It may be one of Bangkok’s 50 districts, but laid-back Phasi Charoen feels worlds away from the buzz of downtown. The unhurried neighbourhood is set on the banks of the Phasi Charoen Canal, with plenty of colourful fruit stalls, hot pot restaurants and friendly guesthouses.
Things to do in Phasi Charoen
Lined with banyan trees and wooden stilt houses, the Phasi Charoen Canal winds its way through the district. The popular Phasi Charoen Canal Boat is a great way to tour the waterway and get a glimpse of Bangkok through a local lens.
For a taste of Bangkok’s creative side, stop by Baan Silapin. Also known as the Artist’s House, this 200-year-old wooden building hosts traditional Thai puppet shows put together by the local community. After the show, you can relax at the waterfront cafe, browse the art gallery or take home your very own puppet from the gift store.
Sitting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen dates back to the Ayutthaya period. Today, it offers a fascinating glimpse at Thai Buddhism, with the cavernous stupa also open to the public.
Looking to sample the local cuisine? From spicy papaya salads to sticky mango rice, the Siam University strip is dotted with colourful street stalls serving authentic Thai cuisine. Unwind at one of Phasi Charoen’s cafes or head to Bangkok’s city centre for a smorgasbord of trendy restaurants and rooftop bars.
Getting around Phasi Charoen
Thanks to Bangkok’s ultra-efficient Skytrain, it’s easy to reach Phasi Charoen. Bang Wa is the closest station, with the ride to Bangkok taking just over one hour. You can also hail a cab or tuk-tuk and cut your trip time to just 25 minutes.