Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings in Bangkok

It has been said that just a couple of decades ago Bangkok was a village of 5 million. The tallest buildings were just a few stories. Now the Bangkok skyline is high-rises and skyscrapers. One doesn't often then think of Bangkok as having too many historic buildings. This, of course, couldn't be further from the truth. Here NileGuide presents a list of the most important historical buildings in Bangkok. There is much more to see than the dazzling Grand Palace. The various Kings and their families kept a number of different palaces that are similarly beguiling, such as Bang Pa-in Palace just outside of Bangkok or Suan Pakkad right downtown. Older structures, such as the temples and buildings at Ayutthaya, have gotten the nod from UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There is the occasional fort, such as Phra Sumen, easily accessible along Phra Athit Road, but also more traditionally Thai structures, such as the Jim Thompson House or the Thai home over at Siam Society. So these are not just the best Bangkok palaces, but also a little bit more.

Temples and Ruins of Ayutthaya - Ancient Capital of Thailand Tour with River Cruise

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Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

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Highway 32
20 kilometers south of Ayutthaya

Expansive grounds and historic architecture at the royal summer palace... read more

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Grand Palace

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Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
East of the river, on Na Phra Lan Rd., near Sanam Luang

Golden chedis, glittering facades and a rare jade Buddha at the former home of Kings... read more

Suan Pakkad Palace

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352-354 Si Ayutthaya Road
Between Phayathai and Ratchaprapop Roads

Traditional Thai buildings meet lush gardens...
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Siam Society

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Sukhumvit 21 Road
131 Soi Asoke

Library and Ethnological Museum for the Literary-inclined... read more

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Jim Thompson's House and Museum

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6 Soi Kasemsan
(opposite the National Stadium)

Traditional Thai Home of Silk Legend and Mysterious Figure... read more

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Vimanmek Palace

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16 Rajavithi Road
Dusit

The World's Largest Teak Mansion, Beautifully Restored... read more

Sanam Chandra Palace

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Off Najuan Road

Marvellous Architecture... read more

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Phra Sumen Fort

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North-east end of Phra Athit Road

Historic Fort and the Only Public Park on the River... read more

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

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Rajavithi Road
Dusit Palace

Grand Reception... read more
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