The park is a pure escapism from the chaos of the city traffic. A perfect spot for family gatherings over lunch near one of the ponds or a romantic walk at the sunset. In December and January when the weather is cooler, free concerts and shows are organized in the park. Your best chances to catch one of them is to come on Sunday after 5.00 pm.
How to get there : MRT to Lumphini or Si Lom station or BTS to Sala Daeng station. Bus no. 4,13, 22, 45, 47, 141.
Opening hours and admission : daily 06.00 am. - 08.00 pm. Free admission.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple (Wat Kak)
Sri Mahamariamman Temple was built in 1879. It is a Brahman (Hindu) temple of Shakti sect, which reveres this "mother of the god" The interiors are decorated with a principal image Sri Mahamariamman (Uma Devi), surrounded by Ganesha, Khandakumara, Krisna, Vishnu, Rasmi a Kali. In the courtyard there is a small shrine containing Shiva's Lingam(phallus). Daily rituals are carried out at noon. There is a strict prohibition on taking the photos inside of the temple.
How to get there : Sri Mahamariamman Temple (Wat Kak) is located on the Silom Road. Take the BTS to the Sala Daeng station and walk west along the Silom Road. The temple will be on your left after about 15 minutes. Christ Church
Christ Church dates back to the early Protestants in the 19th century who laid the foundation for the Protestant Church in Thailand. The first Protestant missionaries arrived in Bangkok in 1828, from the London Missionary Society representing the Church of England. The American Protestants followed over the next three decades.
The church was completed on 30 April 1905. Breaking away from the tradition of naming the church after a saint, the members settled for the simple and appropriate name, Christ Church. In 2005 the English church in Convent Road, celebrated its centenary, more than 175 years after the first Protestant missionary set foot in Bangkok.How to get there : The Christ Church is located on the Convent Road. Take the Skytrain to the Sala Daeng station and walk along the Silom road west. Turn left into the Convent Road and walk until you see the church.
Impressive two and a half times life-size statue of the King Rama VI overlooks the entrance to the Lumpini Park - the city's green lungs. It was carved by an Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci, also known as Silpa Bhirasri. The statue was erected in 1942.
How to get there : MRT to Si Lom Station or BTS to Sala Daeng Station. Bus no. 4, 13, 22, 45, 47, 141
Admission : Free admission
Bangkok Sea Shell Museum
Bangkok Sea Shell Museum was created by Mr. Somwang Patthamakhanthin and Ms. Oraphin Sirirat who has loved sea shells since childhood. Museum is located in a three-storey building exhibiting different kinds of sea shells; such as giant sea shells and sea shells of bivalve molluscs in beautiful colors from every corner of the world. In addition the museum hosts a display of unusual sea urchins and an exhibition of artwork about sea shells.
How to get there : Take the BTS to Sala Daeng station and walk for about 20 minutes along the Silom Road west. The Bangkok Seashell museum will be on your left.
Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute
A great place to see cobras, kraits, vipers, pythons and pretty much any other species of over a 180 types of snakes which can be found all around Thailand. You can have your picture taken while holding a giant python and see snakes "milked" of their venom. Daily held lectures and demonstrations are delivered in English and Thai.
How to get there : MRT to Sam Yan station or BTS to Sala Daeng station. Walk to the corner of Henri Dunant Road and Rama IV Road. Walk about 200 metres on Henri Dunant Street. The entrance is on the left side of the street. Bus no. 4, 45, 47, 50, 67, 74, 76, 141 Opening hours : Mon - Fri 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm., Sat - Sun and Public Holidays from 08.30 am. - 01.00 pm.
Venom extraction : Mon - Fri at 11 am. and 2.30 pm. holidays at 11 am.
Slide presentation in English : 30 minutes before venom extraction.
Admission : Adults 200 Baht, Children 50 baht
Contact : Tel: 0 2252 0161-4, 0 2252 0167. We recommend to confirm the and prices prior to the visit.
Benchasiri Park has been built to commemorate the 60th birthday of HM Queen Sirikit in 1992. The landscape of the park consists of a vast green space. A lot of big trees around the park create shady and cool environment - a perfect setting to get some rest from the buzz of the city.
HM Queen Sirikit conferred the name of Benchasiri Park. As a tribute, there is a 3 meter sculpture of HM the Queen in a standing posture. As the concept of the Benchasiri Park is to be the “Park of Sculptures” there are several other sculptures created by well-known artists present in the area. They reflect delicate art, new ideas and philosophy of the artists. One of the sculptures is a huge commemorative coin illustrating an image of HM Queen Sirikit. There are two Thai styled pavilions in the front part of the park. dedicated to exhibit the Queen’s activities. How to get there : The park is located on the Sukhmvit Road between Soi Sukhumvit 22 and 24. Take the BTS to the Phrom Pong station and walk northwest from there. Alternatively take one of the following buses: 2, 25, 38, 48, 98, 119 Air-con No. 1, 8, 13, Micro Bus No. 6.
Bus no. 2, 25, 501, 508, 511, 513
Opening hous : Daily from 05.00 am. - 09.00 pm.
The museum of Thai Pharmacy was established to publicize the history of the traditional Thai medicine from the past to present time. The exhibition is categorized by different topics; namely, the Birth of Pharmacy, the Evolution of Oriental Pharmacy and Basic Wisdom, the Evolution of Western Thai Pharmacy and the Evolution of Herbs and Natural Products.
How to get there : The museum is located on the third floor of the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand in the Royal Patronage Building at 40 Soi Santisuk, Sukhumvit 38 Road (opposite Soi Thong Lo). Take the BTS to the Thong Lo station and walk from there.
Opening hours : : Mon - Fri from 10.00 am. - 04.00 pm. (Advance contact in writing is required for a group visit).
Admission fee : Free
Contact : Tel: 0 2391 6243, 0 2712 1624
The Kamthieng House is of great interest to all who are interested in Thai culture. This well-maintained example of the Northern Thai architecture is more than 160 years old. It has been handed down through generations of the Nimmanahaemida family before being generously donated to the Siam Society by Nang Kinhaw Nimmanahaemida . With the financial support of the Asia foundation, the house was relocated from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 1964. The Kamthieng House is the center-piece at the Siam Society, which promotes the preservation of heritage, culture, arts and the environment.
How to get there : Take the BTS to the Asoke station or the MRT to the Sukhumvit Station. Walk along the Asoke Road. The Siam Society and the Kamthieng House will be on your right handside.
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday (except public holidays) 09.00 am. to 05.00 pm.
Admission fee : 100 baht
The Science Centre for Education is a museum and an exhibition center on a variety of scientific topics. The attractions include a planetarium, an aquarium and permanent exhibitions of sports science, communication technology and natural environment.
How to get there : Take the BTS to the Ekkamai Station or the MRT to the Sukhumvit station. The Science Centre for Education is located on the Sukhumvit road next to the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai). Alternatively you can take the bus 2, 511, 48 or 508.
