Rattanakosin Island, surrounded by the Chao Phraya River and canals, is the old historic Bangkok, and well worth a wander. Every Bangkok tourist will get to this area, just because it contains most of... Read More
Rattanakosin Island, surrounded by the Chao Phraya River and canals, is the old historic Bangkok, and well worth a wander. Every Bangkok tourist will get to this area, just because it contains most of the major sightseeing spots, such as the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo, as well as Wat Pho, the National Museum, and many other gorgeous temples. Not only are the major sightseeing monuments and palaces here, but there is plenty of charm, as Rattanakosin is the one area of the city that has been spared the developer's sword, and you won't find high rise condominiums nor fancy shopping malls in these parts. Especially nice is the area known as Saochingcha, or the Giant Swing. The large red swing itself was formerly used for royal ceremonies, but the neighbourhood around it is quaint, with small mom and pop restaurants that serve one or two famous dishes each, most of them in business for over 50-60 years! This is one of the few areas in Bangkok that it is pleasant to walk in, and there are some interesting footpaths along the canals as well.
Rattanakosin Island, Dusit
- Historic Sites: "None of the sky train or metro lines run here (although the MRT is building stations in the Chinatown area that will be up and running sometime in 2015 or 16 presumably). The best way to get here is via the river ferry on the Chao Phraya, getting off at Tha Chang or Tha Thian pier and walking in."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: To see Bangkok's traditional and historic district, there is no place like Rattanakosin Island.