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Jim Thompson House

Siam 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Surrounded by greenery along San Sap khlong, this unusual teak house once belonged to the American Jim Thompson. — Michelin Guide

Thompson imported parts of several up-country buildings, some as old as 150 years, to construct his compound of six Thai houses. — Fodor's

He not only made the country's silk famous throughout the world, he also collected an amazing array of Asian artifacts including traditional Thai paintings, sculpture, and porcelain. — Concierge

American adventurer and entrepreneur who came to Bangkok during World War II as a U. S. spy... later returned to settle down and single-handedly reinvent the Thai silk industry. — Condé Nast Traveler

As you wander this unusual mansion, marvel at the architecture and treasures contained within. — Afar Magazine

Temple of Dawn

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This five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then Wat Magog at sunrise in October 1767. — Time Out

Wat Arun is easily recognisable by its huge central prang (114m high), which is built in Khmer-style... this temple is dedicated to the Hindu god of the day, Aruna. — Michelin Guide

Formerly known as Wat Jaeng, the 79m-high (260-ft.), Khmer-inspired tower was renamed the "Temple of Dawn," by King Thaksin, Bangkok's founder. — Frommer's

Striking Wat Arun commands a martial pose as the third point in the holy trinity (along with Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho) of Bangkok's early history. — Lonely Planet

If this riverside spot is inspiring at sunrise, it's even more marvelous toward dusk, when the setting sun throws amber tones over the entire area. — Fodor's

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Banglamphu 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

No single structure within the Grand Palace elicits such awe as this, the most sacred temple in the kingdom. — Fodor's

The number one destination in Bangkok is also one of the most imposing and visually fascinating. — Frommer's

Wat Phra Kaew gleams and glitters with so much colour and glory that its earthly foundations seem barely able to resist the celestial pull. — Lonely Planet

The royal chapel (ubosot) serves as a backdrop to one of the most sacred objects in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha. — Michelin Guide

One of Thailand's most impressive sights: 54 acres featuring a collection of palatial buildings, golden stupas, sculpted nine-foot demons, and richly ornamented wats (temples). — Concierge

Suan Pakkad Palace Museum

Bangkok 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This peaceful oasis was the home of Princess Chumbhon of Nakhon Sawan, an avid art collector and one of the country's most dedicated archaeologists. — Frommer's

Houses a fine collection of Khmer statues... this palace is a true haven of peace and tranquillity in a noisy and frenetic district. — Michelin Guide

This delightful museum exhibits artefacts including Khmer Buddha statues, monks' fans, betel nut sets, shells and prehistoric Baan Chiang pottery. — Time Out

Formally a royal residence, this group of traditional Thai homes holds one of the finest art collections in Bangkok. — Travel + Leisure

An overlooked treasure, Suan Phakkad is a collection of eight traditional wooden Thai houses that was once the residence of Princess Chumbon of Nakhon Sawan. — Lonely Planet

The Grand Palace

Banglamphu 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is Thailand's most revered spot and one of its most visited. — Fodor's

The former royal residence of the kings of Siam... the Grand Palace now hosts official ceremonies. — Michelin Guide

No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace, which sits smack in the middle of the city, while resting elegantly on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. — Afar Magazine

Located on the Chao Phraya River, the gold-spired Grand Palace is one of Thailand’s most important sacred sites. — Travel + Leisure

Bangkok's paramount must-see sight is this architectural and spiritual treasure, which is twice as dazzling if you see it on a sunny day. — Time Out

The National Museum Bangkok

Banglamphu 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Just outside Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, the National Museum has a fine selection of Dvaravati-style stuccowork. The collection of Lanna antiques is also impressive. — Fodor's

Everything you ever wanted to know about Thailand—its history, art, religions, culture, and more—in a complex that includes a former royal residence and chapel. — Concierge

Visit the galleries dedicated to Thai... history and then admire the Buddhaisawan chapel, which is home to a highly venerated statue of Buddha. — Michelin Guide

The country’s largest museum offers exhibitions illustrating Thai history, plus collections of Buddha images, textiles, ceramics, musical instruments and weapons — The Telegraph

The National Museum, just a short (15-min.) walk north of the Grand Palace, is the country's central treasury of art and archaeology (32 branches are located throughout the provinces). — Frommer's

