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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

International Buddhist Meditation Centre (IBMC)

Sport, health & fitness

Classes in English (6.30am-9pm) include meals and meditation (7-10am, 1-4pm, 6-8pm daily) and dharma talks (second and fourth Saturday of the month, 3-5pm)....

Mahachulalongkornrajvidyalaya University, Vipassana Section

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 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

Krung Thep Signboard

Attractions

The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) occupies the austere modernist City Hall facing the Giant Swing. In the piazza stands a bus-length sign bearing the...

City Hall Square
Free

Lak Muang

Attractions

Thais believe the guardian spirits of a Thai town reside at its foundation pillar. Bangkok's birth thus dates from the auspicious time on 22 April 1782 when...

Thanon Sanam Chai
FreeMajor 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

Mor Parinya Ya Thai

Shops

Mor Parinya is an old apothecary that offers Thai and Chinese herb preparations, plus Thai, herbal, acupressure and reflexology massages. The recipes for...

9 Thanon Maharat

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

Na Phra Lan

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

Old Bangkok is young at heart, with local students munching here in an upstairs room that looks more art studio than eaterie. Chill here on ice-cream, beer...

18 Thanon Na Phra Lan

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

National Theatre

Dance, Theatre

Planners want to build a replacement at the Thailand Cultural Centre for this neglected venue, which has no comp-any, no café, no shop, and almost no...

Thanon Rachinee

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