Bangkok Attractions A to Z
List of All Attractions in Bangkok by Alphabetical Order
Bangkok can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Even seasoned travellers may feel lost amidst its chaotic streets and constantly evolving skyline. Besides Buddhist temples, mega shopping malls and naughty nightlife, the city has much more to offer in terms of sights and attractions. Check out the full list of Bangkok Attractions below and you will have a better idea of what you might want to include in your next visit to this fascinating Southeast Asian metropolis.
Amphawa is the second most popular floating market near Bangkok, not as large as Damnoen Saduak but more authentic, with visitors almost exclusively Thai. Located 50 km from Bangkok this once small village was apparently already present in the mid-Seventeenth Century. It has become such a magnet for Thai weekenders that food stalls have grown from the riverbanks and stretched far into the surrounding streets. The main draw is of course eating seafood grilled procariously on wooden boats moored around the famous central bridge, serving an appetizing array of huge prawns, shellfish and squid. From noon until late in the evening, the smell is simply irresistible and customers flock to each side of the river all day long. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday - Sunday
The centerpiece of Bangkok's own Champs D'Elysee, this impressive two-storey white marble palace sits at the end of Dusit's long, wide Royal Plaza, a leafy ceremonial boulevard that's often the focus of regal pomp and ceremony during royal celebrations. Ordered by King Rama V in 1907 and finished in the reign of King Rama VI, its neo-classical Renaissance architecture - particularly its central dome - dominate the scene just as Italian architects Mario Tamango and Annibale Rigotti intended. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:30 until 16:00, Tues - Sun (ticket office closed 15:30)
- Location: Royal Plaza, Dusit
- Price Range: THB 50
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go
"If man has no knowledge of the past, he is nothing but a vessel without a rudder on the high seas", claims the Ancient City's sage-like founder, Prapai Viriyahbhun. This is his attempt to give mankind a rudder, his slightly eccentric remedy for what he sees as "the moral deterioration of human society". Set in 320 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Bangkok. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Location: Samut Prakan, Bangpoo
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go. Tell the driver "Muang Boran, Samut Prakarn". Or take the BTS Skytrain to On-Nut Station, then continue on taxi.
- Tour Available: The Ancient City
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
- Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
Located in Bangrak, this is Bangkok's principal Roman Catholic cathedral and the main church of the Archdiocese of Bangkok, which dates back to 1662. It was built between 1910 and 1918 to replace an earlier church on the same spot, and repaired after sustaining severe damage during World War II. Pope John Paul II visited the church during his trip in 1984.
- Location: 23 Oriental Lane, Charoenkrung Road
- How to get there: Either take a taxi or embark the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Oriental Pier (N1).
Literally translated as ‘house of monk’s alm bowl’, Bann Bat is perhaps the last existing place in Bangkok that still hammers out – by hand – the brass bowl that Buddhist monks carry with them during the morning alms round. The Baan Bat community (or Monk’s Bowl Making Village) has been producing monk’s alm bowls since the late 18th Century, but today less than five households continue to make a living selling their craft.
- Location: Soi Ban Baat, Bamrungmuang Road (south of Wat Saket)
At 304 metres tall and rising 85 floors into the sky, Baiyoke Tower II is Bangkok's (and Thailand's) tallest building. Construction was completed in 1997. The building has a public observatory deck on the 77th floor, and on the top floor is Thailand's first and only open-air, 360-degree revolving roof deck (open from 10:30 until 22:00, admission 300 baht), offering a bird's-eye view of this sprawling city. Baiyoke Sky Hotel covers from the 22nd up to the 74th floor. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Baiyoke Sky Hotel, 222 Rajprarop Road, Pratunam
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 656 3000
- Price Range: 300 Baht
Bang Nam Pheung floating market should probably be called a 'riverside market' as like many others it only has a few boats parked along the banks, with most of the stalls on solid ground. But with the success of the famous Damnoen Saduak or more recently Amphawa, this popular type of market is flourishing all over Thailand and every village near a river has its own version. Bang Nam Pheung is only few kilometres east side of Bangkok but it is not easy to find or to reach without your own transortation. Because of this it has remained relatively low-key and the proximity to Bangkok makes it a great way to step away from the hectic town and step right into village life. Read More...
- Location: Near Democracy Monument, Ratchadamnoen Road, Rattanakosin (Old City)
- How to get there: From the Democracy Monument, walk towards the Royal Field about 5 minutes and the monument is located inside a narrow alley on your left.
Situated 60 km north of Bangkok and within easy reach of Ayutthaya, is the illustrious Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. The palace complex was used as a summer dwelling by the Siamese royalty and their consorts. Also called 'Bang Pa In Summer Palace' the park comprises several iconic buildings all around a large park and renting an electric cart is a good way to go around, especially on hot days. Coming all the way from Bangkok just for the palace might not be worth the trip but it is a great stop on the way to Ayutthaya. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 5 pm
- Tel: 035-260144
- Dress Code: Proper attire is required similar to the Grand Palace, no short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless shirts.
- Price Range: 100 baht plus 200 baht to rent an electric cart
The Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC) is the first of its kind in the city, a place where the visitors can interact with a range of creative mediums on a number of levels; be it a play, a work of art or an enjoyable film. Best described as the pulse of Bangkok’s art scene, the BACC integrates both contemporary and traditional art pieces that seek to reaffirm and push the boundaries of Thailand’s creative and cultural existence. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00, Closed Monday
- Location: 939 Rama I Road Wongmai, Patumwan
- BTS: National Stadium
The Bangkokian Museum in Bangrak is hard to find and is not even very well known. It's a simple, discreet museum but the charm is in the pleasure of discovering this small frozen-in-time gem. In fact the Bangkokian museum, sometimes called 'Bangkok Folk Museum', consists mostly of two beautiful wooden houses preserved in perfect condition just the way they were last century. Set in a tiny street not far from River City and the famous Oriental Hotel, the houses stand in the back of a garden, behind a large wooden gate, and despite the large signboard 'Bangkokian Museum', it is really easy to miss. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 16:00, Wednesday to Sunday
- Location: 73 Charoen Krung, turn into the small soi 43 and pass under the bridge, then look on your right
- Tel: 02 234 6741
- Price Range: Free
In the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace, The National Museum houses the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country. It's definitely worth a visit, especially if visiting nearby Wat Phra Kaew or the Grand Palace. Opened by King Rama V to exhibit the antiques and gifts bestowed to him by his father, it once held a reputation for being an ill-organised gathering of dusty relics. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 (Wednesday - Sunday)
- Location: Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace
- Tel: +66 (0)2 215 8173
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go. Or embark the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Maharaj Pier, then walk about 20 minutes.
A museum dedicated to one of the most staid professions known to mankind may not seem a compelling way to spend an afternoon. That said, The Bank of Thailand Museum (located at Bangkhunphrom Palace), leads visitors on an intriguing and interesting jaunt through monetary evolution in Thailand.
It begins with the days of the barter trade in the 1st Century. Glass beads, seeds and bracelets all once served as a medium of exchange, and appear here alongside more familiar breeds of cash, including Funan Coins, Sri Vijaya coins and some from the Sukhothai period. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:30 - 16:00 (Monday - Friday)
- Location: Bang Khunphrom Palace
- Tel: +66 (0)2 283 5286 or +66 (0)2 283 6723
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go. Or you can take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Thewej Pier (N15), then continue on taxi.
At first, Bangkok Shell Museum appears to be a place addressing only conchologists (of course you know what a conchologist is) and other shell collectors, and in a way it's not untrue, a shell museum seems a geeky place to visit on a holiday, especially in a big city. However, this remarkably large collection of exquisite shells is displayed in a really intelligent way, explaining and describing how shells are just more than a beautiful objects... or a delicacy on your plate. Shells can have surprising features and some of them are among the most deadly living creatures on earth. They have been part of human history since the beginning of time, as currency, as musical instruments and more recently as part of medical research. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm
- Location: Silom Road next to Soi Silom 23, opposite the Lerdsin Hospital.
