Things to do in Rattanakosin (Bangkok Old City)

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  • RobertCruso
    Bangkok, Thailand17 contributions
    Wat Phra Chetuphon, or more commonly known as Wat Pho, is a Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok, Thailand. The complex houses the largest reclining Buddha in the world, as well as a highly revered golden Buddha. Wat Pho is also a center of traditional Thai medicine and massage, and is home to the Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School. If you're looking for a good place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Wat Pho is definitely the place to go.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Eldad A
    London, UK143 contributions
    The place is very well kept and we enjoyed it very much. the dressing code for ladies is a bit confusing so check it out before going there. the entrance to the place was also very confusing but there were some construction works around the temple so it might just that. we would have given it more time if we knew it would be so beautiful. the main temple is glories.
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • iamrhys
    Wellington, New Zealand283 contributions
    Make sure you know where you're headed before the hawkers come looking for you, but once you find the right entrance and brace yourself for the steep walk it's definitely worth the hike. Lots of interesting culture to see, before you get a glimpse of the prize, the stunning view over Bangkok. Walking back down is a relief in the mid day sun. Definitely add to your tourist itinerary.
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,110 contributions
    My fourth time to Bangkok but first time here. Loved it. Near Chinatown so combine it if you are in the area. Really nice. Hardly any tourists but there were quite a few locals and it was nice to observe them doing their rituals. The climb to the top is easy but in the heat, it was tough. Dress respectfully
    Written 10 January 2022
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  • Goks N
    Pune, India54 contributions
    We happened to take the Chao Phraya Princess Cruise from the Iconsiam Mall. The river is a travel to remember You get to see a few temples, The Grand Palace and the magnificent Rama Bridge. The Bangkok skyline is truly fascinating.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • Adventure757065
    23 contributions
    Beautiful and as a newbie to Thai culture definetley worth a visit. Also, did the free guided tour at 2.30pm. Very informative and detail heavy so need to be keen for this to undertake it but learnt a lot I would not have otherwise. Starting to get busy but was told by locals that still very quiet so if you can a great time to visit. Remember to wear modest clothing unless you want to buy some elephant trousers.
    Written 7 January 2022
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  • Garry A
    Melbourne, Australia168 contributions
    I am staying in Chinatown as this is where my hotel is , I booked for 7 nights , but I think 3 or 4 would be enough.The place is busy and that’s a good thing , you are spoiled for choice when it comes to food you name it they have it . You may get lost as you twist and turn your way around every laneway , I have found that mostly the only places to eat is on the street and again that’s a good thing. I would love to have a cold beer with my meal but that can be hard to find . Plenty of shopping to do and be prepared to walk a lot as that is the best way to see the real Chinatown.
    Written 31 March 2022
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,110 contributions
    I debated and debated on whether to come as a solo female traveller and glad I did. Just check online for the match schedule. Experience if anything.  You can buy a ticket upon arrival.  Well managed.  I only stayed for an hour or so to get a feel for it.  I would suggest a club class ticket for a good view and not too close to the arena unless you want sweat and water spraying at you.  The seats are evenly spaced to manage social distancing.  The stadium was relatively clean and seats comfortable.  There are other seats on steps / standing.  A club class ticket is a good option with proper plastic chairs.  I was glad that the stadium was only half full as it would have been very hot and more rowdy.  This was nice with a good crowd.  The stadium is quite small.  I believe the rounds can go on for a few hours so come and go as you please.  It really depends on you.  You will need to do a C-19 test which is quick.  The staff will do it.  Very quick with results in two minutes.  You cannot take water in which was annoying.  I had to give them my nearly full bottle!  Photographs are allowed.  I did get a bit upset as some of the competitors are young and a few did get hurt in the rounds.  Having said this, it is a choice they make.  They do have a lot of respect for each other and the sport is not as aggressive as traditional boxing.  I enjoyed the experience.  An hour was enough for me.  It also started to get hot (no air conditioning or water). There are street food stalls outside and the usual souvenir shop. Surprisingly no taxis or maybe they come at the end. The location is on a main road anyway so it was easy to flag down a taxi. There is no MRT or BTS nearby. There is a bus stop however right in front
    Written 9 January 2022
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  • ani 🌸
    London, UK35 contributions
    Had a good time visiting Bangkoks national museum. There was so much to see and learn about, and seemed like there was something for everyone. We had to visit whilst in bangkok so that’s exactly what we spent an afternoon doing. Ended our tour in the little cafe.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • ontheroadmaryg
    London, Canada148 contributions
    This is not a tourist attraction. This is real working flower market. Beautiful flowers, other items for sale but predominately flowers. Watch them make the flower offerings and funeral offerings. It is crowded. Be mindful of the scooters that use the aisles just like the pedestrians. Authentic and genuine and chaotic experience.
    Written 6 April 2020
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  • Chuck
    7 contributions
    Khaosan Road has changed.

    Ok, they took away the bike lanes - which was a disappointment. But they cleaned up the area, and made it a bit gentrified.
    But then, no tourists. So basically everyone is going out of business.

    Maybe next year things will get better.
    Written 3 January 2021
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  • CSK
    Singapore, Singapore114 contributions
    I went on 15 May 2022 (Vesak / Bucha Day). Temple have more people went for prayers. A very big temple and have many high steps. Entrance have a counter that ask for 100 bahts for "tourists" (give u an Eng brochure and a drink). The drink cost less than 100 bahts. 1 star down for this point.

    Wat Suthat is very famous for the Medicine Buddha (Phra Kring) amulet!
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Jean B
    7 contributions
    A fun lighthearted interactive museum full of information about what it means to be Thai. Admission is very reasonable and as we were over 60, it was free for us, even including the English audio guide. Each room has a different theme and you can spend as little as much time as you want and each one. Some did not have a lot that we could play with in English, whereas others were clearly marked in both Thai and English. One long narrated display alternates performance languages. The museum itself is housed in a very interesting old colonial governmental building. The staff were super helpful. Also has a small but interesting gift shop too. This would be an excellent activity for children as well as adults.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • CSK
    Singapore, Singapore114 contributions
    Nice temple to visit. Went on Vesak (Bucha) Day - 15 May 2022. Not too crowded. Mostly local Thais going.
    Recommended temple.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Aethelred
    Cambridge, MA972 contributions
    Wat Ratchanatdaram is a temple less for tourists than for devotees, worshippers or generally those interested in the sacred. It is a working, very well-doing monastery that is more about itself and less about how it looks. It is a bit hidden in the sense of a tree being hidden in the forest, in that it is in the middle of other Rattanakosin attractions but much less spectacular, or loud. I find the Buddha image in the main viharn one of the most stunning and accessible in all Bangkok.

    The Loha Prasat is too incredible to describe on tripadvisor - an iron-spired stupa with the inner structure accessible mostly for meditation, and as many people attest, with an immense spiritual power. This is a building to focus in, to think only good thoughts or none at all, and to respect where you are. On top, a tiny chapel open to all sides with relics of the Buddha, to which one ascends up the most perfect wooden spiral staircase.

    The Milkey Tree Café behind the Loha Prasat is great for respite; beyond that is an exit that leads you to one of the best-priced, comprehensive, and non-touristy amulet and devotionals markets in the city.
    Written 18 April 2022
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