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Thanon Khao San

Critics' choice
Attractions, Shops

Alex Garland's 1997 novel The Beach opens in a Khao San flopthouse, immortalising the world's most infamous haunt for budget travellers. Now Khao San...

Major venue

Trok Itsaranuphap

Critics' choice
Shops

Chinatown's narrowest, most diverse thoroughfare begins at Pei-Ing School on Thanon Songwat with toy and game shops. Beyond Sampeng Lane, dried fish...

Soi Itsaranupharp
Major venue

Wat Arun

Attractions

Seen on the TAT logo and B10 coin, this five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then...

34 Thanon Arun Amarin
Major venue

Wat Benchamabophit

Critics' choice
Attractions

Clad in Italian Carrara marble, the 'marble temple' is a well-proportioned meld of East and West by Italian Hercules Manfredi. It was commissioned in 1899...

69 Thanon Rama V
Major venue

Wat Bowoniwet

Critics' choice
Attractions

Home to the city's second Buddhist university and the Supreme Patriarch (leader) of Thai Buddhism, this wat becomes a major focus on Buddhist holidays....

248 Thanon Phra Sumen
FreeMajor venue

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
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Wat Ratchanadda

Attractions

The only version of this step-pyramidal tower style still standing, the Loha Prasat ('Metal Palace') is modelled on a Sri Lankan metal temple from the third...

2 Maha Chai Road
FreeMajor venue

Wat Suthat

Critics' choice
Attractions

Looming behind the Giant Swing, Bangkok's tallest vihaan houses the awe-inducing 8m (26ft) Phra Sri Sakyamuni Buddha. One of the largest surviving...

146 Thanon Bamrung Muang
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Wat Yannawa

Attractions

King Rama I first restored this Ayutthaya-era temple, and later King Rama III added a chedi platform that is shaped like a Chinese junk, complete with eyes...

1648 Thanon Charoen Krung
FreeMajor venue
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