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The Chakri Maha Prasat throne hall.
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A guide to local favorites in Bangkok Old City (Rattanakosin)

The Chakri Maha Prasat throne hall.
  • By Jinda Wedel
  • Photos by Andre Malerba
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Local gems among typical tourist sites make this a great riverside stroll. This is where the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and more are located, but locals love it for more than the obvious. There are vibrant, historical commercial areas, an important university campus and early-19th-century buildings.

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Jinda is a half-American and half-Thai journalist who has lived in Bangkok, off and on, for over two decades. She’s also lived in various parts of the United States, India, Singapore and Australia. Her usual obsession with salsa dancing has recently given way to kizomba.

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Thammasat University
At Thailand’s second-oldest university, there are weekly activities open to the public, such as debates and film screenings, at Pridi Banomyong Library and elsewhere.
Thammasat University, 2 Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Phahurat Road
This is Bangkok’s Little India, giving a great look at the city’s ethnic diversity. The Dome of Gurudwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha is a significant neighborhood landmark and a good base from which to explore.
Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand 10200
Museum Siam
This museum explores what it means to be Thai through preserved Thai homes from the colonial-expansion era, seminars, exhibits and interactive activities.
Museum Siam, 4 Sanam Chai Rd., Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Chinatown
On special occasions, like Chinese New Year, the entire road turns into a celebration. Otherwise, check out the various teahouses, dumpling stores, hipster hostels, art galleries and historical local breakfast places, such as On Lok Yun.
72 Charoen Krung Rd., Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand 10200
Tep Bar
Tep Bar isn’t the newest bar on Soi Nana, but it’s been the most successful at being simultaneously traditional and trendy. Charming teak furniture, a range of “lao dong” (Thai herbal whiskey) and a traditional Thai band make Tep Bar a consistent watering hole for enjoying music with a drink.
Tep Bar, 69-71 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Rd., Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattruphai, Bangkok, Thailand 10100
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Jinda Wedel
Jinda is a half-American and half-Thai journalist who has lived in Bangkok, off and on, for over two decades. She’s also lived in various parts of the United States, India, Singapore and Australia. Her usual obsession with salsa dancing has recently given way to kizomba.
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Andre Malerba
Andre is a contributing photographer for The Washington Post based in Bangkok. He spent three years in Myanmar from 2013 and has since worked throughout the region, from Sri Lanka to Mongolia. Of the many amazing aspects of Bangkok, Andre most appreciates the care that Thai people bring to their food, whether it be a simple plate of khao man gai or specialty coffee at an upscale cafe. This level of attention to detail spills over into everyday life, and even the most humble living spaces show signs of love and caring.
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