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Top 5 Things to Do in Siam - The Highlights of Thailand

Enjoy some of the best things that the former Kingdom of Siam has to offer by indulging in sightseeing, water sports and some retail therapy.

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Visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are located within the same compound. As a result of this, it is easily two of the most well-known attractions in Siam. Tourists can conveniently visit both these attractions because one ticket allows entry to both the Palace and the Temple. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha hosts a small emerald statue, but keep in mind that photography inside the temple is not allowed.

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Tour the Jim Thompson House

The Jim Thompson House is a famous museum located in the heart of Bangkok. The namesake of the house actually designed and owned the house which now hosts the museum. He is credited with the establishment of the Thai Silk Company Limited in the mid – 20th century and is a well-known collector of Southeast Asian art. As a result, the museum now hosts a number of different important art pieces and paintings, as well as porcelain collections and other statues. However, following his disappearance in 1967, the house was brought under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and is presently managed by the James H. W. Thompson Foundation. The Jim Thompson House is open daily and guided tours are also available.

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Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Siam at the Phi Phi Islands

While Phuket is undoubtedly one of the most well-known islands in Thailand, another group of islands that are well worth the visit are the Phi Phi Islands which are located within the Krabi province. When visiting these islands, make sure to engage in some water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling and diving because the underwater marine world in the area is truly a sight to behold.

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Take a Stroll in Lumphini Park

The Lumphini Park is an urban park that spans across nearly sixty hectares in the heart of Bangkok. The Park was established by King Rama VI in the early 20th century and is considered to be the first park in the city. The Park derives its name from the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, the city of Lumbini in Nepal. The Park hosts a number of statues, a ground, an elders citizen club and a library. The Lumphini Park can be accessed by taking the Ratchadamri Road which runs in front of the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, the Wireless Road which runs in front of the Embassy of Japan or by taking the Metro and disembarking at the Lumphini Station.

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Shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market

Bangkok is famous for its shopping and therefore, it should come as no surprise that retail therapy is ranked quite highly on any list of things to do in Bangkok. The Chatuchak Market is also known as the JJ Market and is located on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road. Its 15, 000 stalls are easily accessible thanks to a nearby SkyTrain stop. The market is believed to attract over two hundred thousand people every day and has been open since the mid – 20th century. Whilst indulging in some retail therapy, check out the iconic clock tower at the market which was built to celebrate the 60th Birthday of King Bhumobol Adulyade.