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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Chris Schalkx

Taking over a row of 1960s shophouses in the atmospheric Old Town, Bangkok Publishing Residence is the brainchild of Panida Tosnaitada, a young-gun hotelier whose family used to run a publishing business from the same building.

She swapped the printing presses for supremely comfortable guest rooms with mod-cons such as micro-gel mattress toppers and Bluetooth speakers, but whispers of the building’s former past can still be found in the lobby, which doubles as a museum showcasing printing paraphernalia and vintage editions of popular Thai magazines.

What makes this hotel truly shine, though, is the immaculate attention to detail. Guests have access to a rooftop Jacuzzi tub in lieu of a pool, and while the hotel’s kitchen closes for lunch and dinner, the amiable staff happily helps you order from nearby restaurants.

Surrounding area

There isn’t a lot to see or do along noisy Lan Luang Road, but some of Bangkok’s best temples – including Wat Saket en Loha Prasat – are just around the corner. This is very much a local area, peopled with Thai families dwelling in crumbling shophouses and shanties along the canals. Like elsewhere in the Old Town, it feels like the Bangkok of yesteryear, and is a great place to escape the tourist crowds.

The Grand Palace is a 15-minute taxi hop away, and the San Saeb Express Boat, a thrilling ride through the city’s khlongs, will whisk you to Bangkok proper in about 30 minutes.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Nearby (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Grand Palace

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[1.9 miles]

Thailand’s most famous cultural site is a glittering complex of jaw-dropping magnificence dating back to 1782. This former seat of power of Siamese kings houses the Emerald Buddha – Thailand’s palladium.

Best for ages: Any | £11

Bicycle tours of Chinatown

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[2.2 miles]

Bicycle tours through the back-alleys of Chinatown and Bangkok’s rural suburbs offer a fascinating peek into the daily lives of the city’s residents.

Best for ages: 13+ | £20 | 3-5 hours

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Jim Thompson’s House

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[2.4 miles]

The former home of silk magnate Jim Thompson – who mysteriously disappeared in the jungles of Malaysia – is a must-see for its well-preserved teak buildings and art.

Best for ages: 13+ | £4

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Overhead view of long tail boats with vendors selling food products

Floating Markets

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[1.1 miles]

Flaming woks balancing on tiny canoes, mountains of fresh fruits – Bangkok’s floating markets are a kaleidoscope of Thai-tinged wonder. That said, their old-timey charm has long faded as souvenirs shops have replaced most noodle joints. It’s a fun day out, but no longer an authentic experience.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Vibrant flowers in large woven baskets for sale

Flower Markets

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[1.9 miles]

Heaving with jasmine, orchids and marigolds, Bangkok’s flower market is a mesmerising riot of colours, floral scents and boisterous vendors. Visit after midnight, when wholesalers drop off their wares and the market is at its liveliest.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Teak house surrounded by lush greenery

Bangkokian Museum

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[3.4 miles]

One of Bangkok’s most popular little museums. The charming, 70-year-old restored teak house offers a compelling glimpse of family life in Bangkok from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Bangkok’s Creative District

Bangkok, Thailand[4 miles]

With galleries, concept stores and art markets amalgamating into a kaleidoscope of creativity, Bangkok’s de-facto design district offers an excellent primer on the city’s burgeoning creative scene.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Central Thailand, Thailand

From dazzling temples to dizzying nightlife, Thailand’s capital is a dish of delicious contradictions, and one of the world’s most dizzying, fast-paced cities.

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