The Golden Mount

Bangkok 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The mound is crowned by a fortress topped with the gilded chedi (tower-reliquary) of Wat Saket. — Michelin Guide

A well-known landmark, the towering gold chedi of Wat Saket, also known as the Golden Mount, was once the highest point in the city. — Fodor's

Assembled from canal diggings, the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong) was intended by Rama III to be clad as a giant chedi. — Time Out

Golden Mount was commissioned by Rama III, who ordered that the earth dug out to create Bangkok’s expanding klorng network be piled up to build an enormous, 100m-high, 500m-wide... — Lonely Planet

Wat Saket is easily recognized by its golden chedi, atop a fortresslike hill near busy Ratchadamnoen Road and Banglampoo. — Frommer's

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Vimanmek Mansion

Dusit 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The highlight of the Dusit Park is Vimanmek Teak Mansion said to be the world’s largest golden teak mansion, built with nary a single nail. — Lonely Planet

Built without a single nail in the second half of the 19C, Vimanmek Palace is the largest golden-teak building in the world — Michelin Guide

In the heart of Dusit Palace Park is the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, an impressive structure that was originally built as a retreat for the king in 1868 and later served as Rama V’s primary residence. — Travel + Leisure

The spacious grounds within Dusit Park include 20 buildings you can visit, but the Vimanmek Palace, considered the largest golden teak structure in the world, is truly the highlight. — Fodor's

Your ticket to the Grand Palace will also get you in to visit King Chulalongkorn's stunning golden teakwood mansion, often called Vimanmek Palace, situated in delightful Dusit Palace Park. — Frommer's

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Wat Suthat

Banglamphu 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Looming behind the Giant Swing, Bangkok's tallest vihaan houses the awe-inducing 8m (26ft) Phra Sri Sakyamuni Buddha. — Time Out

One of Bangkok's most serene temples, a 26-foot-high Buddha sits snugly within Bangkok's tallest vihara, or assembly hall, surrounded by murals that depict his life. — Travel + Leisure

Brahmanism predated the arrival of Buddhism in Thailand and its rituals were eventually integrated into the dominant religion. — Lonely Planet

The 19C Wat Sathut houses the largest wihan (main chapel) in the Thai capital, which is home to an imposing 8m-high gilded bronze Buddha. — Michelin Guide

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Dusit Park

Bangkok 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The centre of political power in Thailand, Dusit is now home to most of the country's ministries and administrative offices. — Michelin Guide

The mansion was the first permanent building on the Dusit Palace grounds, and served as Rama V's residence in the early 1900s. — Lonely Planet

This park contains various palaces and museums, including the attractive Vimanmek Teak Mansion...the world’s largest teak building, apparently, containing a vast collection of royal antiques. — The Telegraph

This canal-laced royal estate explains court life through museums in fretworked 'tropical European' style mansions, most famously Wang Vimanmek. — Time Out

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Royal Barges National Museum

Bangkok 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

These splendid ceremonial barges are berthed on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. — Fodor's

If you've hired a longtail boat on the Chao Phraya, stop by this unique museum housing the sumptuous royal barges. — Frommer's

Royal barges are very rarely seen in procession on the River Chao Phraya nowadays — Michelin Guide

Every foreign country has its famous religious monuments and museums, but how many have their own fleet of royal boats on display? — Lonely Planet

The museum is easiest to reach by boat or canal tour, given the badly signed trudge from the road via alleys. — Time Out

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Lumpini Park

Silom 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Named after the Buddha's place of birth in Nepal, Lumphini Park is the best way to escape Bangkok without leaving town. — Lonely Planet

Named after Buddha's birthplace in Nepal, the capital's best green enclave was donated in 1925 by King Rama VI, whose statue dominates the gate opposite Silom. — Time Out

Lumphini Park provides a much-needed break from the pavement and chaos of the city — Afar Magazine

The Thai capital's answer to New York City's Central Park... offers a range of free (or at least wallet-friendly) diversions. — Condé Nast Traveler

Two lakes enhance this popular park, one of the biggest in the center of the city. You can watch children feed bread to the turtles or teenagers rowing a boat to more secluded shores. — Fodor's

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Erawan Shrine

Bangkok 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A shrine built to combat the bad karma of a commercial venture.  — Atlas Obscura

