Top things to do in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Pho

You'll find (slightly) fewer tourists here than at Wat Phra Kaew, but Wat Pho is our favourite among Bangkok's biggest sights. In fact, the compound incorporates a host of superlatives: the city's largest reclining …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Phra Kaew

Architecturally fantastic, this temple complex is also the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy, symbolically united in what is the country’s most holy image, the Emerald Buddha. Attached to the temple c…
Top Choice Palace in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Grand Palace

Part of the greater complex that also encompasses Wat Phra Kaew, the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang) is a former royal residence that is today only used on ceremonial occasions. Visitors are allowed to surv…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace

Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew is the colloquial name of the vast, fairy-tale compound that also includes the former residence of the Thai monarch, the Grand Palace.This ground was con…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Arun

After the fall of Ayuthaya, King Taksin ceremoniously clinched control here on the site of a local shrine and established a royal palace and a temple to house the Emerald Buddha. The temple was renamed after the Ind…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi


The retro-minimalist interior here might be a red flag for hipster ethnic cuisine, but Tonkin-Annam serves some of the best Vietnamese food in Bangkok. Come for the deliciously tart and peppery banana blossom salad,…
Museum in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Museum of Siam

Although temporarily closed for renovation when we stopped by, this fun museum's collection employs a variety of media to explore the origins of the Thai people and their culture. Housed in a European-style 19th-cen…
Thai in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Pa Aew

Pull up a plastic stool for some rich, seafood-heavy, Bangkok-style fare. It's a bare-bones, open-air curry stall, but for taste, Pa Aew is one of our favourite places to eat in this part of town.There's no English-…
Bar in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi


The open-air bar on top of the Sala Rattanakosin hotel has upped the stakes for sunset views of Wat Arun – if you can see the temple at all through the wall of selfie-snapping tourists. Be sure to get there early fo…
Thai in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Dao Tai

For a fiery hit of authentic southern Thai food, head to this Thonburi restaurant, where you can take your pick from trays of spicy curries, dips, stir-fries and soups.