- Tel: 08 9681 3814
- Price Range: 200 baht
Recently opened, Batcat is the largest toy museum in Thailand with, as the name suggests, a strong emphasis on the Batman character. Located outside Bangkok in the Bangkapi area, Batcat Museum will delight memorabilia collectors and fans of the TV series and delves into the very beginnings of the Batman character. Glass shelves spread across two large rooms and two mezzanines above them are packed with 50,000 toys, magazines, games, costumes, with everything and anything featuring the Batman, Superman, Masked Rider or Ultraman logo dating all the way back to 1960. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 - 17:00, Saturday-Sunday, 09:00 - 20:00
- Location: 32 Srinakarin Road. Huamark, Bangkapi
- Tel: 66 (0)2 375 9006
- Price Range: Adults: 250 baht, children: 150 baht (discount possible on presentation of a Thai ID or driving licence)
Overlooking one of the most picturesque views of the downtown Bangkok skyline, Benjakitti Park covers a rectangular area of 130 rais (208,000sqms) opposite the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. The park forms a narrow swathe of green around the expansive Lake Ratchada, with dedicated bicycle and jogging tracks encircling the whole park.
Set in the middle of the lake is the centrepiece fountain and a stage for light and sound performances during major festivals like New Year’s Eve and Loy Krathong. Apart from bicycling, the park offers paddle boats, row boats, a skateboarding ramp and fitness area where you can do various stretches on your own or join one of the aerobics sessions on a voluntary basis. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 05:00 - 20:00 daily
- Location: Lake Ratchada, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre
- MRT: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
- BTS: Asok
- How to get there: From BTS (exit 4), walk about 5 minutes towards Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. If you take the MRT, walk towards Asok-Montri for about 5 minutes.
One of the most endearing features of Bangkok is the city's numerous parks where abundant greenery sprouts amongst towering sky scrapers and congested roads. Check out our Bangkok Parks and Activities page for more information on parks in the city. Built in 1992 to celebrate Queen Sirikit's 60th birthday, Benjasiri Park is often referred to as 'Queen's Park'.
- Opening Hours: 06:00-21:00
- Address: Next to the Emporium Shopping Centre, Sukhumvit 23
Don't imagine beautiful frozen sets of wings under display cases with Latin names pinned underneath. Here, you enter the huge and lofty enclosure with rockeries, shady ferns, wild flowers and a cooling waterfall - the insects' natural habitat. Within, many species of rare and beautiful winged creatures hide out. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 8:30 - 16:30 (Closed on Mondays)
- Location: Rotfai Gardens, BTS Mochit, Chatuchak Park Subway
- Tel: +66 (0)2 272 4359
Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 04:30 - 21:00 daily
- Location: Phahon Yothin Road, Chatuchak
- BTS: Mo Chit
- How to get there: Both the BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway drop you right in front of the park.
- Tour Available: Chatuchak Market In Bangkok
Closed to the public, this is His Majesty King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit's official residence. Constructed by King Rama VI and formerly King Chulalongkorn's summer home, its one-square kilometre grounds include several artificial lakes and are bordered by Italian-designed walls and a prominent moat.
- Location: Rama V Road, Dusit
After an influx of protestant missionaries in the early to mid 19th Century, King Rama IV granted land for a church to be built to serve them in Charoenkrung Road. However, it wasn't long until the English Church (as it was then known due its mainly English congregation) was overstretched. In 1904 King Rama V granted permission for a bigger and more centrally located church to be built.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 16:30 (closed Saturday and Sunday)
- Location: 11 Convent Road, Sathorn
- Tel: +66 (0)2 234 3634
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Sala Daeng Station (exit 2), turn left into Convent Road and continue until you reach Sathorn Road and the church will be on your left.
Located on Mahachai Road, the Corrections Museum is the place to learn about the gruesome punishments meted out to offenders in Thailand in the not so distant past. It was once the site of the Bangkok Remand Prison, an old and overcrowded penal facility located in the heart of Bangkok. In 1990, the cabinet relocated it to Lad-yao and turned the site into a public park called Rommani Nart. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:30 - 16:00 (Monday - Friday, closed on public holidays)
- Location: 436 Mahachai Road, near Rommani Nart Park
- Tel: +66 (0)2 226 1706
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go.
Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life. An early morning start is worth it to avoid the heat and catch Damnoen Saduak at its liveliest. Most visitors who come to Thailand want to visit a floating market and many of them will end up here. Don’t let that put you off though, it’s an enjoyable morning out of the city and if you avoid the tourist shops you can get a real sense of the place. The market is over an hour outside Bangkok, and the easiest way to get there is to join a tour. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 11:00 (every day)
- How to get there: Take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal (+66 (0)2 434 5557-8) to Samut Sangkhram Ratchaburi province, 80 km southwest of Bangkok. You can then walk along the passageway to the market, or take a boat to the market pier.
David Beckham Temple
Wat Pariwat has been nicknamed 'David Beckham Temple' for a very unusual reason. In the back corner of the main altar of this very large but anonymous looking temple, a Garuda, one of those mythic winged creatures, has been replaced by... David Beckham! Executed by a fan sculptor with the agreement of the abbot in 1998, the statuette is only 30 cm high and haircut on the carving is not quite the one we know... but you can clearly read 'Sharp', the team sponsor on the tee-shirt.
- Location: Wat Pariwat, Rama III Road
Circled by perpetual swarms of traffic, the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Road is a large Western-style symbol of Thailand's adoption of democracy and liberty. Field Marshall Plaek Pibulsonggram commissioned it to commemorate the June 1932 military coup that led to the country's first democratic constitution in place of absolute rule.
- Location: Ratchadamnoen Road, Rattanakosin (Old City)
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go, as it's a long walk from Maharaj Pier to the monument.
Known locally as 'Khao Din', Dusit Zoo is Thailand's very first zoo, and has been a sanctuary to some 1,600 animals for more than 60 years. Covering a total area of 188,800 square metres, Dusit Zoo is a full-function animal park complete with facilities like an animal hospital, zoo museum and educational centre, sightseeing train, activity ground and cafeteria - to name but a few. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
- Location: Rama V Road, Dusit
- Tel: +66 (0)2 282 7111-3 ext 128
- Price Range: Kids THB 50, adults THB 100
An elephantine landmark in the Chatuchak district, the Elephant Tower is one of the most unique buildings in Bangkok. The three towers (A, B, and C) make up a shape of Thailand's national animal, which can be seen even from the Expressway. On the right edge of the building you can also see an eye and tusk. The building is used as a condominium, office space, and also houses a language school.
- Location: 369/38 Phaholyothin 26, Chatuchak
- How to get there: Taxi is the best way to go. You can also take the BTS Skytrain to Aree Station then continue on taxi.
A huge, three-headed elephant statue standing upon an equally gargantuan pedestal is the first, and last, thing you see when visiting Samut Prakan's Erawan Museum. It's a splendid, towering beast: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. From conception to completion it took almost ten years to construct. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Everyday 8:00-17:00
- Location: Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan
- How to get there: From the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum (should cost around 80 - 90 baht each way).
