A city of constant movement – in its crowded streets, the powerful Chao Phraya river, bustling markets, the canals that criss-cross it – the “City of Angels,” as it is called in Thai, is both modern and ancient. Bangkok is a city where ancient temples neighbor modern malls, and cars whiz by street food carts.
The former home of Jim Thompson – the American credited with starting the Thai silk industry – has been converted into a museum dedicated to Thai history and decor. The traditional Thai house has been kept exactly as it was when Thompson disappeared in the late 1960s, and guided tours offer insight into his extensive collection of art and antiques, as well as Thai history and the legend behind the man.
Perched on the Chao Phraya river, a collection of old warehouses have been renovated and transformed into one of Bangkok’s hippest hangouts. Part art gallery, part music venue, part waterfront café and bar, part bookstore, part garden, part home décor boutique, this stylish concept space distinctly epitomizes modern Bangkok.Learn More
A tiny enclave within Bangkok’s Chinatown – one of the oldest parts of the city – this neighborhood has become a destination for discerning locals. Squeezed between the river and a canal, the historic area’s traditional architecture and winding alleys were spared “modernizing.” Now, these historic buildings are filling with hip bars and restaurants that draw on Thai traditions. Explore the rest of Chinatown by walking up Yaowarat Road and ducking into restaurants serving Cantonese dishes.
The largest golden teak structure in the world, this ornate mansion was built by King Rama V in 1900 as a temporary residence during the renovation of the Grand Palace. Its unique blend of delicate Victorian and Thai architecture is especially impressive. Set within the Dusit Palace complex, it features 31 rooms of period furnishings, ivory, silverware, and ceramics collections, and historic photographs of the royal family.Learn More
Located just south of the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is one of Bangkok’s largest and oldest temples, featuring the 150-foot-long, gold-plated statue of the lounging Buddha. Once a school for medicine, the working temple is home to the famous Thai massage style found all over Thailand, and massages can be booked at the Wat Pho Massage School.Learn More
An anticipated new art space opens with an impressive exhibition of work by photojournalist Steve McCurry – most famous for his “Afghan Girl” photograph from the cover of National Geographic.Learn More
Bangkok’s most prestigious international film festival screens major films from around the globe, and attracts international luminaries such as Werner Herzog and Oliver Stone.
While most of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations center on the Chinatown neighborhood of Yaowarat, parades, cultural performances, and other festivities are held around Bangkok.Learn More
This annual race winds through several neighborhoods and notable landmarks, with runners reaching the finish line near The Royal Grand Palace.Learn More
To celebrate the Thai New Year and water festival, for a week each April, Bangkok turns into a giant street party, complete with parades, performances, and water fights in the streets.Learn More
A traditional Buddhist holiday, this festival is best-known for the many artfully sculpted candles used to celebrate in temples and processions throughout Bangkok and the rest of the country.Learn More
Now in its 19th year, this popular performing arts festival brings renowned musicians and dancers from around the globe to Bangkok, for performances that range from classical to modern.Learn More
For one of Thailand’s most traditional and picturesque festivals, locals release small decorative rafts laden with candles, flowers, and incense on the river at dusk.
Street performers, acrobats, musicians, dancers, and other artists fill Lumpini Park for one weekend per year for this popular (and free) family festival.Learn More
On Sunday afternoons throughout Bangkok’s mild winter, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra holds free concerts in Lumpini Park, while locals picnic on the grass.
“Living in the hectic city of Bangkok, I sometimes feel the need to escape. My favorite place to visit for a moment of calm and reverie is Wat Pho, the city's oldest and largest temple, home to the Reclining Buddha. The first time I saw the 150-foot-long golden statue, I found myself awestruck by the captivating statue."
Claim a lounger and an oversized umbrella and bask by the serene pool, hidden within sprawling tropical gardens filled with palm trees, orchids, and traditional Thai sculptures.Learn More
A hands-on introduction to the delicacies of Thai cuisine and ingredients, our popular cooking classes are held behind the scenes of our award-winning Basil restaurant, with our master chefs.Learn More
Indulge in the healing therapies of both traditional Thai and modern luxury spa treatments at the Grande Spa, a soothing oasis where every experience is tailored to you.Learn More