This is backpackers Mekkah. There are plenty of nice bars, pubs and restaurants and you feel the active presence of expats. It is very close to Dusit and you can find Chitralada Royal Palace in this neighbourhood. It joins Klong Toey with a modern section of Bangkok. Banglamphu is a mix of old of new, attracting hordes of young hyp artists and backpackers while in certain sections retaining the remnants of aristocratic past. You can see monks collecting alms in the morning. Just walk into one of the Soi to capture the lazy but colourful spirit of the place. You can wander off into Samsen on the northern side to explore Phra Sumen. Famous restaurant Roti Mataba is located on the same road, offering a mix of Thai and Indian tastes. Small cafe around the corners is serving tourists for generations and you can find a reference to this in travel guides and maps for tourists.
How to get there?
From Suvarnabhumi airport easiest way to get to Banglamphu is to catch a cab costing around $30. If you want to go cheap get on ARL City Line Train from the lowest level of the airport to Makkasan for around 35 bhat. From station catch bus number 556 to Banglamphu. Hotels in Bhanglu includes
- Hotel De Moc
- Sabye Bangkok
- Golden Tulip Essential Vasu
- Nouvo City Hotel
Other restaurants include Phen Thai food serving authentic Thai food. The flavours are original and you will find people with varied nationalities indulging in well-prepared trays of nice food. Do not forget to explore Nang Loeng Market which gives a peek into the history of Bangkok. This place is famous for Thai sweets and gets quite crowded over lunchtime. Old Phra Arthit Pier is popular for drinks and dinner giving you great views of Old Phr Arthit Pier.
Another great restaurant further up north along the river is Khinlom Chomsaphan (open from 11 am 2 am) 11/6 Samsan Soi 3, Samson Road, Watsampraya Phanakorn. Tel 0262883823