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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

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

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

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

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

Dumnam

Critics' choice
Attractions, Sport, health & fitness

Bangkok's strangest conversion of a historic home is this diving school on a tiny riverside lane. Behind ornate gates, NAUI instructor Phusak Posayachinda...

282/1 Soi Duang Tawanaka

Dusit Park

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

This canal-laced royal estate explains court life through museums in fretworked 'tropical European' style mansions, most famously Wang Vimanmek. Start at...

16 Thanon Ratchawithi
Major 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

Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

Critics' choice
Attractions

Bangkok's paramount must-see sight is this architectural and spiritual treasure, which is twice as dazzling if you see it on a sunny day. Ignore the gem...

Thanon Na Phra Lan
Major venue

Jim Thompson's House

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés, Shops

The revival and global fame of Thai silk owes much to Jim Thompson, a US architect who came to Thailand at the end of World War II with the OSS (now the...

6 Kasemsan Soi 2
Major venue

Leng Noi Yee (Wat Mangkorn)

Critics' choice
Attractions

Set behind an imposing multi-tiered entrance, the 'Dragon Flower Temple' (aka Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat) is Chinatown's first and biggest. Several sermon halls...

Thanon Charoen Krung
FreeMajor venue

Lumphini Park

Critics' choice
Attractions

Named after Buddha's birthplace in Nepal, the capital's best green enclave was donated in 1925 by King Rama VI, whose statue dominates the gate opposite...

192 Thanon Rama IV
FreeMajor venue

Maha Uma Devi

Critics' choice
Attractions

Founded in the 1860s by resident Tamils, this teeming Hindu temple is dubbed Wat Khaek ('guest temple'). Thais and Chinese, too, make offerings to Uma Devi...

2 Thanon Pan
FreeMajor venue
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