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Rattanakosin (Bangkok) One Day Tour

Afternoon Tour
There are barely any classy restaurants in Rattanakosin and therefore head to where the locals eat. There is a mid-range restaurant a short walk from the Grand Palace - the Elle Tha Phra Chan opposite Silpakorn University. Budget travelers can eat rice and meat dishes for 40 baht at the Tha Chang Market. It's also a nice place if you're looking for Thai snacks.

 
 
 
 
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Head north to Maharat Road, which is an interesting Amulet Market where you can buy cheap amulets for 5 baht. Then walk to Phra Chan Market, which is mostly a clothes market and popular are the T-shirts in pop-art style. If you're up for the National Museum, walk to Phra Chan Road and then right to the massive Na Phra That Road. The museum offers a good introduction into Thai history, culture and religion. Admission is 40 baht, expect to be here at least two hours.

National Museum by Masgatotkaca
When done, return to the Phra Chan Market and take a right to the Thammasat University complex. Keep walking till you leave the complex and get to 16th August Road. You can walk to the Bangkok Information Office (under the Phra Pinklao Bridge) and if your first day in the city, you may want to get some leaflets and detailed maps of the area. If you want to visit the National Gallery, walk to Chao Fa Road and it will be on the left. If not, walk past the Old City Moat to the boardwalk along the Chao Phraya River.

Santichaiprakarn Park & Phra Sumen Fort by Heinrich Damm

After 10 minutes, the boardwalk will lead you to Santichaiprakarn Park. As the sun is blisteringly hot, just take some time off here in the shade with a cool beverage. Check out Phra Sumen Fort and enjoy the jugglers and other performers in the park. If you want to take the Chao Phraya Express Boat back to your accommodation, you will have to do it before 5:30 p.m. If not, your evening will be centered on Khao San Road.

 
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