Certainly, museums in Bangkok would not come to a Thailand travellers mind at first, but they make up some of the nations finest cultural venues. The museums in Bangkok range from displays of artefacts with historical significance, Buddhist relics or modern art from abroad or Thai artists. You should definitely take a look at these below described museums and you will be pleasantly surprised with their quality. Just hop on a taxi or public transport from your hotel in Sukhumvit and enjoy a day of Thai cultural experience.
Bangkok National Museum (near Grand Palace)
The Bangkok National Museum houses the countries largest collection of Thai art and is definitely worth a visit, even more if you are already in the area from visiting the Grand Palace. The museum was once initiated by King Rama V and is now arranged into three thematic areas along Thai history episodes and has good English-language descriptions available.
Museum of Siam (Phra Nakorn district)
Despite housed in a neoclassical building expecting some usual display of historical artifacts you will be pleasantly surprised with modern art and advanced technology of this museum. Most of it is designed by contemporary Thai artists and showcases the complete history of Siam and the modern era of Thailand.
MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art (BTS Mo Chit plus short taxi ride)
Art lovers listen up, this is the place to be in Bangkok, if not Thailand, for modern paintings and sculptures including a purpose built gallery. The five storeys of the minimalistic and futuristic building display over 800 pieces of art collected by a single wealthy Thai citizen. Besides foreign pieces the MOCA showcases also the development of Thai fine art since the introduction of modern western concepts.
Vimanmek Mansion Museum (Dusit district)
Just behind the National Assembly building, this Royal Mansion is the world's largest golden teak building. Interestingly, it was originally built on the island of Ko Chang in Chonburi province and on command of King Rama V moved piece by piece to Bangkok and rebuilt at its current location. You will get a good insight of how living for the Royal Family was inside their mansion because it shows a lot of original items such as glassware, porcelain, furniture, old photographs and other memorabilia from the King's reign 1868 until 1910. Please be aware that being this place a Royal Ground there are no shorts, miniskirts or sleeveless shirts allowed.
To spend the most of these activities, you might need to book a place on time as there might be a rush for rooms in several classy Lohas Residences hotels near Sukhumvit.