Don't want to feel like a sheltered package holidaymaker? Rest assured that it's a cinch to get local in Bangkok, a city where hectic tourist attractions often rub shoulders with classic local neighbourhoods. Often it takes little more than a tiny detour from the big-hitter sights.

Local Haunts

  • Drinking

The Banglamphu neighbourhood is home to heaps of bars frequented mostly by young locals, the dance clubs of RCA pull the majority of local partiers and Silom is the magnet for the local LGBT crowd.

  • Eating

Come dinnertime, it doesn't get more local than the street stalls of Bangkok's Chinatown. Alternatively, head the 'hoods north of Bangkok, such as the area surrounding the Victory Monument, for unpretentious street food. At some point during your stay, be sure to hit a food court, like MBK Food Island, to see how the locals dine.

Need to Know

  • BK (www.bk.asia-city.com) This listings mag is probably the best English-language guide to cover what the locals are up to.