THAILAND'S CAPITAL IS A TEEMING, COSMOPOLITAN CITY, BUT WITHIN THE BUSTLE DWELLS A HIDDEN CALM.

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.

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JIM THOMPSON HOUSE
6 SOI KASEMSAN 2, RAMA 1 ROAD, BANGKOK
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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.

THE JAM FACTORY
41/1-5 THE JAM FACTORY, CHAROENNAKORN RD., KHLONG SAN
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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.

TALAT NOI
TALAT NOI, SAMPHANTHAWONG, BANGKOK
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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.

VIMANMEK MANSION
16 RAJVITHI RD, DUSIT, BANGKOK
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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.

WAT PHO
2 SANAMCHAI ROAD, GRAND PALACE SUBDISTRICT, PRANAKORN DISTRICT, BANGKOK
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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.

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RIVER CITY ART AND ANTIQUE CENTER

Marvel at centuries of East Asian art and culture crammed into the River City Art and Antique Center, an emporium of collectors’ treasures that consists of more than 100 shops. Stock up on everything from Japanese woodblock prints to Malaysian maps and Chinese ancestral portraits.

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