chinese-style pad Thai that mixes fresh sen chan (rice noodles) with dried sen lek (rice stick noodles).
Sukhothai-style noodles are the main draw at this small stall, run by the former co-owner of a famous noodle place in the Phra Sumeru neighborhood.
Open since 1955, when the owner decided to turn a traditional retail shop into a Chinese-style khao tom (rice porridge) eatery, Khao Tom Thewet Chiao Chan Pha Nit has been serving hearty porridge (B10/ bowl) with side dishes.
This humble eatery has been around for four generations and remains famous for its Hainanese chicken rice, of which rice is cooked on a charcoal stove.
This eatery has been selling Shantou-style noodles since 1929. In the beginning, the noodles were only served with pork and liver, but over time Lim Hua Heng developed more signature dishes.
Bored of classic pad Thai? The 80-year-old Pat Tai Thewet 359 offers more pad Thai variations than you could ever imagine, mixing together a broad range of meats, fish and seafood.
For two decades, Suwimon Khao Mok Kai has been the place to go for sumptuous Thai-style chicken biryani, a flavorful and aromatic dish prepared with tender, well-seasoned chicken thighs.