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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Bangkok

Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.

It's not the Venice of the East anymore, but Bangkok's life still revolves around waterways. Express boats offer cheap sightseeing, long-tail boats tour private groups around the city's canals, and converted teakwood rice barges offer lunch and dinner cruises.

78/24-29 Maharaj Rd., 011-66-2-623-6143, www.chaophrayaboat.co.th
Tags: family | cruise | things to do | tour

Get a spa treatment

Nothing beats a spa treatment or a traditional Thai massage at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. The Dusit Thani Hotel’s Devarana spa is equipped with private suites that include a steam room, floral bath, massage area, lounge, and shower room.

Dusit Thani Hotel, 946 Rama IV Rd., 011-66-2-636-3596, www.devarana.com
Tags: editor pick | smart splurge | things to do

Grand Palace and Wat Pho

The Palace is home to the sacred Emerald Buddha (but not the Royal Family) and a blend of intriguing Siamese and European architecture. Tranquil Wat Pho harbors a huge reclining Buddha and is the place to receive a traditional Thai massage.

Na Phra Lan Rd., www.palaces.thai.net, www.watpho.com
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Lumphini Park

The “Central Park of the Tropics” offers a much-needed break between sightseeing and shopping, with picturesque lakes and wide lawns, the possibility to practice sundown aerobics, and a glimpse into the lives of Bangkokians.

Rama IV & Ratchadamri Rds., www.bma.go.th/bmaeng/pathumwan/lumphini.html
Tags: family | things to do | culture | walk | park

Thailand Creative and Design Centre

This sophisticated design institution raises the bar for Thailand with imaginative, thought-provoking multimedia exhibitions (not to mention a cool design store) that draw in crowds.

The Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Rd., 011-66-2-664-8448, www.tcdc.or.th
Tags: design | art | things to do | culture | architecture

The Jim Thompson House

The exotic mansion of the man who brought Thai silk to the world's attention is a treat, with bustling tropical gardens and six traditional teak houses filled with art and antiques from around Southeast Asia.

Soi Kasemsam 2, 011-66-2-216-7368, www.jimthompsonhouse.com
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