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Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

Rajprasong Intersection

Located on a corner of central Bangkok’s busiest intersections, the shrine is a symbol of faith for thousands and a major tourist attraction. A festival vibe permeates the area. The narrow sidewalks around are choked with flower vendors selling their colourful fragrant merchandise from makeshift wooden stands. In the centre of the iron-fenced area, under a glittering canopy sits a four-faced, four-armed statue of Brahma (or Than Tao Mahaprom to the Thais), the Hindu god of creation. The air is redolent with incense and the strident sound of the ranad ek (Thai xylophone) accompanied by a throbbing drumbeat provides a lively soundtrack for the traditional dancers dressed in colourful outfits and ornamental headgear. Worshippers ...

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Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House

Rama 1 Road

Hugging the Saen Sab Canal, the beautiful teakwood house stands at the end of a nondescript lane in central Bangkok, encompassed by a ‘jungle landscape’ of tropical trees and shrubs. Once it was home to Thailand’s most famous American resident, adventurer, entrepreneur and art collector James H W Thompson, who as founder of the now legendary Thai silk company named after him, is credited with reviving Thai silk – a dying cottage industry at the time – and introducing it to fashion capitals of the world.

His sprawling residence, in reality a complex of six traditional Thai-style teak houses, was acquired by him in different parts of Thailand and then transported by barge to Bangkok; the ...

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The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall

The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall

Dusit Palace

The broad boulevard rolls right up to the majestic two-tiered confection of Carrara marble, German copper, Milanese granite and Viennese ceramics topped by a large central dome surrounded by six smaller ones, before skirting the elaborate wrought iron gate and fence that hem in the well-manicured lawn and neatly trimmed shrubs.

With its Renaissance and Neoclassical architectural style, the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall is reminiscent of the multitude of historical buildings that dot Europe, so standing in front of it, it’s easy to forget you are in the Thai capital, Bangkok...

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Wat Pho Massage School

Wat Pho Massage School

Sanamchai Road

Amidst the glittering ornate viharns and chedis with the multi-coloured mosaics of Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn is a low, modest whitewashed building topped by a shingled roof. The benches in the reception area of this building are always crammed with people waiting their turn. Within the wooden doors is a large hall, lined with mattresses on either side of a main aisle. On some, people are being contorted into impossible shapes, on others, masseuses flex limbs, rotating them first this way and then that. This is where thousands of students from all over the globe come to learn the intricacies of nuat phaen boran, or literally “ancient manner massage”.

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Muang Boran

Muang Boran

Bangpoo, Samut Prakan

A fascinating microcosm of Thailand’s rich heritage and culture, this open-air museum sprawls over 320 acres in the Samut Prakan province just outside Bangkok. The creation of Lek Viriyaphant, the man also behind the the Erawan Museum in same area and the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, the park is shaped like Thailand and features over 109 replicas of the Kingdom’s most famous architectural sites, monuments, and palaces with each one placed approximately in their geographical positions.

Each reproduction was carefully selected and constructed at a third of their original size. Detailed research by top art historians has ensured the authenticity in the ...

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Vimanmek Palace

Vimanmek Palace

Dusit Palace

This stunning three-storey palace, also known as the Castle in the Clouds, stands by a picturesque lake amidst quiet, shady grounds and is acknowledged as the largest golden teakwood building the world.

Once the summer palace of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) on the island of Ko Si Chang, it was taken apart and rebuilt without using nails on its present location in 1901 where he lived in it until 1906. Shaped like the letter ‘L”, it features two right-angle wings, each 60 metres long and 20 metres high. The section that the King resided in is octagonal and has four storeys and the interior blends the neo-classical style from Europe with traditional Thai motifs and architecture.

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Siam Niramit

Siam Niramit

Tiamrummit Road, Huai Khwang

The lights dim and you are transported back into time to the ancient Lanna kingdom in northern Thailand. Performers dressed as the King and Queen of that time lead a lantern-lit procession to pay homage to Buddhist relics enshrined in the Chiang Man Temple, while their maids of honour dance gracefully and the Royal Guards show off their swordsmanship. Using stunning sets and costumes, coupled with enhanced special effects and advanced technology and a gigantic stage (now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records), this three-act 80-minute audio-visual extravaganza that is a must-do for families takes you on a whirlwind tour of the Thailand’s history and mythology...

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MOCA

MOCA

Vibhavadi Rangsit Road

Over 400 artworks are on display in this 21,000 square metre five-storey building that is Thailand’s largest private museum and the its first noteworthy permanent modern art collection. The brainchild of telecommunications tycoon Boonchai Bencharongkul, who splurged 600 million Thai baht to build it, its mission statement is to preserve and protect Thai art and culture and to give Thais and foreigners an opportunity to admire the works of art created by Thai artists. It is also dedicated to the Italian-born sculptor Professor Silpa Bhirasri, who after settling in Thailand, founded Silpakorn University, and is credited with being the “Father of Thai Contemporary Arts”.

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Pak Khlong Talad

Pak Khlong Talad

Chakphet, Memorial Bridge

Countless stalls overflowing with exotic flowers of every hue and shape transform this otherwise drab section of the city into a kaleidoscope of colour and fragrances. Local flora jasmine, orchids, roses, lotuses, lilies, chrysanthemum, gerbera and marigold vie for attention with imported varieties such as delphinium, snapdragons, tulips, iris, and a myriad other species. In between, some sells everything you need to create a stunning floral arrangement, from foam, wire, ribbons, net, vases and other decorative accessories. This is the market the city’s florists make a beeline to each day, shopping for the right blooms to fashion into the imaginative creations on display in your hotel ...

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