Bangkok is best known for its bustling nightlife, colorful markets, and sparkling temples amid ultra-modern highrises. To enjoy a chilled out day or half-day of culture, history, and learning, check out one of these top-notch museums.
Jim Thompson House
American businessman Jim Thompson helped revive Thailand’s traditional silk-weaving industry. The Jim Thompson house displays his private art and antiques collections within beautifully restored old teak homes and includes luscious gardens.
How to Visit: Visitors are required to join a guided tour of the interiors.
Bangkok National Museum
This extensive collection of Thai art and artifacts is housed in an 18th-century palace. It’s a convenient place to visit while also touring the Grand Palace and nearby temples.
How to Visit: Consider hiring a private guide to get added context and details on the items on display.
Ancient City Museum
The Ancient City Museum, east of Bangkok, is one of the largest open-air museums in the world. Find many of Thailand’s most beautiful and interesting architectural wonders in miniature.
How to Visit: Hire a bicycle to tour the large outdoor museum, and plan on spending the whole day.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Showcasing the collections of prominent Thai communications magnate, Boonchai Bencharongkul, the Museum of Contemporary Art spans five floors. In a country famous for its traditional architecture and crafts, MOCA presents a different side of Thailand’s artistic and cultural expression.
How to Visit: MOCA is a bit out of the way. Take the Skytrain to Mo Chit station; then take a taxi.
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
Located in the basement of the enormous Siam Paragon mall, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is one of the biggest aquariums in Asia. Gaze at the sharks and stingrays swimming around you as you walk through a glass tunnel.
How to Visit: Purchase a combo ticket that gives admission to Sea Life as well as Madame Tussauds Bangkok.