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  • 1 The Royal Quarter of Bangkok Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Th. Na Phra Lan

    It was on a meander of the River Chao Phraya that Rama I decided to build his capital in 1782, leaving the site of Thonburi chosen by his predecessor. Here he built the splendid Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace, both of which are striking for their..

  • 2 Wat Phra Kaeo of Bangkok Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The royal chapel (ubosot) serves as a backdrop to one of the most sacred objects in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha (actually made of jade), at whose feet worshippers leave flowers, incense and other offerings. With its polychrome roofs, gilded decor an..

  • 3 Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Thai Wang

    The oldest temple in Thailand, Wat Pho is also home to the country's most important school of medicine and traditional massage. It owes its renown to its impressive reclining Buddha (46m long and 15m high), which is completely covered with gold. Note..

  • 4 Wat Suthat Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Bamrung Muang

    Bangkok boasts more than 400 wat, each with its own distinctive characteristics. The 19C Wat Sathut houses the largest wihan (main chapel) in the Thai capital, which is home to an imposing 8m-high gilded bronze Buddha from Sukhothai. The frescoes dep..

  • 5 Vimanmek Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16 Rajvithi Rd

    Built without a single nail in the second half of the 19C, Vimanmek Palace is the largest golden-teak building in the world. Stroll through the palace's maze of rooms, visiting the reception rooms, Throne Room and the king's bedroom. The latter is la..

  • 6 Thonburi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Unlike Bangkok, whose canals have been gradually filled in and replaced by avenues, Thonburi has retained its network of khlong lined with old houses on stilts. This area can be explored by boat, stopping off to visit the various temples and floating..

  • 7 Jim Thompson's House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Th. Rama Ier. Soi Kasemsan 2

    Surrounded by greenery along San Sap khlong, this unusual teak house once belonged to the American Jim Thompson, an Asian art enthusiast who settled in Thailand after the Second World War. Thompson introduced the world to Thai silk and built up an im..

  • 8 Wat Arun (Wat Arun Ratchaworaram) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Embarcadère du Wat Arun

    Wat Arun is easily recognisable by its huge central prang (114m high), which is built in Khmer-style and symbolises Mount Meru, believed to be the centre of the universe. It is decorated with extraordinary, multicoloured, porcelain bas-reliefs depict..

  • 9 Bangkok National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Th. Na Pra That - embarcadère de Tha Phra Chang

    The largest museum in the country houses a wide array of Thai art dating from prehistory to the early 20C. Visit the galleries dedicated to Thai prehistory and history and then admire the Buddhaisawan chapel, which is home to a highly venerated statu..

  • 10 Dusit District Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Inspired by his trip to the West in the early 20C, Rama V had the district of Dusit, the site of the royal residence, laid out in the style of a major European city, with wide boulevards lined with trees. As a result, this district has a pleasant, ai..

  • 11 Wat Benchamapophit Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Si Ayutthaya

    This temple, a delightful mix of Western and Eastern influences, is the work of an Italian, Hercules Manfredi. Built at the very end of the 19C, Wat Benchamapophit boasts Carrara-marble walls crowned with pagoda-style roofs, while its interior houses..

  • 12 Suan Pakkat Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Th. Si Ayutthaya

    Consisting of five pavilions connected by footbridges, Suan Pakkat Palace houses a fine collection of Khmer statues, as well as objects belonging to the royal family, pottery from Ban Chiang (famous for its refined red ochre decor) and remarkable bla..

  • 13 Wat Kalyanamit Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Founded in 1825 by Rama III, Wat Kalyanamit is one of the five temples built by the king in Bangkok. As you enter the temple garden, note the huge bronze bell - the largest in Thailand - which is housed under a white pavilion. The main wihan here is ..

  • 14 Discovering the Khlong Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The city's canals show a different side to Bangkok, which can be explored on board a long tail - a kind of traditional long barge. The city was once criss-crossed with khlong (canals), which were filled in during the 1950s when the city of Bangkok be..

  • 15 Royal Barge Museum, Bangkok Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sur le quai du khlong Bangkok Noi

    Royal barges are very rarely seen in procession on the River Chao Phraya nowadays. In order to relive these important ceremonies, take time to visit the Royal Barge Museum, a huge boat shed housing a collection of historical photos and splendid barge..

  • 16 Wat Suwanaram Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    33 Soi Charansonitwong 32

    In the 18C, during the reign of King Taksin, Burmese prisoners of war were executed at Wat Suwanaram. Restored in the 1820s, the temple hosted cremation ceremonies for some members of the royal family and other important dignitaries. A statue of a se..

  • 17 Chinatown of Bangkok Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Thanon Ratchawong

    In keeping with other large cities around the world, such as Paris, London and San Francisco, Bangkok also has its own Chinatown. Stroll through the streets here and soak up the bustling atmosphere, admiring the district's traditional houses and shop..

  • 18 Golden Mount Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The artificial hill of the Golden Mount is best visited from 9-11 November, when it is celebrated in a procession by the locals. The mound is crowned by a fortress topped with the gilded chedi (tower-reliquary) of Wat Saket, which is accessed via 300..

  • 19 Wat Bowon Niwet Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Th. Phrasumen

    Like the other temples in Bangkok, Wat Bowon Niwet houses a beautiful Buddha, the 14C Phra Puttha Chinasi from Phitsanulok, as well as wall paintings in which perspective can be seen for the first time. A renowned centre of meditation, this temple, s..

  • 20 The Grand Palace of Bangkok Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Na Phra Lan Rd

    The former royal residence of the kings of Siam, the Grand Palace houses several buildings of western inspiration. In addition to Chakri Mahaprasat palace, where the king lived, don't miss Aphon Phimok Prasat, a beautifully proportioned wooden pavili..

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