Old Bangkok sits in the heart of this city permanently stuck in fast forward. This part of the city takes you back to the roots of Bangkok. The temples, traditions, art and culture that started it all. It’s a stunning part of the city and if you want to learn about the Thai people it’s a must see in Bangkok. Dominated by the imposing Grand Palace there are plenty of amazing thing to do in old Bangkok. Explore the traditional markets and hang out with the locals while you enjoy some street food. Here is our list of the best things to do in old Bangkok.
Visit the Grand Palace (of course)
The Grand Palace is the tourist centre of Bangkok. And for good reason. Despite wanting to avoid the crowds of tourists this place is a must see in Bangkok.
The ornately designed, carved and built temples of the Grand Palace are spectacular. The complex is massive and will take you a half day at least even if you’re just a snap and go traveller. Make sure you wear something conservative that covers your shoulders and knees.
Five minutes here and you’ll understand why it’s on the list of the best things to do in old Bangkok.
Check out the Bangkok National Museum
Built on the grounds of an 18th century palace the Museum is one of the best places to take in some Thai culture. It used to be known as an old dusty museum with little appeal.
But it has been modernised and now is a great place to take in the treasures of King Rama V. The museum is not far from the Grand Palace on Na Phrothat Road.
See the Bangkok Flower Market
The Bangkok Flower Market is definitely one of the best things to do in old Bangkok. The market is open 24 hours (yes a flower market that’s open 24 hours a day). You’ll be able to pick up bunches of fifty roses or most flower types that you want on the cheap here.
The real charm of the place is the amazing smell of flowers and the stunningly bright assortment of flowers. Well worth a visit. If you’d like to see more have a local guide take you on a Bangkok market tour.
Bangkok Amulet Market
There are a lot of places to see in old Bangkok but the amulet market is something a bit unique. There are a lot of serious buyers here. Legend has it amulet’s will protect the wearer from death.
This place is something a bit unique but definitely a lot of fun. You’ll find it near the Bangkok National Museum, you can get off at the Phra Chan Pier if you take the ferry.
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