Opening hours :
- Exhibition: Tue to Sun (except public holidays) from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
- Planetariam : 1-hour shows at 11 a.m. and 02.30 pm. Additional shows on Sat & Sun at 10.00 am. and 01.30 pm.
Admission : Exhibition and Planetariam - Adult 40 baht, Child 20 baht
Contact : Tel: 0 2392 5951 to 9
Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC)
Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) is the Mecca for all interested in art, architecture, fashion, product design, furniture design, interior decoration and photography. The main attraction is the special library (the TCDC Library) that houses a collection of approximately 20,000 design-based books and multimedia titles on the above mentioned topics. The books and media are reference only (this is not a lending library), but there are comfortable reading areas/rooms and multimedia rooms which can be booked by members. Members may bring their own laptop computers into the library and use the free Wi-Fi connection, or use one of several Apple Macintosh or desktop computers running Microsoft Windows XP. Membership : TCDC is a subscription library open to members only. Visitors are entitled to access the TCDC Resource Center by depositing their ID card or passport at the library counter to receive a free one-day pass. TCDC has a complex structure of membership types and fees, including group discounts. Membership for foreign residents starts at 1,200 baht per year. Check the TCDC website (www.tcdc.or.th) for the latest information. Tourists or other visitors who wish to access the library for a short period can apply for a 10-Day Pass for 200 baht. The validity period is ten consecutive days based on the first registration date.
How to get there : Take the BTS train to Phrom Phong Station and then take the walkway into the Emporium Shopping Complex. The center is located on the sixth floor, opposite the cinema.
Opening hours : The library is closed on Mondays. On other days it is open from 10.30 am. to 9.00 pm.
Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
When the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Thailand’s first purpose-built convention center, opened its doors to welcome the 46th World Bank /IMF Annual Meetings in Bangkok between October 1 - 15, 1991, the inaugural event, it heralded the emergence of a new industry sector in Thailand - the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) industry.
Over the years QSNCC hosted all kinds of national and international events like Miss Universe Pageant in 1992, ASEAN Tourism Forum in 1995 or 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2005. These days different events from Thailand Mobile Expo through Housing & Condo Festival to Thai International Travel Fair take place in QSNCC every week. For the current events calendar please visit website www.qsncc.co.th
How to get there : Take the MRT from the Sukhumvit station to the QSNCC station (one stop). The station is located right in front of the entrance to the Convention Center.
Suan Pakkad Palace
Suan Pakkad which means cabbage patch used to occupy the land which is now housing a collection of traditional Thai homes surrounded by beautiful gardens. The complex was originally built as a weekend resort by the order of HRH Prince Chompbhotong Paripatra of Nagor Svarga and his consort, Mom Ratchawong Pantip. After the World War II they moved permanently to the this residence.
There are seven houses in the complex. Each one displays art collection assembled by the Royal family, their photos, drums, religious artifacts and model boats (House 1). House 2 contains personal items like bowls inlaid with mother-of-pearl and ivory boxes. How to get there : The Suan Pakkad Palace Museum is located on the 352-254 Sri Ayudhya Road. Take the BTS to the Phaya Thai Station and walk from there. Bus no. 72, 204, 513, 536
Museum hours : Daily 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
contact : Tel: 0 2246 1775 to 6 Ext. 229, 0 2245 4934, Fax: 0 2245 6369, 0 2247 2079
Built by King Mongkut in 1857 the temple was the nearest place of worship to the place of his residency - Sa Pathum Palace. These days the temple is situated between the Siam Paragon and Central World shopping malls. Inside, the temple is full of ancient crafts and sculptures.
How to get there : Take the BTS to the Siam station. Bus no. 15, 25, 54, 79, 204, 501, 508
James H.W. Thompson is the name which once upon a time was on the lips of everybody in Thailand. This former U.S. soldier settled down in Thailand and re-established the Thai silk industry. He was a collector of Asian artifacts and antiques. The Jim Thompson’s House is the place to see his lifetime’s collection. In recognition of his services for the country, he has been given the royal award of The Order of the White Elephant. Jim Thompson Thai Silk, the company he founded is recognized worldwide for its magnificent creations.
How to get there : Jim Thompson's Museum is located on Soi Kasemsan 2 , Rama 1 road, opposite National Stadium, Pathum Wan. Take the BTS to the National Stadium Station. Bus no.: 15, 47, 73, 204.
Opening hours : daily 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm. (last compulsory guided tour departs at 05.00 pm.)
Admission fee : Adult 100 baht, Child 50 baht
Museum of Imaging Technology
The first camera and photograph museum established in Thailand and Asia shows historic photographs and imaging equipment together with its technological evolution. The exhibition area is divided into 10 rooms, such as the Printing Technology Gallery, a Camera Gallery, a Portrait and Advertising Studios, a Kodak Multi-Image and Cine Theater, a Gallery Photography, an Agfa Gallery and Ilford Holographic and Cibachrome Gallery. A must-see for any fan of photography!
How to get there : The museum is located in the same building as the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University on Phaya Thai Road.
Bus no. 21 25 29 34 36 40 47 50 93 Air-con Bus: 1 25 29
Opening hours : Mon - Fri from 10.00 am. - 03.00 pm.
Admission Fee : Student 10 Baht / Thai Visitor: 20 Baht Foreigner Visitor :100 Baht Photograph Exhibition
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
The worldwide chain museum, Madame Tussauds brings the world famous and Thai important figures that you can meet in the lifelike sculptures such as Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama, David Beckham, Michael Jackson, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Dr. Phonthip Rotchanasunan, Maj. Gen M.R. Kukrit Pramoj, teen super model Pancake-Khemanit Jamikorn, Television superstar Anne Thongprasom, Pop singer Tata Young, martial artist Tony Jaa and many more.
How to get there: 6th Floor Siam Discovery Centre, Rama I Rd., Bangkok. Take the BTS Sky Train to Siam Station
Contact: Tel: 02 658 0060
Note: The museum is open on 4 December 2010
The Krungsri IMAX Theatre is the Bangkok’s 3D cinema to go to. The screen is seven stories high and you will be wrapped around by 12,000 watt digital sound. IMAX technology will take you to the places better than reality. What else can you possibly expect?
How to get there : The Krungsri IMAX Theatre is located on the 5th Floor of the Siam Paragon shopping mall.Take the BTS to the Siam Station and walk from there. Bus routes: 15, 16, 25, 54, 204, 501, 508
Fancy a bit of culture? Visit Bangkok’s Art and Culture Centre (BACC). It offers programs for music, theatre, art, design and film together with educational/cultural events. The place is packed with cafes, restaurants and bookshops. An Art Library is the part of the facility too. BACC is the meeting place for artists providing cultural programs for the community highlighting the importance of cultural continuity. One of it’s aims is to open new grounds for cultural dialogue, networking, and create new cultural resources. How to get there :
- Non-air-conditioned Bus no. 15, 16, 21, 25, 29, 34, 36, 40, 47, 48, 50, 54, 73, 79, 93, 141, 159 and 204
- Air-conditioned bus nos. 501, 508 and 529
- Take the BTS to the National Stadium Station
Opening hours : Tue - Sun 10.00 am.- 09.00 pm. (Close on Monday)
Gem and jewelry Institute of Thailand
The Gem and Jewelry Museum / Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand has been set up to develop and support the industry in the kingdom. The institute/museum collect, preserve, study and display jewelry, gems and gemological equipment. The institute houses a library and gem identification services.
