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Rattanakosin

Getting In
Getting into Rattanakosin is quite a hassle since Bangkok's Skytrain and metro trains do not cover the area yet. You can get into Rattanakosin by taking the public bus system but the speed of getting here very much depends on the traffic condition in the downtown area. For the time being, your best transport options are to take the taxis or use the river boats.

 
 
 
 
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Grand Palace by ScorpianPK

By Boat
The best way to get into Rattanakosin is to take the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Besides being a quick and convenient way of travelling, it is also much more enjoyable than being stuck in Bangkok's traffic jams and inhaling the exhaust fumes. Furthermore, the wind from the river is a relaxed way to cool down from the city's tropical temperatures.
If coming from downtown, you can take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station and transfer to the express boat to Rattanakosin. A single trip from Saphan Taksin to Tha Chang (near the Grand Palace) takes about 30 minutes and costs 15 baht. Other notable stops include Tha Tien (for Wat Pho), Phra Arthit (for Khao San Road) and Thewet (for Dusit). It is best to take the orange flag boats as yellow flag boats miss out on many important stops.

You can take the ferry shuttle from Tha Tien (Wat Pho) across the river to the Thonburi side at Wat Arun. Ferries leave every 10 minutes for just 3 baht. As many students from the universities live across the river in Thonburi, there are plenty of other commuter ferries that cross the river. Tha Chang has ferries to Wat Rakung and Wang Lang (Siriraj); Tha Phra Chan to Wang Lang (Siriraj); Thonburi Railway, Phra Pin Klao Bridge and Thewet to Wat Kharubodj.

Eastern Rattanakosin (area around the Golden Mount) is served by the Golden Mount Line of the Saen Saep Express Boat service. Using this service boat is the quickest way to get to Siam Square, Sukhumvit and Ramkhamhaeng. The stop closest to the Golden Mount is Panfa Leelard, which offers direct services to Pratunam. From here, you can switch to the NIDA Line, that runs northeastward to Wat Sriboonreung in Ramkhamhaeng.

Express boat on the Chao Phraya by Fabio Achilli

By Bus
The road around Sanam Luang is one of Bangkok's bus hubs but is a circular road and quite hard to find where the bus is going. It is a better idea to get on the bus in front of Tha Chang Pier located near the Grand Palace.

  • Ordinary Bus No. 47 starts at Tha Tien Pier (near Wat Pho) and then passes Tha Chang Pier, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (for Khao San Road), Lan Luang Road, Chakkaphatdi Phong Road, Bamrung Muang Road and finally reaches MBK Center (for Siam Square). It then continues its way along Phaya Thai Road and Rama IV Road before reaching the intersection with Silom Road.
  • Air-conditioned Bus No. 25 starts at Tha Chang and then continues to Charoen Krung Road. In the opposite direction it will skip Charoen Krung Road and take Yaowarat Road instead. Then it continues along Rama IV Road passing Hualamphong Train Station, Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm, Ratchadamri Road, Ratchaprasong intersection (for Siam Square) and then to Phloen Chit Road and Sukhumvit Road
 
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