Things to do in Rattanakosin Island

Your guide to the best restaurants, shops and museums in Rattanakosin Island
Pad Thai at Coconut Palm
By 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

Museums, Fashion and costume

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

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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.

Art, Film and video

Fame VDO

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Fame VDO has been in the film industry for many years and is famous among film lovers for its selection of different kinds of international movies, including rare title items. It used to provide movies on video but shifted to DVDs to adapt to modern times. It’s Facebook page contains everything you need to know about new movies including fun facts.

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Restaurants, Thai

Krua Khun Kung

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Wrap up your day with a perfect dinner at Krua Khun Kung, located not far from the Royal Thai Navy Club. Delicate, mild tastes, which are quite hard to find in Bangkok, are found here, and are complemented by a relaxed vibe. We suggest you go a bit earlier than usual in order to get a table by the river – the view is magnificent and worth going early for.  Make sure to try the spicy fried Acacia Pennata salad, served with their signature chili sauce, and the minced pork and spicy Zalacca salad with shrimps. Both dishes will blow your mind away.

Attractions, Religious buildings and sites

Wat Pho

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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.) Large pairs of stone guards with Western features protect the inner sanctuary. The kuti (monks' quarters) lie south of Thanon Chetuphon, where the main gate is less tout-ridden than the Reclining Buddha gate. Reclining Buddha In one of several restorations, Rama III added the awesome Reclining Buddha in 1832. Made from brick and gilded plaster, it measures 46m (151ft) by 15m (49ft) and shows the posture of entering nirvana. With pillars of the vihaan built around it obscuring a full view, photographer's focus on the head and feet; the soles depict 108 auspicious signs in mother-of-pearl inlay (an early Rattanakosin speciality). The mystical number 108 recurs in the quantity of bowls along the wall. A coin dropped in each brings luck and longevity. Stupa collection Wat Pho houses 99 chedi (stupas), nine being a lucky number to Thais. Signifying the first four Chakri reigns, the colour-themed Phra Maha Chedi show classic Rattanakosin style, with square-bell shape, indented corners and floral ceramic cladding. Two hold the remains of kings Rama II and III, while another enables slim si

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Shopping, Flower shops

Napasorn

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One florist that stands out in Pak Klong Talat (Bangkok Flower Market) is Napasorn. The contrast of the crimson walls and black furnitures allows the colorful flowers to glisten. They offer beautiful bouquets for any occasions, or you can ask them to customize a special one just for you.

Restaurants, Organic

Farm to Table, Organic Cafe

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The name speaks for itself. This restaurant offers organic vegetables and ice cream from their farm, to your table. They always bring out new ice cream flavours that’s perfect for a hot afternoon

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Museums, History

Museum Siam

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Learning about culture and history will never get boring. Standing in the 19th-century historic building, this interactive museum is designed to be equally as fun and informative. The galleries and the exhibitions are also entertaining and photograph-worthy that you can easily lose track of time while exploring.

Restaurants, Cafés

Food Route

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It is truly a place you can stop by at anytime, whether for a main meal or dessert. This small homely restaurant serves every dish to perfection. Quality ingredients are cooked to a good portion, and served as you are a part of the family.    

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Restaurants, Thai

Coconut Palm

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Sweet, salty, and a bit spicy. Expand your palate with the modernized version of rare Thai classics such as Kanom Jeen Sao Nam (rice noodle with coconut milk and toppings) and Kanom Beung (crispy pancake filled with pork). Their highlights are the traditional rare desserts that you might never heard of; Intanil (pandan rice dough in coconut milk), Kanom Khaofang (boiled millet in coconut milk) and much more. 

Restaurants, Fusion

Eat Sight Story

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Located around the old pier of Ta tien, Eat Sight Story serves appetizing Thai fusion food to an array of cocktails. Additionally, the view of Wat Arun, across Chao Phraya river, is so beautiful it’s worth a visit.

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