Dusit

Thai traditions survive in Dusit, a north Bangkok neighborhood with immense history.

While the rest of Bangkok is busy modernizing, urbanizing, and high-rising, Dusit celebrates Thailand's historical traditions. Families live and work together, wholesale markets never close, and royal grounds lend the neighborhood hundred year-old esteem. Dusit's antiquity brings its challenges. This north Bangkok neighborhood's streets swiftly cramp as the crowds grow, but in Dusit it feels different—the proximity to people becomes cozy rather than claustrophobic.

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On the Map

Dusit is bordered by Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Banglampoo, Aree, Ratchathewi/Phaya Thai, Pathum Wan, Bang Sue, Pinklao, and Chatuchak

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 40 minute drive or 1 hour by public transit and Airport Link Express
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 15 minutes by pubic transit
Khao San Road: 15 minutes by public transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 30 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Neighborhood Unchanged: Preserving Traditional Thai Lifestyles

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Directly north of Bangkok's center, Dusit is one of the city's oldest areas.

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Dusit's residents embrace their neighborhood's historical significance rather than superimposing trendy styles upon their area.

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In Dusit, multiple generations live together under one roof and many share shophouses that continue long-standing family trades and traditions.

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Much of Dusit's architecture remains unchanged, including its now too-narrow streets.

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It all adds to Dusit's incalculable character.

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When you're stuck in traffic, the sight of spirit houses and shrines will calm the noise in your soul.

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Dusit's view of the asymmetrical Rama VIII bridge that crosses the Chao Phraya is unparalleled.

The Heart of Thailand: National Treasures In Dusit

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A royal compound and the current residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, Dusit Palace attracts thousands of visitors to its resplendent grounds.

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Museums, gardens, and enchanting teak structures comprise Dusit Palace.

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The Ananta Samakhom Throne audience hall and Vimanmek Mansion's are constructed entirely of teak.

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The National Library, or house of knowledge, leaves its indelible footprint in Dusit.

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Dusit's pride is palpable.

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It's pneumatic.

Nang Loeng market, a more than 100 year old market but still lively, is where you can taste a variety of delicious Thai foods and desserts. Our neighborhood will definitely bring you the memorable experience of Bangkokians’ lifestyles."

The Heart of Thai Trade: 24 Hour Wholesale Markets

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An enterprising group of Chinese settlers established Bobae Market after World War II. Goods from Thailand's industrial areas converge in Bobae before they are disseminated to vendors across the country.

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The market opens as early as five a.m. and sells wholesale clothing to national retailers and exporters.

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Its textiles range from catwalk-worthy fabrics to cheap materials meant for mass markets.

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Bobae Tower is an indoor incarnation of Dusit's old market.

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Each floor offers different goods.

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From prints to produce, the Talat Thewet wet market specializes in plants, vegetables, fruits, and seeds.

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Bangkok's First and Oldest Zoo

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Dusit Zoo began as King Chulalongkorn's pet project.

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It was initially his private garden.

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It's still next to the Parliament House and Dusit Palace, but now the zoo is considered part of Khao Din Park.

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East and West: International Flavors In Dusit

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The United Nation's third largest complex is located in Dusit and the area exudes a distinctly international feel along the Chao Phraya.

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Many of the neighborhood's restaurants infuse Western dishes with Thai twists.

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Although the culinary establishments often serve foreign palates, they source their ingredients locally.

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Hyper-local fare can be found along Nakhon Chai Si Road.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Brent Lewin

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Brent Lewin is an award-winning photographer residing in Bangkok and Toronto. His personal work largely focuses on the plight of the Asian elephant in Thailand. Brent's work has been profiled and featured in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Magazine, and the industry magazine Photo District News (PDN). Brent's work has also been recognized with over a dozen awards at many prestigious international contests.

Luke Duggleby

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Born in 1977 in the UK, Luke has been a professional photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand, since 2004, specializing in shooting assignments and personal projects for some of the worlds most globally respected publications and NGOs. Using Bangkok as his base he regularly travels the continent, from India to Indonesia, China to Cambodia, shooting editorial, travel and portraiture.