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Things to do in Bangkok

Cruise the Chao Phraya River and stop off in Rattanakosin to marvel at the Grand Palace and Wat Pho temple's huge reclining Buddha. Away from the riverside, Asian interior design was born in Pathumwan at Jim Thompson's House. Get up early to watch crowds perform morning T'ai Chi in Lumpini Park, and cross the river to Bang Kra Jao to bicycle through Bangkok's wilderness.

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. National Museum of Royal Barges - Museums and Galleries

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    Royal Barges procession, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

    The National Museum of Royal Barges in Bangkok Noi houses eight magnificently decorated boats, each requiring 50 rowers. Well over 100 years old, the barges are rarely used. When there is a river procession, it is a spectacular sight.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB30

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm

    Address

    Klong Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 24 24 0004

    Transport

    Chao Phraya Express boat to Phra Pin Klao Bridge Pier

  2. 2. Bicycle Tours - Special things to do

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    Bicycle Tours, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

    Half-day-long 25km Bicycle Tours through Bang Kra Jao start at the Face bar on Sukhumvit Road. Bang Kra Jao is the wilderness area of Bangkok, complete with lush jungle, villages, temples, waterways, and the Bangkok skyline as a backdrop.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB1000-THB1650

    Opening hours

    Daily 1pm-4.30pm

    Address

    38, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 7136 047

    Transport

    Thong Lor Skytrain

    Website

    Bicycle Tours Website

  3. 3. Vimanmek Palace - Attractions

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    Vimanmek Palace, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

    Built using golden teak in 1900, the Vimanmek Palace in Dusit is known as the Cloud Mansion. It can only be visited on a guided tour and there is a strict dress code. Its 81 rooms house silver and ivory treasures, and royal coaches.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB100; students THB20; included in Grand Palace ticket (valid for 7 days)

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-3.15pm

    Address

    Ratchawithi Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 280 5928

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Vimanmek Palace Website

  4. 4. Jim Thompson's House - Attractions

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    Jim Thompson's House, Bangkok. Photo by Hans Fonk, courtesy of Jim Thompson's House

    Jim Thompson's House, in Pathumwan, is typical Thai architecture, created from six traditional teak houses and packed full of Asian artefacts. It was the stylish home of Bangkok's silk guru and larger-than-life US expat Jim Thompson.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB100; students THB50

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm; last guided tour at 5pm

    Address

    6, Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2216 7368

    Transport

    National Stadium Skytrain station

    Website

    Official website

  5. 5. Kamthieng House - Attractions

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    Kamthieng House, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Siam Society

    Located in the Siam Society garden, Kamthieng House is a 160-year-old teak stilt house brought from northern Thailand. Its reconstruction as a museum illustrates how rural workers and fishermen lived and the tools they used, including ploughs and rice-harvesting devices.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB100

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 9am-5pm

    Address

    131, Asoke Montri Road, Sukhumvit 21, Bangkok 10110

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2661 6470

    Transport

    Asok Skytrain station; Sukhumvit Metro station

    Website

    Official website

  6. 6. Wat Arun - Attractions

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    Wat Arun, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

    Wat Arun's spectacular 76-metre high tower, decorated with colourful ceramic tiles, rises up dramatically from its location on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Yai. Climb the tower for delightful views across the river to the Royal Grand Palace.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB20

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.30am-5.30pm

    Address

    34, Arun-Amarin Rd, Kwang Wat Arun, Bangkok 10600

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 465 5640

    Transport

    Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Wat Arun Pier

    Website

    Official website

  7. 7. Wat Pho - Attractions

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    Wat Pho, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

    Founded in the 17th century, Wat Pho in Rattanakosin is Bangkok's oldest and largest temple. It houses the impressive Reclining Buddha, which is 46 metres long and 15 metres high. The temple is also renowned for its teaching of traditional herbal medicine and massage.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB50

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-5pm

    Address

    2, Sanamchai Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2225 9595

    Transport

    Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang or Tha Tien Pier

  8. 8. Siriraj Medical Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Siriraj Medical Museum, Bangkok. Courtesy of Rusa Vuong

