Walking Tour near Our Hotel - Rattanakosin Island or Old Bangkok

Few are aware that Old Bangkok, where the city's oldest temples and palaces are located, is in fact an island, called Ratanakosin, it is surrounded by water by the Chao Phraya River on the west, and by an inner city moat and canals on other sides. Ratanakosin became the country's capital in 1782 when King Rama I decided to move his palace from Thonburi, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, to the eastern side as a defense strategy. The move triggered the construction of new buildings, including forts and temples. Many of these ancient structures remain intact, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha among them, and have become the city's main historic and cultural attractions

PHRA ATHIT ROAD An important community which grew with the Royal city, it is a centre of government art and culture. The road lines the Chao Phraya river bank with the palaces of nobles and courtiers and ordinary houses on both sides of the road. The prosperity of the Phra Athit Road community has been intertwined with the history of Bangkok up to the present.The building of large palaces started in the reign of King Rama III.
Phra Sumen(Sumeru) Fort
Phra Sumen(Sumeru) Fort It was built in the reign of King Rama I on the city's outer wall, which ran along the canal to the Chao Phraya River. At first, 14 forts were built, but in time they became dilapidated. Eventually, all were demolished, with the exception of Phra Sumen Fort and Mahakan Fort, both of which stand today.Recently this area were Sumen Fort stands has been open to the public as a public park.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road Is a never-ending hive of activity. Street vendors and shops line either side of the strip where you can find everything from used books, fisherman's pants and handicrafts to tattoo parlours and travel agencies. Khao San also has loads of guesthouses, some of which could be called three-star boutique hotels. And in front of each are tables to grab a meal or a cold drink and watch the world go by. There's always plenty of good traveller conversation to be had, and at night, the place really rocks.
Bang Lam Phu Market
Bang Lam Phu Market This small marketplace has served the community around Wat Chanasongkram since the period of King Rama III. Banglamphu Market spans Phra Sumen and Chakrapong Roads, and is frequented by traders ranging from street vendors, hawkers and stall owners to retail shops and department stores. All kinds of inexpensive items can be found including clothing, leather goods, footwear, cosmetics and curios. It's proximity to Khao San Road makes it easily accessible, and bargaining is recommended.
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace(Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok; 02 623 5500 www.palaces.thai.net) Located near Wat Pho, The Grand Palace is considered one of the most significant places in Thailand.
The Golden Mount
The Golden Mount Is a major landmark of Bangkok which houses the sacred ashes of Gautama Buddha, which were brought from India in 1899. Wat Saket is situated at the bottom of the Mount. The panoramic view of Bangkok is rewarding after climbing 318 steps.
Temple of Dawn
Temple of Dawn(Wat Arun 158 Wang Doem Road, Wat Arun, Bangkok (take the boat to pier Tha Tien and then take the ferry to cross the river; Tel 0 2891 2978 www.watarun.org) Also known as the temple of Down, Wat Arun is voted as the most popular sight for photography.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
(Wat Pho)
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict,Bangkok; Tel.0 2226 0335 www.watpho.com) The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or Wat Pho,is undoubtedly one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok.
China Town (Yaowaraj)
China Town (Yaowaraj) Lying south of Dusit and Banglamphu, Chinatown is one of the oldest areas of Bangkok Chinese merchants were originally moved to this area in the early 1780's when Bangkok was founded. In this chaotic area, the hustle and bustle of Chinese hawkers, vendors and peddlers will amaze you as you browse through the shops and market stalls. The area is known for its variety in traditional Chinese herbs, medicines, gold shops and textiles
The Giant Swing
The Giant Swing Is a major landmark of Bangkok which houses the sacred ashes of Gautama Buddha, which were brought from India in 1899. Wat Saket is situated at the bottom of the Mount. The panoramic view of Bangkok is rewarding after climbing 318 steps.
Bangkok Flower Market
(Pak Klong Talad)
Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) Is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The market has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, including roses, forget me nots, orchids, lilies and more. Most of them sold in packs of 50 or 100 flowers in each, and prices are amazingly cheap. Part of the Old City, Bangkok Flower market is located on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Shops and vendors are housed inside two to three-storey shop-houses on both sides of the main road. The market lies just south of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and has access to a river pier, so it makes for a great one-day trip when combined with other historical attractions in the Old City.
Bo-Bae Market
Bo-Bae Market Is located on Krung Kasem Road, and is one of the most famous...and largest wholesale and retail markets in Bangkok for ready-made clothes, textiles and jewellery at very low prices. Said to have revolutionized the wholesale garment business in the city, the market has grown to 700 shops, all under one roof, and contains some of the best bargains in Bangkok.Sampeng Lane is a narrow artery running parallel to Th Yaowarat and bisecting the commercial areas of Chinatown and Phahurat. The Chinatown portion of Sampeng Lane is lined with wholesale shops of hair accessories, pens, stickers, household wares and beeping, flashing knickknacks. Near Th Chakrawat, gem and jewellery shops abound. Weekends are horribly crowded, and it takes a gymnast’s flexibility to squeeze past the pushcarts, motorcycles and other roadblocks.
Shopping at Asiaique The Riverfront
Shopping at Asiaique The Riverfront ( 2194 Charoenkrung rd., Wat Prayakrai,Bangkoleam Tel 0 2108 4488 Website: www.thaiasiatique.com) Located by the Chao Phraya River Asiatique The Riverfront has shops that offer Thai handicrafts,fashion accessories,furniture,etc., together with bars,restaurants,and entertainment.