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  • Flower Market

    1. Flower Market

    Pom Prap Sattru Phai | Market/Bazaar

    This street lined with flower shops is busy around the clock, but it's most interesting at night when more deliveries are heading in and out...Read More

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  • Grand Palace

    2. Grand Palace

    Old City | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This is Thailand's most revered spot and one of its most visited. King Rama I built this walled city in 1782, when he moved the capital across...Read More

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  • Jim Thompson House

    3. Jim Thompson House

    Pathumwan | House/Mansion/Villa

    Formerly an architect in New York City, Jim Thompson ended up in Thailand at the end of World War II after a stint as an officer in the Office...Read More

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  • Queen Saowapha Snake Farm

    4. Queen Saowapha Snake Farm

    Pathumwan | Zoo/Aquarium

    The Thai Red Cross established this unusual and fascinating snake farm and toxicology research institute in 1923, and it is well worth a visit...Read More

    Queen Saowapha Snake Farm
  • Wat Arun

    5. Wat Arun

    Thonburi | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If this riverside spot is inspiring at sunrise, it's even more marvelous toward dusk, when the setting sun throws amber tones over the entire...Read More

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  • Wat Phra Kaew

    6. Wat Phra Kaew

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    No single structure within the Grand Palace elicits such awe as this, the most sacred temple in the kingdom. You may prefer the simplicity of...Read More

    Wat Phra Kaew
  • Wat Traimit

    7. Wat Traimit

    Pom Prap Sattru Phai | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The temple has little architectural merit, but off to its side is a small chapel containing the world's largest solid-gold Buddha, cast about...Read More

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  • 8. Blue Elephant Cooking School

    Sathorn | Educational Institution

    Long a favorite, and connected with the same-named restaurant, this school has a very friendly staff. The Thai dishes taught here are heavily...Read More

  • 9. Carpediem Gallery

    Sukhumvit | Museum/Gallery

    A vivacious, charismatic Singaporean woman owns this gallery that often exhibits oversize artworks. Though based in Sukhumvit, her gallery displays...Read More

  • 10. Chitlada Palace

    Dusit | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The king used to reside at this palace across from Dusit Park. Although it's closed to the public, the outside walls are a lovely sight, especially...Read More

  • 11. Democracy Monument

    Old City | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    One of Bangkok's biggest and best-known landmarks, the monument anchors a large traffic circle three blocks from the eastern end of Khao San...Read More

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  • 12. Dusit Zoo

    Dusit | Zoo/Aquarium

    Komodo dragons and other rarely seen creatures, among them the Sumatran rhinoceros, are on display at this charming little zoo. Also on hand...Read More

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  • Erawan Shrine

    13. Erawan Shrine

    Pathumwan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Completed in 1956, this is not a particularly old shrine by Bangkok standards, but it's one of the more active ones, with many people stopping...Read More

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  • 14. Fertility Shrine at Nai Lert Park

    Pathumwan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Hundreds of phalluses, from small wooden carvings to big stone sculptures decorated with ribbons, place this shrine honoring the female fertility...Read More

  • 15. Khao San Road

    Banglamphu | Neighborhood/Street

    This thoroughfare, whose name means "Shining Rice," has been the heart of the international backpacking scene for decades. In the past few years...Read More

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  • Lumphini Park

    16. Lumphini Park

    Pathumwan | Park/Playground

    Two lakes enhance this popular park, one of the biggest in the center of the city. You can watch children feed bread to the turtles or teenagers...Read More

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  • 17. M.R. Kukrit Pramoj Heritage House

    Sathorn | House/Mansion/Villa

    Former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj's house reflects his long, influential life. After Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932, he...Read More

  • 18. National Gallery

    Phra Nakhon | Museum/Gallery

    Although it doesn't get nearly as much attention as the National Museum, the gallery has a permanent collection of modern and traditional Thai...Read More

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  • 19. National Museum

    Phra Nakhon | Museum/Gallery

    There's no better place to acquaint yourself with Thai history than the National Museum, which also holds one of the world's best collections...Read More

  • 20. October 14 Memorial

    Banglamphu | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The memorial honors Thais killed during a student-led uprising against military rule. That revolt began on October 14, 1973, and tributes to...Read More

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