It's Brahman, not strictly Buddhist. And yet, this famous shrine attracts more visitors than many of the city's temples. It was erected during the mid 1950s, after the Thai government had decided to build the luxury Erawan Hotel on this location. However, the first stages of the construction were beset with so many problems that superstitious labourers refused to continue unless the land spirits were appeased. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00-24:00
- Location: Front of Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, corner of Ploenchit and Ratchadamri Road
- BTS: Chidlom
If you're into all things gruesome, this is for you. Preserved corpses of convicted killers, like Thailand's most famous mass murderer See-Uey, the Chinese cannibal, are exhibited alongside murder weapons, a gut-wrenching exhibition of autopsy photos and glass jars containing stillborn children pickled in formaldehyde. It's close to the museums of parasitology, medical history, and anthropology. The Museum of Anatomy next door, housed in an old 1930's building, contains a close-up and personal look at the human body. Often visited by medical students, it will prove fascinating for lovers of the macabre, horrifying for the rest. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 (Monday - Saturday)
- Location: 2nd floor, Adulaydejvigrom Building, Siriraj Hospital, 2 Phrannok Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 419 7000 ext. 6363, 6440
- Price Range: 40 Baht
- How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat and disembark at the Thonburi Railway Pier (N11).
First Execution Chamber
Chinatown's Wat Pathum Khongkha is a pretty but unremarkable temple that once served an extraordinary, rather grisly purpose. Not only a religious shelter, it was also used as execution site for members of the Royal Family in the early Rattanakosin period. On its execution stone, several members from the first and third reigns were disposed of.
- Location: Wat Pathum Khongkha, Yaowarat
A simulation flight is an extra-special gift for everyone, from young children who dream of being pilots to those who have a passion for planes, and according to research it can even help those who are scared of flying find their wings. The experience feels so realistic that the cockpit in Bangkok has even been used in films and TV shows, and although it isn’t a bargain, it still costs significantly less than in Australia or Europe. Read More...
- Location: Silom
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Address: Sibunruang Building, 1 Convent Rd. Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 2379895
Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The market has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, including roses, forget me nots, orchids, lilies and more. Most of them sold in packs of 50 or 100 flowers in each, and prices are amazingly cheap. Part of the Old City, Bangkok Flower market is located on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Shops and vendors are housed inside two to three-storey shop-houses on both sides of the main road. The market lies just south of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and has access to a river pier, so it makes for a great one-day trip when combined with other historical attractions in the Old City. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours, more popular during nighttime
- Location: Chak Phet Road, the Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier
- How to get there: Taxi or Tuk Tuk
Directly adjacent to Trimurti stands another important Hindu shrine, this time for Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is considered a master of intellect and wisdom, and visitors here seek to be blessed with artistic success and accomplishment. The deity is one of the more recognizable (at least for non-Hindus) because of his elephant head, human components (many arms), elements of serpents, and the big belly that it is depicted with. His attendant is a mouse. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Location: 999/9 Rajdamri Road, in front of CentralWorld
- BTS: Chidlom
If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 - 15:30
- Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
Guru Tawan Sikh Temple
Pahurat, on the edge of Chinatown, is the heart of Bangkok's small but lively Sikh community. Within it stands this white six-story Sikh temple topped with golden dome. It was built in 1932 and is the second largest of its kind outside India. On the fourth floor is the congregation hall, and on the fifth an international school. The top floor is the main prayer area, and has a copy of Sikhism's holy book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, interned on a flower-filled altar.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
- Location: 66 Charoenkrung Road, Little India, Pahurat
- How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya River Boat to Memorial Bridge Pier (N6), then walk up Chakraphet Road.
Found amidst a web of alleyways near the famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Haroon Mosque is one of the busiest and oldest in the city. The original one-storey wooden structure was replaced by brick-coloured concrete after it crumbled down beyond repair. Inside, the mosque showcases intricately carved Arabic script and can hold up to 500 prayers at one time.
- Opening Hours: Charoenkrung 36 (near Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
- How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Oriental Pier. The mosque is a five-minute walk from Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Holy Rosary Church
While originally built on the banks of the Chao Phraya in 1768, following a land grant by King Rama I, the Portuguese Catholic church seen today is the result of rebuilding work between 1891 and 1898. This restoration lent it its Neo-Gothic style, showcasing an impressive statue of the Virgin Mary, towering central spire, marigold facade, curving gilded stucco ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows, depicting stories from the Old and New Testament.
- Opening Hours: Near River City Complex
- Location: Embark the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Si Phraya Pier.
The slightly barmy, and yet somehow totally inspired, idea behind the House of Museums is that the everyday objects of today will very soon become fascinating relics from the past. Founder Anek Nawikmool, himself an academic and a writer, spent ten years buying, hording and rescuing little pieces of Bangkok's now and near history before opening the museum's doors. Residents have been helping him in his task, donating everyday items like children's toys, old vinyl LPs, kitchen implements, books and Thai film posters.
These and more are arranged into engagingly lifelike settings that take locals back to their childhoods, and introduce tourists to them. There's a general store, or Heng Huat, displaying goods more than 30 years old and a toy zone featuring hundreds of clockwork toys, model robots and dolls. Highlights include the Yong Hua Huat coffee shop, with 50-year-old copper water heater; and Fu Jern Tham Fan, a dentist's surgery complete with chair that looks as though it has witnessed hundreds of extractions. Perfecting the time-warp ambience are the hairdressers, Chinese medicine store, photography studio, miniature cinema with wooden seats, classroom (complete with old textbooks, school bell and cane) and gramophone record shop. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (Saturday - Sunday)
- Location: Ban Khlong Pho, Yan Phuthamonton 2
- Tel: +66 (0)8 9200 2803 / +66 (089) 200 2803 / +66 (089) 666 2008
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go, although the museum is located a little out of the way, and your driver will probably get lost. If that's the case, call for directions.
Human Imagery Museum
Thai artist Duangkaew Phityakornsilp and his team spent over ten years painstakingly creating the eerily life-like wax and fibre-glass figures that appear at the Human Imagery Museum and depict, with astonishing realism, scenes from Thai life and culture. Included amongst representations of daily life are farm labourers, slaves, chess players, even a man reading a Thai newspaper.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:30 (Monday - Friday), 08:30 - 18:00 (weekends and public holidays)
- Location: 43/2 Moo 1, Pinklao-Nakhonchaisri Road, Nakhon Pathom
- Tel: +66 (0)3 433 2061 / 2607
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go.
Jesada Car Museum, or 'Jesada Technik Museum', is a large private collection of vintage rare cars and motorbikes located in Nakorn Pathom, a small town full of surprises fifty kilometres away from Bangkok. The museum was created by a successful Thai businessman named Jesada Deshsakulrith. His passion for automobile history and heritage led him to collect more than 500 vehicles, most of which are in perfect condition. He only started this surprising collection in 1997 and it finally opened to the public in 2007. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm except Monday
- Location: 100 Moo 2 Ngio Rai, Nakorn Chaisri, Nakorn Pathom 73120
- Price Range: Free!
The lovely garden-enclosed compound sitting on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal would have gone completely unnoticed, had it not been for a legacy left behind by a middle-aged American man named Jim Thompson. His elegant residential enclave, comprising six traditional Thai teakwood houses transported from Ayutthaya and Bangkok’s Ban Krua community, echoes Thompson’s 30-year love affair with Southeast Asian art and cultural heritage. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (last guided tour at 17:00)
- Location: Soi Kasemsan 2, opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road.
- BTS: National Stadium
- Address: 6/1 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 216 7368
- How to get there: Take exit 1 from the BTS National Stadium Station, turn right into Soi Kasemsan 2 and continue walking all the way to the very end. The museum will be on your left-hand side.
- Tour Available: Jim Thompson House
A beautiful, stilted 19th rice farmer's teak house transplanted from the banks of Chiang Mai's Ping River to Bangkok in 1964, Kamthieng House is now the headquarters of the the Siam Society - a place dedicated to preserving and promoting Thai culture and heritage. Inside is a collection of agricultural and domestic items. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Tuesday - Saturday)
- Location: 131 Soi Asok, north of Sukhumvit on Soi 21
- BTS: Asok
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Asok Station (Exit 3), walk down Asok-Montri Road for about 5 minutes and the Siam Society is on your left.
