In a recently restored shop-house, one of the oldest in Bangkok, the Heritage Craft Shop and Café is a convenient and interesting stop-over on a walkabout of the old city of Bangkok (Rattanakosin Island). Just the place to take a rest in the heat of the day! Come in for a cup of fair-trade coffee or tea and a cake, bun or cookie and take a look at the crafts we have displayed.
How to get there:
We are located in a row of old shop-houses about half way between the Grand Palace and the Giant Swing (Sao Ching-cha at Wat Suthat). Our shop and café is next to the Ministry of Interior and close to Atsadang Road (which runs south along a canal from the NE corner of Sanam Luang (Royal field) at the Rattanakosin Hotel.
Three ways to get there on foot or by bike!
For cyclists, the old-city bicycle “green” lane passes in front of our shop (on the other side of the wide road). You can chain your bike outside the shop itself (we lend you a lock if you need one).
A) From Khao San Road (about 15 mins walk)
Situated in an area not far from but not within the backpackers' haven, the Heritage Craft Shop and Café is within walking distance from the Khao San Road by crossing the main (traffic-light) intersection at Ratchadamneon Nai Road and walking straight on southwards down Tanao Road. Walk past the Chinese shrine (San Chao Pho Seua) on your right and on to the next major intersection (with traffic lights) at Bumrungmuang Road. Turn right and our shop is less than 100 metres on the right hand side (directly opposite the side entrance to the Ministry of Interior).
B) From The Grand Palace (about 12 mins walk) or Ta Chang River Pier (about 15 mins walk).
Use the River Boat Express service from Taksin Bridge (connects from BTS-Silom Line)
From the pier or from the Grand Palace visitors' entrance, walk eastwards to the NE corner of the Grand Palace (opposite the City Pillar shrine), turn right down the East side of the Grand Palace (Sanam Chai Road), opposite the Ministry of Defence (with the cannons!). Cross the road and walk beside the South side of the Ministry of Defence building (Kalayana Maitri Road) until you get to the traffic lights just beyond the canal bridge. Go straight on (it becomes Bumrungmuang Road) and we are about 100 metres on the left hand side (opposite the side entrance to the Ministry of Interior on your right).
C) From Ta Tien River Pier (about 20 mins walk)Use the River Boat Express service from Taksin Bridge (connects from BTS-Silom Line)
Walk straight from the Pier and go straight on between the Grand Palace (on your left) and Wat Pho (on your right) until you reach the traffic roundabout. Turn left and walk up the East side of the Grand Palace (Sanam Chai Road) until you reach second the road (on your right) just before the Ministry of Defence building (with the cannons!). Cross and walk down that road on the South side of the Ministry of Defence (Kalayana Maitri Road) until you get to the traffic lights just beyond the canal bridge. Go straight on (it becomes Bumrungmuang Road) and we are about 100 metres on the left hand side (opposite the side entrance to the Ministry of Interior on your right).
By Car: Parking is not possible outside our shop. A spot may be found in Phraeng Phuton square immediately behind the shop but it is a matter of luck only. There is a private paid car park next to San Chao Phor Seua (Shrine) about 3 minutes walk from our shop. We recommend using a taxi, instead.
By Bus: From the Sukhumvit Road area, there are several bus lines that go to Wat Pho (Tha Tien) and Sanam Luang by various routes – either through China Town (Yaowaraj) or via Phan Fa and Democracy Monument. A bus that goes to Sao Chingcha (Giant Swing) is not so far from us.
By Train: In the future, the MRT will be not be far. For now, you can go to Hua Lampong on MRT and take a taxi or bus. Alternatively, use BTS to Sapan Taksin and then the express boat service to Tha Tien or Tha Chang Piers. Walk or take a tuk-tuk from there.