Other Interesting Sites

Attractions Beyond the Pier: Oriental Pier

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The Oriental pier is not a busy pier. It seems like the only people who get on the Chao Phraya express boat are the Oriental Hotel guests. Indeed, there is much more to see around this hotel. Walking around this area offers a glimpse into the past of Bangkok in the 19th century.

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Attractions Beyond the Pier: Si Phraya

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Besides BTS sky train and MRT subway lines, both sides of the Chao Phraya riverbanks are prime hotel locations in Bangkok. But what you get from staying near the river is not only a fantastic view but also a sense of Thai history.

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The Thai Spirit House


However, Thais have practised animism for centuries even before Buddhism was introduced to the country. Nowadays, animistic rituals, together with Brahmanism and Hinduism, still play an important role in several aspects of their lives. Outdoor spirit house is an epitome of animistic belief commonly seen at houses and business buildings throughout the country.

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Riverside Community


Like many ancient civilizations, Thais in the past tended to have their settlement near waterways. Their livelihood depended mainly on water for domestic and agricultural use as well as for communication. As an agriculturally-based society, the lives of Thai people were closely integrated with their environment. It is a relationship that has led to the development of many customs and beliefs.

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Pathum Thani Market


Frequented by local people, Pathum Thani market is an ordinary fresh market and certainly not on a tourist map. And that makes this riverside market interesting. It is a kind of place where Thai people in the past could buy anything from fresh produce to household goods.

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Shopping for Good Cause at the Grand Palace

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It’s hard for anyone who comes to Thailand to miss a visit at the Grand Palace. Indeed, the place also has a little gem that only a few people know about. It’s a great place to showcase and sell traditional Thai handicraft products. And it’s for good cause.

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Saladaeng Village: the Riverside Serenity

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Saladang village is located on the riverbank of the Chao Phraya River, in Sam Kok District, Patum Thanee province, north of Bangkok. The Saladang villagers were Mon descendants who migrated from Burma to Thailand in the 19-century.

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Bangkok’s Oldest Street and a Visit to a Colonial-Style House

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Charoen Krung is the oldest paved road in Bangkok. Even though modern buildings fill up parts of the road, it still boasts a nostalgic feel of Bangkok’s old era, thus, an ideal for a walking tour.

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The Gothic Buddhist Temple on the Chao Phraya River

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Wat Niwet Thammaprawat may be just one of more than 30,000 temples in Thailand, but it is certainly not your typical Buddhist temple. It is distinct from the others not only because it is located on an island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River, but also because it is the only western-style Buddhist temple in the country.

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Bang Pa In Palace

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King Rama V (1853 – 1910) was a reformist and experienced traveller, who travelled extensively to India, Singapore and Java before he turned 20. So when he converted a derelict palace in Bang Pa In, Ayutthaya, to a summer palace, he did not seem to have a traditional palace complex in mind.

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