BANGKOK’S SIGNATURE LOCATIONS: PHAYA THAI
The modern section of Bangkok City is also filled with wonder and things to see, having its own characteristic and distinct personality.
Phaya Thai Palace and Café de Norsingha
This regal Romanesque estate was a Royal Palace during the reigns of King Rama V to King Rama VI. It was Rama the V’s favorite holiday retreat (and Rama the VI’s private residences & theatre), where agricultural experiments were devised by His Majesty. The building’s interior is very European with beautiful frescos on the ceiling in Italian style, the main highlight being the Thewaratsapraprom Throne Hall. It houses one of the city’s most elegant café in Café de Norsingha, where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the most retro luxurious settings.
Where to start? Chatuchak is a vast, sprawling area, home to one of the oldest parks in the capital, and the world famous weekend market. The iconic park belongs to cyclists, joggers, yoga aficionados, squirrels, pigeons, you name it. Here, you can find green spaces to relax, take an afternoon nap, or have a picnic. An artificial lake runs along this thin and long park with numerous bridges crossing the lake. A train museum is also situated inside the park. Next to the park, is Chatuchak Weekend Market, a maze of more than 8,000 stalls selling unique items at very good prices. Everything you can conjure up in your imagination can be found here: fabrics, foods, furniture, ceramics, flowers, toys, books, plants, and even live animals.