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The Grand Palace
No visitor should miss the huge Grand Palace complex, which boasts the country's holiest and most dazzling temple, Wat Phra Kaeo. Allow at least a couple of hours for strolling around the grounds.
Thonburi Canal Boats
Jump on one of the public longtail boats that whisk locals around the back canals of Thonburi - a cheap and exciting, if malodorous, way of getting a feel for the city.
Jim Thompson's House
Legendary Jim Thompson, the American who revolutionized Bangkok's silk industry and mysteriously disappeared in 1967, filled his teak house with a stunning array of Thai arts, crafts and oddities.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
For Bangkok's most exhilarating shopping experience, catch the Skytrain out to the vast Chatuchak Weekend Market, where you'll find six thousand stalls and a bewildering collection of fabrics, woks, jewellery, foodstuffs, animals, ceramics, lacquerware and more.
The rambling National Museum hoards a mammoth collection of Thai art, taking you through the full gamut of Buddhist sculptural styles. Look out, too, for the outlandish collection of royal funeral chariots.
Attend a traditional Thai boxing match - sessions are staged nightly, complete with live orchestral accompaniment and frenetic ringside betting, in the capital's two national stadiums.
Alms Giving at Wat Benjamabophit
Get up early to catch Wat Benjamabophit's saffron-robed monks lined up before the gleaming marble temple, bowls extended to receive the ritual offerings of food, drink and sundry alms.
The narrow, crowded alleys of Bangkok's Chinatown are packed with intriguing bazaars selling everything from quivering fish heads to paper funeral art. This is also where you'll find the world's largest solid-gold Buddha.
Put your body through the works with a traditional Thai massage at Wat Po, considered to be the country's most distinguished teaching centre of this ancient art.
Feast on unusual Thai dishes - such as banana-flower salad and stuffed wild tea leaves - at Hemlock, a charming restaurant in the Phra Athit area of Banglamphu that's popular with students and other young penniless trendies.