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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

Amulet Market

Critics' choice
Shops

Spilling out of a riverside lane, stalls sell an array of amulets, medals and Buddhist imagery. Bargaining is a must, and there are old-school food stalls...

Trok Wat Mahathat

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

Chakrabongse Villas

Critics' choice
Hotels

The 19th-century mansion of Prince Chakrabongse opens three Thai-style villas to guests. Exquisitely furnished with teak, silk and modern amenities, they...

396 Thanon Maharat

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

Chote Chitr

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

No Bangkok restaurant has garnered so much praise from the cognoscenti, yet managed to retain its unique character. It's as close as you'll get to honest...

146 Thanon Praeng Phuthon

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

Lollipop

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs

Drums occupy a quarter of the room in this tiny venue, formerly called Lullabar, at a charmingly weathered wooden house down an old town lane. Sup from the...

Mahannop Soi 1

Monk's Bowl Village

Critics' choice
Attractions

Buried in lanes within the block where the timber merchant street Thanon Boriphat meets Thanon Bumrung Muang, Descendants of Ayutthayan refugees maintain...

71 Soi Ban Baat
Free

Museum Siam

Critics' choice
Museums

The Museum Siam doesn't mythologise 'Big Man' heroes or mould facts to the nation-building ideology. It presents in plain speaking, 'edutaining' displays,...

Thanon Sanam Chai
Major venue

National Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Siam's first public museum, and South-east Asia's largest, originated in 1874 as King Rama IV's collection of regalia within the Grand Palace. Opening...

4 Thanon Na Phra That
Major venue

Old Bangkok Inn

Critics' choice
Hotels

This charming boutique inn has won awards, so it books out fast. Beside the Queen's Gallery, it occupies a shophouse on the site of a palace that has been...

607 Thanon Phra Sumen

Pak Khlong Talad

Critics' choice
Shops

To grasp the Thai love of flowers properly, visit this remnant of Bangkok's original fresh market. It is most spectacular from 10pm until dawn, when night...

Thanon Chakphet

Phranakorn Bar

Critics' choiceBudget
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Young creatives and Khao San escapees gather on the chilled-out roof terrace for spicy Thai food and views of the floodlit Golden Mount and antics outside...

58/2 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai

Wat Pho

Critics' choice
Attractions

This vast, mellow temple rewards wandering, despite some touristy aspects. Its popular name derives from the 16th-century Wat Photharam, which was rebuilt...

2 Thanon Sanam Chai
Major venue
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