The Grand Palace is the most popular tourist place
in Bangkok. To be in Bangkok without visitting
the palace is like you have not been in the city.
Located in the old town or the Rattanakosin Island
in the heart of Bangkok, the exquisite craftsmanship
and grandeur of its architecture proclaim the true
meaning of Bangkok as a "city of angels".
(Now under renovation!) A former summer palace of King Rama V that
was moved from the resort island to be a royal
residence in the Dusit Palace compound is the world’s
largest golden teakwood building. After a renovation
in 1982, the mansion has been opened to the public
as the private museum of King Rama V which exhibits
antiques, porcelain, photographs and other priceless
Five traditional Thai style houses which once were
the residence of one of Thailand’s leading
art collectors, Prince Chumbhot of Nakhon Sawan,
has been turned into a museum displaying an extensive
collection of art and antiques, minerals and sea
shells and items from prehistoric Ban Chiang civilization.
Khunphrom Palace & The Bank of Thailand Museum
This fine architecture, originally a royal residence
of Prince Baripatra has been turned to offices
of several organisations and finally become the
Bank of Thailand National Museum featuring the
prince’s life, the history of the central
bank and Thai and foreign currencies.
City Pillar Shrine The shrine contains a wooden pillar erected by King Rama I in 1782 to represent the founding of the capital.The spirit of the pillar is considered the city's guardian deity to whom hundreds of Thai worshippers daily come to pay homage and offer prayers.
Mentioning of key stops in Bangkok, a visit to "the
house that was the talk of the town" is recommended.
This remarkable Thai-style house, whose American
owner revived Thai silk industry and disappeared
in the Malaysian jungle decades ago has been turned
to a museum displaying his collections of Thai
silk and Asian artefacts.
One of the finest 19th century northern style teakwood
house serves as an ethnological museum exhibiting
Lanna folk art and artifacts. It is located in
the compound of the Siam Society which has a reference
library that houses almost anything you would want
to know about Thailand. The library is open to
foreign visitors as well.