The Top 7 Things To Do and See in Bangkok's Siam

Olga Lenczewska

Bangkok’s Siam is known as the center for shopping in Thailand, but it is much more than this: Siam is home to many cultural institutions, unusual museums, and beautiful rooftop bars. Here is a lost of the top seven attractions of Siam.

A show at the Playhouse

1. Playhouse Theater Cabaret

Playhouse Theater Cabaret

The Playhouse Theater Cabaret is located in the Asia Hotel and offers various music and dancing shows every night, ranging from ballet to hip hop to burlesque pieces. The cabaret is a family-friendly and fun way to spend your evening in Bangkok, but the Playhouse also offers other attractions, such as Magic Shows or Indian Bollywood performances. Asia Hotel Bangkok, 296 Phayathai Road, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 02 2150571

2. Heaven Bangkok

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Heaven Bangkok

Heaven Bangkok, located on the 17th to 20th floors of the Central World shopping center, is a rooftop bar that offers unique cocktails, high-class dining, and a great view of Bangkok’s skyline. The Heaven Bangkok complex comprises the Zense Gourmet Deck and Lounge, Shintori Japanese Art Cuisine, and Horizons Gastronomy and Mixology. It is open until 1 am. Heaven Bangkok, Central World, 999/9 Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 02 1009898

Central World shopping centre | © Neimon/FlickrCentral World shopping centre | © Neimon/Flickr

3. Siam Ocean World

Siam Ocean World

The Siam Ocean World, situated underneath the Siam Paragon shopping center, is an underground aquarium that is the largest aquarium in the whole of Asia. The innovative exhibits comprise over 30,000 species from different parts of the world. You can also participate in the shows of feeding sharks, penguins, and other fascinating creatures. Siam Ocean World, Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 6108000

Siam Ocean World | © Gerald Ow/FlickrSiam Ocean World | © Gerald Ow/Flickr

4. Jim Thompson's House

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar

Jim Thompson’s House

Jim Thompson’s house is a fascinating museum that combines the East and the West. In the past it belonged to an American who helped develop the Thai the silk industry, and that is why Thailand awarded him with the prestigious Order of the White Elephant. The combination of the American and Thai traditions is reflected as much in the house as in the restaurant Jim Thompson Restaurant and Wine Bar, which offers authentic Thai cuisine with excellent Western wines. Jim Thompson’s House, 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2612 3601

Jim Thompson's House | © Trenchcoat Jedi/FlickrJim Thompson’s House | © Trenchcoat Jedi/Flickr

5. Pathum Wanaram Temple

Pathum Wanaram Temple

This small Buddhist temple is one of few places of worship in Siam. It was built by King Rama IV in 1857 near his palace, Sa Pathum. Inside, you will be able to admire ancient craftsmanship phra men such as ornate stencils and lacquered sculptures in the crematorium of the Princess Mother of Thailand. Pathum Wanaram Temple, 969 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 251 6469

Pathum Wanaram Temple | © Grant Cameron/FlickrPathum Wanaram Temple | © Grant Cameron/Flickr

6. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Restaurant

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Siam’s Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is an exhibition and meeting space for Thailand’s best artists. You will find there many art exhibitions, but also educational talks, film screenings, and concerts. The current main exhibition at BACC is entitled ‘Pause’ discusses the status of the photograph and photographers in the art world, showing how this artistic medium works as a means of communication. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, 939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 214 6630

Inside Bangkok Art and Culture Centre | © m-louis/FlickrInside Bangkok Art and Culture Centre | © m-louis/Flickr

7. Human Body Museum

Building, Museum, University

Human Body Museum

The Human Body Museum is a small, unique – and slightly terrifying – exhibition of dissected human bodies. It is an educational project located inside the Faculty of Dentistry building at the medical university of Chulalongkorn. The corpses are open so that the examination of different human organs and systems is possible. This museum demonstrates the great complexity of our bodies and the fact that the bodies on display used to be real people only makes the whole experience authentic – and a little scary. Faculty of Dentistry, Chulalongkorn University, Pathum Wan, Chang Wat, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 02 218 8635 By Olga Lenczewska

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