Explore Bangkok with these interesting places that we recommend!
Watergate Area (Pratunam) The budget fashion district where you can get nice clothes and accessories with pocket- friendly prices. (www.bangkok.com/pratunam/shopping)
Pantip Plaza This is the perfect place to shop for cheap electronic goods and computer accessories. (www.pantipplaza.com)
Ratchaprasong Area The famous Trimurti and Ganesha shrines, Central World shopping mall and the high-end Gaysorn Plaza are all in this area. (www.heartofbangkok.com)
100 Tonson Gallery This small but cutting-edge art gallery is well worth a visit for those interested exhibitions by world-renowned and rising Thai and international artists. (www.100tonsongallery.com)
Katmandu Photo Gallery Situated in an old shophouse, the Katmandu Gallery always has exhibitions of interesting photography works by vanguard local and international artists. (www.kathmanduphotobkk.com)
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (Wat Khaek) The most famous Hindu temple in Bangkok, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is a Dravidian style Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mariamman built in the 19th century by Tamil migrants. This temple is an important spiritual landmark for the local Tamil community, as well as for many Thais. (www.srimahamariammantemplebangkok.com)
Siam Square Siam Square is where cool Thai teens hang out to shop for the latest trends and fashions, many of which are made by local up-and-coming designers. There are also two classic old cinemas in this area – Lido and the beautiful Art Deco Scala Theatre. (www.siam-square.com)
Bangkok Art & Cultural Center Bangkok’s first and only major national modern art gallery, the BACC consistently hosts a range of interesting exhibitions in a large, modern setting. (en.bacc.or.th)
Chula Art Center Connected with Thailand’s renowned Chulalongkorn University, this small gallery features regular exhibitions by established artists and students alike. (www.car.chula.ac.th/art/en)
Jim Thompson House A legendary figure in Thailand for the part he played in developing the local silk trade, American expat Jim Thompson lived in a beautiful, traditional Thai teak house, where he also displayed his amazing collection of Asian art. (www.jimthompsonhouse.com)
Vimanmek Mansion The world’s largest teakwood mansion, Vimanmek Mansion was a palace during the reign of King Rama V, and is now used as a museum. The mansion is decorated in a neoclassic style mixed with traditional Thai motifs. (www.vimanmek.com)
Suan Pakkard Palace The home of Prince Chumbhotpong Paripatra is now a museum that exhibits antiques and paintings. The palace consists four traditional thai houses, plus five pavilions which are fine examples of traditional thai architecture. (www.suanpakkad.com)
Phya Thai Palace Built during the era of King Rama V as a temporary royal residence, this palace was later used as a clinic for the Royal Thai Army. The architecture of Phya Thai Palace represents the period of modernisation in Thailand, with neo-gothic and Roman European influences. (www.phyathaipalace.org)
Nitas Rattanakosin (Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall) This self-learning center uses multimedia technology to provide information on Thai history, arts and culture of the Rattanakosin era (since 1782). (www.nitasrattanakosin.com)
Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center This new art space has the look and feel of a giant New York art loft. Encompassing several levels, the space is used to house large exhibitions of famous local artists. (www.facebook.com/Ratchadamnone)
Brown Sugar Jazz Bar Brown Sugar is a legendary Bangkok jazz bar famous for great drinks, wonderful food and world-class live jazz, blues, roots and world music performed nightly. (www.brownsugarbangkok.com)
Grand Place No visit to Bangkok is complete without a day spent wandering around the beautiful Grand Palace, which also houses the famous Emerald Buddha. (www.palaces.thai.net)
Wat Pho Near the Chao Praya River and close to the Grand Palace is Wat Pho, a temple that houses the astounding Reclining Buddha. After a relaxing stroll around the beautiful Wat Po complex, visitors can also have a traditional Thai massage here. (www.watpho.com)
Chatuchak Weekend Market Chatuchak Weekend Market is the biggest market in Thailand. Visitors can find anything here, including clothes, secondhand books and records, souvenirs, antiques, home and kitchen wear, food, drinks and just about everything else. It’s also a fun and lively place to hang out with locals and foreigners. Opposite Chatuchak Market is JJ Green, the Vintage Secondhand Market which is a nice place to wander on a Friday or Saturday night to check out the local life and to find great souvenirs from by-gone eras. (www.chatuchak.org)
Serindia Gallery This publisher and gallery of fine arts and photography presents interesting artworks and books by renowned artists from all over the world. (www.serindiagallery.com)
Koi Art Gallery Koi Art Gallery is a creative space that features ground-breaking exhibitions by both emerging and established contemporary artists from Thailand and overseas. (www.koiartgallerybangkok.com)