Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in central Bangkok is the modern neighbourhood of Thonburi. Famous for its colourful sunrise views, bustling markets and winding canals, a trip to Thailand’s capital should include a visit to this vibrant neighbourhood.
Things to do in Thon Buri
Wat Arun, Thai for “Temple of Dawn”, is a spiritual temple on the banks of the river accessible by riverboat. After paying a small entrance fee, head inside to explore the ancient temple’s unique designs and towering pagoda. The temple, as its namesake suggests, is one of the best spots to witness the sunrise over the city.
There are lots of floating markets in Bangkok, but Klong Lad Mayom offers a local experience for visitors. This area sees vendors selling all kinds of goods, from fruit and vegetables to souvenirs. Witness the locals balance their products on long tail boats as they precariously bob about the waterways.
For a cocktail with a view, head to The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar just north of Thonburi. The bar overlooks the city and serves nibbles on the 24th and 25th floor of the Hotel Muse Bangkok. Head to the rooftop to hang out in hip pods and enjoy drinks as the city skyline lights up before you.
The Thonburi canals provide an authentic cultural experience and a true insight into life in Bangkok. Take a longboat down the waterways past stilted wooden houses and witness residents going about their daily jobs.
Getting around Thon Buri
Thonburi sits 35 minutes west of Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of Bangkok’s international airports. Once in the capital city, you will find that attractions are spaced out, so taxis, Uber and buses are all efficient modes of transport.