The popular book 'The Beach' famously described Khao San Road as "the centre of the backpacking universe". Judging by the truth-seeking travellers who converge here to shop, exchange tales and prepare for their next stint on the backpacker trail, it's a phrase that sums it up pretty much perfectly.
Packed into a 1km long strip are countless budget guesthouses and mid-range hotels, internet cafes, swanky bars and clubs, restaurants, massage parlours, travel agents, bookshops, market stalls, tattoo shops and much, much more. So much in fact, that the people, peddlers and party spirit have spilled over into nearby Soi Rambuttri. With its carefree, anything-goes vibe, it's quite unlike anywhere else in Bangkok, and so infectious is its atmosphere it's also popular with locals, especially young hipsters and art students. Read More...
Having stayed an independent province until it was merged into Bangkok in 1972, Thonburi – the old Bangkok capital situated on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River – has avoided much of the modern development seen elsewhere. Its man-made network of khlongs, including Khlong Mon and Khlong Bangkok Noi, retains much of their ramshackle charm. Forget the over-crowded ferries. Read More...
King Rama I Monument
Otherwise known as King Puttayodfa, this double life-size monument to King Rama I was built to mark the city's 150th anniversary in 1932, along with the Puttayodfa Memorial Bridge next to which it sits. It was designed by HRH Prince Naris, and architect Silpa Bhirasri sculpted it in bronze. Born on March 20, 1736, King Rama I was the first king in the Chakri Dynasty which continues to this day. He ascended to the throne on April 6, 1782, and died 27 years later.
- Location: Foot of Phra Phutta Yodfa Bridge (The Memorial Bridge), Bangkok side
Suan Luang Rama XI was constructed in commemoration of H.M. the King's 50th birthday anniversary in 1987. The park is divided into different zones starting with 'The Garden of the Great King', an homage area where auspicious Ratchapreuk trees, whose yellow colour signifies the colour of the King, can be found. The next zone boasts botanical garden of various indoor plants, herbs, and desert vegetation. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 5:00 - 18:00 daily
- Location: Sukhumvit 103, Nong Bon, Phrawet
- How to get there: The nearest BTS Station is On Nut - from here, continue on taxi.
Located in one of Bangkok's most affluent districts on Sukhumvit Soi 31, La Lanta Fine Art offers contemporary artwork in the form of painting, sculpture, photography and fine art prints by established Thai and international artists.
La Lanta Fine Art represents artistic talent from Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, Japan, Denmark, Israel, Belgium, Australia, the UK and the US. The gallery continues to seek high-quality art through its affiliation programmes with art galleries across Asia, Europe, and the US.
The gallery has initiated a ‘YOUNG PROGRAMME’ project with the clear purpose of discovering fresh and accomplished art by budding artists. The YOUNG PROGRAMME offers opportunities for new faces to showcase their artwork, incorporating them in the gallery's dynamic programme. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tues - Sat 10:00 – 19:00 Closed on Monday
- Address: 245/14 Sukhumvit Soi 31 Sukhumvit Road Klongtan Nua, Wattana Bangkok 10110 (BTS Prompong Station exit 5)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 2605381, +66 (0)2 2040583 Fax: +66 (0)2 2040582
Thailand's Prime Minister from 1974 to 1975, M.R. Kukrit Pramoj and his beautiful home on Soi Suan Phlu were often the focus of national politics during times of turbulence, with journalists flocking outside. Today, thanks to the Kukrit 80 Foundation, it's the public who now flock to see the elegant home of this intellectual leader. More than a museum, it's a testament to his talents not only as politician, but also poet, writer and artist. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays 10:00 - 16:00
- Location: Soi Sathorn 3 or Soi Suan Phlu (from Narathiwat Road)
- BTS: Chong Nonsi
- Tel: +66 (0) 2286 8185, (0) 2287-2937-8
- How to get there: From BTS Chong Nonsi, cross Sathorn Road and walk down Narathiwat Road, then turn left into Narathiwat Soi 7 (should take about 20 minutes from BTS).
Thailand's katoeys are some of the most beautiful - and convincing - transvestites in the world, mostly accepted and embraced by a highly tolerant Thai society. Some families even believe that katoeys bring good luck to them, an enlightened attitude that was boosted by several Thai movies in the past two decades dedicated to katoey themes. 'Beautiful Boxer', for example, tells the true story of a Thai kickboxing champion who became a woman, adored by fans and feared by rivals. Read More...
Lumpini Park, Bangkok's oldest and largest park, is an inner-city haven of tranquility, fresh air and shade - offering city dwellers the perfect connection to nature. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park is more than half a million square kilometres big, and the habitat of various flora and fauna. Historically, it dates back to the 1920s, and was a gift from King Rama VI to the people of Bangkok. Read More...
If you are a skeptic, you’d probably think a wax museum is a wax museum is a wax museum, right? What’s the hype all about? Well, for starter, Madame Tussauds has stepped down from the pedestal and embraced her visitors with a revolutionary concept – the wax museum with exhibits you can touch, hug, play with and even kiss. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 daily (might change slightly during long weekend or national holidays)
- Location: 6th Fl. Siam Discovery Center
- Tel: +66 (0)2 658 0060
- Tour Available: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
"Pii Maak khaaa," Mae Nak wailed, desperately calling and reaching out to Maak, her husband from a different realm. This is, perhaps, one of the most memorable lines in the history of Thai TV drama based on a well-known folk tale, 'Mae Nak Prakanong' (Mother Nak of Prakanong District). Most Thai love tales often end in tragedy, usually with the death of either a male or female protagonist. Read More...
- Location: Wat Maha But, On Nut, Sukhumvit 77
- How to get there: Take the BTS to On Nut station. Maha But Temple is located about 900 metres down Sukhumvit Soi 77. The temple is at the end of Soi 7
As a stroll through any of Bangkok's markets will demonstrate, Thailand has an inimitable knack for imitating things. Law firm Tilleke and Gibbins' Museum of Counterfeit Goods is further proof. Established in 1989, it exhibits piles of counterfeit goods accumulated over years of raids on behalf of clients. Prior to this, the goods, which are often used as evidence in court, had been stashed away in boxes, taking up precious storage space and serving no practical purpose whatsoever. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (Monday - Friday), by appointment only
- Location: Tilleke & Gibbins, Supalai Grand Tower, 26th Floor, 1011 Rama 3 Road, Chongnonsi
- Tel: +66 (0)2 653 5555
- How to get there: Taxi is the best way to go. If you take the BTS Skytrain, disembark at Chong Nonsi Station and take a taxi to Rama III Road. Tilleke and Gibbins is located inside the Supalai Grand Tower.
Museum of Science & Planetarium
Here youngsters can learn about science and technology, natural history, the environment and deep space in informal surroundings. The Science Museum aims to open the door on scientific experimentation and discovery with special events, lectures and discussions on science, astrology and related subjects. The Planetarium has a giant projection of the solar system and a section on the life of stars.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 (Closed on Mondays and public holidays)
- BTS: Ekkamai
- Address: 928 Sukumvit Road, Next Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai), near Ekkamai BTS Station on Sukhumvit Road
- Tel: + 66 (2) 391 0544
A new-generation museum situated just south of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Museum of Siam promises to be anything but boring. The museum’s elegant neoclassical façade painted in pastel yellow – already a curious addition to the otherwise low-key Pak Khlong neighbourhood – is a prelude of what’s to come once you step through its impressive main entrance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10.00 - 18.00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
- Location: Phra Nakorn District, Rattanakosin Island, south of Wat Pho
- Tel: +66 (0)2 225 2777
- How to get there: Take the Chao Praya Express Boat to Rachini Pier (closest) or Tha Thien Pier (about 10 min. walk).
