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14 October Monument

Critics' choice
Attractions

A granite spire bears the names of 73 people killed by the military during the 1973 overthrow of the dictatorship, though an accurate toll still awaits...

14/16 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
Free

Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences

Attractions

Avoid scams in this world jewel hub; learn to identify genuine gems on short courses, or take degree-level classes in such lapidary topics as crystal...

Jewellery Trade Centre, 33rd floor
Free

Assumption Cathedral

Attractions

Through an arch facing the Oriental, a tree-lined piazza links a Catholic mission with this red brick cathedral. Built in 1910, it has twin towers and a...

23 Charoen Krung Soi 4
Free

Baiyoke II Tower

Attractions, Restaurants & cafés

This tower has an 84th-floor observation deck for vertiginous panoramas of the megalopolis and (on a clear day) the sea. There are also telescopic...

84th floor
Major venue

Bang Kra Jao

Critics' choice
Attractions, Tours

This protected wooded peninsula formed by an oxbow in the river lies in Samut Prakarn province. It feels like the countryside yet lies just 15 mins by road...

Thanon Kasemrat
Major venue

Bangkokian Museum

Critics' choice
Attractions

A charming residence kept in the decor of the owner's parents, it records mid 20th-century bourgeois Thai lifestyle. An Indian doctor's house in the grounds...

273 Charoen Krung Soi 43
Free

Benjakitti Park

Attractions

Surrounding Lake Ratchada, this is the first stage in converting the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly into a park. It offers jogging, cycling (with bike hire),...

Thanon Ratchadaphisek
FreeMajor venue

Benjasiri Park

Attractions

Amid Benjasiri's fountains, ponds and pavilions stand sculptures by Thai artist Misiem Yipintsoi. The park hosts festivals, and exercisers relish the skate...

Thanon Sukhumvit
FreeMajor venue

Canal tours

Critics' choice
Attractions, Tours

One-hour tours show little canal life as they include Wat Arun and the Royal Barge Museum. So take two or more hours (start from B500/hr) to loop through...

Tha Chang or Tha Tien
Major venue

Canal tours

Attractions, Tours

Tours or hired longtail boats go to Koh Kred. Others ply the picturesque canals, viewing daily waterborne lifestyles around wooden stilt houses on a...

From Nonthaburi Expressboat pier
Major venue

Chao Mae Tubtim Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

Thais worship for fertility or prosperity at this canalside shrine to the female deity Chao Mae Tubtim. They offer palad khik (animist phallic totems) in...

Soi Nai Lert
Free

Chao Poh Seua Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

This characterful Chinese shrine to a tiger god image is guarded by two further golden tigers, with vendors selling tiger-appeasing offerings such as pork,...

468 Thanon Tanao
Free

Chatuchak Park

Attractions, Museums

This respite from market mayhem is branded a 'Learning Park', with sculptures and playgrounds. The small Rail Hall of Fame houses old locomotives and...

Thanon Phahon Yothin
FreeMajor venue

Chinatown Heritage Centre & Golden Buddha

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

The famous solid gold Buddha image has been moved from a drab hall into the soaring spire of a marble mondop (artefact tower) that is so glaringly white you...

Wat Traimit
FreeMajor venue

Chitrlada Palace

Attractions

This haven where King Rama VI wrote plays and books is the residence of Rama IX. Access is restricted to tours of the Royal Projects (which are sustainable...

Thanon Ratchavithi
Free
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