Neighborhood Guide

Dusit, Bangkok

Royal Plaza in Dusit

As Thailand’s administrative center, this district is all about royal and government buildings which are closed to the public, but is also home to one of Bangkok’s most distinctive temples, the Wat Benchamabhopit, known as the Marble Temple. It’s one of the calmer parts of the city, with long and wide European-style tree-lined avenues, and with one of the main green spaces in town, Dusit Park, which includes the world’s largest golden teak building (Vimanmek Mansion).
Another notable building is Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall (not open for visits), completed in 1915 as a royal reception hall. It faces Royal Plaza, which has an equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn at the center.

By the river is a number of Christian churches, originally built for the Portuguese community in the 17th century and later occupied by French missionaries, Cambodian refugees and Vietnamese catholics.

How to Get to Dusit

Take the Chao Phraya Express boat to Thewet pier.

What to See and Do in Dusit

-Wat Benchamabhopit (Marble Temple) - A Thai architectural masterpiece made with Italian marble.
-Wat Indharavihan - A temple with a gigantic standing Buddha, little visited by tourists.

Recommended Hotels in Dusit for Every Budget

  • The Raweekanlaya Bangkok
  • (Luxury)
    A historic building from the 1800s is now one of Bangkok’s most elegant hotels, mixing a Thai and modern décor. It’s quite romantic, and includes a swimming pool in lush surroundings.

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  • SSIP Boutique Dhevej Bangkok
  • (Midrange)
    This adults-only hotel offers retro-colonial-style rooms and is just a short walk from a pier for the boats that link you to different parts of the city. It stands out for the helpful staff, as well as for cleanliness and comfort.

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  • Lost Inn BKK
  • (Budget)
    Featuring an attractive minimalist-contemporary design, this hostel has private rooms and dorms. It’s not far from the famous Khao San Road and from a pier for the Chao Phraya Express boats.

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  • Sawatdee Guesthouse the Original
  • (Budget)
    One of Bangkok’s best values, it’s been welcoming guests for decades, but has constantly updated the interior. It mixes a traditional Thai and contemporary décor, and the friendly staff makes sure everything is spotlessly clean and comfortable.

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  • Phranakorn-Nornlen
  • (Budget)
    Probably Bangkok’s most colorful hotel, it has double and family rooms, plus a terrace facing the gigantic Buddha of Wat Indharavihan.

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  • Kanvela House
  • (Budget)
    This hostel has mixed and female dorms, as well as private rooms with shared bathrooms. It’s a highly-rated budget choice, with a well-designed classic-contemporary interior.

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