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Things to do near Mahakan Fort

Where to eat, what to see and things to do around Mahakan Fort community

Mahakan Fort community from outside

Back in the reign of King Rama I, 14 forts were built around Rattanakosin Island in order to protect the city. Now, Mahakan Fort is one of the only two that have survived the test of time and has become one of the main tourist attractions in Bangkok’s Old Town.

Mahakan Fort

Mahakan Fort

Behind the fort’s white wall lies one of the city’s oldest communities, where generations have lived for more than a hundred years.

This community, however, is being expropriated by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in order to build a public park. (The idea, as expected doesn’t sit well with the residents who have lived here for decades.) So you may want to visit the area while it’s still there.

Mahakan Fort

Mahakan Fort

Mahakan Fort

Where to eat near Mahakan Fort

Sutatip

Take a trip back to the old days with a meal at Sutatip Hainanese Food. The Thai vermicelli with roasted pork in tomato sauce is a must, while the roasted beef and roasted beef tongue, both of which melt in your mouth, are dishes that carnivores shouldn’t miss.

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Thipsamai

The legendary Thip Samai remains a worthy spot for one of the best pad Thai in Bangkok. Expect to queue up to an hour.

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Kope Hya Tai Ke

Kope Hya Tai Ke is an old-school coffee shop located in a peaceful neighborhood nearby. Traditional Thai coffee from home-roasted coffee beans is a must-try. You can also refresh with creative drinks like sugar cane-infused coffee and Ceylon-infused coffee.

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Ban Bat Community

At the end of Maha Chai Road is Ban Bat Community, the only place in Thailand that makes and supplies monks’ alms bowls. The tiny bowls make for an interesting souvenir.

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Wat Ratchanadda Amulet Market

A market selling amulets and Buddha statues in Wat Ratchanadda offers much more than just religious knick-knacks and images. Souvenir ideas include khon (classical masked dance) masks delicately made by hand.

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Loha Prasat

Come at twilight to witness the beauty of Loha Prasat, the world’s only metal-spiked mansion.

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Wat Thepthidaram

Wat Thepthidaram is another Bangkok gem. Here, you’ll see Chinese-influenced architectureand old Chinese ballast dolls. It was also, at one point, the residence of Sunthorn Phu, the greatest poet in Thai history. His personal belongings are displayed at a museum in the temple.

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