As a city, Bangkok's history is relatively short in the grand scheme of things. The capital of Siam was at Ayutthaya until the invasion of the Burmese in 1767 when it moved to Thonburi, on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. It was moved to Bangkok just 15 years later and so begins what sort of history the city has to offer. Here is a list of the best historical sites in Bangkok.
No visit to Bangkok is complete without seeing the Grand Palace and all its opulence. Along with your ticket you can check off two other important sites: Wat Phra Kaew, the temple within, as well as the beautiful teak-built Vimanmek Mansion. To get a grasp on the history of the Thai people you'll want to see the Museum of Siam. For the Bangkok portion of that history, don't miss the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. To round off your museum visits, try King Prajadhipok Museum which shows the transition from monarchy to constitutional monarchy and the fascinating and turbulent years leading up to and through World War II.
Other history comes in temples. Wat Pho is a must. But also add Wat Traimit in Chinatown and visit the exhibition inside to see how the Chinese take a role in Bangkok's history.
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
Na Phralan Road
A jasper or jadite Buddha, the most revered in Thailand... read more
A solid gold Buddha weighs 5 and a half tons...
Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
2 Lan Luang Road, Somanas, Pom Prab Sattru Phai
Fascinating story of Rama VII and his abdication of throne... read more
4 Sanam Chai Road, Phra Nakhon
National Discovery Museum Institute
A super, attractive Thai museum, great for kids...
100 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road
A state-of-the-art interactive history museum...
352-354 Si Ayutthaya Road
Between Phayathai and Ratchaprapop Roads
Traditional Thai buildings meet lush gardens...
6 Soi Kasemsan
(opposite the National Stadium)
Traditional Thai Home of Silk Legend and Mysterious Figure... read more
193/2 Ratchawithi Rd
Dusit Palace Park (opposite the Dusit Zoo, north of the National Assembly Building)