1. Museum Siam
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  2. Wat Pho
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Things to do in Bangkok Old Town

Your guide to the best restaurants, shops and museums in Rattanakosin Island

Sopida Rodsom
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Sopida Rodsom
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More than 200 years ago, Rattanakosin Island was a fortified city built Bangkok within the Chao Phraya River and within its numerous canals. Today, it is a thriving neighborhood that houses historic sites, temples, museums and restaurants serving authentic Thai fare. Hop on the ferry and spend your weekend at Museum Siam.  Enjoy a delicious lunch at Old Town Café Bangkok and get a Thai massage at the massage school in Wat Pho.

Things to do in Rattanakosin Island

Visit Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
  • Museums
  • Fashion and costume
  • Rattanakosin

Visiting Thai palaces, we enjoy the beauty of arts and new knowledge, and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles offers us the beauty of Thai textiles and lets us experience Thai wisdom which is the root of Thai creativity.

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  • Attractions
  • Religious buildings and sites
  • Rattanakosin

This vast, mellow temple rewards wandering, despite some touristy aspects. Its popular name derives from the 16th-century Wat Photharam, which was rebuilt as Wat Phra Chetuphon, in Rama I's grand Rattanakosin scheme. He adorned it with Buddha images retrieved by his brother from Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, including a major Ayutthayan image in the bot. (Rama IV interred Rama I's ashes in its base.) 

Sip cocktails with a view at Sala Rattanakosin
  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Rattanakosin

After taking your fill of classic Thai food by British chef Tony Wrigley at Sala Rattanakosin’s restaurant, climb up to the hotel’s photogenic rooftop bar to enjoy the breeze and a bevy of colorful cocktails. 

 

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  • Attractions
  • Rattanakosin

Thammasat University is the second oldest university in Thailand, founded by respected statesman and politician Pridi Banomyong on 27 June 1934 to instil legal and political knowledge within Thais following the Siamese Revolution. Its city campus, known to locals as Tha Prachan, is set on the banks of Chao Phraya River, occupying part of the grounds of the former Front Palace. Thammasat is best known for its programs in law, economics, political sciences, and mass communications.

Join a workshop at Charm-learn Studio
  • Things to do
  • Classes and workshops
  • Rattanakosin

Situated in an old town bangkok, this studio offers art and craft workshops and classes to excel your skills. From ceramic making, fabric dyeing to organic vegetable growing, there are all sorts of projects rotating year round. Sa-Ti Handcraft coffee in front also serves delicious coffee for your session.  

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Shop rare finds at Tonchabab Record Shop
  • Shopping
  • Music and entertainment
  • Rattanakosin

With the love of vinyl records, Sua, the owner of Ton Chabab shares his passion through his music collection. The shop offers thousands of the original records from many genres that he’s been collecting for over 30 years. Ask away for your favourite artist, or you can spend your time searching for the right ones.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centers
  • Bang Phlat

A department store located at Banglumphu (that’s right, close to the Old Town), Tang Hua Seng is a one-stop shop for craft and DIY projects. Different zones sell various kinds of fabric, rope, thread including imported goods from the Japan, origin of cuteness. (It actually feels like a microcosm of Sampeng Market). It’s perfect for those who want to make their own dresses or gifts. 

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