Famous Architecture Tour, Bangkok (Self Guided)

Bangkok's varied skyline is a true architectural inspiration, with its unique mix of strange buildings, Italian-inspired designs and modern tall towers. If you take a walk around the city's streets you'll find hidden passageways, regular houses, exhilarating foreign designs and luxurious modern structures. Get the best views of all these sights with our Famous Architecture Tour.
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Guide Name: Famous Architecture Tour
Guide Location: Thailand » Bangkok (See other walking tours in Bangkok)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Author: valery
Suan Pakkad Palace

1) Suan Pakkad Palace

Opened in 1952, this traditional first of its kind Thai style museum was originally the private residence of Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga. Comprising of antique collections of Royal Highnesses passed down through generations, the Suan Pakkad Palace is a combination of fine arts and ancient artifacts from the era of H.R.H. Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, son of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn, Rama V and Her Majesty Queen Sukhumala Marasri.

Suan Pakkad means 'cabbage patch' owing to the fact that the area was nothing more than that in the past. Suan Pakkad museum consists of these eight traditional Thai houses surrounded by exotic tropical garden with calm ponds. Each house contains items of fine arts, antiques and oddities belonging to Prince and Princess Chumbhot. For the first time in the history of Thailand, any Thai Royal family has converted their traditional private residence to a museum in order to share their belongings with others.

Suan Pakkad Palace encompasses four Thai teak houses which were transported here from their original location in Chiang Mai. These masterpieces are like traditional two storey Thai houses. Each house is connected by platforms so that people can go from one house to another without going up and down the stairs. House one contains musical instruments. Collections including drums, xylophones, gongs, etc. of Prince Chimbhot's father, a successful Thai composer, are on display downstairs. Upstairs is an assorted collection of relics from various periods of Thai and Southeast Asian history. Houses two and three contain things for decoration and furniture from their daily lives. House four contains a collection of Buddha images from different eras of Thai history. It also has a balcony through which beautiful gardens of the palace can be seen.

Four more houses were added later containing many beautiful masterpieces. This collection of traditional Thai houses was brought together by Prince and Princess Chumbhot in 1952. The buildings and the collections became a museum after their death.

Originally located at a temple near Ayutthaya, 17th Century Lacquer Pavilion was a birthday gift for the princess by Prince in 1959. The house was in a very shabby state when it was bought but today after full restoration it serves as an exquisite example of rich Thai architecture.

Operation hours: Daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Baiyoke Tower 2

2) Baiyoke Tower 2

Baiyoke Tower II, located in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok, is the tallest building in Thailand. It contains the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the fourth-tallest all-hotel structure in the world. Consisting of 85 floors, it is 328 m (1,076 ft) tall including antenna which was added two years later. Tower was completed in 1997 with the hotel offering 673 guest rooms. Observation Deck on the 77th floor offers incomparable panorama views of Bangkok. Sky Buffet restaurant on the 76th floor offers a variety of food. A bar called Roof Top Bar & Music Lounge exists on the 83rd floor and for the fearless a 360-degree revolving roof deck is present on the 84th floor.

Baiyoke 2 is one of the first high-rise buildings in Bangkok which utilized high strength concrete for construction. Original plans of the tower included a telecommunication facility on top. The tower is planned to have 94 storeys so that floors 85-94 would be given on lease to telecommunication companies wanting to take advantage of the building's height.

In January 2002 five Norwegian skydivers set world record for “base jumping” when they jumped from the 81st floor of the Baiyoke II tower and landed on the rooftop of a hotel nearby.

Baiyoke Tower II is the highest landmark defining the Bangkok skyline. You have to climb 2,600 steps to reach the top if you do not want to use the facility of lifts. Best time to visit the tower is at sunset when you will be amazed to look at the spectacular sunset in Bangkok. It is well worth a visit if you have time – and of course if you are not afraid of heights!
China Resources Tower

3) China Resources Tower

The China Resources Tower is a skyscraper situated in the Siam area of the city. It's one part of a three-tower development called the All Seasons Place complex. Built in 2002, it's the city's fifth largest high rise and can be counted among Thailand's tallest office buildings, with a height of 210 meters across 53 floors.
U Chu Liang Tower

4) U Chu Liang Tower

The U Chu Liang Tower is just one of Bangkok's many modern architectural features. Rising 40 floors high, it was designed by the famous architectural firm Tandem Architects. A relatively new building, it's easy to spot even from far away because of its stunning windows and structure. Located near Lumpini Park, this unique building houses many different offices and conference halls.
Amigo Tower

