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1. Greater Bangkok


2. Ratanakosin & Thonburi


3. Central Bangkok


4. Banglamphu


5. Chinatown & Pahurut


6. Riverside, Silom & Lumphini


7. Sukhumvit


8. Thewet & Dusit

There are 8 main districts for tourists in Bangkok:

Greater Bangkok

The Districts of Bangkok

Banglamphu is easily one of Bangkok’s most charming of neighbourhoods. Home to Khao San Road, it is the obvious choice for travellers, but it is not ideally situated, so you’ll have to take a taxi to and from the place to get anywhere in the city at night.


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Rattanakosin & Thonburi

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Central Bangkok


This part of the city covers Siam Square, Pratunam, Ploenchit & Ratchathewi. It is heavy on shopping malls, musuems and other tourist attractions. There is a lot to see within a 10-minute walk from the National Stadium (BTS) station including Siam Square, MBK, Erawan Shrine and the Paragon Cineplex.

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Chinatown & Phahurat

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For great food and market shopping this is the place. It's hectic, noisy and polluted but it's also fascinating, exciting and memorable. From gold sellers to seafood restaurants, it's worth popping to at night for an authentic Chinese meal.

Silom, Riverside & Lumphini

Not one of the most sort out parts of the city, though it does have a few drawing points. The Saphan Taksin BTS stop, or the Central Pier, is a good place to start. Lumphini park is one of the largest parks in the city and is a pieceful getaway from the hectic nature of the city.

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Dusit and Thewet

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Thewet is a good place to explore some local restaurants. Many are located near the River Taxi so getting off at Pier N15 is your best option.

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Greater Bangkok is the northern suburb of the city. This part of the city is known for its many markets including the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, and the lesser known Nonthaburi Market. Whether taking a relaxing stroll in Queen Sirikit Park or partying at Royal City Ave, Greater Bangkok has plenty to offer.

Set right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River; it can be reached easily by the river taxi. This area is the spiritual essence of Bangkok, and indeed Thailand, containing famous sights like the Grand Palace and Wat Arun.

Welcome to sexpats central! This part of the city is heavy on bars and restaurants rather than sightseeing. Sukhumvit Road is longest in Bangkok and has tonnes of roads (or sois) leading from it.

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posted by The Bangkok Consultant

Bangkok has dozens of districts, often only being just a few blocks across, so it is pointless to mention them all. Here are the most popular districts for tourists:

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