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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

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 Power Duty Free

Shops

Pre-flight, you can buy duty free at this modern domed complex which is home to Aksra Theater, then collect it at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Take your passport...

Thanon Rangnam
Major venue

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

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

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

Lumphini Stadium

Sport, health & fitness

Likely to be relocated, this legendary arena has equipment shops, Spartan ringside seats and flurries of betting in the stands. Bouts of ancient-style muay...

Thanon Rama IV
Major venue

Mah Boon Krong (MBK)

Shops

Don't even try to make sense of this frenzied, overcrowded mall linked to the Pathumwan Princess hotel. More than 1,000 shops and stalls flog gold,...

444 Thanon Phayathai
Major 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

Mambo

Cabaret & circus

Just moved from Sukhumvit, this ladyboy cabaret has toured the UK. They primp and grin through feathered extravaganzas designed to tick the nationality...

59 Thanon Rama III, between Sois 57 & 59
Major venue

Mandarin Oriental

Hotels

One of the world's grandest hotels, this river landmark started life as a lodge for European traders, which burnt down in 1865. Two Danish naval captains,...

48 Charoen Krung Soi 38
Major venue

Mezzaluna

Restaurants & cafés

Mezzaluna, a half-moon-shaped fine-dining Italian restaurant with string quartet, shares the Dome with Sirocco & Sky Bar.

LeBua at State Tower, 1055 Thanon Silom
Major venue

MR Kukrit Pramoj's Heritage Home

Attractions

These five Central Plains stilt houses were the seat of the late aristocrat Mom Ratchawong Kukrit Pramoj. A cultu-ral colossus, he is best known for his...

19 Soi Phra Phinij
Major venue

Muang Thai Ratchadalai Theatre

Theatre

Bangkok's first purpose-built theatre for Broadway-style shows hosts touring productions and concocts melodramatic Thai musicals.

Rear of Esplanade Mall, 99 Thanon Ratchadaphisek
Major venue
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