Thonburi is located near Banglamphu, a neighborhood known for its epic party and foodie scene. The riverside neighborhood can be reached via a handful of BTS stations, or by boat, which is oftentimes a faster and more authentic way to see the city. Exit from Talat Phlu, Pho Nimit, or Bang Wa (although not technically part of Thonburi, it is very close to the Artist’s House, one of the top sites in the neighborhood ).
The area is fairly spread out, so visitors will have to utilize all forms of transportation to get from one point to the next. Unfortunately, the train does not get too close to any of these, but mobile apps such as “Grab” make it cheap and easy to visit all sites in the area.
This is no surprise given the way the capital has evolved over the years. Thonburi is far from the central business district (CBD) therefore mass transit that has developed over the past two decades has focused mainly on the east side of the river. So far, only one BTS line (with six stations excluding the Purple Line) operates west of the river, making the area less appealing to prospective residential property buyers and developers.
Thonburi gets its fair share of visitors, many of whom travel by ferry across Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River to the western side. While many tourists who venture this way come to stay in one of the stunning riverside hotels or to see the iconic Wat Arun Temple, this ever-developing area has so much more to offer. With untouched local villages hugging the narrow waterways, fascinating museums, and quaint local markets, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Thonburi. Most of Thonburi’s most famous landmarks are quite accessible for tourists.
Many visitors feel like they’ve “done” Bangkok after hitting the big-name attractions in the historic district, perusing the malls, taking a ferry up the Chao Phraya River and maybe munching on some street food. Few of them know about the more modest but equally intriguing slice of the city that exists on the west side of the river in the oldest part of town: Thonburi.
A Riverside community located on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River. Thonburi was the capital of Thailand for a short time in 1768, after Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese. After the capital was moved across the river, Thonburi became a separate city, but now it is one of many districts that make up the city of Bangkok.
The traditional Thai way of life on the canals still exists here, as do the floating vendors and orchard farms.
Thonburi stayed relatively isolated from Bangkok proper, and for centuries was an agricultural land filled with canals and fruit orchards. While Thonburi has quickly developed in recent decades, most visitors still come here for the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.
Thonburi side of the city, it certainly has a great waterfront setting and is one of the better riverside dining options in town. The main roads and their side streets are filled with plenty of unnamed restaurants and simple carts selling meals for less than 50 baht. It is known as one of the best places in Thailand to get food from Southern Thailand.
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Bangkok is definitely not lacking independent cafes and the competition for visual design is as strong as the quality of the coffee served. We looked out for quiet cafes that are perfect to sip your coffee without a group of influencers overdoing their shoots in a tiny space and most of these cafes are also conducive working environment with Wi-Fi and plugs available for use.
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A bustling city with friendly locals, exceptional cuisine and an electric nightlife scene, Bangkok hosts thousands of visitors from all around the world every year. This eclectic capital of Thailand offers a variety of fun activities for all age groups from enormous shopping centers and romantic dinner cruises, to ladyboy cabaret shows and night clubs.
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