National Art Gallery
Housed in a former Royal Mint built during the reign of King Rama V, the National Gallery displays work by Thai artists from the 17th Century onwards. Inherited by the Department of Fine Arts in 1974, it includes permanent exhibitions of works by King Rama VI and H.M. King Bhumibhol Adulyadej, traditional murals from early periods in the capital's history, and pioneering Thai modern art.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 (Wednesday - Sunday)
- Location: 4 Chao-Fa Road, opposite the National Theatre, Rattanakosin
- Tel: +66 (0)2 282 2639
- How to get there: How to get there: Taxi is the best way, although you can take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Athit Pier (N13), then walk back towards Phra Pin Klao Bridge, turn left at Chao Fah Road and continue walking for about 15 minutes and the museum should be on your left.
Although mainly a popular sojourn for those looking to pick up Thai silk, antiques, jewellery, carpets and art, OP Place is also something of a destination in itself. Built in 1908 and constructed in elegant Neoclassical style, this impressive white stone Asian Heritage Shopping Centre, originally known as the Falck & Beidek Store, exudes an atmosphere reminiscent of old Bangkok. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 - 18:30
- Location: 30/1 Soi Charoen Krung 38 (behind the Oriental Hotel)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 266 0186
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Taksin Station, walk up Charoen Krung Road until you see Mandarin Oriental Hotel on your left.
Pantip Plaza is also (in)famous for its inexpensive counterfeit versions of software and DVDs. Although you might not be a techno-geek, it’s worth visiting when you're in the area for the pure fascination value. Walking through the main entrance of this IT complex, you'll be greeted with copies of the latest software for sale (100 - 150 baht), along with DVDs, MP3 CDs, and anything else that can be put on a disk. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 (every day).
- Location: Petchaburi Road, directly opposite Pratunam's City Complex
- BTS: Chidlom (but still quite a walk)
- How to get there: From the BTS Chidlom, either hire a tuk-tuk/taxi or walk ten minutes down Ratchadamri Road past CentralWorld on your left, over the Saen Saeb canal and then left on Phetchburi Road. About two blocks from the intersection, Pantip will be on your left hand side.
Papaya vintage is like no other shop you have even seen before. Many have heard of it but few have actually stepped inside it. Trying to list the amazing objects, items, figures, toys, household objects and furniture tightly packed next to each other would be impossible, but you can’t help but notice the pinball machines, Vespas and full-size familiar comic characters of Flash, Wolverine, Green Lantern and Batman, all proudly standing next to... a pair of giant rabbits.
It is so bizarre that some of the greatest and genuine vintage items on display are not even for sale! So, what kind of shop would do that? It is so bizarre that some of the greatest and genuine vintage items on display are not even for sale! So go there to shop if you are a vintage lover, but most of all, go there to dive into a world of fantasy and fun memories... it's like a free museum! Read More...
- Location: Soi Lat Pharo 55/2, Lat Pharo Road Wang Thong Lamg, Bangkok 10310
- Tel: 66 2933 0661, 66 8699 44445
Pathum Wanaram Temple
At the time of founding this area was accessible only by khlong (canal) and was still surrounded by rice fields. Built by King Mongkut in 1857 it was the nearest place of worship to his Sa Pathum Palace. Take a look at the carvings on the crematorium that demonstrate rare examples of ancient craftsmanship featuring ornate stencils and lacquered sculptures. Pathum Wanaram is the perfect escape for some cultural refreshment.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
- Location: Rama 1 Road, PathumWan
- BTS: Siam
After recently cleaning up its act, Patpong's become one of the 'must' night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. Found in the built-up area known as Silom, the place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the GO-GO bars nearby and lots of foreign tourists. This market in Bangkok's notorious nightlife district is often the first and easiest stop for many tourists just arriving to Bangkok, whilst lodging at one of several mid-to-upper-end hotels in Silom. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - around 01:00 (every day)
- How to get there: Coming from BTS Siam station, depart at Sala Daeng station and exit down one of the right-hand stairs. Follow the increasing trail of vendors along the sidewalk, and after five minutes, you'll know you're there.
Established in 1992 by Patravadi Mejudhon, an award-winning actress, stage director and playwright, the Patravadi Theatre complex is both an incubation centre for aspiring performing artists and a stage for enjoying Thai classical and modern dances. A visionary and an advocate for the preservation of Thailand’s artistic heritage, Patravadi introduces something that no one has ever attempted before: blending contemporary and classical Thai dance movements to create refreshingly different perspectives on traditional performances. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Everyday
- Location: 69/1 Soi Wat Rakang
- Tel: +66 (0)2 412 7287
- How to get there: At BTS Sapan Taksin Station, take “Exit 1” and board the Chao Phraya Express Boat (North bound) to Chang Pier, then take the ferry across to Wat Rakhang.
Philatelic (Stamp) Museum
This is an essential stop for any budding stamp enthusiast in Bangkok. It shows how the postal service developed in Thailand, exhibiting Thai and foreign stamps dating back to 1881, when the first Thai stamps were made in London using woodblock prints. Stamps and accessories are available to buy at very reasonable prices. History and art enthusiasts may also enjoy it.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 16:30 (Wed-Sun)
- Location: Between Soi 3 and 5, Pathon Yothin Road, Saphan Khwai
- BTS: Saphan Kwai
- Tel: +66 (0)2 271 2439
- How to get there: From BTS Saphan Kwai (exit 1), the museum is inside the Sam Sen Nai Post Office.
Phra Sumen Fort
During the reign of King Rama I, fourteen forts were built to protect the borders of the Old City, but most have disappeared over the years. Only this one, on Phra Arthit road, and the Mahakhan Fort on Ratchadamnoen road now remain. Nestled in the quiet Suan Santichaiparkran Park, which itself straddles the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hexagonal shape of this pale white concrete fort, with battlements.
- Location: Phra Arthit Road, Banglamphu, near Khao San Road
- How to get there: How to get there: Embark the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Athit Pier (N13), or take a taxi.
Built in 1909 during King Rama V’s reign as temporary royal residence, Phyathai Palace comprises five buildings all constructed in a combination of neo-gothic and Romanesque styles. The interiors showcase a rococo influence, complete with beautiful ceiling frescos, gilded Corinthian columns and elaborately carved fretworks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Guided tours available on Saturdays at 9:30 and 13:30. Otherwise, you are free to walk around.
- Location: Ratchawithi Road (inside Phramongkutklao Hospital)
- BTS: Victory Monument
As a young man, founder Prasart Vongsakul was so upset that many of his homeland's treasures were being sold abroad that he vowed to one day build a museum for the people. The result is this eclectic, ever so slightly eccentric assembly of buildings, all replicas of influential Thai palaces, houses and royal residences. Some date as far back as the Ayutthaya period. Highlights include the Red Palace, a re-creation of a Thai-style teak house that King Rama I built for his sister in 1784, and a colonial-style mansion that dates back to the 19th Century and exhibits King Rama V's European tastes. Other interesting structures include a Chedi, Goddess Guan Yin Shrine and a Lopburi-style chapel.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 15:00 (Friday - Sunday)
- Location: 9 Krung Thep Kreetha Road, Soi 4, Bang Kapi
- Tel: +66 (0)2 379 3601
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go.
Located at the intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads, Pratunam Market is one of Bangkok's major markets, selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Entry the small alleys and jam-packed small streets and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothe-maze. Shops and tiny stalls dotted on both sides displaying all kind (literally) of clothes from; shorts, t-shirts, formal evening, suits, winter jackets or even bizarre outfits and fancy dress.
