Bangkok, Thailand



Siam Square


Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
939 Rama I Rd (BTS National Stadium). Opening: Tue-Sun from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Entrance: free.
Visitors can interact with different kinds of arts, such as performance arts, music, painting and film in various ways. On display are more than 300 works by Thai and international artists. Some of the temporary exhibitions can be good as well.

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Erawan Shrine
494 Ratchadamri Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 06:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Entrance: free.
A Hindu shrine that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu creation god Brahma.

Madame Tussaud's
6F, Siam Discovery, 989 Rama I Rd (BTS Siam Station). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Entrance: 900 baht for foreigners and 350 baht for Thais.
This popular museum displays waxworks of famous people. The Bangkok branch features figures of Prince Mahitala Thibed Adulyadej Vikrom Phra Baroma Rajajanok (The Prince Father), Princess Srinagarindra (The Princess Mother) and other important Thai individuals. There are also Western figures including Barack Obama and English football player Steven Gerrard.

Jim Thompson's House
6 Soi Kasemsan 2 (BTS National Stadium). Opening: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entrance: 100 baht.
The infamous CIA operative Jim Thompson revived the Thai silk industry after World War II and had this house assembled from six traditional Thai-style houses. You must take the guided tour through the buildings, which are given in several foreign languages.

Jim Thompson's House by Deror Avi

Queen Savang Vadhana Museum
Sra Pathum Palace, 195 Phaya Thai Rd (BTS Siam Station), Opening: Fri-Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entrance: 150 baht.
The Sra Pathum Palace was the residence of Queen Savang Vadhana from 1916 til 1955 and Princess Sri Nagarindra has also lived here. It later became the residence of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who turned one building into a museum honoring the Queen Grandmother and shows her contributions to Thai society.
Make a reservation in advance and request an English-speaking guide at no extra cost.

Wat Pathum Wanaram
Rama I Rd (BTS Siam). Opening: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. Entrance: free.
Wat Pathum was founded in 1857 by King Mongkut (Rama IV) when the area was surrounded by canals and rice fields. At the temple is the Phra Meru Mas, a reconstruction of the crematorium of the Princess Mother, whose remains were transferred here after her cremation at Sanam Luang. During the May 2010 red shirt protests, this temple functioned as a safe haven for protesting women and children.

Siam Ocean World
1-2F, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Rd (BTS Siam). Opening: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Entrance: 900 baht.
The largest aquarium in Southeast Asia with more than 30,000 marine creatures from all over the world including rare and exotic species. The aquarium offers "dive with the sharks" where you can scuba dive in the oceanarium side by side with sharks and rays. There is also a 3-D film theater with specially rigged seats to add a kick to the movie experience.

Aquarium at Siam Ocean World by Terence Ong

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