Bangkok Noi was once an simple agricultural area. Its population began to increase after the digging of a canalthat now flows from Wat Arun to Thammasat University, making the area more accessible. It is now an industrial and trading zone with residential areas. Remnants of old lifestyles and traditions can still be found.

Bangkok Noi has a number of interesting attractions such as temples and museums, traditional arts and crafts, and restaurants offering local culinary specialties.