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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

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

Critics' choice
Art

Spiral up the Guggenheim-esque atrium of the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre where the top three of the building's 11 storeys are exhibition halls. Beyond...

939 Thanon Rama I
FreeMajor venue

Bangkok Sculpture Centre

Critics' choice
Art

Museums of modern Thai art are rare, but this private collection houses 120 major works, which are displayed on lawns, ledges, warehouse gantries and the...

4/18-19 Nuanchan Soi 56
FreeMajor venue

Bed Supperclub

Critics' choice
Clubs

Evolving far beyond the inspiration of Amsterdam's Bed bar, this brilliant venue keeps redefining itself via performance art, events, Bedsheets magazine,...

26 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Major 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

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Critics' choice
Shops

This kaleidoscopic labyrinth of 8,000-plus stalls is well signed into numbered, colour-coded sections divided by soi and stall number, but is better...

Thanon Phahon Yothin
Major 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

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

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
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