Up to the 19th century, Bangkok Noi was known as Amphoe Amarin, or the District of Indra. The area took its name from the canal running through it, Klong Bangkok Noi. Most visitors start at the former Bangkok Noi Railway Station, now the district’s tourist centre.
From here, take a long-tail boat ride to the Museum of the Royal Barges as well as two beautiful temples dating back to the Ayutthaya era, Wat Suwannaram Ratchaworawihan and Wat Rakhang Kositaram Woramahawihan, both reconstructed by King Rama I.
Locals flock to Bangkok Noi to streets named for the famed Thai sweets, Trok Matoom (bael fruit) and Trok Khao Mao (shredded rice) as well as Ban Chang Lor, where artisans cast beautiful Buddha images.