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Bangkok Dolls

Museums

This small doll museum and cottage industry has occupied its modest location since the 1950s. Its bright displays of ornate costumes and traditional scenes...

85 Soi Mor Leng
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

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

King Prajadhipok Museum

Museums

The graceful former Public Works Building displays memorabilia of King Rama VII's reign (1925-35). Coverage of his youth, Eton schooling, marriage to Queen...

2 Thanon Lanluang
Free

Kwan Im Shrine

Attractions, Museums

The cult of Kuan Im (aka Kuan Yin, the Chinese bodhisattva of mercy) prompted this massive, gaudy sculpture garden, embellished with wagon wheels, barrels...

Chokchai Soi 39
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

Phyathai Palace

Museums

A getaway of King Rama V, this European-style complex became a luxury hotel, then Thailand's first radio station, then a hospital, and now a museum. Amid...

King Mongkutklao Hospital
FreeMajor venue

Prasart Museum

Museums

It's worth the hassle (but perhaps not the price) to luxuriate amid these antiques housed in replicas of a European-style mansion, a Khmer shrine and...

9 Krung Thep Kreetha Soi 4A

Princess Mother Memorial Park

Art, Attractions, Museums

The king's late mother, Somdet Phra Srinagarinda Boromarajajonani, beloved as 'Somdet Ya', was born a commoner to goldsmiths and practised nursing. This...

Somdet Chaophraya Soi 3
Free

Queen Savang Vadhana Museum

Museums

Between Siam's malls and Khlong Saen Saeb, you can glimpse the lush grounds of Saprathum Palace, home to King Bhumibol's daughter Princess Sirindhorn,...

Srapathum Palace
Major venue

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Museums

The old town doesn't yet have its own full museum, but this major new permanent exhibition gives the official version of its heritage. Itssophisticated...

100 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
Major venue

Rommaninat Park & Corrections Museum

Attractions, Museums

In former prison buildings on the site of this park a small penal museum displays instruments of punishment. Amid the gardens' ponds, fountains and a large...

Thanon Maha Chai
Free

Royal Barge Museum

Museums

It's an unforgettable sight when fifty slim, elegant and ornate boats carry the royal family from Vasukri Pier to Wat Arun, for a kathin ceremony; the most...

80/1 Rimkhlong Bangkok Noi
Major venue
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