Top Choice Historic Building in Siam Square, Pratunam, Ploenchit & Ratchathewi

Jim Thompson House

This jungly compound is the former home of the eponymous American silk entrepreneur and art collector. Born in Delaware in 1906, Thompson briefly served in the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner of the CIA…
Top Choice Market in Greater Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Among the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak seems to unite everything buyable, from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels. Plan to spend a full day here, as there’s plenty to see, do and buy. But come early,…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Thanon Sukhumvit

Siam Society & Ban Kamthieng

Ban Kamthieng transports visitors to a northern Thai village complete with informative displays of daily rituals, folk beliefs and everyday household chores, all within the setting of a traditional wooden house. Thi…
Top Choice Museum in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

Bangkokian Museum

A collection of three antique structures built during the early 20th century, the Bangkokian Museum illustrates an often-overlooked period of Bangkok’s history.
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 fave among Bangkok's biggest sights. In fact, the compound incorporates a host of superlatives: the city's largest reclining Buddh…
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 Banglamphu

Wat Suthat

Other than being just plain huge and impressive, Wat Suthat also holds the highest royal temple grade. Inside the wí·hăhn (sanctuary for a Buddha sculpture) are intricate Jataka (stories of the Buddha) murals and th…
Top Choice Museum in Thewet & Dusit

Dusit Palace Park

Following his first European tour in 1897, Rama V (King Chulalongkorn; r 1868–1910) returned with visions of European castles and set about transforming these styles into a uniquely Thai expression, today's Dusit Pa…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chinatown

Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)

The attraction at Wat Traimit is undoubtedly the impressive 3m-tall, 5.5-tonne, solid-gold Buddha image, which gleams like, well, gold. Sculpted in the graceful Sukhothai style, the image was 'discovered' some 40 ye…