Just minutes from Bangkok’s commercial centre, Centra by Centara Central Station Hotel Bangkok makes for a comfortable base from where to discover some of the main tourist attractions Bangkok has to offer. Ideally located within Hua Lamphong this brand new hotel provides easy access to Chinatown district, Hua Lamphong‘s underground MRT station, great shopping amenities and dining opportunities, and to Bangkok’s train station with frequent trains heading to nearby provinces and resort destinations across the country.
Distance to Hua Lamphong MRT Station: 250 metres
Distance to Railway Station: 300 metres
Distance to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 33 km
Distance to Don Muang International Airport: 30 km
Formerly the residence of the Kings of Thailand, the Grand Palace is an enormous complex surrounded by a white crenellated wall and containing classic Siamese architecture designed for auspicious occasions such as coronations and receptions. Housed within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, containing the nation’s most revered image of Buddha. Audio guides are available at a supplement charge. Be reminded to dress appropriately, wearing long trousers and with your shoulders covered.
A short walk across the road from Wat Pho is Tha Tien Pier, with cross-river ferries to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. Sitting majestically on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun represents Mount Meru, the centre of the world in Buddhist cosmology. Spectacular sunsets with the temple spires forming a silhouette can be seen from the east side of the river.
One of the City of Angels' most fascinating areas to explore, Chinatown, also known as Yaowarat, truly is the answer to Bangkok's alleged loss of exoticism. Chinatown still vibrantly reflects what life was decades ago albeit this neighbourhood came into existence as early as the 16th century. The hotel is set on the edge of Chinatown, with its bustling markets, temples, historic shrines and dining options. Wandering around the narrow alleys and passages of Yaowarat main arteries, Yaowarat Road and Charoen Krung Road, is a must for those seeking authenticity.