Places to go in Bangkok

My friend asked me, where to go in Bangkok! I’ve personally been to Bangkok twice only actually, but my friend thought I’ve been there many times.

I decided to do a compilation for her from my past 2 trips, and added a little more information that I googled. Feel free to share with me some other places that you’ve been to in Bangkok! ;)

For a start, there are 2 international airports serving Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi AirportDon Mueang International Airport. The airlines that you’re flying by will determine which airport you will arrive at.

For Suvarnabhumi Airport, it is easier to get access to Bangkok’s city center as they are connected via the Airport Rail (see BTS Map below). As for Don Mueang International Airport, it is more challenging to get to the city center from the airport.

Below is a brief directional information about how to get to and fro Don Mueang International Airport.

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Moving on, here’s a picture of the Bangkok BTS Map. It’s convenient to travel on their BTS (similar to Singapore’s MRT) as there is a nearest station located at almost every famous place-to-go in Bangkok!

Alternatively, you may click here to get to their BTS webpage to find out more information :)

Bangkok BTS MapFor tourists, you may choose to purchase a One-Day BTS pass at 130 Baht. It is non-refundable and valid for unlimited rides on the date of issue or purchase only. You can purchase them from any BTS Ticket Office at any stations.

Below are some of the places you can visit in Bangkok and they are listed in alphabetical order :)

Asiatique the Riverfront

A night market set by the riverside, it is a must-go place that’s popular not just with tourists, but also with Thais. It definitely is the most upscale night market in Bangkok.

The Asiatique Riverfront is separated in four districts:

  • The Factory District is where the shopping goes on and where most of the 1500 small shops are located in old warehouses. You find lots of fashion, some souvenirs, design items, handicrafts, furniture, home furnishings and other things, and the selection resembles the kind of merchandise you find at Terminal 21 – at least when it comes to fashion. You get good value for the money you pay, but it’s not the cheap bargain hunting you find at many other night markets.
  • The Waterfront District is what you see when you first arrive by boat. You find fancy restaurants and event venues lined up along a 300m boardwalk. Concerts, festivals and the New Year’s countdown celebrations take place here.
  • The Down Square District is a mixture of Thai & Western influences – a large sports bar, international food, and a small events area.
  • The Chareonkrung District is where you find more than 1,000 retail shops selling handicrafts, home decor, souvenirs, but also the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre and the Calypso Show (see below).

Eating At The Asiatique
There are more than 40 restaurants here, with an outdoor food court (which is very clean). Fortunately, there’s a roof protecting you even when it rains. There are plenty of international dining options, from Japanese, to Italian, Korean, American, Thai, Seafood, Chinese, and Turkish.

Entertainment
There are several shows taking place, like the Joe Louis Puppet Theater (which formerly performed at the Lumphini night plaza) and the famous Calypso Bangkok Theater. The Joe Louis Puppet Theater is a traditional puppet performance, but with modern choreography, and it will take your mind on a wonderful mystic (and at the same time) funny journey of ancient Thai characters.

There are also some small vendors, and things like getting your portrait painted and the overall atmosphere is quite lively, without being overcrowded or busy.

Opening hours: 5pm to midnight

How to get there: By boat.
Take the BTS (skytrain) to Saphan Taksin station. Then walk to the river. There you can get on a free ferry boat to Asiatique the Riverfront – it’s about 15 minutes and you get to enjoy the nice view of the Chao Phraya River. The boat leaves from the Saphan Taksin station every 15 minutes, starting at 4:30 p.m. and the last boat leaves from the Asiatique pier back to Saphan Thaksin at 11:30 p.m. It’s best to avoid going by taxi, because the road that leads there suffers from chronic traffic jams.

You may also want to check out Asiatique’s website on Getting Here and Getting Around :)

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Big C Supermarket

Going by its name, Big C is a leading hypermarket chain in Thailand. Located near Platinum Mall & Central World, you can drop by the supermarket to grab some daily necessities/fruits before heading back to your hotel :)

Nearest BTS: Chit Lom Station
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 11.00pm everyday

Central World

Using creative art work and sculpture as part of the shopping complex’s interior, Central World offers shoppers and passer-by alike, a fun and inter-active experience with these art pieces, rather than just using it for decoration.

Separated into 6 different shopping Zones, each with unique design and ambiance, shopper could enjoy myriad shopping experiences and easily locate which zoning they are in or wanted to visit.

You will definitely passby Central World when you head to Platinum Fashion Mall from Chit Lom Station. So why not just pop in to the mall and check it out. Central World also houses a Naraya outlet.

Nearest BTS: Chit Lom Station

Floating Markets in BKK

Check out the list of floating markets here!

[Disclaimer: Photo taken from Bangkok.com]

[Disclaimer: Photo taken from Bangkok.com]

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market (or Jatujak Market; Thai: ตลาดจตุจักร) is one of the world’s largest weekend markets covers area of 70 rai (27 Acres) altogether divided into 27 Sections, contains more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand.

Nearst BTS: Mo Chit Station

Opening hours

  • Wed – Thurs (Plants & Flowers) 6.00am – 6.00pm.
  • Friday (Wholesale day) 6.00am – 6.00pm.
  • Sat – Sun (Miscellaneous) 6.00am – 6.00pm.

foodMap of Chatuchak
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MBK Center

Eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. MBK is a beehive of activity, especially on weekends, when half of Bangkok converges to shop for bargains. It’s not as up-market or stylish as neighbouring Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but it offers a mind-boggling range of goods spread over 89,000 square metres and is considerably less expensive.

