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Bangkok Travel Guide

The Old City

The Old City, which is adjacent to Banglamphu on the north and Thonburi across the Chao Phraya River on the west, is the historic heart of Bangkok where you can find most of the ancient buildings and the major tourist attractions. Because of the city's conscious decision to preserve this historic area, it's the largest part of Bangkok to escape constant transformation. Much of the residential

sections look run down, but the whole area is safe, and it's one of the best in the city for a stroll.

The Grand Palace and other major sights are within a short distance of the river and close to where express boats stop. There is a Skytrain station next to a boat pier downriver from the Old City as well, making the Chao Phraya convenient no matter where you're staying.

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