Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Pho

You'll find (slightly) fewer tourists here than at Wat Phra Kaew, but Wat Pho is our favourite among Bangkok's biggest sights. In fact, the compound incorporates a host of superlatives: the city's largest reclining …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Phra Kaew

Architecturally fantastic, this temple complex is also the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy, symbolically united in what is the country’s most holy image, the Emerald Buddha. Attached to the temple c…
Top Choice Palace in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Grand Palace

Part of the greater complex that also encompasses Wat Phra Kaew, the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang) is a former royal residence that is today only used on ceremonial occasions. Visitors are allowed to surv…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace

Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew is the colloquial name of the vast, fairy-tale compound that also includes the former residence of the Thai monarch, the Grand Palace.This ground was con…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Arun

After the fall of Ayuthaya, King Taksin ceremoniously clinched control here on the site of a local shrine and established a royal palace and a temple to house the Emerald Buddha. The temple was renamed after the Ind…
Museum in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Museum of Siam

Although temporarily closed for renovation when we stopped by, this fun museum's collection employs a variety of media to explore the origins of the Thai people and their culture. Housed in a European-style 19th-cen…
Museum in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

National Museum

Often touted as Southeast Asia's biggest museum, Thailand's National Museum is home to an impressive, albeit occasionally dusty, collection of items, best appreciated on one of the museum's free twice-weekly guided …
Museum in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Siriraj Medical Museum

Various appendages, murder weapons and crime-scene evidence, including a bloodied T-shirt from a victim stabbed to death with a dildo, are on display at these linked museums – collectively dubbed the Museum of Death…
Market in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Amulet Market

This arcane and fascinating market claims both the footpaths along Th Maha Rat and Th Phra Chan, as well as a dense network of covered market stalls that runs south from Phra Chan Pier; the easiest entry point is cl…
Park in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Sanam Luang

On a hot day, Sanam Luang (Royal Field) is far from charming: a shadeless expanse of dying grass and concrete pavement ringed by flocks of pigeons and homeless people. Yet despite its shabby appearance, it has been …