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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

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

Dusit Zoo

Attractions

This state zoological park in Rama V's former botanical garden is one of Asia's best, but but it does keep rare fauna in rather grim enclosures. Elephant...

71 Thanon Rama V
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

Golden Mount & Wat Saket

Attractions

Assembled from canal diggings, the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong) was intended by Rama III to be clad as a giant chedi. Proving unstable, the rubble was...

344 Chakkraphatdiphong
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

Holy Rosary Church

Attractions

Beside River City antiques mall, stands a spired Gothic confection built in 1787 on land given to the Portuguese for helping to fight the Burmese. Its...

Thanon Yotha
Free

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

Khlong Lord

Attractions

This tree-shaded former moat is lined with timber lamp-posts shaped like old city wall posts and offers a tranquil stroll. The western bank, Thanon...

Flanked by Thanon Rachinee & Thanon Atsadang
Free

King Chulalongkorn Statue

Attractions

Devotees of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) gather on the anniversary of his death for rites at the six-metre (20-foot) equestrian statue he had cast...

Royal Plaza
FreeMajor venue

King Taksin the Great Statue

Attractions

Cast in 1951 by Silpa Bhirasri, this equestrian statue (a lucky 9m tall by 9m long) marks Thonburi's founder, who re-united Siam after the sack of Ayutthaya...

Wong Wien Yai roundabout
Free

Koh Kred

Attractions, Tours

This rustic car-free island dotted with temples and wooden cottages makes for a languid half-day trip, though it gets busy on weekends. Legend says its...

Tour from Nonthaburi Expressboat pier
Major venue
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