Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Siam Square, Pratunam, Ploenchit & Ratchathewi

Jim Thompson House

This jungly compound is the former home of the eponymous American silk entrepreneur and art collector. Born in Delaware in 1906, Thompson briefly served in the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner of the CIA…
Top Choice Market in Greater Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Among the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak seems to unite everything buyable, from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels. Plan to spend a full day here, as there’s plenty to see, do and buy. But come early,…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Wat Arun

After the fall of Ayuthaya, King Taksin ceremoniously clinched control here on the site of a local shrine and established a royal palace and a temple to house the Emerald Buddha. The temple was renamed after the Ind…
Top Choice Thai in Siam Square, Pratunam, Ploenchit & Ratchathewi

MBK Food Island

Undergoing a renovation at the time of research, the grandaddy of the genre is set to continue its offer of dozens of vendors selling regional Thai and international dishes.
Top Choice Shopping Centre in Siam Square, Pratunam, Ploenchit & Ratchathewi

Siam Square

This open-air shopping zone is ground zero for teenage culture in Bangkok. Pop music blares out of tinny speakers, and gangs of hipsters in various costumes ricochet between fast-food restaurants and closet-sized bo…
Top Choice Museum in Thanon Sukhumvit

Siam Society & Ban Kamthieng

Ban Kamthieng transports visitors to a northern Thai village complete with informative displays of daily rituals, folk beliefs and everyday household chores, all within the setting of a traditional wooden house. Thi…
Top Choice Central Thai in Banglamphu

Jay Fai

You wouldn’t think so by looking at her bare-bones dining room, but Jay Fai is known far and wide for serving Bangkok’s most expensive pàt kêe mow ('drunkard’s noodles'; wide rice noodles fried with seafood and Thai…
Top Choice Live Music in Banglamphu

Brick Bar

This basement pub, one of our fave destinations in Bangkok for live music, hosts a nightly revolving cast of bands for an almost exclusively Thai crowd – many of whom will end the night dancing on the tables. Brick …
Top Choice Live Music in Greater Bangkok

Parking Toys

One of Bangkok’s best venues for live music, Parking Toys hosts an eclectic revolving cast of fun bands ranging in genre from rockabilly to electro-funk jam acts.
Bar in Thanon Sukhumvit


Part storage room for over-the-top vintage furniture, part restaurant, part friendly local boozer; this quirky bar certainly doesn’t lack in diversity – nor fun. Indulge in a whole bottle (they’ll hold onto it for y…