No Bangkok visit would be complete without setting eyes on the magnificent Grand Palace Bangkok and Wat Phra Kaew temple. This former Thai royal family residence was first constructed on the Mae Nam Chao Phraya River's east bank in 1780. Another name for this iconic temple and palace is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha because one of its sacred buildings includes the Emerald Buddha, the most revered of this country's several Buddha images.
Opening hours: 08:30 to 16:30 daily
Dusit Zoo was first established as the location of King Rama V's royal botanical gardens in 1938. Today, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and rhinos are a handful of the about 300 exotic species on display at Thailand's oldest zoo, which also features no fewer than 1,000 bird species.
Opening hours: 08:00 to 18:00 daily
Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute and Snake Farm is not only home to one of Thailand's largest collection of vipers, king cobras, and other poisonous snakes, but also contains a snake farm where several of these slithering creatures are bred and raised. This renowned snake farm is also famous for its important snake venom research.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 08:30 to 16:30, Saturday and Sunday - 08:30 to 12:00
Wat Pho is a temple most famous for its giant reclining Buddha, but this iconic Buddha image is merely a single part of one of Thailand's biggest collection of Buddha images. Wat Pho was constructed on top of a previous 16th century temple location and completed in 1781. Opening hours: 08:00 to 17:00 daily
Wat Arun was the previous home of the Emerald Buddha which is now prominently displayed at Wat Phra Kaew. Two early 19th century kings helped to build the 82m prang tower which now greets visitors to this 'temple of dawn.' Another royal temple and palace called Wat Jaeng once stood at Wat Arun's present location during the 17th century. Opening hours: 08:30 to 17:30 daily
Phra Sumeru Fortress is most famous for the intricately carved figures on its eight sided walls, its ornate white exterior, and the tall watch tower which stands in the middle of this riverside Banglampoo landmark. Visitors can take pleasure cruises from the pier of a nearby riverside walkway. Opening hours: Open 24 hours per day
Bangkok National Museum is not only the largest of the city's many museums, but also the biggest museum in the whole of Southeast Asia. Even the Bangkok National Museum's building, an 18th century palace called Wang Na, is a historic landmark in its own right. Wood carvings, ceramics, weapons, clothing, musical instruments, and artwork are a few of the fascinating Thai exhibits on display inside this spacious museum. Opening hours: 09:00 to 16:00 from Wednesday to Sunday
No other similar outdoor museum can match the size of the Ancient City, whose miniature replicas of some of the most famous landmarks throughout Bangkok and the rest of Thailand are painstakingly reproduced to match the splendour of the originals. Opening hours: 08:00 to 17:00 daily
The National Gallery of Thailand, one of the nation's leading art galleries, is located inside the former Royal Mint building. Some of the Thai paintings displayed at this art gallery are more than three centuries old, but there is also no shortage of more contemporary masterpieces to admire. Opening hours: 09:00 to 16:00 from Wednesday to Sunday
The Rotunda Gallery is a smaller, but no less worthwhile, Bangkok art gallery where both traditional Thai folk art and more contemporary artwork with European influences are prominently displayed. The Neilson Hays Library, popular among local children, is situated in the same building. Opening hours: 09:30 to 16:00 from Tuesday to Sunday
Bangkok's oldest park and 'green lung,' Lumpini Park stands steps away from several office skyscrapers, but nonetheless provides a tranquil oasis in the centre of this chaotic city. Ancient banyan trees grow around Lumpini Park's clock tower, two tranquil lakes, and gold and red gazebo. Opening hours: 06:00 to 21:00 daily
Benjasiri Park is another popular Bangkok green space situated near the Emporium shopping centre. Sculptures stand at nearly every corner of this park filled with places to eat, play sports, or simply relax in the centre of bustling Bangkok. Opening hours: 05:00 to 20:00 daily
Siam Ocean World, Southeast Asia's biggest aquarium, boasts no fewer than 30,000 marine species within its seven zones. Swimming with three different types of sharks is one of the most daring activities available to Siam Ocean World visitors, who can also swim through a glass underwater tunnel named Ocean Walker or take glass bottom boat tours. Opening hours: 10:00 to 21:00 daily
Safari World Bangkok lets visitors see exotic wildlife roam freely in a large open space from the safety of a bus tour or automobile. Marine Park, located next to the eight kilometre Safari World, features the country's only egg discovery centre as well as live dolphin, elephant, and orangutan boxing shows. Opening hours: 09:00 to 17:00 daily