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Two days in Rattanakosin historic district

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Rattanakosin is the cultural heart of Bangkok and home to many of Thailand’s most famous temples, museums and historical sites.

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Otherwise known as the old quarter or historic district, it’s the area that most travellers with limited time in the Thai capital will prioritise—and for good reason. Here we suggest two days of walking itineraries to help you make the most of Rattanakosin.

Day one: the big sights

Taking you on a roughly three-kilometre walk that runs more or less in a straight line following the path of the river, this itinerary covers many of Bangkok’s most popular attractions. If you have only one day and don’t want to miss the so-called “can’t miss” hotspots, go for this one. Expect to pay a total of around 1,000 baht for tickets to all of the attractions mentioned below.

Flowers anyone? Photo taken in or around Two days in Rattanakosin historic district , Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Flowers anyone? Photo: David Luekens

Start early at the southern end of the old quarter by taking a river ferry to either Yodpiman Pier or Memorial Bridge Pier. After perhaps having a stroll out on to Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge), which opened in the early 1930s as the first bridge to ford the Chao Phraya River, head north up to Pak Khlong Talad to experience the bustle at the biggest cut flower market in Thailand.

Heading west on Chakphet Road, which becomes Maharat Road after you cross the Rop Krung Canal, turn right into Soi Setthakan about 200 metres after the canal. This leads you straight to the Museum of Siam, a newish attraction providing a generally accurate account of the background history behind Thailand, Bangkok and the Rattanakosin ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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