Old City or Rattanakosin Island in the southern part of the city is the oldest area of Bangkok, founded in 1782. It’s home to a number of important historical attractions, including the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and the legendary Reclining Buddha.

Sukhumvit is an upmarket residential district favoured by expats. The Skytrain runs the entire length of the road, stretching its way east to the city limits. The neighbourhood features office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and an eclectic range of high-end international restaurants.

A brief look at eight of the Thai capital’s neighbourhoods, each worth exploring for their own sights, sounds and flavours.

Dusit feels more calm and orderly than much of Bangkok. Tall trees flank elegant avenues lined with stunning architecture. This district is home to Chitlada Palace, the official residence of the country’s Royal family.

Chinatown or Yaowarat teems with dim sum restaurants, bustling markets and a huge number of gold shops. This area is one of the oldest in the city and, unlike many other Chinatowns throughout the world, it’s distinctly untouristy. The best way to get there is by boat; the Chao Phraya River Express stops at Ratchawaong Pier.



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