Take a Journey Through Thailand

Explore 15 Amazing Cultural Sites

By Google Arts & Culture

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's oldest temples. The name translates to 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha', and refers to the monastery of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Many of Bangkok's canals and waterways have been paved over, but you can still get a sense of the old city by visiting the last remaining floating markets, such as Damnoen Saduak.

Amphawa Floating Market, Bangkok

Narrow boats weave their way through the crowds, carrying fresh seafood to market.

Wararot Market

The world-famous Warorot Market spreads across three floors and numerous shopfronts. Known locally as Kad Luang, or The Big Market, there's nothing you can't find. Many stalls specialise in northern Thai cuisine and Hmong handicrafts.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok

The museum, one of the largest contemporary art centers in Asia, features an extensive collection of works by many famous Thai artists, including Thawan Duchanee, Hem Vejakorn, and Chalermchai Kositpipat.

Black Magic Defies Goddess (1987) by Chalermchai KositpipatMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

'Black Magic Defies Goddess' (1987)

Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat combines traditional Thai Buddhist aesthetics with contemporary motifs. The Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej owned several of his paintings.

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok

The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok is a state-of-the-art museum dedicated to Thai silk and includes the country's first dedicated textile conservation laboratory. On display are numerous dresses worn by Queen Sirikit of Thailand on state visits.

Phimai Historical Park

Phimai Historical Park was originally built in the 11th Century as a Mahayana Buddhist temple. The architecture resembles that of Angkor Wat in Cambodia because this area of Thailand was once part of the Khmer Empire. Khmer temples were designed to resemble the universe. The central building of Phimai represents the mountain at the centre of the universe, while the surrounding walls are the water and encircling mountains.

Wat Phra Ram

This former monastry was built in 1369 on the cremation site for Ayutthaya’s first king, King U-thong

Sukhotai Historical Park

In the 13th and 14th Century, the Sukhothai Kingdom ruled north central Thailand, with the city of Sukhothai (meaning 'dawn of happiness') as their capital. The park contains over 200 ruins, including 26 temples and the royal palace.

Wat Si Sawai, Sukhotai

The Wat Si Sawai is one of the oldest temples in Sukhothai. It is believed to have been founded towards the end of the 12th century. Still, its three 'prang' towers have survived to this day.

Wat Mahathat, Sukhotai

The Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic) is located in the centre of the old walled town. It was the largest and most important temple of the Sukhotai kingdom, located next to the Royal Palace.

Phanom Rung

This Khmer Hindu temple complex was built on the rim of an extinct volcano. Dedicated to the god Shiva, its central tower symbolises Mount Kailash, his heavenly dwelling

Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima

Take a hike through Khao Yai National Park. Located in the western part of the Sankamphaeng Mountain Range, the landscape ranges from grasslands to tropical forests. Watch out for Asian black bears, Indian elephants, sambar deer, and gibbons.

Koh Nang Yuan, Surat Thani

The tiny island of Koh Nang Yuan is a popular day trip from their neighbouring island of Ko Tao. Its white, sandy beaches and clear waters make for excellent snorkelling, and its high peak provides perfect views.

Ao Kuerk, Similan Islands

The Similan Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Phang Nga Province, western Thailand. Strong environmental and animal protections mean these islands enjoy unparalleled beauty.

Clairvoyant in Heaven (1989) by Chalermchai KositpipatMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

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