5) Amigo Tower

The Amigo Tower is located in Silom in the Lumpini zone. At 755 meters tall it towers over most other buildings around and can be seen from long distances. Featuring beautiful multi-colored window panes, the top of the tower offers a vast vista that gives visitors the best possible view of Bangkok. Functioning mainly as an office building, the tower also has many nice restaurants. The area surrounding the tower also has many points of interest such as a large bazaar, a church and shopping centers.
Hualamphong Station Bangkok

6) Hualamphong Station Bangkok

Located in the center of the city, Hua Lamphong Grand Central Railway Station, officially known as the Bangkok Grand Central Terminal Railway Station, is the main railway station in Bangkok. It is completed in June 1916 after six years of construction work and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand. Built in Italian Neo-Renaissance style, the station is decorated with wooden roofs and stained glass windows.

The station was built at the previous national railway's maintenance centre which moved to Makkasan in June 1910. The railway station survived the bombing of the Allies during World War II. Mario Tamagno and Annibale Rigotti designed the plan and architecture of the station. There are 14 platforms, 26 ticket booths and two electric display boards. Hua Lamphong serves over 130 trains and approximately 60,000 passengers travel each day by using this service. Since 2004 the station has also been connected by underground passage to the MRT subway system with a station by the same name.

Bangkok's Main Railway Station is huge, hot and extremely busy. It lies in the center of the city with easy access to Chinatown and other important sites. Platforms in the station are crowded with luggage carts, arriving and departing passengers and vendors.

Many dining choices are available inside the station including coffee shops, restaurants, a cafeteria, several 'fast-food' outlets, convenience stores, and platform vendors. You can get everything from barbeque chicken and fruit to bottles of whisky, beer and soft drinks. 

Hualamphong train station in Bangkok is the hub that links Thailand's remote provinces in the North, North East and South with the hectic and chaotic metropolis of Bangkok. Many of the trains belong to old era with train conductors in elaborate uniforms and several classes of trains available to passengers. The passengers have their choice of hard seat third class cars without air conditioning up to first class air conditioned cars with private rooms and restaurant car.

Visiting this train station is a unique experience in the sense that it gives you a cross-cultural experience as you can see members from every economic and religious sector of Thai society converging at one point.

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Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Bangkok's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the iVenture Card and Thailand Unlimited Attractions Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Bangkok's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time. Some of them you don't even have to pick up but can scan straight on your phone at any of the city's major attractions/museums!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Bangkok hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: The Raweekanlaya Bangkok, Royal Princess Larn Luang, Baan Chart.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bangkok, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Bangkok typically costs between around US$30 and US$60 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off bus to enjoy sightseeing of Bangkok in the comfort of a bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to 48 hrs (Premium) or 72 hrs (Deluxe).

- Take a 3-hour guided walk along the Chao Phraya Riverside to explore the multicultural diversity of Bangkok's historic communities coexisting on the riverbanks for centuries in perfect harmony.

- Spare half a day, whilst in Bangkok, for a private tour of The Grand Palace complex housing tonnes of historic attractions, including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and many others, led by a knowledgeable local guide.

- No visit to Thailand is complete without savoring local cuisine. Embark on a food tour of Bangkok for a generous dollop of delectable Thai delicacies at some truly unique locations: streets, shops and the hidden gems only the locals know about.

- See Bangkok in a different light from the seat of a tuk-tuk zooming by the city's iconic sites in the cool of the night. This 4-hour night ride will take you to the Chao Phraya River, stopping at several temples, markets and other locations most frequented during daytime.

- Pedal your way around Bangkok on a 4-hour night bike tour to appreciate the city's most spectacular sights in their nighttime ambiance, stopping at each for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Thai capital from an informative group leader.

- Explore Bangkok’s suburbia renowned for its lush greenery and traditional crafts. Meet the friendly locals, see the beautiful canal system and a floating market manifesting the local “way of the water” culture.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Bangkok, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Floating Markets and Bridge on the River Kwai, Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak, Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai, Ayutthaya, or Thonburi. For as little as US$40+ to US$120+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including centuries-old historic landmarks, see the infamous bridge built by thousands of PoWs during World War Two, get a glimpse of the everyday life on water in Thailand exploring riverside neighborhoods, floating markets, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Bangkok, and transported either by boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.