Ahhh Bangkok…such a fun city to explore and float around. One of the main attractions for me in Bangkok has to be the SHOPPING! This was my second time back to the almighty Chatuchak market and even after two full days winding in and out, row after row there’s still ground left to cover and shops left undiscovered. I am a vintage lover and I'm like a kid in a candy shop at Chatuchak, I could spend hours rummaging through the old slogan tees and mountains of denim.
If shopping’s not your bag though there’s so much more to see and do with your days here from fun food tours, river boat rides, beautiful temples to canal side coffee shops.
At night the city really comes alive, do your research and stay well away from Koh San Road! The city has endless rooftop bars and sensational restaurants. Bangkok also attracts some great live music and DJ’s so it’s well worth checking out what’s on while you’re in town, during our visit DJ EZ was playing at Ku De Ta which was great fun!
Long Boat Tour We took a tour in the afternoon and bargained a pretty good deal, we didn’t realise that the floating market is only on during morning tours, however I’ve heard some negative reviews linked to vendors constant hassling to buy from them, so perhaps it wasn’t such a bad thing that we missed it. Take some drinks, sit back, relax and enjoy a glimpse of daily Bangkok life.
Chatuchak Market The market offers everything from antiques, household appliances, jewellery, souvenirs and vintage clothes.
Arrive by 10am closes at 7pm
Take the sky train to Mo Chit or MRT to Kamphaeng Phet
Stay away from section 9 (Cheap household appliances)
Head to section 5 & 6 (6 is vintage)
Homewares & antiques (22-26)
EAT / DRINK AT THE MARKET -
Roasted pork belly
Skewers with mushrooms/veggies wrapped in pork
Coconut Ice cream
Papaya Salad (so spicy!)
Roti with chocolate & banana
Food Tour Super friendly tour guides and great food! Take an organised tour by tuk tuk, go hungry and leave in a food coma after experiencing some of Bangkok’s finest street food. http://bangkokfoodtours.com
Siam If markets aren’t your vibe then head to Siam Square where you can find a selection of malls offering local, high street and luxury brands.
EAT & DRINK
There’s LOTS of amazing rooftop bars in Bangkok all with great views, most of them have a dress code (no flip flops etc) so make sure you check this first as they won’t bend the rules for you – we tried! ☺
Ku De Ta – We had a fun night out here, good music, nice decor and outside terrace.
Cloud 47 – Great view of the city. Relaxed vibe (no dress code) Big outside area, not so atmospheric though.
Maggie Choo’s - Shanghainese type speakeasy restaurant & bar. This place is very quirky with interesting decor. We only had drinks here and it was great fun. They had an awesome live duo playing while we were there and everyone was partying!
Steve’s Café - Simple river side restaurant, delicious Thai food. Not too pricey.
Namsaah Bottling Trust - ‘Asian gastro bar’ Very cool, funky décor. Great atmosphere, amazing cocktails and food.
Taling Pling - Super delicious Thai food, awesome flavours and great selection. Atmosphere is ok, nothing to shout about.
Lek Seafood - Local no frills restaurant. Incredible seafood dishes. Must try the baked fish dish!