1 The Grand Palace

The country’s least-missable sight, incorporating its holiest and most dazzling temple, Wat Phra Kaeo.

2 Wat Pho

Admire the Reclining Buddha and the lavish architecture, and leave time for a relaxing massage.

3 The National Museum

The central repository of the country’s artistic riches.

4 The canals of Thonburi

See the Bangkok of yesteryear on a touristy but memorable longtail-boat ride.

5 Jim Thompson’s House

An elegant Thai design classic.

6 Chatuchak Weekend Market

Eight thousand stalls selling everything from triangular pillows to secondhand Levis.

7 Thanon Khao San

Legendary hangout for Southeast Asia backpackers; the place for cheap sleeps, baggy trousers and tall tales.

8 63rd-floor sundowner

Fine cocktails and jaw-dropping views, especially at sunset, at The Sky Bar and Distil.

9 Thai boxing

Nightly bouts at the national stadia, complete with live musical accompaniment and frenetic betting.

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