Driven by an incredible flowering of independent galleries (concentrated in the districts of Sathorn and Thong Lo) and emerging artists, Bangkok is fast establishing itself as just as important a showcase for Asian contemporary art as Shanghai has become.
At the core is MOCA, a splendid building of pale grey granite, whose six floors house almost 800 works by contemporary Thai artists. These include the mystical ink drawings of Thawan Duchanee, Montien Boonma's giant installations based on Buddhist religious objects and Rawanchaikul Navin's huge canvases.
The collection belongs to Boonchai Bencharongkul, a Thai billionaire philanthropist who, at 20, dreamed of being painter, before becoming the country's greatest art patron. Situated near the Chatuchak Market, the museum's garden, with its beautiful lawns and pools, is a great place to unwind.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
499 Mao 3 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road
+66 (0)2 953 1005