Bangkok is in many ways Thailand’s cultural heart as well as its capital.
Visiting Bangkok’s museums is a great way to learn about Thailand’s fascinating history and appreciate the art it has produced.
Thailand’s first Prime Minister had a deep love for Thai and Asian culture, and it’s easy to see from what he left behind.
Visit the M.R. Kukrit Pramoj Heritage House to learn about his life and many accomplishments, and to see his collection of art and furniture.
To learn more about Thailand’s history, visit the National Museum. The museum houses a world-class collection of Southeast Asian art, as well as artifacts from the royal collection, such as jewelry, ivory, and even palanquins.
The Vimanmek Mansion Museum also has an impressive collection of the royal family’s artifacts, but that’s not the only reason to visit. The mansion itself is worth seeing -- it’s the biggest gold teak building in the world, and its architecture is uniquely influenced by Western style.
Perhaps most impressive of all is the royal family’s collection of ornate ceremonial barges on display at the Royal Barge Museum. Included in the collection is the Suphannahong, the king’s personal barge.
Bangkok’s museums will give you a better understanding of Thai art and history, so be sure to make time for a few during your visit.