- Opening Hours: 24 hours (retail shops open from 10:00 - 20:00)
- Location: Intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads
Pridi Banomyong Institute
This tree-shrouded building complex dedicated to the important historical figure Pridi Banomyong is a venue for promoting Thai arts and culture. It hosts monthly art movies, stage performances by aspiring Thai artists as well as cultural seminars and workshops. If you go on a non-event day, you’ll find it quite deserted. Walk all the way to the open courtyard in the back, passing through a wooden walkway.
- Opening Hours: 09:30 – 17:30 (Tue-Sun)
- Location: Between Thonglor Soi 3 and 5
- Tel: +66 (0)2 530 5198, +66 (0)2 391 3807
This puppet show is one of Bangkok’s must-see attractions. Taking place on an elaborate stage, folk tales are told through the classic art of puppetry. Rather than being hidden away, the puppeteers are very much part of the show. Three puppeteers control the legs, arms and head of each puppet. Dressed in black, they blend into the background while the colorful puppets come to life. Read More...
Queen Sirikit Park
Like the name suggests, this park is a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 50th Birthday Anniversary on 12 August 1992. Situated on a 22-hectare area adjacent to the Children's Discovery Museum, Queen Sirikit Park delights visitors with its vast, manicured landscape, featuring a botanical garden, sculpted pond, the Lotus and Water Lily Yard and the auspicious tree garden, where the auspicious trees from Thailand's 76 provinces are planted in a garden in the shape of Thailand's geographical map.
- Opening Hours: 5:00 - 18:00 daily
- Location: Kampaengphet 2 Road, Ladyao, Chatuchak
- MRT: Chatuchak Park, Phahon Yothin
- BTS: Mo Chit
- How to get there: From BTS or MRT (Chatuchak Park), head towards Chatuchak Weekend Market, turn right at Kampangphet 3 Rd., and keep walking (about 10 min.) until you reach Children's Discovery Museum (the park is located in the same area).
The Queen's Gallery opened in 2003 in response to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's initiative to create a permanent public space to exhibit and promote the works of both established and up-and-coming Thai artists. Set in a five-storey building, the gallery covers 3,700 square metres of minimalist space to showcase permanent as well as changing exhibitions.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00; closed on Wednesdays
- Location: 101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (near Phan Fah Bridge)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 281 5360-1
- How to get there: Taxi is the best way to get there.
Bangkok’s old town has an interesting history, and the most entertaining way to discover more about it is with a visit to the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. Here you will get to experience the many things that make Bangkok great through a series of film, music, computer displays and a guided tour. If you have ever wanted to have more understanding of the palace, temples and neighbourhoods that make up Rattanakosin Island, this is the exhibition to visit. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 – 20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
- Address: 100 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 621 0044
- Price Range: Entrance Fee: 100 baht, free for students
Robot Building (United Overseas Bank )
First opened in 1986, the 'robot building' is located on South Sathorn Road. According to the architect, the original inspiration for the 20-storey building came from his son's toy robot. Complete with 'eyes' and 'antennae', the building's quirky characteristics masks the fact that the elements in the exterior design serve real purpose. For instance, the oversized 'bolts' and 'caterpillar wheels' act as sunshades and canopies.
- Location: UOB building, Sathorn Tai (South Sathorn)
- BTS: Chong Nonsi, Surasak
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Surasak Station (exit 4), walk about 15 minutes towards Narathiwat Road. If you come from BTS Chong Nonsi, take exit 1 and walk towards the intersection, cross the street, then turn right into Sathorn Tai Road. The building will be on your left.
Close to the Giant Swing and Wat Suthat, Romaneenart Park is the only non-ceremonial park in the Old City area. Built on the site of the old city jail, Romaneenart Park retains one wall and some of the old guard towers as part of the park's architectural features, in addition to the neo-classical buildings in the style of King Rama V period. A large number of fountains help keep the park cool in the middle of the big city.
- Opening Hours: 5:00 - 21:00 daily
- Location: Phra Nakhon (near Wat Sutat)
- How to get there: Embark the Charo Phraya Express Boat to Memorial Bridge pier, then walk up Chakraphet Road.
Rot Fai Park
This golf course-turn-public park is set on a sprawling 148-acre area north of Chatuchak Weekend Market. The park’s expansive ground is relatively flat, with shaded jogging and bicycling tracks that run through the park and around the outer perimetre. Remnants of the old golf course can still be seen throughout – the long, narrow fairways, sand pitches and water obstacles.
- Opening Hours: 04:30 - 21:00 daily
- Location: Kampaeng Phet 3 Road, Chatuchak
- MRT: Chatuchak Park
- BTS: Mo Chit
- How to get there: From BTS or MRT (Chatuchak Park), head towards Chatuchak Weekend Market, turn right at Kampangphet 3 Rd, and keep walking pass Queen Sirikit Park until you almost reach the end.
Once upon a time in Bangkok the Chao Phraya River and its tributaries were the most important avenue of communication, boats the main mode of transport for all, even royalty. Here you can discover eight of the country's most unique and stunning - the Royal Barges reserved for auspicious ceremonies and state occasions like the very rare Royal Barge Procession. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 17:00
- Location: Khlong Bangkok Noi (near Thonburi side, not far from Phra Pin Klao Bridge)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 424 0004
- How to get there: The best way is to board the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Wang Lang Pier (N10), then it’s a short walk to the museum. Or hire a long-tail boat to tour the Bangkok waterways and include the Royal Barges Museum in your itinerary.
Established in 1952 to preserve not only military aircraft, but also equipment from the beginning of aviation, the Royal Thai Air Force Museum displays one of the world's finest collections of rare and antique military aircraft. This is the only place to see the one-of-a-kind Hawk 3 fighters, which once participated in the Corsair and Franco-Indo Chinese War. The only remaining Japanese Tachigawa trainer can also be seen here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 16:00
- Location: Phanon Yothin Road, just behind Don Mueang Airport
- Tel: +66 (0)2 534 1764, (0)2 534 1853, (0)2 534 2113
- How to get there: Taxi is the best way.
Sampeng Lane & Pahurat Textile Market
An option to get to Pahurat, though a bit exhausting, is to walk south along Sampeng Lane from Chinatown down to Chakraphet Road and Pahurat. Several sub-sois and shopping blocks can be explored this way. An added feature to the area are circus-like acts of balancing and maneuvering performed by men transporting an astonishing amount of wholesale goods (sacks, boxes, etc) with small dolleys while weaving in and out of traffic - an interesting feat.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 (every day)
- Location: Chakraphek Road and Sampleng Lane, Chinatown
- How to get there: Running parallel south of Yaowarat (the main street) walk south along Sampeng Lane.
Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm
Home to over 60,000 crocodiles, Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm is the biggest in the world. Be thrilled by exciting crocodile shows and demonstrations. The farm also features elephant shows and other wildlife animals like tigers and bears. Read More about Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm here.
- Location: 30 kilometres from Bangkok in Samut Prakan
Built in 1907 in the small town of Nakhon Pathom, Sanam Chandra Palace is set in a beautiful park full of giant trees and perfectly manicured lawns winding around ponds and lakes. In the middle of this garden stands the most unlikely building, a yellow castle worthy of a Cinderella fairy tale. Located fifty kilometers west of Bangkok Nakhom Pathom is well-known for the world's tallest stupa called 'Phra Pathom Chedi', but despite being located only a kilometer from it, this unusual royal palace is only visited by a handful of local tourists. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9 am to 4 pm daily except mondays
- Price Range: 50 Baht
Situated at the heart of Rattanakosin Island, Sanam Luang (the Royal Field) has been in existence since the founding of Bangkok (in 1782). The area was also known as 'Thung Pra Meru' (Royal Cremation Ground), because it was originally used for royal cremations up until the reign of King Rama III, when the king decreed that all cremations be held outside the old city walls.
- Location: Rattanakosin Island (near Khao San Road and the Grand Palace)
- How to get there: Either take a taxi or embark the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Maharaj or Chang Pier.
