Bangkok: Tips

Places:

Most of Bangkok’s sights are concentrated on the Island of Rattanakosin, often referred to as the “Old City”.

Top 3:

Grand Palace
Wat Pho
Wat Arun
Others:

Wat Phra Kaew
Golden Mount
Wat Suthat
Wat Ratchanaddaram
Pak Nam Temple
Museums:

Jim Thompson’s House (located near Siam Square): Jim Harrison Wilson Thompson was an American businessman who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He almost singlehandedly saved Thailand’s vital silk industry from extinction.
Ban Kamthieng (located in Sukhumvit)
Kubri’s Heritage Home (located in Silom)
Suan Pakkad Palace (located in Phahonyothin)
Rattanakosin’s National Museum
Museum of Siam
King Prajadhipok
National Gallery or The Queen’s Gallery: Art communities
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Parks:

Lumphini Park (Silom): Largest park in Bangkok
Santichaiprakarn: Small park along the Chao Phraya River. It was built around the 18th century for the Phra Sumen Fort with a nice view on the modern Rama VII cable-stayed bridge.
Muay Thai:

Is both a sport and a means of self-defense. Contestants are allowed to use almost any part of the body: feet, elbows, legs, knees and shoulders.

Venues: Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Silom and Ratchadamnoen Stadium in Rattanakosin.

Meditation:

Inside Wat Mahathat in Rattanakosin provides free meditation classes, 3 x a day.

Buy:

Siam Square is the place to shop.
MKB Center
Siam Paragon
Emporium
Khao San Road
Blangamphu Market
Chatuchat Weekend Market (Phahonyothin), largest market in Southeast Asia.
Pak Khlong Talat: Flower market
Taling Chan Floating Market
Asiatique the riverfront
Amphawa Floating Market
Kwan-Reim Floating Market
Eat:

Sukhumuvit: Best restaurants
Soi Ton Son
Khao San Road
Restaurants:

Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse $$$$
Dine in the Dark
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
Gaggan (Top 50 in the World – 2016)
Issaya Siamese Club
Supanigga (Thai)
Rocket Coffeebar
Lady Brett
Rocket X
Touche Hombre Mexican
Typical Thai food not to miss:

Satay (grilled meat, chicken or pork, onto wooden sticks)
Pad Thai (Stir fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice and red chili pepper)
Som Tam (spicy salad made from shredded unripe papaya)
Tom Yam Kung (soup with prawns, lemongrass and galangal) – Very spicy
Khao Man Kai (bowl with chicken soup topped with rice)
Kanom Roti (crepe-like dessert filled with condensed milk, sugar and can also have bananas inside)
Tong Yip (Flower egg yolk tart)
Khanom Chan (Thai jello, baked in 9 layers and set on a cookie pan. Khanom means dessert or sweets, Chan means layer or level that indicates to improve or increase in the state)
Swensen’s Ice Cream
Dairy Queen Ice Cream
Isaan food (from the northeast Thailand):

Kung tent / Shrimp dancing (live shrimp on lemon and they jump on the pan)
Som Tam
Khao Niew (Sticky rice)
Kai Yang (Grilled chicken)
Moo Yang (Grilled pork)
Dinner cruises: Chao Phraya Princess, Loy Nava, Maeyanang, Manohra, Wan Fah, Yok Yor Marina.

Cooking School:

Blue Elephant
Bars:

Areas: Sukhumvit, Silom

Sirocco
Vertigo
Ce la vi
Uncle Cocktail Bar
Narz
Thong Lo (Soi 55)
Gazebo Club
Dark Bar (2nd floor Ekkamai Shopping Mall)
Gecko Samui
Patpong (Famous stripper bar)
After hours Clubs: Bossy Club, Spicy Club, Thermae (between sois 15 and 17 in the basement underneath the Ruamchit short time Hotel)

Stay:

Happy 3 Hotel (Located in Siam Square where all the Malls are and really close to the train station)
Mandarin Oriental
The Siam
Shangri-la
W Hotel

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