How to get there : The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand is located at the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University Pathumwan. Take the BTS to the Siam Station. Bus no. 25, 29, 34, 36, 47, 50, 93, 501
Opening hours : Mon - Fri from 09.00 am. to 04.30 pm.
Admission : 100 baht (foreign tourist); 50 Baht (Thai citizen), Student (20 Baht), Free (Child under 10 years old & senior citizen)
Tang To Kang is one of the historical landmarks in Chinatown - one of the oldest districts in Bangkok where about 14 percent of the buildings have been designated as historical landmarks.The buildings stands out due to its colonial European-style. It houses a shop and the only private-run museum in Bangkok dedicated to goldsmithing, a treasure trove of arcane tool, trinktes and collectibles from the late 19th century
How to get there : Take the MRT to the Hua Lampong Station. Bus no. 1, 4, 7, 25, 53.
Tang Toh Kang is on Soi Wanit, on Mangkorn Road, a short walk from Yaowarat Road.
Opening hours : Daily from 09.30 am. - 04.00 pm.
Contact : 0 2224 2422, 0 2622 8640/2 or 0 2252 2898; website: www.tang-toh-kang.com
Wat Trai Mit
The Trai Mit temple is famous for its 3-metres high Golden Buddha weighing about five and a half tons.It is believed that the Golden Buddha is more than 700 years old. The Golden Buddha was installed initially in Wat Phrayakrai in the Yannawa area of Bangkok in the reign of the King Rama III. It stayed there until 1931. When the temple had fallen out of use and was abandoned, the Ecclesiastical Commission had relocated the statue to the Wat Trai Mit.
How to get there : Subway to Hua Lampong Station and continue walking for 300 metres. or Bus no. 4, 7, 21, 25, 501
Opening hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Admission : Free Wat Ratchaburana
This temple is located at the foot of the Rama I Memorial Bridge on the Bangkok side. It was built in the late Ayutthaya period by a Chinese merchant. Wat Ratchaburana is one of the 3 principal temples of the capital which include Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Ratchapradit and Wat Mahathat. It had been regularly restored since the reign of King Rama I. Some of the temple’s principal buildings, especially Phra Ubosot - the ordination hall which houses mural paintings by Khrua In Khong, were badly damaged during the World War II. The buildings were later restored to their good condition as they appear today.
How to get there : Bus no. 13, 82
Opening hours : Daily from 06.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Holy Rosary Church
In a primarily Buddhist country, Holy Rosary Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in the Thai capital. It was built in 1787 during the reign of King Rama I by settlers who migrated from Ayuthaya when the city was lost to Burma (present Myanmar). The current building was built in 1890. The church is more often known as Wat Kalawar after Calvary, the mount on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Holy Rosary Church proudly overlooks Bangkok from one of the banks of the might Chao Phraya River.
How to get there : The Holy Rosary Church is conveniently located in a pedestrian mall along the riverbanks leading from River City Center through to Chinatown. Taxi or Bus no. 13, 82
King’s Birthday Celebration Arch is where the party starts during the celebrations of the Chinese New Year. It is a tourist attraction on its own forming a gateway to Chinatown - one of the oldest districts in Bangkok.Nearby attractions include, but are not limited to Wat Traimitthe famous for housing the largest Golden Buddha Statue on the planet. King’s Birthday Celebration Arch was built by Chinese-Thais in 1999 to celebrate the 72nd birthday anniversary of the His Majesty the King Bhumibol.
How to get there : Take the MRT to the Hua Lampong Station / Taxi Bus routes 53, 204, 508
Santi Chai Prakan Pavilion and Public Park
It became a tradition in Thailand to establish new parks to mark His Majesty the King birthdays. Santi Chai Prakan Pavilion and Public Park is not an exception as it has been established to mark the auspicious occasion of the sixth cycle birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King on December 5, 1999. The spacious area offers a scenic view of the Chao Phraya River and the Rama VIII Bridge. It’s a perfect place to relax popular among Thai people and foreigners.
How to get there : The park is located near the Phra Sumen Fort. Bus no. 3, 32, 53, 68, 79, 80, 91, 203, 503,511
Opening hours : Daily
All followers of the Lord Buddha would find a trip to the Golden Mount a remarkable experience. It has been built on the only man-made hill in Bangkok. After climbing 320 stairs you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Rattanakosin Island. The history of the places goes back to 1877, when King Rama V transferred the Buddha relics into the custody of the Royal Chakri Family from the Grand Palace to the Royal Pavilion at Wat Sa Ket. The relics have been enshrined in the pagoda on the top of the Golden Mount. Twenty years later, Marquis Curzon, the British Viceroy of India brought more Buddha relics to King Rama V. The gift was made near the Nepalese border. New relics have been enshrined in a bronze pagoda more than 100 years ago and installed on the top of the Golden Mount.
How to get there : Bus no. 15, 37, 47, 49
Opening hours : Daily 07.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
If you want to see The Giant Buddha known as well as Luang Pho To go to the Intharawihan temple. The monument is 32 metres tall and 11 metres wide. As he faces east it is best photographed in the early hours of the morning. The story of the monument goes back to the reign of the King Rama I who suppressed a rebellion in Laos and brought members of the Lao Royal Family to settle in this area. As a devout Buddhist - Chao Inthawong - one of the members of the Laotian Royals helped to restore the local temple. It has been named after him as Wat Inharawihan.
The construction of the statue has been started in 1867 by Somdej Phra Buddhachan. The construction has been accomplished in 1927, 55 years after the death of Somdej, during the reign of King Rama VII.
How to get there : Wat Intharawihan is located on Wisutthikasat Road near Bank of Thailand, Phra Nakorn District. Bus no. 10, 49
Opening hours : Daily 08.30 am. - 08.00 pm.
Wat Bowon Niwet
Wat Bowon Niwet is one of the most important temples in Bangkok being led by King Rama IV before his ascension to the throne. Built in 1829 it is the shrine-hall of Phra Phutthachinnasi, an amazing image of Buddha which was created in XIV century. King Rama IV, King Rama VII and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (cureent King) had lived here during their monkshoods. Admission is free.
How to get there : The temple is located on Phra Sumen Road in the Bang Lamphu area. Bus no. 15, 65, 68
Opening hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Wat Chana Songkram
The Mon minority who had fought beside the Thai against the Burmese centuries ago received the land in the area from the Thai government as a reward for their bloody sacrifice on the battlefield. Establishing a community here they built Chana Songkram temple. While its a great shortcut from Khao San Road to Phra Athit Road where the ferry pier is located, the temple itself is worth a visit. Nice murals and crisp sounding temple bells hanging from the eves together with Bougainvillea vines and beautiful trees makes the temple to find a little tranquility. The admission is free.
