King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) turned this former palace into a museum in 1884. Located on Na Phra That Road, close to Sanam Luang, it is the largest museum in Southeast Asia where visitors can learn about all periods and styles of Thai art and architecture - from the Dvaravati to the Rattanakosin. English-language literature is available. The museum also offers guided tours in various languages.
Jim Thompson's House
Located in Soi Kasem San 2, at the end of a small soi next to Klong Saen Sab, is the home of the man who popularized Thai silk throughout the world. Thompson was a New York architect who architect who decided to remain in Bangkok after World War II and was instrumental in reviving the Thai silk industry. This legendary silk magnate was at the height of his career when he mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia in 1967. He was never found. His house and beautiful gardens are now a museum and on display is a splendid Asian art collection of paintings, porcelain, sculptures as well as other treasures. The museum also has a small cafe and gift shop and is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an admission of 100 bahe.
Suan Pakkad Palace
This palace is the former residence of Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, one of Thailand's leading art collectors. The complex on Sri Ayutthaya Road (between Phyathai and Rajprarop roads) comprises five traditional Thai houses that overlook a beautifully land scaped garden. Each house has a large collection of Asian art and antiques. One building contains an extensive exhibit of seashells, mineral crystals and painted pottery from Ban Chiang. It is open every day except Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Vimanmek Tead Mansion
Built by King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) in the early 1900s, this favorite residence of one of Thailand's longest-reigning monarchs is today the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. Located behind the National Assembly Building, off U-Thong Nai Road (between Sri Ayutthaya and Rajwithi roads), this 81-room former palace is a treasure trove of Rattanakosin 0art objects and antiques. Opening hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.