Snaking from the "tourist ghetto" of Khao San Road to one of the best views across the river, this route also stops at some first-class royal temples and a lovely park centered around a sad memorial. We wander through a back neighborhood or two. We also pass by Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew, and I explain why one - or both - might not be worth your time.
Khao San Road, Wat Suthat, Wat Ratchabophit, Saranrom Park, back streets, and river views.
Start at the east end of Khao San Road, right outside the Burger King.
Places to stop along the way:
Khao San Road, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, a rooftop bar of your choice to end
Best time of day:
This tour is best started around 3pm and takes about 2 hours - more if you dawdle at the temple stops or park. If we time it right, we should finish on a rooftop bar just around sundown. You may do the route any time you like, but the bars at the end only open in the evening, and it's generally quite hot during midday hours.
I CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH: If you're approached by anyone in this area, including pretty girls, handsome guys, monks, old men, students or taxi drivers, it's almost certain that they're trying to talk you into some type of scam. Common tactics include asking where you’re going, telling you anything is closed, or pretending to want to have a friendly chat. Smile, shake your head, and keep on walking. These people aren't dangerous in the least, they're just annoying as hell!
Sail down the Chao Phraya River with me, following the tourist boat’s route downstream. I’ll share the story of how Khao San Road first came to be, show you the canal to Siam’s ancient capital, and point out my favourite temple in all of Asia, and... More»