How to get there : Bus routes 3, 15, 32, 53, 68, 79, 80, 91, 203, 503
Democracy Monument known in Thai as Rajdamnoen Klang is best seen at sunrise/sunset. The main feature of the monument are the four wings surrounding smaller central shrine. The decorations on the wings show the artwork of war or war-related events.
How to get there : Bus no. 2, 15, 47, 59, 60, 68, 70, 79, 203, 503
King Rama III Statue
The statue of the King Rama III built in 1990 is half larger than the real life figure of the king was. The bronze king is seated on a throne. The area surrounding the statue is market with the Royal Reception Pavilion and three minor pavilions known as Sala Rai. Beautiful plants are well worth a look as well.
How to get there : The King Rama III Statue is located near the Royal Reception Pavilion in front of Wat Ratchanatdaram on Ratchadamnoen Road. Bus no. 2, 15, 47, 59, 60, 68, 70, 79, 203, 503, 511, 516.
The reign of King Prajadipok known as well as King Rama VII transformed an absolute monarchy into a constitutional one. The museum is dedicated to the life and rule of the king whose personal belongings including items on films, music, sports and writings are on display. The Conferment of The Constitution exhibit hall informs about the Kings who ruled Thailand before the change of the political system. The final exhibition shows life of the king after his abdication and his final years in the United Kingdom.
How to get there : Bus no. 2, 15, 39, 44, 47, 60, 79, 511, 512. Saensaep Canal Express Boat service to Phanfa pier
Opening hours : Tuesday to Sunday and public Holidays from 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Corrections Museum known as well as The Bangkok Remand Prison or a Special Prison (direct translation from Thai) used to be the first prison in Thailand based on international standards. King Rama V inspired by his visit to prison in Singapore ordered to build the complex in 1892. The prison faced the problem of overcrowding in 1990 and was subsequently closed while all the prisoners have been moved to Lad Yao prison. Today the prison has been turned into the Corrections Museum where you can learn how the prison life looked like, what forms of punishment, torture and execution in Thailand have been used since the Ayutthaya period. Few cells are still in their original state. Equipment of torture and execution is on display, while wax models show how it had been used.
How to get there : The Correction Museum is located on the Mahachai Road, on the western end of Chinatown. Bus no. 1, 25, 53.
Opening hours : Mon - Fri between 08.30 am. and 04.30 pm.
Also known as Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang in Thai, the Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s most impressive sights. The glittering golden rooftops and soaring chedis (pagodas) of this impressive palace and temple complex can be seen as visitors travel along the Chao Phraya River, capturing the imagination of all who pass by.
The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and was home to the Thai Royal Family for 150 years. Although Chitralada Palace is now the main royal residence, this magnificent structure s now open to the public and is still used for ceremonial purposes. Visitors should allow plenty of time to explore the Grand Palace and the temple complex as a number of tresures are waiting to be explored. In addition to the palace itself, which is elaboratly decorated and features impressive guardian statues, Wat Phra Kaew can also be found here. This is one of Bangkok’s most famous temples as it is home to the much celebrated Emerald Buddha statue (described in more detail in the temple section).
The Grand Palace
How to get there : Take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Wang Luang Pier (pier 9). The Grand Palace is a two-minute walk from the pier
Opening hours : Daily 08.30 am. - 03.30 pm.
Admission Fee: 250 Baht, which includes admission to Wat Phra Kaeo, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion and Vihamanek Mansion
Built in the 19th century, the Vimanmek Mansion is the largest structure in the entire world to have been built entirely of wood. Recently renovated by HM Queen Sirikit, Vimanmek Mansion contains an impressive collection of antique furniture, porcelain and photographs documenting the reign of King Chulalongkorn at the end of the Nineteenth Century when Siam was at its Zenith.
Visitors are treated to a guided tour of Vimanmek Mansion and a presentation of traditional Thai dancing, which takes place in the grounds of the mansion from 10.30 am. to 02.00 pm. The mansion grounds also contain a number of small museums, including the Abhisek Dusit Hall, which houses a collection of ingenious handicrafts created by rural people.
How to get there : Take bus no. 12, 18, 28, 56, 70, 108 or 515, getting off at either Ratchawithi Road or Ratchasima Road
Opening hours : Daily 09.30 am. - 03.30 pm. (close on Public Holidays).
Admission Fee : 100 Baht or fee with an entrance ticket to the Grand Palace
The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall
The focal point or royal celebrations, the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall can be found at the end of the Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue, whih features a large number of impressive buildings. This commanding two-story sctructure was built at the start of the 20th century and looks strikingly different from most of Bangkok’s buildings. Designed by Italian architects Mario Tamango and Annibale Rigotti, the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall features a large central dome and has been built in the neo-classical Renaissance style.
The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall contains a large number of elaborately crafted golden statues and other items, which were presented to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej to mark his 60th birthday. It was from the balcony of this building that he greeted an ecstatic crowd of hundreds of thousands who turned out for this proud milestone.
The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall
How to get there : take bus no. 70, 72 02 503, getting off at the end of Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
Opening hours : Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 am. - 08.00 pm.
Admission : 150 Baht
Located on Bamrung Mueang Road in the centre of a square in front of Wat Suthat, the Giant Swing is one of the most intriguing structures in Bangkok. Measuring some 27 meters high, this teak wood frame was used in ceremonies paying homage to the god Shiva up until 1935, when King Rama VII ascended to the throne. During the the ceremony, teams of three daring Thai men would take turns in balancing on the structure and being swung skywards in an attempt to catch a bag of silver coins with their teeth.
How to get there : Take a Taxi or Bus no. 12
Opening hours : Daily 24 hours.
Admission fee : No entry charge
Built at the request of French missionary Father Pascal in 1809, Assumption Cathedral is the principal Roman Catholic cathedral in Bangkok. Visitors who take a ferry along the Chao Phraya River will be greeted by the sight of Assumption Cathedral as it holds pride of place on the river bank, near the world famous Oriental Hotel.
Assumption Cathedral features a radiant red brick façade, which makes it stand apart from the surrounding buildings. A choir of devout followers practices here every day, often holding concerts to mark occasions such as Easter and Christmas. It’s not strictly in the Grand Palace vicinity but dates from the same era. Among the many famous figures to have visited Assumption Cathedral over the years is Pope John Paul II, who graced the cathedral with his presence in May 1984.
How to get there : take the BTS Skytrain to Taksin station or the Chao Phraya River Express Boat to the Oriental Pier (pier 1).
Opening hours : Services for mass are held on Sundays at 06.00 am., 07.30 am., 08.30 am., 10.00 am. and 05.00 pm.
Admission fee : No entry charge.
Situated on the grounds of the old prison, just a short stroll from Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing, this pleasant park provides a place to relax and unwind in the heart of the city.
Only around five years old, Romimaninat Park features some of the former prison’s original guard towers. Visitors who are interested in Bangkok’s prison history will also be able to visit the Corrections Museum, which is located in one corner of the park and contains displays of instruments of punishment as well as the evolution of punishment within the Kingdom of Thailand. It offers a nice respite to rest while walking among the temples of the area.
