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The northern Bangkok district of Don Muang Chang Wattana is a large administrative and residential part of the city. There are plenty of landmarks located throughout the district; however, not many of these are designed to entertain tourists. Don Muang Airport is now only used for non-connecting domestic routes, and Chang Wattana is mostly renowned for the Impact Arena, which is Bangkok’s largest convention and exhibition complex.
There are not too many landmarks found within the Don Muang and Chang Wattana district, so tourists will have to do their research before exploring.
While in this district, visitors should not miss an opportunity to see the Royal Thai Air Museum. It sits next to Kantarat Golf Course, on the Don Muang Airport premises. In this museum visitors can find some very well preserved aircraft, including those formerly used during wartime. In addition, guests can get a closer look at Thailand’s interesting aviation history.
Just a short distance from this district is the renowned Chatuchak Weekend Market. This large open market welcomes many thousands of visitors each weekend, who come to find clothes, plants, accessories, bags, food and produce at discounted prices. It’s only about five kilometres from Don Muang Airport, so taxi rides to and from Chatuchak Market are quick and inexpensive.
Another landmark found within the Don Muang Chang Wattana district is the IMPACT Arena. The complex includes several major event halls and buildings that regularly host concerts, performances and sporting events. It’s located on Chang Wattana Road, but can also be reached via an expressway.
Restaurants and Bars
Don Muang Chang Wattana is not well-known for its drinking venues. Visitors can find a few new trendy spots closer to Chatuchak Market. There are several hotels in the Don Muang area which formerly catered for the busy airport crowd. Nowadays, they are much quieter, but still offer dining options for guests. Local restaurants, both indoor and street-stall styles are available along the main roads throughout this district.
There isn’t much in the way of shopping in this district, outside of Central Plaza Chang Wattana. This large department store is a modern complex that boasts a huge range of electronic and clothing retailers, not to mention plenty of entertainment and dining facilities too.