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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

Exploring the Vibrant Charms of Bangkok’s Historic and Hip Thonburi District

A Guide to Bangkok’s Oldest—And Currently, Buzziest—Neighborhood

A Guide to Bangkok’s Oldest—And Currently, Buzziest—Neighborhood

Exploring Bangkok’s Historic Streets

Today, there’s more reason than ever to explore the historic streets that trace the path of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, where crumbling storefronts and run-down warehouses are being given a new lease of life thanks to a new generation of forward-thinking creatives.

The Revival of Charoen Krung Road

If you’ve visited Bangkok in recent years, you may well have stumbled into at least one of the trendy new coffee shops, cocktail bars, and art galleries along the city’s Charoen Krung Road. This more than five-mile-long thoroughfare that runs parallel to Bangkok’s River of Kings, or Chao Phraya River, was built in the 1860s under the reign of King Rama IV, and is known as the first road in Bangkok to be built using modern construction methods.

Impact of the Pandemic

At the start of 2020, Charoen Krung was getting ready to add two ultra-luxury hotels to its already impressive credentials, as the Four Seasons Bangkok and Capella Bangkok geared up to open their glitzy doors in this enviable riverfront location. However, the pandemic had a catastrophic effect on Thailand’s tourism industry, impacting the neighborhood’s development.

Revival of Song Wat

In mid-2022, a community called “Made in Song Wat” was launched to revive the historic neighborhood. The regeneration that began pre-pandemic in Charoen Krung Road is extending to Song Wat, blending contemporary and traditional elements to create a vibrant district.

Best Spots in the Neighborhood

Where to Eat

  1. Potong and Opium

  2. Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle

  3. FVFV Cafe

  4. Araksa Tea Room

  5. Mother Roaster

  6. Ayatana Café

  7. Khun Phu Curry Puff

What to See

  1. PLAY Art House

  2. Aoon Pottery

  3. ATT 19

Where to Stay

If you want to fall in love with Bangkok, Capella Bangkok is the ideal choice. The hotel offers a sophisticated retreat with impeccable service and a prime location between Charoen Krung Road and the Chao Phraya River.

Service at Capella Bangkok is exceptional, with personalized experiences and luxurious amenities to make your stay memorable.

Explore the vibrant neighborhood of Charoen Krung and Song Wat to experience the blend of heritage and innovation in Bangkok’s oldest district.

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