The mix of burning incense, dancers in traditional dress, and many people praying is a memorable sight. — Fodor's

Thais seamlessly fuse modernity with spirit beliefs. This ability is encapsulated at the frenetic, smoky Hindu shrine to Brahma. — Time Out

The Erawan Shrine was originally built in 1956 as something of a last-ditch effort to end a string of misfortunes that occurred during the construction of a hotel. — Lonely Planet

The Erawan Shrine is not old, but it is an interesting testament to the belief in spirits, in Thai society. — Frommer's

Temple of the Golden Buddha

Chinatown / Yaowarat 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The actual temple has little architectural merit, but off to its side is a small chapel containing the world's largest solid-gold Buddha, cast about nine centuries ago in the Sukhothai style. — Fodor's

The attraction at Wat Traimit is undoubtedly the impressive 3m-tall, 5.5-tonne, solid-gold Buddha image, which gleams like, well, gold. — Lonely Planet

Wat Traimit, thought to date from the 13th century, would hardly rate a second glance if not for its astonishing Buddha image. — Frommer's

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Dusit Zoo

Dusit 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Thailand’s top zoo has more than 300 species of animals, including rhinos, elephants, hippos, tapirs, gibbons, lions, tigers, crocodiles, and exotic birds — Frommer's

One of Asia's best, but but it does keep rare fauna in rather grim enclosures. — Time Out

Komodo dragons and other rarely seen creatures, among them the Sumatran rhinoceros, are on display at this charming little zoo. — Fodor's

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Museum of Siam

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Bangkok's newest museum is conveniently located in a grand old colonial building just a short walk from the Grand Palace and Wat Po. — Frommer's

This fun museum employs a variety of media to explore the origins of the Thai people and their culture. — Lonely Planet

The Museum Siam doesn't mythologise 'Big Man' heroes or mould facts to the nation-building ideology. — Time Out

Don’t let the neoclassical architecture of the house fool you; this modern museum presents the history of Thai culture as an interactive experience that will delight the whole family. — Travel + Leisure

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Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Banglamphu 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Just south of the Grand Palace complex near the Tha Chang pier, this temple, which was also Thailand's first public education center, was originally built by King Rama I in the 18th century. — Concierge

The city's largest wat has what is perhaps the most unusual representation of the Buddha in Bangkok. — Fodor's

This vast, mellow temple rewards wandering, despite some touristy aspects. — Time Out

You'll find (slightly) fewer tourists here than at Wat Phra Kaew, but Wat Pho is our personal fave among Bangkok's biggest temples. — Lonely Planet

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Snake Farm

Siam 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Run by the Thai Red Cross, the world's second snake farm (1922) does research and treatment on venomous bites. — Time Out

You can watch the snakes being ‘milked’ of venom and listen to a video explaining the institute’s progress. — Frommer's

Founded in 1923, the snake farm gathers antivenin by milking the snakes’ venom, injecting it into horses, and harvesting and purifying the antivenin they produce. — Lonely Planet

The Thai Red Cross established this unusual and fascinating snake farm and toxicology research institute in 1923, and it is well worth a visit. — Fodor's

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Wat Mahathat

Banglamphu 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Less handsome than its neighbours, this large monastery is nonetheless important and more of a 'working' wat. — Time Out

Built to house a relic of the Buddha, Wat Mahathat is one of Bangkok's oldest shrines and the headquarters for Thailand's largest monastic order. — Frommer's

The "temple of the Great Relic" is the site of the largest Buddhist university in Thailand. — Michelin Guide

One of Bangkok's oldest temples and home to Thailand's largest monastic order.  — Atlas Obscura

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Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Banglamphu 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bangkok’s largest and oldest wat (Buddhist temple) is home to the famous Reclining Buddha, the supine 46m long and 49-feet-high (15-meter-high) gold leaf-covered Buddha image with mother-of-pearl inlaid feet — National Geographic

Just south of the Grand Palace complex near the Tha Chang pier, this temple, which was also Thailand's first public education center, was originally built by King Rama I in the 18th century, and today covers 20 acres — Condé Nast Traveler

If you only see one temple in Bangkok, make it Wat Pho: home of the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand — Afar Magazine

The oldest temple in Thailand, Wat Pho is also home to the country's most important school of medicine and traditional massage — Michelin Guide

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