Bangkok is so much fun. The food, the people, the energy. Some people think it is a bit too much. We think it is pure life : )
WHERE TO STAY?
Bangkok is a huge lively city with plenty of good hotels and nice neigborhoods. One street we really avoid is Khao San Road. It is messy and super touristy. We normally stay either along Silom Road, which is nicely set between the river and the night markets or somewhere along Sukhumvit Road.
YOU'LL THANK US LATER : )
These are some of the best spots in Bangkok. Amazing food, great drinks and roof top bars.
SKY BEACH BANGKOK
The Standard now has a rooftop bar called Sky Beach Bangkok on the 78th floor of the iconic King Power Mahanakhon, making it the highest roof top bar in the city. Before 7 pm, guests must buy a ticket at the King Power Mahanakhon ticket center for THB 880 per person. After 7 pm, a THB 500 cover charge applies, which can be used as credit for menu items.
114 ชั้นที่ 78 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Rd, Silom
The Standard, Mahanakhon
Sunday Gay Night at Maggie Choo's is so much fun. Expect a stylish basement bar in an old "Shanghai" style, with Bangkok's best drag queens putting on an unforgettable show. Absolutely straight friendly ; )
Fenix Novotel 320, Silom
Novotel Silom Road
Sundays night from 21:00
A truely hidden gem close to Chinatown. A super cute café located above a flower shop. The cakes (decorated with flowers) are delicious and make sure you also check out the rooftop bar called Wallflower Upstairs.
31-33 ซ. นานา Pom Prap
Start your day with great breakfast and amazing coffee at Sarnies. Make sure you try the Ice Coconut Long Black or the Orange Mocha.
101, 103 Charoen Krung 44 Alley
After a long day around town, go for a (after 17:00) afternoon drink to Samsara. Don't get confused on the way to the entrance, it is a bit hidden. But the view and atmosphere directly at the river is amazing.
1612 Song Wat Rd (Hidden entrance)
THE MUSTANG BLU
HOTEL & RESTAURANT: The Mustang Blu is located close to China Town in the Old Centre of Bangkok. This neiborhood is becoming hipper every year.
721 Maitri Chit Rd
Old Town, Bangkok
TEENS OF THAILAND
COCKTAIL BAR: Despite its controversial name, patrons of all ages are drawn to this gin-focused establishment. As a regular on Asia's 50 Best Bars list, Teens of Thailand serves classic gin and tonics alongside creative gin-based concoctions. (Reserve in adanvce.)
76 ซ. นานา Khwaeng Pom Prap
Old Town, Bangkok
COCKTAIL BAR: Tep Bar immerses you in the local experience with its cocktail menu featuring Thai herbal liqueurs, rum, and whisky. ep Bar is a must-visit for a true Thai drinking experience.
69, 71 Yi Sip Song Karakadakhom 4 Alley
Old Town, Bangkok
AMAZING PIZZA: We know, when in Bangkok you want to eat local. But trust us, this might be the best pizza you ever had. Super fresh, with a fluffy, soft crust that sends you right to Napoli.
27/1 Sukhumvit 33 Alley
MS. MARIA & MR. SINGH
MEXICAN & INDIAN FUSION: A fun and funky dining experience with a fusion of flavors and spices. Chefs Hernán Crispín Villalva and Roshan Kumar put a twist on classic home-style dishes, blending the culinary traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico, and Jodhpur, India.
176 Bree St
City Centre, Cape Town
THINGS TO DO
Here are our favourite things to do in Bangkok off the beaten track.
VISIT THE ARTIST HOUSE
Add the Artist's House, also known as Baan Silapin and Klong Bang Luang, to your travel itinerary. This 200-year-old house located along the canal is a haven for creativity. Enjoy drinks, food, and a traditional Thai puppet show with locals and few tourists. Tucked away in Thonburi, Bangkok's old capital, the Artist's House can be found behind winding streets, indicated by a few signs along the way.
The closest BTS Skytrain Station to the Artist’s House is Bang Wa. From there, you can either walk about 20 minutes or get a motorbike taxi.
TALAD ROT FAI SRINAKARIN (TRAIN NIGHT MARKET)
Discover Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin, also known as Train Market, a vast open-air night market in Bangkok. Despite its distance from central Bangkok, it's a hidden gem worth exploring. Escape the city's hustle and bustle, indulge in shopping, and savor delicious food in this unique and vibrant market.
The best way to get to Srinakarin Night Market is by taking the BTS to On Nut BTS Station and taking a taxi from there.
THINGS TO KNOW
We never had any problems in Cape Town, but like any other city, it's important to take standard safety precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid displaying expensive jewelry or belongings, use reputable transportation, and be cautious in unfamiliar or poorly lit areas, especially at night.
We normally hire a car at the airport. But if driving on the left side is a bit too adventures for you, you can easily do most things in the city by Uber/ taxi. They are very affordable and the drivers are great. Many of the drivers are not local and come from other African countries. Especially Zimbabwe. If you make the effort to talk to them you will discover some amazing life storeis. Give it a try : )
Different to poor areas in other countries (i.e. Favelas in Brazil), townships did not originate from pure poverty but from the apartheid system. The population was divided into black, coloured and white and each group had to live by law in it's delegated area. So it did not matter if you were a richer or pooper black person, you had to live in the township.
Today everybody can live where they want, but some better off and well educated people who grew up in the townships might decided to stay there since they feel it is their neighborhood and the place where their friends & family are. This means that todays townships (while still with many more problems than the traditional white areas) are changing and hosting a well educated middle class.
We highly recommend to visit the townships. We promise it won't be "looking at poverty zoo tour". You will meet so many energetic, creative and lovely people that you will return inpired and filled with love. Uthando, which means love, is a non profit organization working in the townships of Cape Town, providing a unique view into communities through responsible tourism. The aim of Uthando first and foremost is to raise funds and provide additional assistance for community development projects in Cape Town. Find more here
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