My second time around, I got to know Bangkok better and honestly, if I have to move here to work, I would definitely do it! Bangkok has so many beautiful places that are not too popular with the tourist.
Thong Lor and Ekkamai on the other hand, have equally good night and day life. There are a few places in Thong Lor during the day that you can visit to have a quick meal or just browse. One little gem of a place we found was Erb, a little perfumery tucked away in Thong Lor’s Soi 12. The place or rather the square is known as Grass where there is a set of other stores, café’s and bars. Grass is quaint, easy to miss and just gorgeous.
Thong Lor is a Japanese expat area hence you’ll notice a lot of Japanese restaurant or Japanese themed outlets. Almost like little Japan I would say, but the streets branching off the main Thong Lor street is where the fun really begins. Lots of hidden little place you’ll come across when going through these side streets. Same applies to many other places.
Terminal 21 is one mall you should just visit for the heck of it! Each floor is themed after a different city and feels a little bit like being in an Airport. MBK on the other hand is one mall that’s you’ll hear a lot of people mentioning to you if you want to get souvenirs as they have floors dedicated to one specify thing. A floor just for Gold and Silver, a floor for just technology, a floor for souvenirs or Thai product and so on. The malls here are huge and take a jumper along, the Thai’s love air-conditioning.
The trains to the malls, I’ve been frozen one too many times! I would rush out just before I get frostbites to warm up in the heat. Call it exaggerating but honestly it really cold!
The temples are a whole other scene. Wat Arun, Wat Pho (temple of the reclining Buddha) and the Wat Saket (Golden Mount) are some of the most popular tourist temples to visit and I assure you that you should go. The Grand Palace is also another place not to be missed. But as always, you have to be dressed moderately or you can always rent a sarong to cover your knees when you get to the temples. The Grand Palace how ever shuts around 1530h so get there early!
*Almost all the temples require a entry fee which is usually under 100B per person.
I’ve seen touts telling tourist all sorts of stories like the temple is close for afternoon prayers and such and you should go here or there, just don’t bother. Get in, get to the information counter and confirm this. Plus never take a tuk tuk, unless you know how to haggle or just for the experience sake. If you can, always take the taxi’s cause they are cheaper and they go by the meter. Although I’ve had a few run-ins where they don’t want to use the meter.
- BTS: Saphan Taksin
- Walk to the ferry stop and get ferry to Stop No.8 (where Wat Pho is)
- Turn right and walk to the end of the temple and you’ll see the sign The Deck.
*If you want to get to Wat Arun from here or vice versa, take the public ferry across. Its only 3Baht.
The Deck’s rooftop bar is a great place to unwind and watch the sun go down over Wat Arun. It’s also nice to see the boats go by and sip cocktails listening to Brazilian & Portuguese lounge music. There is a restaurant right below that serves pretty good dinner. They’ve taken the romantic-candle light dinner a tad bit too seriously as the lighting is so dim that I had to turn on my mobile to read the menu.
I seriously wouldn’t mind moving over.
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