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Must-See Museums in Bangkok

Must-See Museums in Bangkok

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.

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Best of Bangkok

Best of Bangkok

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Bangkok. Get a comprehensive overview of the highlights of Thailand's capital with a dedicated guide providing insightful commentary as you travel. Visit hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path attractions that you might not find on your own, traveling on foot and via motorized tuk-tuk.
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  • 6 hours
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

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Visit the Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok on a tour that showcases the best of travelers’ ‘must-see’ list for the capital city. Taken in the morning or afternoon, this one-of-a-kind experience allows time to explore the best-known landmarks with an expert local guide. Highlights include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located in the Grand Palace Complex.
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  • 3 hours
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Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk

Jim Thompson’s Story of Silk

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American entrepreneur Jim Thompson worked to bring Thai silk to the world, then filled his historic Bangkok home with a peerless collection of antiques, pottery, silk, and curiosities. Hear the story of his life and mysterious death on a guided, 3-hour tour of the Jim Thompson house, with round-trip transport from downtown Bangkok hotels and entrance fees included.
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  • 3 hours
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Private & Guided: Bangkok Top 7 Wonders With Grand Palace & Wat Arun

Private & Guided: Bangkok Top 7 Wonders With Grand Palace & Wat Arun

Discover 10 of Bangkok's top attractions on this full-day tour with a guide who introduces you to the city's history, views, culture, and more. Browse and shop in Chinatown; visit the most popular museums, parks, and temples; and enjoy a delicious dinner included in the price.
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