Santa Cruz Church
The Portuguese have been allies with Thailand since 1516, when they began supplying the country with arms and ammunitions to help ward off Burmese aggression. After the destruction of Ayutthaya in 1767, and with it the Catholic church there, King Taksin granted permission for them to build another one in the new capital Thonburi, a gift in recognition of their vital services.
- Location: Soi Kudi Jeen, Thonburi
- How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Rajinee Pier (N7), then catch the Pak Khlong ferry across the river.
Built around one of the few remaining structures of the old city fortifications, Santichaiprakan Park have become very popular with tourists and city dwellers, especially in the evening when the park fills up with families as well as young Thais and foreigners. Situated on the riverside, the park is one of the few places where you can witness the picturesque Bangkok sunset.
- Opening Hours: 5:00 - 22:00 daily
- Location: Sumeru Road, Phra Nakhon
- How to get there: Embark the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Athit Pier (N13), or take a taxi.
Sitting right in the middle of the Victory Monument area, Santiphap Park may be smaller than other parks in Bangkok, but it's packed with activities, most of which are music-related. People sitting and enjoying the soft sound of Jazz while watching their children play is a common sight in this park.
- Opening Hours: 5:00 - 21:00 daily
- Location: Between Ratchawithi Road and Rang Nam Road, Ratchathewi
- BTS: Victory Monument
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Victory Monument Station (Exit 4), turn right at the Victory Monument and keep walking for about five minutes and the park is on your right.
This community museum is dedicated to the early Chinese immigrants of Bangkok. Set within the same compound as Wat Traimit, it is worth checking out if you’re eager to learn more about the history of the place.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Literally hundreds of penises (phalluses) - from small wooden carvings to big stone sculptures that stand ten feet tall and decorated with ribbons - make this shrine quite unique. It honors Chao Mae Tubtim, a female fertility spirit. Women visit this shrine when they are trying to conceive, leaving offerings of lotus and jasmine. And if rumours can be believed, the shrine has a good success rate. Read More...
- Location: Grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel, Chidlom-Ploenchit
- How to get there: BTS Chitlom
With its rich history that reads like an epic novel, Thailand is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing Asian nations, replete with over 700 years of captivating culture, customs and traditions. But just how Thailand's spawning seven centuries are brilliantly captured into a 90-minute production, Siam Niramit has the answer. Read More...
- Location: Tiamruammit Road, opposite Thailand Cultural Centre
- MRT: Thailand Cultural Centre Station, Exit 1
- Tour Available: Siam Niramit Show
Two storeys underneath the glitzy Siam Paragon shopping mall, an aquatic wonderland the size of three Olympic swimming pools awaits your discovery at the Siam Ocean World. This underground aquarium, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, will dazzle you with innovative world-class exhibits and over 30,000 curious looking creatures from various depths and aquatic regions across the globe. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 daily
- Location: Basement floor, Siam Paragon, Siam
- BTS: Siam
- How to get there: Take Exit 5 from the BTS Siam Station, which provides direct access to Siam Paragon.
- Tour Available: Siam Ocean World Bangkok
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial & Museum
Many who've lived in Bangkok their whole lives don't know who Silpa Bhirasri is. Without exception though, they've seen his work. He was an Italian-born sculptor who first came to Thailand in 1923 to work for the Department of Fine Arts. Today he's regarded as the father of modern art in Thailand, and his works are on display in public places throughout the city.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 12:00 (Monday to Friday, closed on weekends and public holidays)
- Location: Fine Arts Department, Silpakorn University, Rattanakosin
- Tel: +66 (0)2 223 6162
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way, but you can also take the Chao Phrya Express Boat to Chang Pier and walk to 10 minutes to Silpakorn University.
Sky Bar at State Tower (lebua Hotel)
Enjoy sweeping views from the top of Bangkok's second tallest building, the landmark State Tower with its highly visible golden dome. Tucked away in a corner of the award-winning open air Sirocco restaurant on the 64th floor, Sky Bar's counter is magically illuminated and changes colour every few minutes. A favourite hang-out for celebrities and wannabes, this is where you'd find some of the best live jazz in Bangkok. Also located at the Dome is Distil, another place where everyone likes to be seen. Part DJ bar, part smoking lounge and part restaurant, Distil serves fine single-malt Scotches like Macallan and Glenmoranghie, accompanied by a small carafe of genuine Scottish water.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
- Location: Lebua at State Tower (Silon/Riverside)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 624 9999
- Dress Code: Smart Casual (no beach shorts or flip-flops allowed)
Set up to produce anti-venom serom for snake-bite victims nationwide, the Snake farm is the place to head in town for poisonous snakes, from Cobras, Malayan Pit Vipers, King Cobras, Banded Kraits, to Russell Vipers. All are 'milked' (their venom extracted). Lots of information and close-up encounters available. Best to go half an hour before showtime as there's a side show which explains about history of the snake farm and its function. Fomerly the Pasteur Institute. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 16:30 (weekdays); 08:30 to 13:00 (Weekends & holidays)
- Address: Corner of Henry Dunant and Rama IV Roads, on the grounds on Chulalongkorn University
Part of Rambuttri runs parallel to Khao San, but despite being located so close by these two streets are different worlds. Rambuttri gives you a taste of how Bangkok used to look before all the skyscrapers arrived. Leafy banyan trees shade the pavements and the vibe sways more towards local than backpacker, despite a number of them now choosing to stay here rather than on the famous street itself.
Rambuttri is Khao San's more attractive, well behaved brother. The entire horse-shoe-shaped road takes around 30 minutes to walk along. This street has a great mix of guesthouses, restaurants, bars and street food stalls. Most of the shops are similar to those you find anywhere in the area selling the usual T-shirts, DVDs and other tourist trinkets. Read More...
- Location: Old City, just next to Khao San RoadTake the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Athit Pier, then cross the street, turn right and find a narrow offshoot lane from the main road.
Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple
This Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman was built by Tamil immigrants in the 1860s. Renowned for her power to protect against disease and death, it remains a popular place of worship for Silom's long-established Indian community. Its riotous blend of rich colours and ornate decoration makes for an unmistakable and rather unexpected sight in the heart of Silom.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 - 20:00
- Location: Corner Pan and Silom Roads, Silom
- How to get there: The BTS Skytrain Chong Nonsi Station drops you about 500 metres from the temple. Take exit 3 and walk towards Silom Road. At the intersection, turn left and continue walking for another 15 minutes until you see the temple on your left.
Suan Pakkad Palace is a place to find visions of Thailand you thought long since vanished in Bangkok. Its name means 'cabbage patch', in reference to when the land was nothing more than just that. Today, however, it's a well-tended tropical garden with serene ponds surrounding eight traditional Thai houses, each of which brims to overflowing with fine arts, antiques and oddities belonging to Prince and Princess Chumbhot. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00
- Location: 352-354 Sri Ayudhya Road (five minutes walk from BTS Phaya Thai), nearest area Pratunam
- Tel: +66 (0)2 245 4934
Talat Klongsuan Roi Pee (100 year Klong Suan Market)
Dating back to the reign of King Rama V, Talat Klong Suan Roi Pee offers not only a nostalgic ambience of Thailand's past, but also charming wooden shop houses selling vintage items and tasty local food. The market was once an important meeting point for villagers and people in the area because it was home to the community's only pier (to catch a boat to Bangkok).
- Location: About 20 kilometres from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Follow the well-designated signs. The market is located on the right.
