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    The Grand Palace

    154 reviews

    This is an incredible place, everywhere you turn there is another fabulous sculpture/building. You should not miss this place if you are in Bangkok. Remember to dress with long pants & cover the shoulders. Remember to take off your shoes when requested.

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  • 2

    Chatuchak Weekend Market

    135 reviews

    Oh, this place is wonderfully crazy. If it exists you can find it here. Organized into various section by product type, you simply have to wonder. Inevitebly something will catch your eye that you never knew existed yet you suddenly must have it. Can get crazy hot or wet so plan accordingly. You can buy food here from vendors are ...

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  • 3

    Jim Thompson's House and Museum

    25 reviews

    Visiting the complex of houses i could perfectly imagine myself living actually there. The traditional architecture with extremely good taste in decor, gardens, the silks on the furniture...everything was a small paradise. Loved the guided tour, to get details on how Jim Thomson managed to promote and develop the silk business. Loved it and you shouldn t miss it while ...

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    Wat Arun

    71 reviews

    Wat Arun offers one of the most dramatic views in Bangkok. I crossed the river around sun set, and the reflecting sunlight from the tower were amazingly beautiful. It shined like gold. Wat Arun means the temple of dawn. The temple was renamed after the Indian god of dawn (Aruna) and in honour of the literal and symbolic founding of ...

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  • 5

    Wat Pho

    65 reviews

    This is my second favorite sight in Bangkok after the Grand Palace. Definitely a must see. One of the highlights is a massage at the resident massage school. Waits can be long so go directly to the school when you arrive and get a number so that you can spend your time seeing the temple rather than waiting at the ...

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    Temple of the Emerald Buddha

    62 reviews

    Stunning must see inside the Grand Palace. The statue changes outfits with the seasons so gives you something interesting to look for if you visit multiple times. Take a little time to sit and enjoy the temple. Packed with tourists but the details are stunning if you take the time to look and you might as well enjoy a bit ...

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    Temple of the Reclining Buddha

    95 reviews

    Stunning temple inside the Wat Pho complex. One of the highlights of Bangkok and easy walking distance from the Grand Palace. At busy times, grab your number for a massage before going to see the buddha. It will save you time and a massage here is a must.

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  • 8

    Bangkok River

    29 reviews

    I love watching the activity on the river. Better yet, I enjoy catching a river express taxi and cruising up and down the river. You can link to the sky train system at some spots which makes getting around quite enjoyable and efficient.

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  • 9


    46 reviews

    A classic stop for any visitor. The streets are full of Chinese shops and early in the evening plenty of city lights makes this district very nice. Have a dinner (of course) on the street, in order to taste the best mix between Thai and Chinese cuisine.

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  • 10

    Chao Praya Express Boat

    13 reviews

    Life on the river is varied and interesting. Each trip to Bangkok I strive to spend time on the river.

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  • 11

    MBK Shopping Center

    90 reviews

    MBK is NUTS - think of all the street market stands placed in stores and stacked side by side and on top of each other. You need to come in here with a purpose. Their movie theater is very nice and spacious, though one thing to note (and this is true about all movie theaters in Thailand) is that a ...

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  • 12

    Pratunam Market

    44 reviews

    Cheap clothes in outdoor market. Clothes starting from as little as 40B

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  • 13

    Lumpini Park

    22 reviews

    Attractive green space. There really isn't much here of tourist interest other than people watching.

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  • 14

    Siam Paragon

    72 reviews

    A fantastic upscale mall with an over-the-top food court and grocery market. My first visit was a few years ago with my daughter. She was 11 months old and it was just dad and daughter out on the town for the day. Drew a lot of attention as this seems to be a rare sigt in Thailand. Started by catching ...

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  • 15

    Alexander Lamont

    2 reviews

    Uber stylish home design store that is a lovely mix of Thai and European influences. You've likely seen his signature bronze and gold leaf bowls overseas. Boutiques are run inside a number of hotels and you'll also find his wares at a few high end department stores.

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  • 16

    Health Land Bangkok

    6 reviews

    Clean, inexpensive and great service!! We booked a two hour Thai massage for 500baht each. That's less than $20usd!! Love this place !!

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  • 17

    Blue Elephant Cooking School

    2 reviews

    The Blue Elephant cooking school is an absolute gem. Be sure to take one of the morning classes that includes a trip to the market. There is no better way to learn about Thai ingredients (and sample them) than to walk through the market on a guide tour with your chef / instructor. You'll learn how to pick ingredients, have ...

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  • 18

    Lumpini Boxing Stadium

    12 reviews

    One of Bangkok's major sights -- and as popular with locals as it is with tourists (probably more so). A good evening entertainment option as matches run late. Be ready to see blood. If it doesn't ruin your appetite, Le Cafe Siam makes for a good nearby dining option before / after a match.

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  • 19

    The Fine Arts

    2 reviews

    This small antiques shop is as gorgeous as its eye popping prices are high. A mix of Thai, Khmer, and Burmese pieces that is museum-worthy.

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  • 20

    Jim Thompson Outlet

    2 reviews

    Much less glamorous than the full priced boutique but you may find something good here. Lots of fabrics. Best to come knowing your measurements. A good place for very high end silk.

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