Like every shopping complex in Bangkok, there is an enormous food court with lots of affordable and yummy Thai and International food to choose from. The top floor comprises of an entertainment complex boasting plush cinemas, modern karaoke facilities, a computer games arcade and plenty of other restaurants and fast food choices.

Things to buy there: Local Bangkok Snacks!
Nearst BTS: National Stadium Station
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

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Night Markets outside of MBK Center

Although the shops at MBK Center close by 10pm, fret not! Get onto the streets outside of MBK and explore the stretch of night market along the street. There are even stalls at the overhead bridge.

Just keep walking. You’ll never know what you’ll find :)

Platinum Fashion Mall

The Platinum Fashion Mall is a ONE STOP wholesale shopping and modern fashion mall. It’s a 6-floors shopping building, branched off into different category’s product zones.

  • B Floor – Jeans & Fashion Clothes
  • 1st – 3rd Floor – Fashion Clothes
  • 4th Floor – Fashion Clothes & Leather
  • 5th Floor – Leather & Accessories
  • 6th Floor – Food & Beverage

Nearest BTS: Chit Lom Station

Opening hours:

  • Sat, Sun, Wed: 8.00am – 8.00pm
  • Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9.00am – 8.00pm

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Pratunam Market

Pratunam Market is a major market selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Enter the small alleys and jam-packed small streets and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothes-maze. Prices are very cheap, and most shops offer retail prices for single pieces.

Located at the intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads (next to Amari Watergate Hotel), Pratunam Wholesale Market is filled with shops and tiny stalls flowing over to the sidewalks and extending all the way to Baiyoke Towers I and Baiyoke Towers II on Ratchaprarop Soi 3.

The market itself is open 24 hours, but the dynamic is different throughout the day. Retail shops open at about 10:00 until 21:00, but again this may vary. For visitors and shoppers, the best time to go is between 11:00 and 20:00.

Location: Intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3

Directions: From Ratchathewi BTS station in the south of Pratunam, it is only a 15 minutes’ walk to the centre of the action (the intersection of Phetchaburi Road and Ratchaprarop Road).

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is an immensely popular shopping mall housing a host of international high-end fashion brands, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a 16-screen Cineplex, and a comprehensive selection of world cuisine. Located prominently in front of Siam BTS Skytrain station – the interchange of the two BTS lines – it is considered by many to be the centre of Bangkok.

Considering the mall contains over 250 shops, the layout is logical and fairly compact, certainly when compared to the sprawling Central World mall nearby. However, Siam Paragon doesn’t quite cater for all budgets to the same extent of other malls in the area. This mall provides mainly luxury items for well-heeled Thais and international visitors with cash to splurge. If you are looking for something extra-special then Siam Paragon is definitely the place to find it.

It is very similar to Taka & Wisma Atria in Singapore, with its own departmental store housing many different brands.

Check out more information here – http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-mall/siam-paragon.htm

Must Eat: Krispy Kreme, Baskin’ Robbins
Nearest BTS: Siam Station

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Terminal 21

Terminal 21 brings the dream of traveling the world to downtown Bangkok, with its cutting-edge concept that places several world-famous cities under one roof.

Find yourself wandering around a maze of shops in Tokyo City, sauntering down London’s Carnaby Street, bagging a bargain in an Istanbul zouk, or shopping for something to fill your growling stomach at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. It will be too many pictures to post if I were to post one for every level, so go explore Terminal 21 on your own! :)

Nearest BTS: Asoke Station

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At Terminal 21, I’ve personally enjoyed my meal at have a seat restaurant located at level 4. They serve local thai food. There is also a Baskin’ Robbins outlet at this mall, so buckle up for a great meal here!

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Coffee Stars by Dao

Lovely cakes and local thai food!
They have a branch in Singapore, Wisma Atria. (I’ve tried the one in SG but not in BKK.)

Locations:

  • Siam Paragon Tower Ground Floor
  • Central World Tower 2nd Floor

Click here for a blog entry about this cafe!

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Magnum Café

Get to coat-your-own-magnum ice cream which cost around 80 baht? $3+ Sing!
[Reference from Travelust Blog.]

Click here for another blog entry about this cafe!

Location: Siam Center, 1/F, Siam Center, (Ground floor), Rama 1 Rd., Bangkok
Business Hours: 11.00am – 9.00pm (weekdays), 10.00am – 9.00pm (weekends)

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Mont Blanc Sweet Café

There are more than 30 kinds of cakes, alternating every day. A blogger tried the three-layer Soft Strawberry Shortcake served with vanilla ice cream and a yummy Matcha Mousse White Chocolate with kidney-bean filling and a sour and refreshing Passion Fruit Mousse Cake.

The signature dish is a DIY Mont Blanc, with fresh cream blended with chestnut and served with cherry, strawberry and chocolate ice cream. Other popular items include the White Chocolate Cheese Pie, Mango Pear Cheese, Souffle Cheese Vanilla and Chocolate Mousse.

Location: 1st floor of Siam Center
Business Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm.

Click here for a photo album on their sweets!

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Additional Information

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Other References

Below are some other references that I’ve found online!

Enjoy and have fun in BKK!

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware,
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