Phra Nakorn



Many of the most important historical and cultural attractions are located here in the heart of the Old City. The Chao Phraya River and the markets, restaurants and food vendors that line its banks, would be reason enough to spend the day exploring here, but such attractions as the Grand Palace, Democracy Monument and Wat Pho make this arguably the most important neighborhood to visit.

The heart of this district is Koh Rattanakosin. The man-made "island" was the capital's first step across the river from its former site at Thonburi in 1782. Central to it is the Grand Palace, an ornate complex of temples and buildings originally built as a home not just for royalty of the new capital but for the Emerald Buddha, a the most sacred religious image which now rests inside Wat Phra Kaew.

To the south of the palace is Wat Pho, home to the Reclining Buddha and once the site of the Kingdom's first university meant to preserve the art of Thai massage. Outside of these obvious sites are other important attractions such as the National Gallery, National Museum and Wat Sa Ket (the Golden Mount), with a climb to a gleaming temple with city views in all directions.

Nightlife

About Cafe and Studio
Brick Bar
Café Democ
Dali
Gazebo
Old Phra Arthit Pier: Gastronobar (The)
National Theater
Phranakorn Bar & Gallery
Susie Pub

Attractions

Bangkok Smile Bikes
Wat Ratchabophit
Museum of Siam
Giant Swing
San Chao Pho Suea (Tiger God Shrine)
Lang Krasuang Market
Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha)
Wat Chana Songkram
Maharaj Pier
Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan
Chao Phor Seua
Thai Nakon Intimex
Lofty Bamboo
King Prajadhipok Museum
Wat Saket (Golden Mount)
Bangkok Sightseeing City Tram
Corrections Museum
Devasathan
Nagaraphirom Park
About Cafe and Studio
Bank of Thailand Museum
Sanam Luang
Lak Muang (Bangkok's City Pillar Shrine)
Grand Palace
Wat Mahathat
Queen's Gallery (The)
Bangchak Birdwatching Club
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
H.M. The Queen's Birthday Celebrations
National Museum
Wat Intharawihan
Rattanakosin Museum
Vimanmek Mansion Museum
Wat Suthat
Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic)
Church of the Immaculate Conception
Ratchadamnern Boxing Stadium

Restaurants

Scoozi Pizzeria Italiana
Thiptara
Tom Yum Kung
Zub Zip
Susie Pub
Thip Samai Pad Thai (Pad Thai Pratoopee)
Brick Bar
Deck by the River (The)
Sky High Restaurant
Keyaki
Phranakorn Bar & Gallery
Chote Chitr
Gazebo
Old Phra Arthit Pier: Gastronobar (The)
Ranee's Guest House and Restaurant

Hotels

The Bhuthorn Guesthouse
Baan Dinso
Phranakorn-Nornlen Hotel
Sala Arun
Arun Residence
Chakrabongse Villas

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