How to get there : Take bus no. 5, 35, 42, 56 or 96
Opening hours : Daily 05.00 am. - 08.00 pm., The museum is open 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm., Thursday to Saturday
Admission fee : No entry charge.
Featuring a picturesque garden and large lake, Saranrom Park provides a great place to relax after exploring the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Originally the royal garden belonging to Sanrom Palace, the park was commissioned by King Rama IV in 1866. However, the king died before the park was completed and was given to the crown prince and his brother to use while they were growing up.
Visitors who explore Saranrom Park will discover a number of ancient trees to rest under as well as wooden pagodas and a marble monument at the south of the park, which is dedicated to HM Queen Sunantha Kumareerat and HRH Prince Kannaporn Phetcharat.
How to get there : Take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Tien (pier 8) or bus no. 1, 6, 7, 12, 25, 39, 43, 48, 75 or 91
Opening hours : Daily 05.00 am. - 08.00 pm.
Admission fee : No entry charge.
Wat Prakeaw (Wat Phrasrirattana Sasadaram)
One of the most famous temples in Bangkok, Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram is more commonly referred to as Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Located in the northeast corner of the Grand Palace compound, this temple is world famous as the home of the tiny jade statue known as the Emerald Buddha.
Wat Phra Kaew is regarded by many people to be the most important Buddhist temple in the whole of Thailand and passing through the temple doors is a stirring experience. Naturally, visitors are required to dress and act modestly when entering the temple, taking their shoes off outside and storing them in a special rack. Known as Phra Kaew Morakot, the Emerald Buddha is highly revered and is seen to be one of the main symbol of Thailand. Carved from a single block of jade, the Buddha image is raised on a series of platforms and the only person who is allowed close to the tiny statue is HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In addition to Phra Kaew Morakot, the temple contains a number of large Buddha statues and other elaborate ornaments, most of which have been presented to the King by visiting dignitaries. The complex itself also includes several impressive gilded chedis, antique murals depicting Buddhist lore, and a scale model of the Angkor Wat. It all adds up to a feast for the camera lens, but does get crowded.
How to get there : Take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Wang Luang Pier (pier 9).
Opening hours : Daily 08.30 am. - 12.00 pm., and 01.00 pm. - 03.30 pm.
Admission fee : 250 Baht, which includes admission to the Grand Palace, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion and Vihamanek Mansion
Featuring the famous Reclyning Buddha statue, Wat Pho is perhaps one of the most interesting temples in the whole of Thailand. in addition to the temple itself, Wat Pho’s compound contains a beautifully designed garden complete with fountains, statues and tiny trees as well as a massage centre. People travel to the massage school at Wat Pho from all over Thailand to study the art of massage from the famous instructors here and gain the much coveted certificate, which allows them to practice massage all over the world.
But the most prominent feature here is the Reclyning Buddha statue, which is an impressive 46 meters long and is covered with gold leaf. After removing their shoes, visitors to Wat Pho pass through the temple doors and are permitted to view the statue. Particularly of note are the feet of the Buddha statue, which are three meters long and are decorated with the laksanas or characteristics of Lord Buddha, depicted in mother of pearl.
Wat Pho and the Buddha statue both date back to the 16th century. Visitors who wish to discover the history of the temple and the teachings of Lord Buddha can take a tour with an English speaking, and a number of guides can be found in the grounds of Wat Pho.
How to get there : Take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Tien (pier 8) or bus no. 1, 3, 12, 25,44, 47, 53, 60, 82, 91, 501 or 508
Opening hours : Daily 08.30 am. - 08.00 pm.
Admission fee : 30 Baht
Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing
Officially known as Wat Suthat Thep Wararam, Wat Suthat is located in the very heart of Bangkok. Commissioned by King Rama 1 in 1807, this is one of the oldest temples in the whole of Bangkok and features an elegant sweeping roof. Representing Mount Phra Sumeru, Wat Suthat is home to the holy Buddha image known as Phra Sri Sakayamunee, which was brought to the temple from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai shortly after the temple was completed.
Visitors to Wat Suthat should also take the time to explore the neighborhood, which has changed little over the years. In addition to the mighty Giant Swing, which can be found just outside the entrance to Wat Suthat, visitors will also discover a number of well preserved shop houses, many of which sell religious souvenirs.
How to get there : Take bus no. 12, 15, 42, 73, 96 or 508
Opening hours : 08.30 am. - 09.00 pm.
Admission fee : 20 Baht
Home to the Vipassana Meditation centre as well as the largest monastic order in Thailand, Wat Mahathat can be found between the Grand Place and National Museum. A good place to pause while exploring the Grand Palace district, Mahathat was built during the reign of King Rama I.
People travel to Wat Mahathat from all over the world to study Buddhism and meditation. In addition to Thai language programmes, the monks here also offer courses in English, making this an excellent place for visitors to Bangkok to study the methods of Vipassana meditation. Classes usually last for three hours at a time and are held daily from 07.00 am. -10.00 am., 01.00 pm. - 04.00 pm. and 06.00 pm. - 08.00 pm. While there is no set charge for these classes, participants are expected to make a donation to the temple.
How to get there : Take bus no. 3, 6, 82, 59, 201, 91, 60, 512, 33, 10 or 203
Opening hours : Daily 07.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Admission fee : No entry charge.
Locted near Wat Pho, Wat Ratchabophit was built in 1869 and was the first temple to be commissioned by King Rama V after he ascended to the throne. While there are a number of different temples in this area, Wat Ratchabophit stands apart from the rest as it features some interesting and unusual gothic elements. While both the prayer hall and ordination hall of Wat Ratchabophit feature standard Thai exteriors, the interiors have been created in the gothic style and look similar to some of the most magnificent cathedrals in Europe.
One of the most famous features of this unusual temple is the Buddha image known as Phra Buddha Ankhiros, which has been created in the meditation posture.
How to get there : Take bus no. 1, 6, 7, 12, 25, 39, 43, 48, 75 or 91
Opening hours Daily 08.00 am. to 05.00 pm.
Admission fee : No entrance charge
Often referred to as he Marble Temple, Wat Benchamabophit is one of Bangkok’s most striking temples. Built at the end of the 19th century just after the completion of Dusit Palace, Wat Benchamabophit was designed by the half brother of King Chulalongkorn; Prince Narris.
As the name suggests, many of the buildings here have been constructed from marble, including the ordination hall, which was built from fine Carara Italian marble and features an impressive three-tiered roof. Yet visitors will find that the temple still manages to follow traditional Thai temple styles, including a Buddha replica known as Phra Buddha Chinarahat, which was created in the Sukhothai style.
How to get there : Take bus no. 72 or 503
Opening hours : Daily from 06.00 am. – 06.00 pm.
Admission fee : No entry charge.
Created as a tribute to one of Thailand’s most beloved kings, the Equestrian Statue of King Rama V the great was completed in 1908. A collection was taken up by the people of Thailand to create this statue, which was then cast by a French craftman in the city of Paris. The statue occupies pride of place in the Royal Plaza in Dusit, near Dusit Zoo. After the sun sets, people travel from far and wide to pay tribute to Rama V, who is also known as King Chulalongkorn, with gifts of flowers, incense and candles.
