Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

Jim Thompson House

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...

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Wat Pho

Wat Pho

You'll find (slightly) fewer tourists here than at neighbouring Wat Phra Kaew, but Wat Pho is our absolute favourite among Bangkok's biggest sights. In fact, the compound incorporates a host of superlatives: the...

Top ChoiceThai in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

Saawaan

Two exceptionally talented chefs run what can easily be called one of the finest Thai restaurants in the world. Its name meaning 'heaven', this chic address has a seven-course tasting menu themed on cooking...

Top ChoiceInternational in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

Le Du

A play on the Thai word for 'season', Le Du intertwines Thai dishes with Western flavours, and applies 21st-century deconstructionist cooking techniques with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients (including...

Top ChoiceInternational in Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

Gaa

This uber-acclaimed restaurant is run by Michelin-starred chef Garima Arora (a protégé of former Bangkok chef Gaggan Anand) who also honed her craft at Copenhagen’s famed Noma. Classic Indian and Thai dishes are...

Top ChoiceMarket in Northern Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Among the largest open-air markets in the world, Chatuchak (also referred to as 'Jatujak' or simply 'JJ Market') seems to unite everything buyable, from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels. Plan to spend a...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Phra Kaew

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...

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Grand Palace

Part of the greater complex that also encompasses the hallowed Wat Phra Kaew temple, the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang) is a former royal residence that is today only used on ceremonial occasions....

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Wat Arun

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 Arun...

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Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park

Named after the Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal (Lumbini), Lumphini Park is central Bangkok’s largest and most popular park. Its 58 hectares are home to an artificial lake surrounded by broad, well-tended lawns,...

Top ChoiceBuddhist 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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Chinatown

Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)

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 65...

Top ChoiceMarket in Chinatown

Talat Mai

Talat Mai

With some two centuries of commerce under its belt, New Market is no longer an entirely accurate name for this strip of commerce. Regardless, this is Bangkok’s quintessential Chinese market, and the dried goods,...

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Rajadamnern Stadium

Rajadamnern Stadium is Bangkok’s oldest and most venerable venue for moo·ay tai (Thai boxing; also spelt muay Thai). Be sure to buy tickets from the official ticket counter or online, not from touts and scalpers...

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Jay Fai

Wearing ski goggles and furiously cooking over a charcoal fire, septuagenarian Jay Fai is renowned for serving Bangkok’s tastiest (and priciest) crab omelettes and pàt kêe mow (wide rice noodles fried with...

Top ChoiceThai in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

nahm

nahm

In the modern-day melee of top-notch restaurants here, nahm may no longer be on top of the competition, but it's still one of Bangkok's nicest Thai restaurants. Helmed by the talented female chef Pim, counted...

Top ChoiceItalian in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

Il Bolognese

Run by a passionate, hands-on Italian chef, this fabulous restaurant serves a sturdy range of northern Italian goodies in its casual yet stylish premises. Try the grilled eggplant balls with tomato sauce and...

Top ChoiceArea in Chinatown

Talat Noi

This microcosm of soi (lane) life is named after a small (nói) market (đà·làht) that sets up between Soi 22 and Soi 20, along the atmospheric Soi Wanit 2 that runs parallel to Th Charoen Krung. Wandering here...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Northern Bangkok

Papaya

What began as a private hobby for Papaya's reticent owner has snowballed over the years into a mindboggling collection of 19th- and 20th-century artefacts that occupy every inch within a warehouse-size exhibition...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

SkyWalk at King Power Mahanakhon

Offering an unparalleled 360-degree view of Bangkok's cityscape, this two-tiered viewpoint is perched atop King Power Mahanakhon, currently Thailand’s tallest building. Stepping onto the dizzying SkyWalk – a...