Just few kilometres outside Bangkok but still far enough to not yet have been converted into a full scale tourist attraction is the charming Taling Chan Floating Market. It has everything you need to spend a good half day without having to book a tour and it is far more genuine than the big famous markets. Here you can enjoy a great seafood lunch sitting on the floor with the locals, ride a longtail boat around the nearby klongs (canals) for a 100 baht, do a bit of silly shopping and a lot of food tasting. You can even get a foot massage under the trees for only 200 baht! Enjoy it while it still feels 'local' as it already started to change.6627628 Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm
- How to get there: Taxi is the easiest way but you can get on the BTS to Wongwian Yai Station then ride a taxi for about 17mn, or ride the bus for an hour following this map from Central World http://goo.gl/maps/Xw1DV
The museum of Human Imagery is to Thai people what Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is to the rest of the world. This nice but somewhat unknown museum located fifty kilometres outside Bangkok, just before reaching Nakorn Pathom, was built two decades ago but was recently renovated to become the beautiful and enjoyable display it is now. People usually drive straight through this area; not many notice the museum and even less take the time to stop and admire the quality of craftsmanship of these surprisingly realistic statues. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 am - 5.30 pm, Sat - Sun & Official holidays 8.30 am - 6.00 pm
- Address: 1 Boromratchanchonni Road, Nakhon Pathom
- Tel: +66 34 33 2607
- How to get there: The best way is to rent a car, or hire a taxi, but it's about 50km west of Bangkok
Asia's first design learning and resource facility, the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), was established to foster the country's creativity and inspire innovative ideas among design professionals and entrepreneurs. TCDC is part of the Thai government's attempt to build Thailand as a knowledge-based society under the supervision of the Office of Knowledge Management and Development. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (everyday except Monday)
- Location: 6th floor, the Emporium, Sukhumvit Road
- BTS: Phrom Phong
- Tel: +(66) 2 664 8448
The Rink Ice Skating
Unlike most other preexisting ice-skating rinks, which are housed inside an enclosed space usually on the top floor of a shopping mall, The Rink sits in an open atrium on the first floor of CentralWorld shopping complex. The space occupies what used to be the exhibition area, surrounded by brand name clothing shops and B2S retail store. While you might need to use a lot of imagination to get the feel of a real outdoor rink, think New York’s Rockefeller Center or London’s Somerset House, The Rink is a delightful alternative to the otherwise nondescript rinks elsewhere.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: CentralWorld (Forum zone)
On Thursday evening at 21:30 is when lovelorn singles wearing red turn to Trimurti, the god of love, with offerings of red roses - all in the name of love, and in the hope that they will meet their eternal sweethearts. The shrine is a landmark in front of CentralWorld, and was recently slightly moved (at great expense) to make way for recent renovations. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Location: 999/9 Rajdamri Road, in front of CentralWorld
- BTS: Chidlom or Siam
This open air bar-cum-restaurant is 61 floors above the bustling streets of Bangkok; stylish, sophisticated, romantic and reaching for the clouds. Indulge in some of the world's finest champagne, exotic cocktails, wine-by-the-glass or non-alcholic beverages in the bar area, or go all the way for a memorable dinner of barbecued seafood. The magical atmosphere makes for a memorable evening, weather permitting. A telescope is available for star-gazing, and on most nights there is live jazz too. Despite the heavy price tags, it's money worth spending. Due to its popularity, reservations are required for the restaurant. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00 (weather permitting)
- Location: Banyan Tree Bangkok - 21/100 South Sathon Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 679 1200
- Dress Code: Smart Casual (no beach shorts, or flip-flops allowed)
If you travel by Skytrain (BTS) to Mo Chit en route to Chatuchak Weekend Market you'll catch the best view possible of this large military monument, built to commemorate Thailand's victory over French colonialists in Indochina. This was a brief and relatively bloodless war that led to the country regaining disputed land on its borders with Indochina. Read More...
- Location: Phahon Yothin, Phaya Thai, Ratchawithi and Din Daeng Roads intersection, Ratchathewi
- BTS: Victory Monument
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Victory Monument Station, take exit 4 or, for a better perspective, continue walking onto the pedestrian overpass, which wraps around the monument.
Located on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly, Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. Removed from Ko Sichang in Chonburi province, it was rebuilt in the Dusit Palace in 1900 by the command of King Rama V. It was recently renovated by HM Queen Sirikit, and made into a museum paying homage to the late King. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 until 16:30 (Tuesday - Saturday, last ticket at 15:30)
- Location: Rajavithee Road. Close to Dusit Zoo and the Dusit Palace complex.
- How to get there: Taxi is the best way to go.
- Tour Available: Vimanmek Mansion
After liberating Siam from the Burmese in 1767, following their ransacking of Ayutthaya, a general and provincial governor named Taksin was crowned King. He built Wangderm palace to mark the establishment of the new capital in Thonburi. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River near Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), it occupies a site once of great strategic importance, behind the Wichayen Fort and other fortifications that guarded access to the Kingdom's port. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Only to groups of five or more, and by appointment
- Location: Arun Amarin Road, Thonburi
Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was besigned by a Burmese army at the time, King Taksin arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:30
- Location: Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier)
Proof that the sacred can survive amidst the profane is Wat Chanagonkram. Its location in backpacker enclave Banglamphu, close to Khao San Road and mildly less frenetic Soi Rambuttri, belies both the ancient heritage and the tranquillity of this small temple and its shady grounds. Its origins date back to the Ayutthaya period, but it was restored in 1787, during the reign of Rama I.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00
- Location: Chakrapong Road, near Khao San Road, Banglamphu
The headquarter of Thailand's largest monastic order and Vipassana Meditation centre, Wat Mahathat is an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation. Although most programmes are in Thai, there are some in English and the temple has become a popular place to learn the Vipassana meditation method. Although most programmes are in Thai, there are some in English and the temple has become a popular place to learn the Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
- Location: Phra That Road (near Sanam Luang Park, between the Grand Palace and the National Museum), Old City (Rattanakosin)
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Bangkok's most important and largest Chinese-Buddhist temple is the hub of activities during festivals like Chinese New Year and contains spectacular Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian shrines. It dates back to 1872, and was called Wat Leng Nui Yee until King Rama V changed it to Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (which means Dragon Lotus Temple).
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
- Location: Charoenkrung Road, Chinatown
- How to get there: From the pier, walk up Ratchawong road to Charoen Krung, turn right and Wat Mangkol Kamalawat will be on your left a little more than one block down
Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the splendid Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It's the largest temple in Bangkok and famed for its huge and majestic reclining Buddha measured 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf. The Buddha's feet are 3 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious 'laksanas' (characteristics) of the Buddha. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 17:00 (Massage available until 18:00)
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:30
- Location: Na Phralan, Phra Nakorn (inside Grand Palace complex), Old City (Rattanakosin)
- Tour Available: Wat Phra Kaew
The grubby yellow hill crowned with a gleaming gold chedi is also known as the Golden Mount, or 'Phu Khao Thong'. It rises within the compound of Wat Saket, an unusual temple that houses Buddha relics within its 58-metre-high chedi surmounted by a golden cupola. Built by King Rama I just outside the new city walls, the late-18th century temple served as the capital's crematorium. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 21:00
- Location: Between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
- Tour Available: Wat Saket in Bangkok
One of the oldest temples with a sweeping elegant roof and the site of the original Giant Swing ceremony. A huge teak arch - all that remains of the original Giant Swing - lies in the grounds in front of the temple. The swing was used in a ceremony to give thanks for a good rice harvest. Young men would ride the swing high in the air, suspended 80 feet from the ground when in full swing, and try to grab a bag of silver coins with their teeth. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 17:00
- Location: 146 Banrung Muang Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
- Tour Available: Wat Sutat
Located at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road, near Hualampong Railway Station, Wat Traimit houses the world's largest golden seated Buddha measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons. In the past, artisans crafted the Buddhas in gold and disguised them from invading armies by a covering of stucco and plaster. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
- Location: Traimit Road (west of Hua Lampong Station), Chinatown
- Tour Available: Wat Traimit