How to get there : Take bus no. 72 or 503
Opening hours : Daily 24 hours
Admission fee : No charge
Museum of Siam
A tribute to the Thai culture and identity, the Museum of Siam can be found in the former building of the Ministry of Commerce. A visit to the Museum of Siam is a must for visitors to Bangkok who want to learn more about the ethnology and anthropology of Thailand.
In an attempt to tackle the challenging issue of what it means to be Thai, the Museum of Siam contains a large number of interesting displays, ranging from new articles dating back to the 1920s to photographs, maps and collections of Thai clothing throughout the ages.
How to get there : Take a ferry to Tha Tien (pier 8) and walk for 500 meters or take bus no. 3, 6, 9, 12, 47, 53, 82 or 524
Opening hours : 10.00 am. - 06.00 pm., Tuesday - Sunday
Admission fee : No entry charge
The National Museum
Containing the largest collection of Thai artifacts and artwork in the entire country, the National Museum can be found in the grounds of the former 18th century Wang Na Palace. Many of the artifacts located in the National Museum hail from some of Thailand’s oldest sites, such as Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. Featuring colour photographs, maps and well displayed exhibits, the National Museum should be the first port of call for those with an interest in history and architecture.
The National Museum was first established by King Rama V in 1887 and also contains a number of royal treasures. Those who wish to receive a guided tour of the National Museum should visit on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when tours are conducted free of charge in English and French. It is regarded as one of the greatest repositories of Southeast Asian art and ancient artifacts in the World, included substantial Khmer Buddhist and Hindu carvings.
How to get there : Take bus no. 15, 32, 53, 82 or 503
Opening hours : 09.00 am. 04.00 pm., Wednesday - Sunday
Admission fee : No entry charge
The Press Museum
Originally established in order to enhance the press industry within Thailand, the Press Museum can be found opposite Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, just a short distance from Vimanmek Palace. Although often overlooked by tourists, the Press Museum contains a large number of interesting displays and exhibits, such as the display on modern information technology. The publishing business was established in Thailand by King Rama VI and details of Thailand’s freedom of press and the history of journalism in Thailand can also be found within the Press Museum.
How to get there : Take bus no. 18 or 515
Opening hours : Mon - Fri from 09.00 am. to 05.00 pm.
Admission fee : No entrance charge
Dedicated to productions of traditional Thai classical masked dance performances known as khon, a visit to the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater is an unforgettable experience. Visitors are encouraged to dress themselves in their finest clothes and lose themselves in the moment as some of Thailand’s most celebrated dancers take to the stage and perform tales from classic Asian texts such as the epic Ramayana.
The masks themselves are a real work of art and are extremely costly to produce. Created by some of the most skilful craftsmen in the whole of Thailand, the creation of khon masks and headgear takes a lifetime to perfect. You should certainly have your camera ready for this display of national costume.
How to get there : Take bus no. 12, 48 or 508
Opening hours : Performances start at 07.30 am., Fridays and Saturday
Admission fee : Tickets cost 1,000 and 1,200 Baht
Erawan Shrine is a very important temple for Thais and foreigners. It is considered to be one of the most sacred places in Bangkok. Some people believe that it gives the inner strength to overcome problems in their lives. A popular pilgrimage destination since 1956.
How to get there : By BTS train Chidlom Station / Taxi. Bus no. 68, 101
Trimurti Shrine honors the god of love - Trimurti. Visit on Thursday after 09.00 pm. to see singles in red offering red roses in hope that they will meet their lifetime partners soon.
How to get there : Take the BTS to the Chit Lom / Siam station and walk to the Central world Shopping Mall from there.
The shrine is in front of the mall.
Opening hours : Daily 24 hours.
Ganesha Shrine in an important Hindu temple erected for - a master of intellect and wisdom - Ganesha. Artist from all around the world come here to make their offerings in exchange for blessing for their accomplishment and success.
How to get there : The Ganesha shrine is located just next to the Erawan Shrine. Take the BTS to the Chidlom station and walk from there.
Shrine of Goddess Tubtim
Hundreds of penises decorated with ribbons made out of wood and stone that stand ten feet tall will greet you at the Shrine of Goddess Tubtim. The temple honors Chao Mae Tubtim - a female fertility spirit. Women come to leave the offering of lotus and jasmine when they are looking to conceive.
How to get there : Take the BTS to the Chidlom station. The shrine is located on the grounds of the Swisshotel Nai Lert Hotel.
Often overlooked by tourists, the Kukrit House is a popular attraction with those who are interested in history and politics. This was once the home of Kukrit Pramoj, who formed the first ever political party in Thailand served as the Prime Minister in 1974 and 1975. This impressive traditional Thai teakwood house was built by Pramoj himself over a period of 30 years and is situated in a beautiful tropical garden, complete with lotus ponds.
When Kukrit Pramoj died in 1995 at the age of 84 his house was opened to the public so that all could see the way in which this great leader of men lived. The house is full of both Thai and Khmer artwork and antiques, acting as a showcase for the different styles that were popular throughout various periods of history. How to get there : Take the BTS Skytrain to Chong Nonsi station and then walk for 10 minutes or bus no. 67, 22 or 77
Opening hours : Weekends and public holidays from 10.00 am.- 05.00 pm.
Admission fee : Adult 50 Baht (For those visiting in groups during weekdays, please write to Khun Atthaya Wongwichit at least 1 week in advance).
Pridi Banomyong Institute
Dedicated to Pridi Banomyong, who was one of the prominent leaders in the 1932 coup, this non-profit academic organization promotes research in social studies and regularly hosts art, music and culture events. Lectures and films are shown each year on May 11th to celebrate Pridi Banomyong Day, while other interesting exhibitions and events are also held here throughout the year.
How to get there : Take the BTS Skytrain to the Thonglor station or bus number 2, 25, 501, 508, 511 or 513
Opening hours : Mon - Fri 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : Tel: 0 2381 3860 to 1
Known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun in one of the most dramatic attractions to grace the Chaophraya River. This ancient temple can be found on the Thonburi side of the river and is believed to be the oldest temple in the whole of Bangkok. Originally known as Wat Makok or the Olive Temple, Wat Arun dates back to the 16th century. Situated in a pretty garden surrounded by stone prangs and guarded by two gigantic demons known as yaksha, the central prang measures a colossal 80 meters high.
This towering prang is decorated by pieces of porcelain, which were dumped on the banks of the Chaophraya River by trading boats in the times when Bangkok was a prominent trading port. After taking the time to burn intense and pay their respects at the shine that is located at the foot of the central prang, visitors can climb the steps that lead up the steps to take in stunning views of the river and surrounding area.
A number of gift shops can be found around the exit to the temple, selling everything from refreshing drinks and snacks to postcards and handicrafts. Although named the temple of dawn, the best time to visit the temple is just before sunset. The temple is floodlit after dark and visitors can grab a drink or a meal at the bar on the opposite bank of the river while gazing at this magnificent temple.
