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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

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

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

Chuvit Garden

Attractions

Its history means this small, elegant park is underused. Chuwit Kamonwisit, a moustachioed former massage tycoon known as Sia Ang ('bathtub godfather'), was...

Sukhumvit Soi 8
Free

Democracy Monument

Attractions

Designed by Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci (founder of Silpakorn University; p59), this memorial to the 1932 end of absolutism pointedly sits in a traffic...

Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
FreeMajor venue

Devasathan & the Giant Swing

Attractions

Standing in City Hall square, the Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) was originally erected in 1784 as part of the adjacent Devasathan, a Brahmin compound of...

268 Thanon Dinso
FreeMajor venue

Erawan Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

Thais seamlessly fuse modernity with spirit beliefs. This ability is encapsulated at the frenetic, smoky Hindu shrine to Brahma, erected in 1956 to appease...

At Erawan mall
FreeMajor venue
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