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One of the best activities in Rattanakosin is simply to walk around and enjoy the historic sights, temples, monuments, museums, landmarks and parks in the area. Every corner of Rattanakosin offers visitors something new to see or do. For many visitors, the Grand Palace is a good place to start from where you can explore the whole area on foot.

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You can also hire a "Green Bangkok Bike" and cycle the Rattanakosin Bicycle Route. Bike rentals are scattered across Rattanakosin, such as at the southwestern corner of Sanam Luang, Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho and beside the Bangkok Tourist Information Office (under the Phra Pin Klao Bridge). Officials will take a digital photo of your passport after which you can pick up the bike and you have till 5:00 p.m to complete the route. Be very careful of traffic and do not leave the designated route since it is the only route with roads that at least resemble bicycle paths.

Green Bangkok Bike by Éclusette

National Theatre
2 Rachini Rd (Phra Arthit Pier).
You might want to attend the National Theatre, where you can watch a Thai classical performance or traditional dance such as a khon dance. Don't expect an English language production as most shows are set up for a Thai audience. Don't forget to get the programme first as it gives a synopsis of what the play is about. Also stand up when the national anthem begins.

Ratchadamnoen Stadium
Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd (Panfa Leelard Pier). Monday and Wednesday-Thursday from 6:30 p.m to 10:30 p.m., Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
When the locals want entertainment, they head to the stadium for Thai kick boxing (Muay Thai as the Thais call it). It is very expensive though and expect to pay 1,000 baht for an outer-ring seat, 1,500 baht for a middle-ring seat and 2,000 baht for ringside seats (Thais pay 230 baht). A match includes eight fights with a maximum of five rounds each, so free some time in your schedule. The area around the stadium has some of the best places to get Isaan food.

Wat Pho Massage
2 Sanam Chai Rd (Tha Tien Pier). Opening: daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A good way to combine relaxation and understanding Thai culture is by taking a traditional Thai massage inside the Wat Pho temple compound. Thai massage is considered a medical discipline in Thailand, used for the treatment of many kinds of illnesses. Take a two-hour Thai massage for best results or try a foot, oil or facial massage. Massages cost around 400 baht per hour.

Wat Pho by Heinrich Damm

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