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Best Cultural Attractions

Destination(s): Bangkok

There is no simple explanation for what is Thai culture. The elements of the Siam tradition are as varied as the places you might witness them in Bangkok. Whether you are looking for spiritual elements, dance and music, puppet shows or even just an authentic Thai meal, you can find some of the best examples in the heart of Bangkok. read more about Best Cultural Attractions

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

  • 494 Ratchawithi Road (corner of Ploenchit and Ratchiwithi)
  • (Next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel)
  • tel:+66 2 225 7612(Tourist Information)
  • Bangkok, 10330

In the middle of the glitz and traffic of downtown commercial Bangkok stands Erawan Shrine, a very unique place of worship that is a must-see. Devoted to the Hindu god Brahma, Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to honor the spirits that once resided in trees that were chopped down during construction of the nearby Erawan Hotel. Nowadays, the shrine is constantly flooded with worshippers praying for good fortune as they burn incense, light candles and place carnation garlands at offering tables. Traditional Thai dancers perform on a stage around the clock, and tourists are welcomed to partake in the spirituality. The open-air fills with pleasant scents and the good vibes are abundant. Erawan Shrine is a Bangkok must. read more about Erawan Shrine

Jim Thompson's House and Museum

Jim Thompson's House and Museum

  • 6 Soi Kasemsan
  • (opposite the National Stadium)
  • tel:+66 2 216 7368
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10330

Once the residence of James H.W. Thompson, the "Legendary American of Thailand", the Jim Thompson House is now one of the top tourist destinations in Bangkok. Comprising of six traditional teak houses, the traditional Thai-style complex was completed in 1959 and has been converted to a museum to honor its original owner and his legacy. In the middle part of the 20th Century, Thompson reinvigorated development of the Thai silk industry and collected art and artifacts from all over Thailand and the region, but mysteriously disappeared while on a trip to Malaysia in 1967. Many of his possessions are on display at the Jim Thompson House, and guided tours take guests around the stunning property. read more about Jim Thompson's House and Museum

Joe Louis Theater

Joe Louis Theater

  • 1875 Rama IV Road, Lumpini
  • Bangkok Suan-lum Night Bazaar
  • tel:66 2 252 9683
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10330

SADLY, THE JOE LOUIS THEATER CLOSED ITS DOORS IN 2010.

Joe Louis Theater is the preservation hall of the dying art of Thai puppetry. One man kept it alive with barely any public notice until Thai tourism authorities discovered the lone puppeteer Sakorn Yangkhieosot and made efforts to showcase this impressive talent. Three puppeteers dressed in black are necessary to manipulate the various limbs and facial expressions of the artfully created marionettes. Parts of the Ramayana and regional legends are performed with English subtitles projected on screens to the sides of the stage. The Joe Louis Theater is the only spot in Bangkok where you can see this live puppet show. Masks and other souvenirs can be purchased in the lobby where you can see a wax figure of the late puppeteer himself.
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

  • 1875 Rama IV Road, Lumpini
  • Bangkok Suan-lum Night Bazaar
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok
Baan Khanitha

Baan Khanitha

  • 36/1 Soi 23, Sukhumvit Road
  • (Soi Prasan Mit)
  • tel:+66 2 258 4181 / +66 2 258 4128
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10110

Dine in a traditional Thai house with a remarkable menu of gourmet Thai dishes. Baan Khanita has a long list of awards and the reputation among Thai and foreigners alike is quite good. Popular dishes include crab with yellow curry, red curry pork and fish cakes, but don't skip dessert with homemade ice cream. Make a reservation for the Thai pavilion for an open-air dining experience. read more about Baan Khanitha

Evening Cabaret Show in Bangkok

Evening Cabaret Show in Bangkok

  • 36/1 Soi 23, Sukhumvit Road
  • (Soi Prasan Mit)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok
Thai Dinner and Classical Thai Dance Tour

Thai Dinner and Classical Thai Dance Tour

  • 36/1 Soi 23, Sukhumvit Road
  • (Soi Prasan Mit)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok
World Fellowship of Buddhists

World Fellowship of Buddhists

  • 616 Sukhumvit Road, Soi Medhinivet
  • (At the back of Benjasiri Park, beside the Emporium)
  • tel:+66 2 661 1284-90
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10110