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.
We have 11 places to stay in and around Ko Rattanakosin.
Since the late 2000s, a bunch of mid- to up-market accommodation has popped up along the side streets stretching west from Wat Pho to the river and south to Pak Khlong Talad (the flower market). This is a terrific, if touristy, location near several major historical sites, but backpackers who aren’t up for a hostel will be better off looking further north in the Khao San Road vicinity. River ferries help to make up for a lack of metro service.
This historic area’s narrow streets burst with street food and century-old shophouses nudge up to attractions like Wat Suthat and Wat Saket. The Grand Palace and Khao San Road are both within walking distance, and public canal ferries provide a fun way to reach the more modern parts of the city. We love poking around this part of Rattanakosin.