The Bottle Art Museum

Discover The Bottle Art Museum in Pattaya, Thailand: Thailand museum of bottles of all shapes and sizes filled with intricate and beautiful art.

Goddess Tuptim Shrine

Discover Goddess Tuptim Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand: A forest of phallic offerings found in a quiet corner of a hotel car park.

Archipelago Cinema

Discover Archipelago Cinema in Laem Sak, Thailand: This floating cinema brings new meaning to the phrase "going out" to the movies.

Bangkok’s Ghost Tower: The Sathorn Unique

The Sathorn Unique skyscraper is among the major construction projects started when Thailand’s economy was booming in the 1990s. Developers envisaged a city of gleaming offices and residential skyscrapers that were to be a testament to the nation’s …

Bangkok Airplane Graveyard

Discover Bangkok Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok, Thailand: Derelict airplane bodies serve as both home and income for three Thai families.

Bangkok Coin Museum

From ancient Funan to the Siamese kingdom of the current Chakri dynasty, Thailand has had its huge share of diverse monies—a wide variety of oddities in the field of ethnographic numismatics. At the Bangkok Coin Museum, an institution run by the Treas…

Buddha Head in Tree Roots

The Wat Mahathat is one of the medieval Buddhist temples that comprise the World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, an ancient city steeped in history. It’s home to what is perhaps the city’s most photographed, iconic, and haunting sight: the Buddha head i…

Ban Yipun (Ayutthaya Japanese Village)

During the Warring States period of Japan (1467-1590), many samurai lost their lords and became rōnin—masterless warriors. Meanwhile, in Thailand, the kingdom of Ayutthaya was in desperate need of military reinforcements as the Toungoo dynasty of Bur…

Secret Buddha Garden

Discover Secret Buddha Garden in Na Mueang, Thailand: A sculpture garden built by a retired durian farmer.

Wat Yannawa Boat Temple

Originally named Wat Kok Khwai, the Buddhist temple now known as Wat Yannawa or the “Boat Temple” was built during the Ayutthaya era, before the founding of Bangkok. It was merely a local place of worship until King Rama I granted it royal status an…

Chang and Eng Memorial Statue

Those familiar with the history of the traveling circus know Chang and Eng Bunker as the original Siamese twins. They were born in Samut Songkhram, a small village of Thailand (formerly Siam) in 1811. The conjoined twins, bound together by a band of ca…

Gongs of the Phibun Mangsahan Village

Discover Gongs of the Phibun Mangsahan Village in Khong Chiam, Thailand: Thailand's country villages continue the tradition of gong-making, and invite visitors to watch the process.

Ancient Siam Miniature Park

Discover Ancient Siam Miniature Park in Phraeksa, Thailand: All of Thailand's architectural landmarks, plus some made up ones, all viewable via two-seater bicycle.

Democracy Monument

Discover Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand: Bangkok celebrated its shifting monarchy with a militaristic homage to democracy.

Phra Nang Cave

Discover Phra Nang Cave in Phela, Thailand: A phallic shrine to a princess goddess in Krabi, Thailand.

Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University

Discover Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Bangkok, Thailand: Buddhist university that allows English-language speakers the opportunity to study with monks in Thailand.

Wat Phumin

Discover Wat Phumin in Pha Sing, Thailand: Riding on a pair of architectural dragons, this Thailand temple holds murals full of lurid imagery.

Mini Siam

About 95 miles south of Bangkok in Pattaya, Thailand, a large park offers over 80 famous historical and sacred sites in miniature. The park was built in 1986 to attract more tourists to this remote part of Thailand. Most of the models are on a scale of …


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