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Temple of the Reclining Buddha

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Jim Thompson House

Both are rated highly by professional travelers. On balance, Jim Thompson House ranks significantly better than Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Jim Thompson House ranks #1 in Bangkok with endorsements from 9 sources like Condé Nast Traveler, Afar Magazine and Frommer's.

Both are rated highly by professional travelers. On balance, Jim Thompson House ranks significantly better than Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Jim Thompson House ranks #1 in Bangkok with endorsements from 9 sources like Condé Nast Traveler, Afar Magazine and Frommer's.

tripexpert score
80
#17 in Bangkok
location

2 Sanam Chai Road, Bangkok, Thailand

endorsements
  • 4 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    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.

  • 6

    Fodor's

    The city's largest wat has what is perhaps the most unusual representation of the Buddha in Bangkok. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

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

  • 9

    Time Out Tick Critics' Choice

    This vast, mellow temple rewards wandering, despite some touristy aspects. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Bangkok

6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

  • 9 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    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.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Thompson imported parts of several up-country buildings, some as old as 150 years, to construct his compound of six Thai houses. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    In 1959, 12 years after he discovered the fine silks being woven across the klorng in Baan Krua and single-handedly turned Thai silk into a hugely successful export business. Full Review →

  • 9

    Time Out Tick Critics' Choice

    The revival and global fame of Thai silk owes much to Jim Thompson, a US architect who came to Thailand at the end of World War II with the OSS (now the CIA) and settled. Full Review →

  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    As you wander this unusual mansion, marvel at the architecture and treasures contained within. Full Review →

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