At 6pm as my two dining companions and I arrived at a historical alley on the Rattanakosin bank of the Chao Phraya River, what stood majestically before us was the illuminated prang of Wat Arun. Even for us Thais, who've over the past 40 years have been living in Bangkok, it was a breathtaking sight, making a spectacular backdrop for dinner.
It was my first time in the Tha Tien area and with a short walk from Maha Rat Road to our dining destination at the end of an antiquated backstreet dominated by time-honoured wholesalers and grocers I was greatly impressed.
The Sala Rattanakosin Hotel, a member of Sala Resorts Group, was launched in 2013 as a boutique hotel and mainly attracts tourists. Yet, as a "destination", it's a place where hipsters and gourmands locals and out-of-towners flock to for riverside gastronomic bliss amid the old town's iconic attractions.
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