How to get there : Take the Chaophraya River Express ferry to pier 8 and a small shuttle ferry across the river or bus no. 19, 57 or 83
Opening : 07.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Admission fee : 50 Baht
King Rama I Statue
Located in the middle of a traffic island in front of Memorial Bridge, the King Rama I Statue was designed by Prince Naris and erected in 1932. This magnificent statue depicts King Rama I seated on a throne and was erected to mark Bangkok’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
King Rama I is an important figure in Thai history as he was the first ever king to hail from the Chakri Dynasty. He was crowned on April 6th, 1782 and in this year he established Bangkok as Thailand’s capital city. How to get there : Take the bus number 72 or 503
Opening : 24 hours a day, daily
Admission fee : no entry charge
Located inside the Bang Khun Prom Palace, the Bang of Thailand Museum is often overlooked by visitors to Bangkok but is an interesting place to spend an afternoon as it features no fewer than 14 different display rooms, demonstrating Thai currency through the ages. One of the main attractions is the Ancient Coins Room, which contains collections of currency dating all the way back to the prehistoric era. At this time shells and beads were usually used as currency, while Sri Vijaya coins, Funan coins and Dvaravati coins were later introduced.
Due to its location inside a royal residence, anyone wishing to visit the Bank of Thailand Museum must obtain permission from the Bank at least a week in advance and visitors are requested to dress and behave respectfully.
How to get there : Take bus number 3, 32, 49 or 65
Opening : 09.30 am. - 04.00 pm., Mon - Fri
Admission fee : no entry charge
Royal Barge National Museum
Used in the spectacular Tod Kathin Buddhist Festival when H.M. The King brings new robes to the monks residing at Wat Arun, the Royal Barges are extremely ornate. While these large and lovely barges are rarely seen on the river, those wishing to view the magnificent vessels can pay a visit to the Royal Barges National Museum.
The barges are looked after by the Royal Thai Navy and can be found on the Bangkok Noi canal, which is situated on the Thonburi side of the Chaophraya River. Although these barges can rarely been seen on the river, the mighty vessels can be viewed at any time by travelling to the museum. There are 52 barges in total, the most important of which is the Suphanahong, which is used by the King himself and was created in 1911. Measuring 46 meters in length, the barge features intricate carving and has been decorated with pieces of coloured glass.
How to get there : Take the Chaophraya River Express ferry from the Tha Pra Chan Pier to the Bangkok Noi (Thonburi) Train Station Pier on the bank of the on Bangkok Noi canal, which is located on the Thonburi side of the Chaophraya River.
Opening hours : 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm., Mon - Fri
Admission fee : 30 Baht
This large art gallery can be found inside the former Royal Thai Mint building. Most of the art collects here focus on portraits of Thailand’s kings and mostly consist of oil on canvass. Many of painting here date back to the 17th century and have been created by prominent Thai artists through the ages. Special exhibitions are often held at the national Gallery, when contemporary work is displayed by both Thai and Western artists.
How to get there : Take bus number 3, 15, 32, 53, 68, 79, 80, 91, 203 or 503.
Opening hours : 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm., Wednesday to Saturday
Admission fee : 200 Baht
Siam Niramit is a unique 2000-seat theatre offering the 80-minute show featuring three stories of Thailand's cultural heritage. The three parts are Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms and Journey Through Joyous Festivals. The theatre has state-of-the-art technology and the show is packed with special effects. The show is packed with stunning special effects. The spectacle starts everyday at 8pm, but visitors are advised to arrive one hour earlier to join a free guided tour to a Thai village in the complex. The compound comprises of restaurants and souvenir shops as well. How to get there : Siam Niramit is situated on Thiam Ruammit Road off Ratchadaphisek Road, about 100 meters from the Thailand Cultural Center MRT station / Bus routes A/C73 and continue walking for 400 meters.
Opening hours : Daily 05.00 am. - 08.00 pm.
The show starts nightly : at 8 pm. but visitors should arrive at 7 pm. to join a free guided tour to a Thai village in the compound. Restuarants and souvenir shops are also available.
Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre
Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre is the first theatre in Thailand which could easily compete with the ones on the famous Broadway in New York City. The theatre contains 1,502 seats. For more information go to www.rachadalai.com
How to get there : Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre is located on the 4th floor, Esplanade Shopping Centre, Ratchadapisek Road, Din Daeng. Take the MRT to the Thailand Cultural Center. / Bus routes 36, 54, 204
For those interested in Thai Culture, a visit in the Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall is a 'must do' activity in Bangkok. The venue displays the history of the Thai people and Thai culture from the prehistory to the present times. The exhibition is divided into five sections: The Evolution of the Thai Nation, Rice and Thay Way of Life, Thai Language and Literature, Thailand and the World, and Important Achievements and Events in Thai Society.
How to get there : Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall is located in the Thailand Cultural Center. Take the MRT to the Thailand Cultural Center Station.
Opening hours : Mon - Fri (except public holidays) from 09.30 am. to 04.30 pm.
Phaya Thai Palace
The Phaya Thai Palace had been built more than a 100 years ago during the reign of the King Rama V. During his stay in the palace he could enjoy the great view for the farms, plantations and livestock in the area. The palace complex included dedicated place where the annual Rolay Ploughing Ceremony (to mark the beginning of the rice-growing season) could take place.
How to get there : Phayathai Palace is within the grounds of Phramongkutklao Hospital at 315 Rachawithi Road. Its a short distance from the the Victory Monument, making it easily accessible by BTS to the Victory Monument station, then walk east down Rachawithi. The palace is on the north side of the road. Bus routes 12, 18, 112, 166, 515, 522, 536
Opening hours : Mon - Sat
Admission : Free
The Queen Sirikit Park was established 18 years ago to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of HM the Queen. The hinge park covers an area of 120,000 square meters. The initial intention was to make it look like a plantation mirroring the diversity of plants which can be seen in the forests. The park is also a botanical garden, where you can see more than 2,000 kinds of Thai and foreign plants. The nickname of the park is "Little Forest in a Big City". It is full of ponds, pavilions, fresh breezes, and quiet birdsongs. It is a perfect place to escape from Bangkok's constant traffic chaos. It's also an interesting place for leisurely strolls providing plenty of photo opportunities. Nearby attractions include Chatuchak Park (Suan Chatuchak) and Rotfai Park (Suan Rotfai).
How to get there :
The Queen Sirikit Park is situated between Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road and Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, near Chatuchak Weekend Market.
- By Bus : Bus no. 77, 122, 136, 145 and Air-con 145 stop at the park entrance on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road.
- By Taxi : Visitors are suggested to mention the Thai name of the Park as 'Suan Satharana Sirikit', as well as describe to taxi drivers that it is located near Chatuchak Park and Rotfai Park. Otherwise, the drivers might think of Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre instead.
- By Car: Enter the park via the main entrance on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd. Parking is provided.
- By Train :The park is easy to reach from the Mo Chit BTS station or the Chatuchak Park MRT station. From either of these stations, walk along Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd. to one of the park entrances.
