The Wat Traimit temple is another of one of the best places to visit in Bangkok, with its five-ton solid gold Buddha that was only discovered by accident in the 1960s. It was hidden from view for centuries owing to the rampaging Burmese.
Vimanmek Teak Mansion and Dusit Palace
No sightseeing trip in Bangkok is complete without a visit to the world's largest teak building, which sits in the stunning Dusit Palace area and is a remarkable example of Thai workmanship of old. Be sure to get an insight into the Thai monarchy by checking out the fascinating collection of photographs. The palace is near Dusit Zoo and Khao San Road and is easily reached by meter taxi.
The Temple of Dawn is just over the river from the Grand Palace and you can get there by walking from the palace to the ferry terminal, taking the short hop for a few baht, and then wandering around the ancient structure. It is a 200-foot tall, 17th century structure with great forms and views.
Khao San Road
The bohemian backpacker capital of the continent resides north of the Grand Palace and is loaded to the hilt with cheap (and some upmarket) hotels, cafés, shops, and bars. Traffic-free by night, Khao San is a popular attraction in its own right as well as a place to stay. Get here by tuk-tuk or meter taxi.
Jim Thompson's House
This was the home of the American entrepreneur who revitalized Thailand's silk industry and subsequently disappeared in the mountains of Malaysia in the 1960s. Jim Thompson's House is a traditional Thai teak house with several structures and is today a fascinating museum.