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Straddling the Chao Phraya River and situated just north of Chinatown, the Old City (Rattanakosin) is where you'll find Bangkok's most spectacular and revered historical attractions. Not only part of the Kingdom's rich past, but intrinsic to it, a day or two spent exploring here will give you a deep insight into the heart, soul and psyche of the Thai people.

Founded by King Rama I in 1782 at the start of the Chakri Dynasty, it was originally carved out of a bend in the river to strengthen the defensive position of the new Siamese capital. Sights include the regal majesty of the Grand Palace, the awe-inspiring beauty of Wat Phra Kaew, and the traditional learning centres Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat, the latter widely considered one of Thailand's first universities and a centre for meditation. 

Sanam Luang, a historic park next to the Grand Palace traditionally used for important Royal or Buddhist ceremonies, and the National Gallery can also be found here.


 

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Cultural: High Shopping: Low
Family: High Popular tours: Med

Transport:

 
Major public transport: Low

BTS skytrain & MRT DOES NOT pass through this area 
Land: Taxi: car / tuktuk / motor bike is frequent 
Water: River ferry frequent, canal ferry closeby

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  • Wat Ratchapradi: Beautiful white and grey marble, Khmer influence
  • National Museum: A former Palace now exhibiting a collection of south east Asian art & sculpture
  • Flower Market: (Pak Khlong Talaat) next to Memorial Bridge; a 24 hr hive of floral activity
  • Ban Baat Monk's Bowl Village, watch traditional monks' alms bowls being made
  • National Art Gallery Wonderful art and sculpture collection
  • Sanam Luang, large park opposite the grand palace, often filled with events, evenings are special.

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Rattanakosin zone with Hanger 360 drone 360 spherical photos  within 2 kms 
Restaurants Rattanakosin Food and Drink Directory this zone within 2 kms 
Amorosa Bar Sunset view of Wat Arun across Chao Phraya river 4 level bar opposite temple, idea of sunset photos S 700 mtrs - 200 mtrs from Wat Pho  
Canal Saen Saep Pier 27 Fa Lilat Transport / local canal / 20 mins from cbd local on a rough canal shuttle E 1.60 km 
WAT RATCHANATDARAM Photo Metal Temple and Royal Sala and temple markets E 1.60 km many Icons with 100 mtrs 
Fort Mahakan - Bang Lamphu Photo Spot / Historical Icon / 20 mins landmark at Canal Pier, Metal temple across the rd E 1.60 km 
Bicycle Tour Push Bike tour / out doors low intensity day or night tours  within 3 km radius 
Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall Exhibition / Entertainment several flrs, indoors, audio tours, coffee shop E 1.60km 
The Golden Mount Temple / walking / 2 hrs man made mountain 360 degree view, close to canal pier, incl coffee shop E 1.7 km 
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Wat Pho - tour page Rattanakosin - Old city W 4.5 kms F Family 
Grand Palace - Tour page Rattanakosin W 4.5km F Family 
Rooftop venues - tour page all  various F Family / same venues do not allow children for safety 
Golden Buddha & Exhibition Chinatown W 4.5km F Family 
Dinner Cruises Chinatown / Bang Rak  W 5km F Family 
Bungsamran Fishing Park Chatuchak / Bang Kapi NE 14km F Family 
Ancient City (Muang Boran) Samut Prakan SE 33km F Family 
Sealife Bangkok Siam Centre: many Icons nearby nil at BTS Siam F Family 
Chao Phraya River & Canals Thonburi  F family 
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F: River and Canal Rides River and Canal Tours Medium E 4km:   
F: Cultural stage Show - History Siam Niramit Low: extremely we presented cast of hundreds E 3km zone Huai Khwang Huai Khwang / Ratchada 
F: Day walk Throne Hall Exhibition Ananta Samakhom Throne hall Low: Night photos stunning NW 3.7km Dusit: Royal zone 
F: Food Tour Bangkok Food Tours Low: W 4.5km Chinatown 
F: Museum National Museum Low W 4.8km Rattanakosin: Old city area 
H: Transport: BTS (skytrain) stations BTS Stations Low na all 
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F: Most popular Tours Most Popular Tours Various all all 
M: Ladyboy Cabaret Show Ladyboy Cabaret show  Low SW 5.8km Complex of 1500 venues Bang Kho Laem, nearest BTS Saphan Taksin 
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Dusit Thani NW 3.5km: Grand Avenues of Royalty, what Bangkok used to look like!  Dusit 
Khaosan Rd W 4km: walking area, classic Thai temples & Khao San Rd Khaosan Rd 
Rattanakosin Hotels W 4.5km: Historical area, most visited area by tourists (Grand Palace) Rattanakosin 
Bang Lamphu W 4km: A walking area, classic Thai temples & Khao San Rd <> Bang Lamphu 
Thonburi SW 5.3km: Old Capital mostly undeveloped, many Canals (Khlongs Thonburi 
Sukhumvit - Chit Lom E 1.5km: "Farangville" (Foreigners) Hotels, Bars and Nightlife with all major transport systems BTS Chit Lom 
Sukhumvit Hotels E 3km: "Farangville" (Foreigners) Hotels, Bars and Nightlife with all major transport systems Sukhumvit general 
Chatuchak N 10km: Largest weekend markets in Asia, Parks & Game fishing <> Chatuchak 
Ratchathewi N 2km: Suburbia and the Highest rooftop view 84 floors up Phayathai > Ratchathewi 
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Bang Lamphu W 4kms of Siam Centre A walking area, classic Thai temples & Khao San Rd High High Medium Medium 
Chatuchak N 10kms of Siam Centre Largest weekend markets in Asia, Parks & Game fishing Medium Medium Medium Medium 
Rattanakosin <> upd: 2017.05 W 4.5 km of Siam. Historical area, home Grand Palace High High: historical Low: mainly markets Low: nearby crazy Khaosan 
Dusit NW 3.5km of Siam, Grand Avenues of Royalty High - Historical Royalty  High Low Nil 
Thonburi SW 5.3km of Siam, old capital mostly undeveloped High: many canals (khlongs) High:  Low: mainly water markets (Talad Nam) Low 
PhayaThai / Ratchathewi <> upd: 2016.12 N 2kms of Siam, Suburbia & Highest rooftop view 84 flr Medium Medium Medium: backstage of the city price lower Medium 
Sukhumvit <> upd: 2017.04  E 3km of Siam, "Farangville" Hotels, Bars, Nightlife Low: retail tourism Medium: retail High: brand labels  High: Westernised 
Chinatown W 3km of Siam, Chinese infusion; a trading post, chaotic & markets High: Street food mania High: historical Medium: mainly makets Low: River Icons or nearby crazy Khaoson 
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