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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

Queen's Gallery

Art

Dedicated to Queen Sirikit, this major multi-floor space offers world-class exhibitions by leading Thai and foreign artists. Selections by top-line alumni...

101 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
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

Saké Coffee Pub

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Here, less affluent gays fuelled by Thai whisky and hormones bop to a bewildering succession of Thai and Western hits and hoot at the saucy cabaret.

Soi Damnoen Klang Tai

Sanam Luang

Attractions

Fringed by tamarind trees, this large oval lawn is one of the city's few truly open spaces. Here elaborate pyres are constructed to resemble sacred Mount...

Thanon Ratchadamnoen Nai
FreeMajor venue

Saranrom Park

Attractions

This former garden of Saranrom Palace, which is currently being rebuilt, has been open to the public since the 1960s and, like all Thai parks, is liveliest...

Thanon Charoen Krung
Free

Silpakorn University & Gallery

Art, Museums

Thailand's oldest and most venerable fine art university, Silpakorn contains a small museum and a courtyard sculpture dedicated to its founder (Silpa...

31 Thanon Na Phra Lan

Sky High

Restaurants & cafés

Sky High's hushed tones could be coming from politicians, journalists, poets or gossiping friends. This is a seriously Thai place, with lasting popularity...

14 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang

Talad Saphan Phut

Shops

Officials have tried to contain and control this plastic-covered night market, targetting it as an unwanted hotbed of potentially dangerous youth culture....

Thanon Triphet

Thammasat University

Attractions

The country's second most prestigious university (after Chulalongkorn) dates from 1932. A statue of its founder, statesman Pridi Bhanomyong, sits in front...

2 Thanon Phra Chan
Free

Thip Samai

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

Pad Thai is the dish that all visitors know before getting their visa. Nicknamed Pad Thai Pratu Pi ('Ghost's Gate Noodles'), Thip Samai is a legend for...

313 Thanon Mahachai

Wat Mahathat

Attractions

Less handsome than its neighbours, this large monastery is nonetheless important and more of a 'working' wat. All Thai capitals have ritually required a...

3/5 Thanon Maharat
Free

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

Wat Pho Massage School

Critics' choice
Attractions

Thailand's most famous massage and reflexology school moved across the road into a Tha Tien Market soi flanked by herbalist shops. Massages in open-air...

392/25-28 Penphat Soi 1
Free