Must-see attractions in Bangkok

  • Hua Lamphong Train Station

    Chinatown

    Located at the southeastern edge of Chinatown, Bangkok’s main train station was built by Dutch architects and engineers between 1910 and 1916. It was…

  • MR Kukrit Pramoj House

    Bangkok

    Author and statesman Mom Ratchawong Kukrit Pramoj (1911–95) once resided in this charming complex now open to the public. Surrounded by a manicured garden…

  • Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute

    Bangkok

    Founded in 1923, Asia's oldest snake farm gathers antivenom by milking snakes, injecting it into horses, and then harvesting and purifying the antigens…

  • Institute of Islamic Art

    Bangkok

    This institute has a small gallery displaying indigenous classical and contemporary Thai Islamic art, with the objective of reviving the Thai Islamic…

  • Sampeng Lane

    Chinatown

    Soi Wanit 1 – colloquially known as Sampeng Lane – is a narrow artery running parallel to Th Yaowarat and bisecting the commercial areas of Chinatown and…

  • Or Tor Kor Market

    Northern Bangkok

    Or Tor Kor is Bangkok’s highest-quality fruit and agricultural market, and taking in the toddler-sized mangoes and dozens of pots full of curries amounts…

  • Thanon Bamrung Meuang Religious Shops

    Banglamphu

    The stretch of Th Bamrung Meuang (one of Bangkok’s oldest streets and originally an elephant path leading to the Grand Palace) from Th Mahachai to Th…

  • YELO House

    Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

    An art gallery? Vintage-clothing market? Co-working space? Cafe/restaurant? YELO House is so cool, it's hard to pin down what it actually is. So we'll go…

  • Wat Thevarat Kunchorn

    Bangkok

    The origins of this riverside Buddhist temple located near Thewet Pier date back to pre-Ratanakosin days, but it was successively built upon and renovated…

  • Gallery VER

    Bangkok

    This vast experimental art space has hosted a variety of work by both established and emerging local artists, sometimes with a subversive lean. In 2017,…

  • Sea Life Ocean World

    Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

    More than 400 species of fish, crustaceans and even penguins populate this vast underground facility. Diving with sharks (for a fee) is also an option if…

  • Baiyoke Tower II

    Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

    Cheesiness and altitude run in equal parts at Baiyoke Tower II, formerly Bangkok’s tallest building. Ascend through a corridor decked with aliens and…

  • Wat Saket

    Banglamphu

    Wat Saket contains murals that are among the most beautiful in the country. Proceed directly to the pillar behind the Buddha statue, however, for some…

  • Children's Discovery Museum

    Northern Bangkok

    Learning is well-disguised as fun at this museum, open again after a lengthy renovation completed in 2019. The interactive exhibits range in topic from…

  • SAC Gallery

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Tucked deep in a residential Th Sukhumvit side street is this vast gallery, one of the city's most ambitious art spaces. A collaboration with Paris'…

  • Bangkok CityCity Gallery

    Bangkok

    This small, modern-feeling art space, which opened in 2015, hosts changing exhibitions featuring the work of domestic, often pop-inspired artists, as well…

  • 100 Tonson Gallery

    Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

    Housed in a spacious residential villa, and generally regarded as one of the city’s top commercial galleries, 100 Tonson hosts a variety of contemporary…

  • Numthong Gallery

    Northern Bangkok

    This long-standing Bangkok gallery calls the increasingly hip Ari neighbourhood its home. Exhibitions, which change approximately monthly, centre largely…

  • Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

    Dusit Palace Park

    Bangkok

    Following his first European tour in 1897, Rama V (King Chulalongkorn; r 1868–1910) returned with visions of European castles and set about transforming…

  • Thammasat University

    Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

    Much of the saga that followed Thailand’s transition from monarchy to democracy has unfolded on this quiet riverside campus. Thammasat University was…

  • Phra Sumen Fort, Banglamphu.

    Phra Sumen Fort & Santi Chai Prakan Park

    Banglamphu

    Formerly the site of a sugar factory, Santi Chai Prakan Park is now a tiny patch of greenery with a great river view and lots of evening action, including…

  • Mahakan Fort at Dusk

    Mahakan Fort

    Banglamphu

    Dating back to the late 18th century, whitewashed Mahakan Fort is one of two surviving citadels that defended the old walled city. The octagonal fort is a…

  • Sanam Luang

    Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

    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…

  • Victory Monument.

    Victory Monument

    Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

    This obelisk was built by the then military government in 1941 to commemorate a 1940 campaign against the French in Laos. Today the monument is primarily…

  • Sao Ching-Cha

    Banglamphu

    This spindly red arch – a symbol of Bangkok – formerly hosted a Brahmin festival in honour of Shiva, in which participants would swing in ever higher arcs…

  • Ban Baat

    Banglamphu

    The residents of Ban Baat inhabit the only remaining village of three established in Bangkok by Rama I (King Phraphutthayotfa Chulalok; r 1782–1809) to…

  • Silpakorn University

    Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

    Thailand’s universities aren’t usually repositories for interesting architecture, but Silpakorn (pronounced sĭn lá þà gorn), the country’s premier art…

  • Sri Mariamman Temple

    Bangkok

    Arrestingly flamboyant, this Hindu temple is a wild collision of colours, shapes and deities. It was built in the 1860s by Tamil immigrants and features a…

  • Phahurat

    Chinatown

    Many South Asian traders set up shop in Bangkok's small but bustling Little India, where everything from Bollywood movies to bindis is sold by…

  • Sathorn Unique Tower

    Bangkok

    Construction on Sathorn Unique – known colloquially as the Ghost Tower because locals believe the plot of land it occupies to be a former cemetery – began…

  • Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

    Bangkok

    The domed neoclassical building behind the Rama V Memorial was originally built as a royal reception hall during the reign of Rama V, but wasn't completed…

  • October 14 Memorial

    Banglamphu

    A peaceful amphitheatre commemorates the civilian demonstrators who were killed by the military during a pro-democracy rally on 14 October 1973. Over 200…

  • Taling Chan Floating Market

    Bangkok

    Located just outside of Bangkok on the access road to Khlong Bangkok Noi, Taling Chan looks like any other fresh food market busy with produce vendors…

  • Lak Meuang

    Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

    Serving as the spiritual keystone of Bangkok, Lak Meuang is a phallus-shaped wooden pillar erected by Rama I during the foundation of the city in 1782…

  • Bangkok Doll Factory & Museum

    Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

    This workshop was founded by Khunying Tongkorn Chandavimol in 1956 after she completed a doll-making course while living in Japan. Her dolls draw on Thai…

  • National Gallery

    Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

    Housed in a building that was the Royal Mint during the reign of Rama V, the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition is a rather dusty and dated affair…

  • Kathmandu Photo Gallery

    Bangkok

    Bangkok’s only gallery wholly dedicated to photography is housed in a charmingly restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse. The owner, photographer Manit…

  • Neilson Hays Library

    Bangkok

    The oldest English-language library in Thailand, Neilson Hays dates back to 1869, and today remains the city’s noblest place for a read – with the added…

  • Assumption Cathedral

    Bangkok

    Marking the ascendancy of the French missionary influence in Bangkok during the reign of Rama II (King Phraphutthaloetla Naphalai; r 1809–24), the current…