Bangkok is one of Asia’s coolest cities, with bustling streets, terrific temples, sizzling street food and killer cocktail bars. The mix of old and new and East meets West is what makes Bangkok so special. And to make sure that you don’t miss out on a thing, here’s ten of the coolest things to do in Bangkok.
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Drink at Vogue Lounge
Located on the 6th floor of the MahaNakhon Cube (a rather swanky new building with a Dean and Deluca and L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon), Vogue Lounge is a slick art deco den with a French fine dining restaurant and a stunning open-air terrace. Take a seat and enjoy epic views of downtown Bangkok, as you sip perfectly shaken martinis with Bangkok’s most fashionable crowd.
Beat the crowds at Wat Pho
Wat Pho is a beautiful temple that is located just over the road from the Grand Palace (one the city’s main attractions). The vibrant interiors and rows of golden Buddhas are just incredible. Like all tourist hotspots it gets very crowded. The temple closes at 6:30pm and if you arrive on the dot of 6pm the crowds have gone and the tour busses rolled away, so you can enjoy the whole place all to yourself.
See the city for only 20 Baht
With such an impressive skyline, seeing Bangkok from above is a must and for only 20 Baht, Wat Saket – Temple on the Golden Mount – has one of the best views around. Climb up the steps to this magical Buddhist temple and head up onto the roof terrace. From this serene spot you can take panoramic views of the stunning city.
Dine at Breeze Restaurant at Lebua
Forget mile high dining, book a balcony table at Breeze restaurant and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the 52nd floor of the Tower Club at Lebua. Feast on refined Chinese food, like char grilled seabass, lobster fried rice and black bean lamb shanks, and sip experimental cocktails late into the night above the twinkling lights of Bangkok.
Feast on street food at Or Tor Kor (OTK) Market
With some of the best street food in the world, Bangkok is a foodie’s paradise. Speed through the sweaty city on the metro to Or Tor Kor market, right outside the Kamphaeng Phet station. It has everything from fresh fruit to lobsters and incredible cooked food. Feast on spicy pad kaprow, pad see ew noodles and steamed pa moo – a sweet peanut dumpling.
Chill at Vesper Bar
Located near Silom Road, this killer cocktail bar would not be out of place in Shoreditch. Take a seat at the bar and order a Frank – made with bourbon, vermouth, lemon and orange – and get ready to get down and shake it, to an all electro sound track of Yuksek and Kavinsky.
Tuck into Mother Truckers burgers
Feeling hungover, then get down to Mother Truckers, near the Kaosarn Road and plough into one of their mighty bacon cheeseburgers. From their humble burger truck, these guys have taken the burger/pop up craze that we know so well in London and nailed it. – For the best of Bangkok’s food scene check out BKKmenu on instagram.
Speed through the city in a Tuk Tuk
Whatever you find yourself doing at 3am in Bangkok, make sure that you take a tuk tuk ride around the city. There is no traffic at night so you can speed around the neon metropolis and discover all the coolest late night hot spots.
Party at Maggie Choo’s
Get ready to party at this decadent subterranean nightclub, built into an old East India Company vault. With cabaret dancers swinging from the beams, killer cocktails and sumptuous sofas to settle into, this is Bangkok’s hottest club.
Slurp late night noodles
If you are out in the Sukhumvit area of the city and feeling peckish, head to Sukhumvit 38 to slurp a bowl of Guay Jub. This authentic soup, made with pork and intestines, is really popular with younger crowd. It’s rich, filling and perfect to soak up the night’s excesses.