Kill two birds with one stone by visiting Wat Suthat and the Giant Red Swing. The Red Swing, rebuilt in 2004, is just outside of the entrance to one of the most striking temples in Thailand. Wat Suthat is one of the less-visited attractions on our list, making it a great place to explore without the onslaught of selfie-taking tourists.
Khao San Road is a haven for backpackers and those bitten by the travel bug. It is on this street where you will find other like-minded travelers with only a backpack to show for themselves or a pair of colorful elephant pants. Be warned that this street is anything but local — it has been overrun by travelers with its promises of cheap vodka-ridden buckets and a plethora of vendors selling everything from edible bugs to helium balloons. Many believe this road is overrated and has no local charm whatsoever; that being said, you can certainly have an unusual night out here. It also has some cheap and delicious street food being cooked up all night, including Thailand’s famous Pad Thai.
Rama III Park was constructed to honor the king. This park sits right across the street from Mahakan Fort and it is here that you will find the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, a place where you can stop off for a historical, air conditioned break while exploring the Banglamphu area. The park is small, but it is definitely worth exploring.
There are a number of restaurants in the Banglamphu area — it has been tailored throughout the years in hopes of pleasing even the pickiest of eaters. Western and Thai fusion restaurants offer dishes for those who can’t quite handle the heat in Thai food. The food is also incredibly affordable — from street food to hamburger joints, there is something for everyone in Banglamphu.
Unfortunately, Banglamphu isn’t near a BTS Skytrain stop. While a taxi should recognize this area, you can also get to Banglamphu via boat. The easiest pier to get to is off of the Saphan Taksin BTS stop. After getting on the boat, you will want to get off at stop N13 along the Chao Phraya River for Tha Phra Athit.
By Kelly Iverson