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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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Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

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See the top sights in Bangkok with a professional guide who shares key details about each place you visit along with the history of Thailand’s capital city. Your guide makes it easy to navigate popular sightseeing destinations including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit), and Chinatown. Stop for lunch at a scenic riverside restaurant, and have time to browse the shops in Chinatown.
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  • 6 hours
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Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World Tickets

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World Tickets

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If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity in Bangkok, look no further than SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, home to more than 3,000 species of marine life. Booking your admission ticket in advance means you’ll avoid long lines at the entrance and get straight to enjoying exhibits that are themed according to the open ocean, living ocean, deep reef, rain forest, and many more.
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  • 3 hours
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$22.00
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Bangkok Half-Day National Museum Tour

Bangkok Half-Day National Museum Tour

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Explore Thailand’s history and culture on a half-day visit to Bangkok’s National Museum, home to one of the world’s best collections of Asian art. Walk alongside your guide through the largest museum in Southeast Asia, and discover Neolithic artifacts and regional handicrafts, religious artwork and exquisite statuary. Encounter the finest remnants of the ancient Siamese city of Ayutthaya, get a glimpse of elegant court traditions and learn about the Buddhist, Animist, Vedic and Hindu influences that continue to infuse the art and architecture of modern day Thailand.
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  • 4 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.98
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Private & Guided: Bangkok Top 7 Wonders With Grand Palace & Jim Thompson

Private & Guided: Bangkok Top 7 Wonders With Grand Palace & Jim Thompson

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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  • 8 hours
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Muang Boran: Thailand in Brief

Muang Boran: Thailand in Brief

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Take in Thailand’s iconic sights with a 3.5-hour tour to Ancient City, where the country’s pagodas and palaces are reproduced in miniature. Enjoy a convenient transfer from your central Bangkok hotel, and see the sprawling site with an experienced guide. Hear stories about Thai history and culture while standing at the foot of Prasat Khao Phra Wihan, then slip into temples and monuments. Walk from the royal elegance of ancient Siam to the bright colors of a floating market and learn about Buddist monks’ simple lives in a reproduction retreat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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