Several agencies, merchants and general public is responsible for creation of the Chatuchak Park. Realization that green areas can vastly improve and enhance city environment was the major impulse to the creation of the park. The park contains a clock tower, a flower clock and sculptures from six Asian nations.
The park visitors can jog or stroll on the shady tracks line or just appreciate the beauty of nature in Thai Literature Garden and Herb Garden. They can also stop to view lovely fish at the Fish Watching Bridges over the pond or row a boat in a pond located in the middle of the park. Additionally, they can exercise at fitness stations provided in Health Plaza, built in commemoration of the Crown Princess's 3rd Cycle Birthday.
Chatuchak Park is one of the oldest public parks in the Thai capital. The construction began in 1975 on land donated by the State Railway of Thailand. The park opened five years later and was later connected with Queen Sirikit Park and Wachirabenchatat Park, although they are separated from Chatuchak Park by Kampaengphet 3 Road. An artificial lake runs along this thin and long park with numerous bridges crossing the lake. A train museum is situated inside the park. It is visited by more than 200,000 people daily.
How to get there :
- By Bus : From Phahonyothin Road Bus no: 3,8,12,26,28, 34,39,44,59,63,77,90,96,104,112,134,136 138, Air-con Bus No 22,3,9,10,13,23,26,29 ,34,38,39,59,63,77,134,138,145
- By Train : BTS Mo-Chit Station / MRT Chatuchak Station
Opening hours : Daily 04.30 am. - 09.00 pm.
Admission : Free
The Victory Monument was constructed during the World War II to commemorate the heroism of soldiers, policemen and civilians who lost their lives in a dispute between Thailand and France on the border between Thailand and other Indochinese nations. The dispute ended with an agreement by the two parties following 59 casualties.
How to get there : The Victory Monument is located on the Phahonyothin Road. Take the BTS to the Victory Monument Station. Bus routes 12, 18, 24, 26, 29, 34, 39, 54, 59, 63
The Hall of Railway Heritage is a Sunday museum which is a must see to all who cherish the trains. Train models, steam engines and mini-trains are on display along with the story of the world' railway systems. The museum has a huge exhibition hall containing relics. The museum is maintained by the Thai Railfan Club.
How to get there: The Hall of Railway Heritage is located on the western side of Chatuchak Park adjacent to Kamphaeng Phe Road. Take the BTS to Chatuchak Station. Bus routes 96, 145, 517, 536
Opening hours and Admission : Sat - Sun from 05.00 am. - 12 am.; Free admission
Contact : Tel : 0 2379 3601, 0 2379 3607
Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
The Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectariums is a natural study room perfect for learning about butterflies and insects, their life cycles and being. It contains an exhibition area, an activity ground, embryo breeding room, feed breeding room, insectariums, scenic area, Lamphu tree ground and butterfly garden. The complex contains as well a cage covering an area of 1,100 square metres with a 15-metres-high dome, built from an open framework for good ventilation. The garden area connects to Chatuchak Park and Queen Sirikit Park. The garden is open daily except for Monday during 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
How to get there: The Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located in the southeastern area of Vachirabenjatas Park (Railway Park). Take the BTS to the Chatuchak Station. Bus no. 3, 29, 112, 134, 191, 510
Opening hours and Admission : Tue - Sun and public holidayss. Free admission.
Contact: Tel : 0 2272 4359-60, 0 2272 4680
Children's Discovery Museum
Children's Discovery Museum has been established by HM the Queen in the Queen Sirikit Park in order to create a fun environment for learning for Thai children. The museum consists of three exhibition buildings and an open-air activity ground. The construction was finished in 2001 to celebrate the 60th birthday HM the Queen. The museum offers fun activities for children to learn about human life, sciences, culture and society, nature and the environment. It includes an exhibition in honor of HM the Queen. How to get there : Take the BTS to the Mo-Chit Station. Bus no. 3, 26, 29, 34, 39, 59, 63, 96, 112, 134.
Opening hours : Daily (Tue-Fri from 09.00 am. to 05.00 pm., Sat-Sun from 10.00 am. to 06.00 pm.)
Admission : Adult 70 baht, Child 50 baht
Contact : Tel : 0 2615 7333 ext. 102, 134, 148
This impressive monument was built to honour the men who fought for Thailand. Featuring the Pillar of Eternal Flame, which consists of Thai crystals at the top of a marble pedestal, visitors can enter the octagonal building to view a collection of murals depicting scenes from Thai history.
How to get there : Take bus no. 29, 34, 39, 59, 95, 503, 504, 510, 513, 524, 529 or 539 to the intersection of Paholyothin and Vibhavadi Rd.
Opening hours : 09.00 am. - 03.30 pm., Monday to Friday
Admission fee : No entry charge
Established in 1952, this interesting and informative museum is a popular attraction with those who have a passion for aviation history. Visitors will be treated to the chance to view a wide range of rare exhibits, many of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the entire world. The museum can be found close Wing 6 of Don Mueang Airport’s domestic terminal, which is situated on Phanonyothin Road. One of the highlights in the Royal Thai Air Force Museum is the Type 10 (Hawk 3). This fighter aircraft played an important role during the Indochina War and is the last of its kind in the world.
How to get there : Take bus no. 34, 39, 114, 185, 503, 520, 522, 543 or 543A
Opening hours : 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm., daily
Admission fee : No entry charge
Rare Stone Museum
Located on Charoenkrung Road between Soi 26 and Soi 28 in Bang Rak area, the museum features a fascinating display of over ten thousand rare stones from Thailand and all over the world. Exhibits include precious stones, fossils, crystals, stalactites and more. Collections of ashtrays and cigarette labels are also on display. Admission: 20 baht.
How to get there : Bus no. 1, 75, 35, 45
Opening hours : Daily from 09.30 am. to 05.30 pm.
King Rama IX Park
Created in 1987 to commemorate the 60th birthday of H.M. King Bumibol Adulyadej, the large and lovely King Rama IX Park is a good place to relax and unwind. People who have time to kill before their flight out of Suvarnabhumi Airport will be able to wander through the six different zones of this spectacular green space, which comprise the first comprehensive botanical garden to grace Thailand.
King Rama IX Park
How to get there : Take bus no. 145, 206 or 207
Opening hours : Daily 05.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Admission fee : 10 Baht
One of Samut Prakan’s most famous and striking attractions, the Erawan Museum is a tribute to creativity and passion. People who drive along Sukhumvit Road towards Suvarnabhumi Airport will be greeted by the sight of a giant three-headed elephant, which is believed to be the largest elephant statue in the entire world and measures an impressive 50 meters high.
Guided tours of the Erawan Museum are conducted every half an hour and take visitors right inside the elephant to view a rare collection of jewels and antiques from all around Thailand. Visitors then climb inside the elephant’s stomach and are treated to stunning views of the surrounding area from a small window located high inside the statue.
How to get there : Take bus no. 102, 142, 507, 511 or 536
Opening hours : 09.00 am. - 06.00 pm., daily
Admission : 150 Baht for adults, 50 Baht for children