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A truncated history of Thailand unfurls through this down-with-the-kids discovery museum, located in a beautifully restored former government building that dates back to the 1920s. Design company Story Inc! delivered the conceptual design with pop graphics & interactive games galore. Entertaining highlights include dressing up as a 20th-century nobleman, blowing up Burmese soldiers on elephant-back with a canon & mapping out the borders of your own Siam using a touch screen.

 

Museum of Siam

4 Samachai Rd | Rajini Pier | 0 2622 2599
ndmi.or.th | Tue-Sun 10am-6pm | Free

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In 1989, Thailand’s oldest international law firm, Tilleke & Gibbins, decided to convert their evidence of counterfeit goods into educational tools for law students. To assist spread the word about the perils of buying fake it’s open to Joe Public too. Over 3,500 items – from Ferrero Rocher chocolates to antimalarial tablets & a fake Ferrari motorbike – are neatly laid out, forgeries next to the originals.

 

Museum Of Counterfeit Goods

Supalai Grand Tower Bldg Rama III Rd
0 2653 5555 | tillekeandgibbins.com
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm (App required for
textile & computer collections)

 

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Probably the best thing approximately Bangkok’s version of Europe’s famous waxwork museum is the line-up – it’s clearly designed to keep tourists & locals alike snappy happy. About as common as international sporting legends, world leaders in sharp suits, pouting Hollywood A-listers, & sequined global pop stars here are wax likenesses of Thai and regional musicians, soap stars, sportsmen & women.

Madame Tussauds Bangkok 

6th F, Siam Discovery Centre, Rama 1,
Phaya Thai Rd | BTS National Stadium
0 2658 0060 | madametussauds.com/
Bangkok | 10am-9pm | B800/B600 kids

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Smack in the middle of Bangrak, one of the most traditional districts of the city, find this oasis of four traditional Thai houses, one of them lovingly converted into a private museum by the compound’s charming owner, Ms Waraporn Surawadee. She decided to dedicate the place to the memory of her family & bygone daily life of Bangkok everymen – & open it to the public. While visitors shouldn’t expect breathtaking revelations here, the displays are nevertheless surprisingly fascinating. They include antiques and ceremonial items.

 

Bangkokian Museum 

273 Charoen Krung Soi 43, Si Phraya Pier
0 2233 7027 | Sat-Sun 10am-4pm | free

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Since opening in 1956 the Bangkok Doll Museum has continually attracted tourists, students & aficionados alike with its remarkable collection of hand-made Thai dolls. Founded by Khunying Tongkorn Chandavimol after she completed a doll making course in Japan, it showcases collections of dolls produced by a small team of artisans in the atelier out back, & clad in traditional costumes based on designs lifted from museum originals, temple murals & illustrations from antique books.

Bangkok Doll Museum

85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng)
Ratchaprarop Rd | 0 2245 3008
bangkokdolls.com | Mon-Sat 8am-5pm free

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Housed safely in this unassuming Chinatown temple is the world’s largest solid gold Buddha. Its worth has been estimated at over US$10 million.

 

Wat Traimit

661 Charoen Krung Rd | 0 2623 1226
MRT HuaLampong | 8am-5pm | B50/B100

 

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Wat Suthat is one of the most important Buddhist centres in the kingdom and home to superior examples of bronze sculpture. The city’s iconic Giant Swing, where brave men used to swing up to great heights to catch a bag of gold coins in their teeth during annual harvest ceremonies, sits out front.

 

Wat Suthat & The Giant Swing

Bamrung Muang Rd | 0 2222 9632 | 9am-9pm

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Referred to as the Golden Mount, this wat on a small hillock is worth the hike up 318 steps for the views of Chinatown to the south & the Old City to the north. The hill is all that is left of the fortifications for a large chedi that Rama III planned to construct on the site that gave way under the weight. Rama V after built a smaller chedi on top.

Wat Saket

Chakkraphatdiphong Rd | 0 2233 4561
7.30am-5.30pm | B10

 

 

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This striking temple on the corner of Ratchadamnoen & Mahachai Road features the bizarre Loha Prasat, a multitiered castle-like structure with 36 steel spires. Climb the spiral staircase to the top for satisfactory views of the Old City & its many temples.

 

Wat Ratchanatda

Mahachai Rd | 0 2224 8807 |8.30am-6pm free

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An amulet market is located near this 18th century centre of the Mahanikai monastic sect & an important university of Buddhist teaching. On weekends, market stalls are set up on the grounds to complement the vendors of traditional medicines.

 

Wat Mahathat

Tha Prachan, Sanam Luang, Maharat Rd
0 2221 5999 | 9am-5pm | Free

 

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