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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sala Arun is hiding in a corner of the old community of Ta Tien. This small boutique hotel offers the stunning view right across the beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. You can also make the most of the view by enjoying their custom cocktails from the sun rise to the sunset.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive. Serving an organic take on Thai local favourites, stir-fried dishes, brown rice, and curries are available in a homely atmosphere at reasonable price. There are also countless books that you can pick up and read while waiting for the food.
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.
Full of antique furniture and decor, this coffee shop serves a drink menu with interesting name such as Arunee, a female name used in the old days. They also offer bread, sandwiches, and snacks to order at the counter.
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.
The highlight of Gram Cafe is the organic egg that are cooked with creativity. Not just a typical scrambled, boiled, or fried for a sunny side up, a poached egg is coated with breadcrumbs, then deep fried and topped with delicious mushroom dressing in their Creamy Crispy Egg. Salmon Royal Pancake is served similar to eggs benedict, but with the pancake base. Other non-eeg dishes are also available such as quinoa salad and soft-shell crab burger.
Err charms you with its urban-rustic décor and flavors. The ambience is comfortable and interesting, complemented by wooden decor, traditional Thai board games, and fun graffiti. The couple behind renowned Thai restaurant Bo.lan, chef Bo and chef Dylan, play a big part in this restaurant, so it’s guaranteed that the food here is some of the best in town. Quality ingredients and home-style cooking are also factors that make it worth your visit. We are quite sure you won’t be disappointed with their food. Or the drinks. Try their signature cocktail, The Err, which contains Chalong Bay Rum and passion fruit. If you don’t feel like drinking alcohol, take a sip of refreshing mocktail, If Only I Had Alcohol (what a name!).
Standing amongst the pad Thai stalls, bars and guesthouses on Ram Butri Road is a small and hip vintage shop called the Trapeze Swingers. The two-story store is packed with vintage items for both men and women. Browse through cool shirts vintage T-shirts, unique wallet-friendly faded jeans, and a pretty impressive CD and vinyl collection.
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.