5 Minutes’ walk from Dé Phanakron hotel
Khao San Road
A long-time favorite haunt for backpackers, Khao San Road has transformed over recent years and is now a vibrant hub of life Bangkok, where local Thais mix with tourists to take advantage of shopping bargains, enjoy cheap eats and dance the night away at live music venues and lively clubs.
Dating back to in 1826, Wat Bowonniwet is the burial site of King Rama IX and is therefore an extremely important temple. It is also famous for its historic murals in its ordination hall, which include Thai illustrations of Western life during the early 19th century.
Phra Sumen Fort and Santichaiprakarn Park
It can be difficult to find green space in Bangkok and Santichaiprakarn park is one of the nicest urban parks in the city. Housing the Santichaiprakarn Throne Hall and Phra Sumen Fort, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the sights along the river and is a popular venue to watch the Royal Barge Procession.
Wat Chana Songkhram
Tucked away near Khao San Road, you will find this beautiful temple. Built in the 18th century, the temple has recently been renovated and houses a golden Buddha image, elephant tusks, and a small statue of King Taksin. The courtyard houses some stalls for the tourists.
The Pipit Banglamphu Museum
The Pipit Banglamphu Museum opened on 1 August 2014 and preserves the history of Banglamphu, its community, daily life, history and culture. It is housed in what was once the Kuru Sapha Printing House. The wooden building was built in 1925 and was once a text-book store while the slightly newer concrete building was built in 1932 and was the first printing school in Thailand, the Wat Sangwet Printing School.
15-20 minutes’ walk (or a short taxi ride) from Dé Phanakron hotel
Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace
Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace together form the most popular tourist attraction in Bangkok and is a must-see for every visitor. The compound dates back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded and houses many beautiful and important ceremonial buildings. The temple houses the Emerald Buddha which dates back to the 14th century.
This magnificent temple is one of the most important in Thailand. King Rama I rebuilt the temple complex and some of his ashes are enshrined here. The temple complex is home to the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand which includes a 46 meter- long reclining Buddha. The temple is also believed to be the earliest centre for public education in Thailand.
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit opened this museum in 2003 after requesting permission to use a vacant building on the grounds of the Grand Palace. It was transformed it into a state-of-the-art facility which houses galleries, an education studio, library, lecture hall, and the country’s first textile conservation lab.
The Bangkok National Museum is one of the largest museums in Southeast Asia. It features Thai art exhibitions as well as important exhibits on Thai culture and history. It is housed in the former palace of the vice king.
Nitas Rattakosin Exhibition Hall
Opened in 2010, the Nitas Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall is one of the city’s newest museums. It depicts the culture and history of Bangkok's royal district, Rattanakosin Island. Although it aims to attract Thais, the museum is still of great interest to tourists.
Museum Siam is a discovery museum which was established in 2007. It was built in the former building of the Ministry of Commerce and was designed to teach about Thai history, national identity and the relationships with neighboring cultures. The museum educates through a selection of interactive exhibits created to demonstrate the development of Thailand throughout the ages.
Wat Saket (The temple of the Golden Mount)
Wat Saket dates back to the Ayutthaya era. It houses a beautiful gold chedi and an imposing 80-metre-tall manmade hill that was built during the reign of King Rama III. The temple grounds are shaded by mature trees and visitors can enjoy visiting the main prayer hall, ordination hall and library.
King Prajadhipok Museum
The King Prajadhipok Museum boasts three floors of permanent exhibitions which all relate to the royal life of King Prajadhipok and Queen Rambai Barni of Thailand. The impressive building was formerly the site of John Sampson & Son's department store.
Bangkok’s Chinatown is the largest in the world. With a history as colorful as the district itself, visitors can enjoy the myriad food options, exceptional shopping opportunities, bars, restaurants, temples and museums. It is bustling, exciting and a must-visit.
By Boat from Phra Arthit port (10 minutes’ walk to Phra Arthit port from Dé Phanakron Hotel)
Wat Arun is something of a landmark on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It’s one of the most beautiful temples in the city, in part due to its location on the river but also because it is made up of colorful spires. It’s opposite Wat Pho and a must see on a tour of Bangkok.
Wat Rakhang (temple of bells)
Wat Rakhangdates back to the Ayutthaya era and is a popular place to make merit. During the reign of King Rama I (1782 – 1809), a huge bell was discovered in the temple grounds. This bell was removed and transported to Wat Phra Kaeo and five new bells were presented by King Rama I. They still hang in the belfry today.
Wat Kanlayanamit and Kudichin
Kudichin is a historic neighbourhood in Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The neighborhood, dates back to the Ayutthaya period and is a melting pot of cultures with communities including: Thai, Mon, Chinese, Portuguese and Islamic all living peacefully together.
Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market
This historic market sells a variety of flowers, fruits, and vegetables and is the primary flower market in the city. It is a beautiful sight which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A must-see for anyone who wants to get closer to Thailand’s indigenous flowers.
This river fronted night market is the newest in Bangkok, having opened in 2012. It’s popular with Thais and tourists and is a shopping, entertainment and lifestyle venue. Separated into four parts, it will keep every visitor busy for hours.
Icon Siam is a multi-functional development on the backs of the Chao Phraya. It includes one of the largest shopping malls in Asia, hotels and residences.