Things to do in Thailand | Immerse yourself in Bangkok’s culture and visit these museums
Thailand’s rich cultural history and tradition make it an interesting destination for a vacation – whether you’re flying solo or travelling as a group. If you want a peek into the Land of Smile’s heart and soul, one of the best things to do in Thailand is to go in an exciting museum hopping adventure that explains Thailand’s history and unique heritage. Our Thailand travel guide today features 8 Bangkok museums you need to visit which you can include in your Bangkok travel itinerary!
Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
A visit to Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall – a four-storey antique building will be an interesting way to get to know more about the history of Bangkok’s old town. With a series of film, computer displays and music, you can have a deeper understanding of palaces, temples and neighbourhoods in Rattanakosin Island.
Although this is one of the famous places to visit in Bangkok, there is no metro station or sky train nearby. But this Bangkok attraction is accessible by taking a cab from Hua Lamphong or taking a boat from Sapphan Taksin to Tha Thien Pier. You can ride a tuk tuk straight to Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall after arriving at Tha Thien Pier.
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht; FREE admission for students, monks, priests and seniors 60 years old.
Address: Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Wat Boraveanivet, Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Contact Number: 02 621 0044
The National Museum in Bangkok holds an outstanding display of collection which is best seen during one of the museum’s weekly guided tours. Though it was built in 1782 – as Prince Wang Na’s palace, this Bangkok attraction was only transformed into a museum by King Rama V in 1874. The whole of National Museum houses several buildings including the recently renovated Gallery of Thai History displays some of Thailand’s most stunning Buddha images.
Entrance Fee: Thai 30 baht Foreigner 200 baht
Address: 4 Soi Phrathat Phrathat Khet Grand Palace, Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 09: 00-16: 00
Contact Number: 02 224 1333
Museum of Siam
Venturing a little out of the usual norm among Bangkok museums, the Museum of Siam set inside a huge neoclassical house, utilizes a variety of media as a way of creating a more engaging experience for all its guests. With a balance of entertainment and informative way of sharing information make it a fun learning experience to get to know more about Thailand’s culture and history.
Entrance Fee: children to watch free students - students 50 baht, Thai adults 100 baht and foreigners 200 baht
Address: Sanam Chai Road, Grand Palace, Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Contact Number: 02 225 2777
Bangkok National Gallery of Art
Located just about five minutes from the famous Bangkok attraction Khao San Road is where you can find the Bangkok National Gallery of Art. The main collection highlights the national artists starting from the 17th century onwards. It can be quite difficult to understand what the displays are showing if you don’t have a good knowledge of Thai art. But no worries because there are also contemporary, modern exhibitions displayed at the special collections building and in the gardens.
Jim Thompson House Museum
If you’re still looking for things to do in Thailand and have not completed yet your Bangkok travel itinerary, a trip to the Jim Thompson Museum is something you shouldn’t miss out on!
Jim Thompson is an American who fell in love with Southeast Asian art and culture. And the museum is a beautiful representation of this love affair. Within the lush garden, you can find six teakwood houses that were transported from Ayutthaya to Bangkok. Jim Thompson’s villa complex is filled with a gorgeous antique collection.
Entrance Fee: Adult 100 Baht, student 50 Baht
Address: Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm
Contact Number: 02 216 7368
Our next featured Bangkok attraction is one that isn’t so easy to find. The Bangkokian Museum located in a small street set within a short distance from River City is a gem that consists of three houses that were preserved to its original setting from a century ago. It was in 1937 when the main building was built which served as a home to the Surawadee Family. The main building along with the one standing next to it features life after the war and during this period. The third building in the back was built as a place for surgery for a British doctor back in 1929 but he later on died when he arrived in Thailand.
Entrance Fee: Free
Address: 271/2 Soi Charoenkrung 43, Sipraya, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Contact Number: 02 233 7027
Located on Phra Arthit Road, the Banglamphu Museum is a small local museum with many interesting displays that show the history of Banglamphu, outstanding craftsmanship and the life of the locals back then. It opened only in 2014 and is free for anyone who wants to visit.
Entrance Fee: Adults 100 Baht Children up to 120 cm Monks, novices, disabled students, senior citizens free admission.
Address: Phra Sumet Road, Khwang Chansongkhram, Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Contact Number: 02281 9828
The Coin Museum is one of the newest museums in Bangkok. It was built in 2014 and it’s the last featured attraction for today’s Thailand travel guide! The Coin Museum which you may have already figured, is a museum of biography and archaeology about the coins and currency of Thailand, from the past to the present, under the supervision of the Treasury Department. It’s divided into three sections and is an interesting source of information to study the history of the country’s economy and society during the ancient times.
Opening Hours: Adults 100 Baht Children up to 120 cm Monks, novices, disabled students, senior citizens free admission.
Address: Chakrabongse Road, Chankanong, Bangkok, Thailand.
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
Contact Number: 02 282 0818
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