Asiatique The Riverfront
a happening hotspot right now, this sprawling shopping and dining paradise is a hit with Thais of all ages, although it’s a little further out than Siam’s offerings. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin (S6), where you’ll find a regular Asiatique boat service. It’s also an essential stop if you’re ever in town for Loy Kratong, the Thai full moon festival, which takes place in November, usually.
Chatuchak Market (JJ Market)
One of the world’s largest open-air markets, where you’ll find everything from one-off artwork collector pieces to second hand clothes and shoes, any kind of quick-cook Thai food imaginable served in polystyrene trays, and more than one reason to keep a paw on the wallet in your front pocket. If you see something you like, buy it immediately because you probably won’t find your way back to the same stall.
Access the market from BTS – Chatuchak Park (N8) station.
Access the market from MRT- Kamphaeng Phet station (not Chatuchak Park station).
Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
A popular tourist attraction and occasionally a sole reason why some choose to travel to Bangkok, Muay Thai kickboxing has found global favour and a following amongst many demographics – it is simultaneously a sport, fitness form and study of Thai culture.
Bangkok Trip on the River
Enjoy Bangkok at night on a dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. See two of the city’s top attractions — the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Grand Palace — illuminated after dark, and feast on a variety of Thai dishes. An onboard band provides musical entertainment.
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) in Thailand during WWII. Settling in Bangkok after the war, his neighbours’ handmade silk caught his eye and piqued his business sense; he sent samples to fashion houses in Milan, London and Paris, gradually building a steady worldwide clientele.