    The Siriraj Medical Museum in Siriraj Hospital at Bangkok Noi is not for the faint-hearted. The gruesome collection contains the embalmed bodies of murder, suicide and accident victims, and even the remains of Thailand's first serial killer.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB40

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-4pm

    Address

    2, Prannok Road, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 419 7000

    Transport

    Cross-river ferry from Prachan or Tha Chang Piers to Wang Lang Pier

    Website

    Siriraj Medical Museum Website

  9. 9. Chao Phraya Express Boat Trips - Special things to do

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    Chao Phraya Express Boat Trips, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

    Visitors get a glimpse of river life aboard one of the Chao Phraya Express Boat Trips. They operate a service along the river from Ratburana. Stops are located at ten piers, convenient for a trip to the Grand Palace.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB27

    Opening hours

    Departure times vary. Please check website for details

    Address

    78, 24-29 Maharaj Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 623 6001

    Transport

    Saphan Taksin Skytrain station

    Website

    Chao Phraya Express Boat Website

  10. 10. Lumpinee Boxing Stadium - Special things to do

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    Lumpini Stadium, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

    Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Lumpini Stadium devotees gather to witness Thailand's most popular martial art. Traditional Thai kickboxing is accompanied by music, ritual and frantic betting from the appreciative and noisy audience.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB500-THB1500

    Opening hours

    Tue & Fri fights at 6.30pm; Sat fights at 5pm & 8.30pm

    Address

    Rama IV Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 251 4303

    Transport

    Lumphini Metro station

    Website

    Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

  11. 11. Grand Palace - Attractions

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    Grand Palace, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority Thailand

    Bangkok's must-see attraction is the Grand Palace in Rattanakosin. A dazzling display of intricate carving and colour, the palace contains the Wat Phra Kaew temple. Here, Thailand's sacred Emerald Buddha is housed. Visitors must adhere to a strict dress code.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB350 (also includes ticket to Vimanmek Palace, valid 7 days)

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.30am-4.30pm; last ticket sold 3.30pm

    Address

    Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2623 5500

    Transport

    Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang Pier

    Website

    Official website

  12. 12. National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    National Museum, Bangkok. Courtesy of Joseph Chang

    The rooms of the National Museum in Rattanakosin hold a vast collection of Thai artefacts, including royal regalia and exquisite mother-of-pearl inlay work. Buildings devoted to royal cremation are also open. Multilingual guided tours run on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB50

    Opening hours

    Wed-Sun 9am-4pm

    Address

    Na Phrathat Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 224 1333

    Transport

    Taxi

  13. 13. Suan Pakkad Palace Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, Bangkok. Courtesy of Thai Travel Info

    Once a royal residence, the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum in Ratchathewi is a collection of eight delightful traditional wooden Thai houses set in lush tropical gardens. Antiquities belonging to Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga are also on display.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB100

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-4pm

    Address

    352-354, Sri Ayutthaya Road, Rajathevi, Bangkok 10400

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 245 4934

    Transport

    Phaya Thai Skytrain station

    Website

    Suan Pakkad Palace Museum Website

  14. 14. Siam Ocean World - Special things to do

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    Siam Ocean World, Bangkok. Courtesy of www.richardbarrow.com

    Visitors discover an underwater world at Siam Ocean World, in the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Pathumwan. Turtles and over 3,000 species of aquatic life swim around the glass-bottomed boat. Brave souls take the plunge and dive with the sharks.Show this on map

    Cost

    THB850; children (80-120cm in height) THB650

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-8pm

    Address

    991, Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

    Telephone

    +66 (0) 2 687 2000

    Transport

    Siam Skytrain station

    Website

    Siam Ocean World Website

  15. 15. Lumpini Park - Special things to do

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    Lumpini Park, Bangkok. Courtesy of www.bangkoksite.com

    Named after Buddha's birthplace, Lumpini Park is Bangkok's green lung in Pathumwan. Mature trees, lakes, and gardens are bounded by business, shopping and residential districts. Thousands of citizens jog, stretch and practise T'ai Chi en masse here in the mornings.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 5am-8pm

    Address

    Thanon Rama IV, Thanon Withayu, Thanon Ratchadamri & Thanon Sarasin, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10500

    Transport

    Sala Daeng Skytrain station; Silom Metro station

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