Districts like Thonburi, oftentimes unvisited by tourists, have plenty of things to offer. Other than the historic temple of Wat Arun, many cannot seem to understand why anyone would want to visit this part of town. Though it may be lacking nightlife and top attractions, those with extra time should certainly try to include this district on their itinerary. Intertwining all of these top attractions are the khlongs, or the canals, of Bangkok. The city used to be known as the Venice of the East because of the many waterways that cut through it.
Located on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River, Thonburi was the capital of Thailand for a short time in 1768, after Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese. Thonburi later became a separate city, but is one of many districts that make up the city of Bangkok. You might know Banglamphu, a neighborhood known for its epic party and foodie scene. The riverside neighborhood is now a short journey by BTS, or by boat. Talat Phlu is one of the stations furthest along the BTS Skytrain. The area seems pretty destitute, though there are a few reasons to hop off at this particular stop. For one, there is a quaint mall here with a handful of restaurants and shops worth browsing, and it is much cheaper than the luxurious malls downtown. There is also one road (Soi Chai Boonmee) that lets visitors get a glimpse of local Thai nightlife, and a handful of drinking venues so local that the names are not written in English.
The quiet area of Pho Nimit is almost eerily so. It mostly serves local Thais who work, live, and go to school here. You will find Wat Pho Nimit, Thai bars and restaurants. Thonburi is fairly spread out, so visitors will have to utilize all forms of transportation to get from one point to the next. Unfortunately, the train does not get too close to any of these, but apps such as Grab make it cheap and easy to visit all sites in the area.
Otherwise known as the Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is at the top of tourists’ itineraries. Maybe it is because of the five rising prangs, or towers, that overlook the mighty Chao Phraya River. Maybe people are drawn to the colorful tiles decorated with foliage, and the pieces of porcelain covering the temple. Regardless, this is a must-see place in Thonburi.