Located on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly, Vimanmek Mansion is the world's largest golden teak building. The three-storey palace contains 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers. A guided tour inside the building is provided to visitors. Other buildings in the compound also house museums displaying a variety of artefacts and precious art objects. Vimanmek Mansion Museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 3:15 pm. Admission 50 baht. Tel: 0 2628 6300-9
SUAN PAKKAD PALACE
Located on Si Ayutthaya Road, the palace was once the residence of one of Thailand's leading art collectors, Prince Chmnbhot of Nagara Svarga. It houses an extensive collection of Asian art and antiques, including items from the prehistoric Ban Chiang civilisation, and also an impressive collection of sea-shells. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission 50 baht.
Tel: 0 2246 1775.