For a quality market experience set right in the middle of Bangkok’s best attractions in the Old Town, you should consider a visit to Tha Maharaj. What makes Tha Maharaj unique is its location on the riverbank nestled right in amongst the cultural hub of Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island.
Tha Maharaj is in easy walking distance from many of Bangkok’s most famous sights such as Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Once again, the Chao Phraya river boats are the best way to get around central Bangkok and Tha Maharaj has its own pier. Tha Maharaj was built by restoring a bunch of old shophouses on the riverfront and it’s a great place to visit, featuring around twenty restaurants and coffee shops, a few antique shops, and a few fashion outlets. The building has three floors and the views over the river and the city from the upper levels are amazing, both day and night.
In terms of shopping, the options at Tha Maharaj are a bit limited with only a few fashion, beauty and antique stores. However, the second floor is filled with an excellent array of amulet dealers who have a wide range of styles, with everything from tacky souvenirs to hard-to-find originals.
The real reason to pay Tha Maharaj a visit is to eat, there’s over 20 different options to choose from. These include pizza at Peppina, noodles at Ramen Boy, hotpot at Omori Shabu, Thai cuisine at Savoey, and even a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.
Aside from the easy and beautiful riverside dining and promenade views, Tha Maharaj’s elegant pavilion-style architecture blends really well with the old buildings and rich cultural heritage of the area.
Tha Maharaj is situated at 11/1, Maharaj Rd, Bangkok Riverside, Rattanakosin (Old Town) and is open from 10am to 10pm daily.
You should plan to spend around three hours exploring Tha Maharaj but you can ask us at Your Thai Guide as to how to fit a shorter visit into a larger Bangkok tour itinerary.
There are so many attractions nearby that it’s impossible to list them all so talk to us about arranging a tour around the old city that makes time for a stop at Tha Maharaj. It could be the ideal spot to begin your tour of Bangkok’s Old Town or you could stop in at Tha Maharaj for a quick refreshing drink under the sails before catching a river boat to your next destination!
Here’s just a few of the nearby attractions: