Top things to do

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Wat Suthat

Other than being just plain huge and impressive, Wat Suthat also holds the highest royal temple grade. Inside the wí·hăhn (sanctuary for a Buddha sculpture) are intricate Jataka (stories of the Buddha) murals and th…
Top Choice Thai in Banglamphu

Krua Apsorn

This cafeteria-like dining room is a favourite of members of the Thai royal family and restaurant critics alike. Just about all of the central and southern Thai dishes are tasty, but regulars never miss the chance t…
Top Choice Thai in Banglamphu

Jay Fai

With its bare-bones dining room, it's hard to believe Jay Fai is renowned for serving Bangkok’s most expensive pàt kêe mow ('drunkard’s noodles': wide rice noodles fried with seafood and Thai herbs). The price, howe…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Banglamphu

Thanon Khao San Market

The main guesthouse strip in Banglamphu is a day-and-night shopping bazaar peddling all the backpacker 'essentials': profane T-shirts, bootleg MP3s, hemp clothing, fake student ID cards, knock-off designer wear, sel…
Top Choice Live Music in Banglamphu

Brick Bar

This basement pub, one of our favourite destinations in Bangkok for live music, hosts a nightly revolving cast of bands for an almost exclusively Thai crowd – many of whom will end the night dancing on the tables. B…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Golden Mount & Wat Saket

Even if you're wát-ed out, you should tackle the brisk ascent to the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong). Serpentine steps wind through an artificial hill shaded by gnarled trees, and past graves and pictures of wealthy b…
Bar in Banglamphu

Ku Bar

Tired of buckets and cocktails that revolve around Red Bull? Head to Ku Bar, in almost every way the polar opposite of the Khao San party scene. Climb three floors of stairs (look for the tiny sign) to emerge at an …
Arts & Crafts in Banglamphu

Heritage Craft

Handicrafts with a conscience: this new boutique is an atmospheric showcase for the quality domestic wares of ThaiCraft, some of which are produced via fair-trade practices. Items include silks from Thailand's north…
Israeli in Banglamphu

Shoshana

One of Khao San’s longest-running Israeli restaurants, Shoshana resembles your grandparents’ living room right down to the tacky wall art and plastic placemats. Feel safe in ordering anything deep-fried – staff do a…
Museum in Banglamphu

King Prajadhipok Museum

This museum assembles old photos and memorabilia to illustrate the rather dramatic life of Rama VII (King Prajadhipok; r 1925–35), Thailand's last absolute monarch. It occupies a grand neocolonial-style building con…