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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

Nana Entertainment Plaza

Bars & pubs

Setting for many a genre 'Bangkok novel' about the city's underworld, this three-level complex gets racier the further the bar from the street. Locals...

Sukhumvit Soi 4
Tags: Sukhumvit, Bar
Major venue

Nang Leong Market

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés, Shops

Built in 1899, this food market was renovated in 2006 for safety and sanitation, but much charm remains. In the trading hall stands a Chinese shrine, around...

Thanon Nakhon Sawat
Major venue

National Gallery

Art

Established in 1977 in the neo-classical former Royal Mint, this institution has occasional impressive shows, but its small collection hasn't kept pace with...

5 Thanon Chao Fa
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

New Calypso Cabaret

Cabaret & circus

Bangkok's original ladyboy cabaret has intimate, plush table seating, vaguely Vegas routines and fees for photoposing with the stars.

Asia Hotel, 1st floor
Major venue

Old Siam Plaza

Shops

Retro-styled, this three-storey air-con bazaar holds traditional jewellers and silk retailers, clothes, household goods and computer repairs. Under the...

12 Thanon Tripetch
Major venue

OP Garden

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés, Shops

A charming old wooden hospital converted into a select lifestyle precinct. Buying ops include chic kitsch by Reflections and Himalayan-focused arts,...

Thanon Charoen Krung at Soi 36
Major venue

Pantip Plaza

Shops

A geek's paradise, Pantip is crammed with vendors hawking everything and anything (new or used) that you can plug into your PC (or Mac). Knowledgeable staff...

604/3 Thanon Petchaburi
Major venue

Paragon Cineplex & IMAX

Cinemas

The 600-seat Krungsri IMAX theatre (3-D or DMR effects) and 1,140-seat, balconied Siam Pavalai theatre headline at the country's most luxurious cinema,...

5th floor, Siam Paragon
Major venue

Patpong

Attractions

The late Thai-Chinese millionaire Udom Patpongpanit turned banana groves into a playground for locals, expats and aircrews. Patpong went a-go-go in the late...

Patpong Sois 1 & 2
Major venue

Patpong & Silom Night Bazaar

Shops

Aside from the string of lurid go-go bars, Patpong Soi 1 also bombards shoppers - who mostly consist of couples, groups and families - with stalls flogging...

Thanon Silom between & Patpong Soi 1
Major venue

Patravadi Theatre & Studio 9

Critics' choice
Art, Dance, Restaurants & cafés, Theatre

Thailand's Broadway diva Patravadi Mejudhon - actor, teacher, dancer, producer, director and writer - turned her compound into the open-air Patravadi...

69/1 Soi Wat Rakang
Major venue

Peninsula

Hotels

This stylish tower in many ways outdoes the Oriental opposite, even in meticulous service. The large, well-equipped rooms exude sophistication, with...

333 Thanon Charoen Nakorn
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