Anyone who has spent time exploring Thailand’s capital city will know that there are many faces of Bangkok. While there are numerous modern bars, clubs and restaurants scattered throughout the city, there is also an older, yet infinitely interesting side to the city.
Just around the corner from backpacker and Thai student hangout Khaosan Road is Phra Athit Road, which is located near the Chao Phraya River and faces Phra Sumen Fort and Santi Chaiprakan Park. Wander along this road and you will discover a row of nine enchanting two-story buildings, which date back more than 60 years. Known as Kao Hong, these buildings have been turned into stylish restaurants, cute coffee shops and trendy bars.
Now, thanks to funding by the Crown Property Bureau, these buildings are being restored to their former glory.
Oranuch Im-Arrom is the senior chief of the Crown Property Bureau’s Conservation Project Division. In an interview with the Bangkok Post he revealed that: “Prior to the restoration, these buildings served as homes, restaurants, a bakery shop, a spa and a convenience store. Some changes had been made. For example, some of the wooden doors, called lookfak, had been removed. We managed to conserve and develop the buildings while highlighting their outstanding features. For example, the roof is now laid with kite tiles, as it was originally.”