Bangkok, the capital and largest city of Thailand, is a fascinating study in contrasts. Many strange and unusual sights can be found among the city's bustling shopping centers, high-rises, and hotels.

If you think you've seen everything in Bangkok, you should spend some time exploring the city's endless array of quirks.

Here's a rundown of some of the more out-there attractions in Bangkok, all of which can be reached quickly and cheaply by public transportation.

1. Siriraj Medical Museum

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Siriraj Medical Museum (Photo: Tripadvisor)

You might want to skip this museum if your idea of a museum involves elaborate, high-gloss displays of priceless cultural relics. The pathological, forensic, parasitological, and anatomical specimens housed in the Siriraj Medical Museum make for a fascinating and unusual collection. The hospital complex houses not one but six museums, including those dedicated to pathology, forensics, the history of Thai medicine, parasitology, anatomy, and even the prehistoric era.

Bones, preserved organs, pathological fetuses, the mummified body of a notorious serial killer, parasitic worms, a scrotum removed from a man with elephantiasis that measures two and a half feet wide, the remains of a cannibal, and a traditional Thai medicine shop are all on display.

The average person will find this collection fascinating, but those easily disturbed should stay away. Those who are game for the challenge of visiting the museums with a twist should pack their stomachs accordingly.

Siriraj Medical Museum, 2 Wanglung Road Khwaeng Siriraj, Khet Bangkok Noi, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 419 2600

2. The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden

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The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden (Photo: Pinterest)

As you enter the Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, a sign greets you with, "Welcome to Hell!" Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the horrific images of torture in Buddhist purgatory. Sinners are boiled in copper cauldrons, torn apart by hell's dogs, and starved to the point that their ribs are protruding, just to name a few of the 'attractions' on display.

You can avoid hell and its terrifying scenes by doing more good deeds than bad ones, as suggested by signs scattered throughout the garden.

The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, Soi 19, Tambon Saen Suk, Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri, Thailand, +66 89 690 3914

3. Mummy of Luang Pho Dang

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Wat Khunaram on Ko Samui also features a self-mummified monk who died while meditating more than 20 years ago. Even though geckos have eaten away at Luang Pho Dang's eyes, he continues to sit in the lotus position today.

Geckos use his body as a nesting site for their young. According to Culture trip, people travel from all over Thailand to pay their respects to the monk who recently passed away.

Wat Khunaram, Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

4. Bangkok Airplane Graveyard

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Bangkok Airplane Graveyard (photo: CNN)

The Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok is a unique and culturally significant destination. A group of Thai families have set up temporary residence among the wreckage of an abandoned 747, two smaller MD-82 planes, and various aircraft components. The yard is owned by a local entrepreneur who trades in scrap aircraft components. Even though the planes' seats, paneling, entertainment screens, and overhead luggage compartments have all been removed, passengers can still find old in-flight magazines, oxygen masks, and life vests strewn about the yard.

Planes that once flew tourists around Thailand are now homes and sources of income for local families. If they weren't able to bring items to a nearby recycling station and charge visitors for tours of the compound, they would be living on the streets.

5. Giant dragon tower at Wat Samphran

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Giant dragon tower at Wat Samphran (Photo: Pinterest)

Wat Samphran has a massive dragon sculpture that’s coiled around its 17-storey cylindrical tower. The head of the giant dragon is visible from a distance. Located 40 km west of Bangkok, it’s worth taking a short trip to this unusual shrine.

Mu 7, 92/8 Sam Phran, Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom 73110

6. Sathorn Unique Tower (Ghost Skyscraper)

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Ghost Skyscraper (Photo: Elite Readers)

The economic crisis of 1997 left the construction of the 50-story Sathorn Unique Tower unfinished. Its typical round balconies and Roman columns bear a striking resemblance to those of the neighboring State Tower skyscraper. According to Go Guide, the delipidated structure of Sathorn Unique has drawn daredevils in the wake of several eerie incidents (including a suicide).

People in the surrounding communities hold a number of superstitions about the structure. The land on which the building sits was likely once used as a cemetery, leading some to believe it is haunted. Some say the building's unfinished construction is due to its unlucky location in the shadow of the nearby Wat Yan Nawa.

Charoen Krung Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10330

7. Museum of Human Body

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Photo: Bangkok Post

There are fourteen Japanese cadavers on display at the bizarre Museum of the Human Body at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University. Though some may find the concept creepy, it is a popular destination for those interested in the human body. The museum doubles as a teaching resource, as it is housed within the Faculty of Dentistry.

34 Thanon Henri Dunant, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330

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