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The Wat Pho and riverfront area puts you within an easy skip of some of Thailand's most important cultural attractions, but you do pay for the privelege. Expect a 15-minute walk to the Grand Palace and Khao San Road if staying more inland, at one of the generally cheaper options Around the Giant Swing. Throughout Rattanakosin you'll find some memorable rooms set in heritage architecture.

Wat Pho area and riverfront

Chakrabongse Villas
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
396/1 Maharaj Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 622 1900

One of Bangkok’s most exclusive boutique hotels, Chakrabongse Villas is spread over a lush garden between Wat Pho and the Chao Phraya River, in the heart of the historic district. Built in 1908, the central structure is a gorgeous piece of heritage architecture that originally served as a prince’s palace. Topped by a teakwood tower, it remains one of the riverside’s most photogenic... Read our full review of Chakrabongse Villas.

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Arun Residence
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
36-38 Soi Pratu Nokyung (enter across from Wat Pho off Maharat Road), Bangkok
T: (02) 221 9158-9

Directly across the river from Wat Arun’s towering porcelain spires, Arun Residence was among the first boutique hotels to pop up in the heritage neighbourhood around Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Rooms are tastefully done with a mix of traditional Thai, colonial and modern accents, and the vibe is soothing and romantic. But the best part, by far, is the view. Great setting to experience... Read our full review of Arun Residence.

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Sala Rattanakosin
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
39 Maharat Road (on the river at the end of Soi Tha Tian), Bangkok
T: (02) 622 1388

Arguably the slickest riverside hotel in Bangkok, Sala Rattanakosin has an urban attitude to compliment direct Wat Arun views and an excellent location in the historic district. Also with a happening restaurant and bar, the establishment has become a trend-setter along the area’s evolving riverfront. Rooms, food and service are all darn good, too. As seen from the Chao Phraya express... Read our full review of Sala Rattanakosin.

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Arom d Hostel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
336 Maharat Rd (across from Wat Pho), Bangkok
T: (02) 622 1055

Slap bang in the middle of Bangkok’s historic district within sight of the city’s most popular attractions, Arom d Hostel is a clean and homely choice for flashpackers or budget travellers seeking a bit of comfort. Come on in. Occupying a century-old, three-storey building with soothing colours to punctuate the original wood floors, Arom d fits in seamlessly to the heritage neighbourhood. A... Read our full review of Arom d Hostel.

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Around the Giant Swing

Baan Dinso
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
113 Trok Sin (just off Dinso Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 622 0560

Down a quiet side-lane in Bangkok’s historic district, Baan Dinso makes it possible to stay in a beautifully restored heritage house without spending loads of cash. With bright, spotless rooms and an intimate atmosphere, it labels itself as “the original boutique hostel.” We’d call it an affordable bed and breakfast. Not Bangkok’s biggest. A stone’s throw from Bangkok City Hall... Read our full review of Baan Dinso.

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Chern Boutique Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
17 Soi Ratchasak (off Bamrung Muang Rd), Bangkok
T: (089) 168 0212

Opened in July of 2013, Chern Boutique Hostel is like a poker player with an exceptional hand. It’s situated off one of our favourite Bangkok roads near several key attractions and loads of great food. Seventy-two rooms, including eight different dorm rooms, are spotless and well equipped. Staff are laidback and helpful, and the minimalist design is refreshing. Generous space and natural light... Read our full review of Chern Boutique Hostel.

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Feung Nakorn Balcony
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
25 Feung Nakorn Road, Bangkok
T: (02) 622 1100

If looking for a comfortable, quaint, classy and clean place to stay on a midrange budget in the heart of Bangkok’s historical district, Feung Nakorn Balcony is a fantastic choice. This medium size family-run hotel is a perfect example that the boozy backpacker scene of Khao San Road can be entirely avoided while still staying among the charming old streets of Banglamphu and within walking... Read our full review of Feung Nakorn Balcony.

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The Warehouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
120 Bunsiri Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 622 2935

What to do if your building is as cheerful as a drizzly mid-February London morning? If you’re The Warehouse Hotel in Bangkok’s historic district, you’d embrace the drab grey interior and turn it into your theme. The cold, unfinished feel of this mid-size hotel somehow works out into smart rooms with an urban vibe. Hardhats and reflective vests are mandatory (just kidding). Pull up a... Read our full review of The Warehouse.

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Niras Bankoc Cultural Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
204-206 Mahachai Rd, Bangkok
T: (022) 214 442

A classy spot with a long name, Niras Bankoc Cultural Hostel occupies a 140-year-old house in the heart of Bangkok’s historic district. If you prefer creaky teak wood to polished concrete, the hostel’s vintage design just might be for you. Throw in a great location and a very friendly staff and we reckon this is one of the more interesting hostels in town. No shortage of class. First,... Read our full review of Niras Bankoc Cultural Hostel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Rattanakosin? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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