Explore the city’s inspiring local gems, all within an hour from the hotel. We’ve curated an intimate excursion into the sights, sounds and tastes of your destination, from local-led adventures, to immersive cultural bustle, so you can make the most of your trip.
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Meaning “small fresh market,” there’s a lot more to see at Talad Noi than fruits and vegetables. Used car shops dominate some sections of the old neighborhood, with metal parts heaped like mountains. But in between you can find stalls and traditional Chinese shophouses hawking street eats, and craftsmen sharpening knives for sale. Elsewhere, a handful of historical landmarks are a lasting testament to the area’s former Portuguese, Vietnamese and Hokkien Chinese populations. The Hokkien shrine Cho Su Kong sits not far from the Holy Rosary, a catholic church originally built in 1787 by Portuguese settlers. A temple of a different kind, Siam Commercial, the country’s first bank, also sits nearby in resplendent Colonial style. Carry on to Chinatown for a meal and to rest those weary feet.
Distance: 10 minutes on foot
Sol Heng Tai Mansion
Despite housing both a kennel and a diving school, Sol Heng Tai Mansion still showcases fascinating Chinese architecture and ornamentation dating back more than 200 years. Originally built by the powerful Sol clan, the house remains privately owned but welcomes visitors with small cafe inside the house for guests to chill out. After taking in the intricately carved ornaments and Chinese porcelain, crane your neck and peer into the local dwellings running alongside the mansion - both for the juxtaposition and the fact that these sights are typically, for visitors anyway, out of bounds.
Distance: 15 minutes on foot
For an authentic Thai shopping experience, do as the locals do and venture to Klongsan Plaza – accessible by ferry across Chao Phraya River. At the market, rhinestone bags sit next to shiny shoes, all sold at decent prices and flanked by massage parlors and nail salons if you have beautification in mind. Street vendors dish up bowls of local treats in front of several shops, while at the nearby Jam Factory, you’ll find one of Bangkok’s cool new creative spaces. Here, design stores, galleries, bookshops and cafes cluster on a lush green courtyard. What’s not to love?
Distance: Around 15 minutes on foot including the boat ride from Si Phraya Pier