The Jim Thompson House is the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson’s achievements during his 25 year stay in the Kingdom of Thailand have won him much fame as the “Legendary American of Thailand”.
How to get there : Located in the center of Bangkok, it is conveniently reached by car, taxi, Tuk tuk, or the Sky Train (National Stadium).
Thuesday - Saturday from 09.00 hrs. - 17.00 hrs.
The Erawan Shrine was originally built in 1956 as something of a last-ditch effort to end a string of misfortunes that occurred during the construction of a hotel, at that time known as the Erawan Hotel. After several incidents ranging from injured construction workers to the sinking of a ship carrying marble for the hotel, a Brahmin priest was consulted. Since the hotel was to be named after the elephant escort of Indra in Hindu mythology, the priest determined that Erawan required a passenger, and suggested it be that of Lord Brahma. A statue was built and, lo and behold, the misfortunes miraculously ended.
How to get there : BTS Chit Lom exit 8
Daily from 09.00 hrs. - 17.00 hrs.
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is a new mid-town facility for the contemporary arts. Programmes for art, music, theatre, film, design, and cultural/educational events take place in a friendly and recreational atmosphere - with cafe, restaurants,bookshops, and an art library being part of the facility. The BACC aims to create a meeting place for artists, to provide cultural programmes for the community giving importance to cultural continuity from past to contemporary. It aims to open new grounds for cultural dialogue, networking, and create new cultural resources from both the public and the private sectors. It is intended as a venue for cultural exchange in terms of content, curatorial and cultural management, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene.
How to get there : Located in Pathumwan Intersection, facing the MBK and Siam Discovery Centres. The BACC 3rd floor entrance is connected to the BTS, the National Stadium Station.
Daily from 06:00 hrs - 22:00 hrs.
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.
How to get there : Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station
Daily 17:00 hrs - midnight
Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees - this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.
How to get there : Skytrain to Mo Chit or MRT to Chatuchak
The Platinum Fashion Mall is Thailand largest Fashion Mall and One Stop Wholesale shopping. This Fashion Mall is designed in the national wholesale shopping concept. This Fashion mall supports many services for fashion traders, retailers and people such as inventory cargo, outbound and inbound transportations, car parks, elevators and others. These services help everyone in the Platinum Fashion Mall to more convenient for shopping and trading. How to get there : 10-minute walk from either Ratchathewi or Chidlom BTS to E1 Chit Lom Station. Take exit 3, go 250 m straight ahead to intersection of Ratchaprasong Rd. Cross pedrestrian bridge to right and walk Straight ahead 450 m. to Petchburi Rd. intersection. It’s on your left hand side.
“Gaysorn Shopping Centre” stands firmly a leading centre of international lifestyle brands and flagship stores to luxurious brands from around the world as well as stylish fashion and accessory of luxury Thai brands. For the past decade, Gaysorn has brought the best exclusive lifestyle shopping experience to its local and foreign clients. With the most discerning selection of world-class fashions to maximize customer experience as well as an outstanding service of skilled and practiced customer service personnel, Gaysorn is enhanced by its unrivalled service provided by a dedicated team of valets and concierges, there for the comfort of customers.
How to get there : BTS Chidlom
Siam Discovery is less about glitz and glam and more about sophistication. The collection of shops here caters to young urbanites and families. Standing among its glittering neighbors, it may not have that ‘wow’ effect but offers a good selection of designer fashion outlets and cutting-edge brands.
Expect popular local fashion designers and global brand names as well as European established names such as Guess? Kenneth Cole, Karen Millen, DKNY, Diesel and Pleats Please by Issey Miyake, Shiseido, Mac, Swarovski, iStudio, and many more. A number of home décor and hip interior design stores also have their showrooms here, among them Loft, Propaganda, Doi Tung Lifestyle, Nandakwang and Gilles Caffier.
How to get there : BTS Siam Station, Next to Siam Centre
“Siam Center offers visitors the opportunity to get an experience of cutting-edge technology. With every step you take in Siam Center, you are in the middle of future innovations. You will enjoy the experience of having a close interaction with all technological advances” Siam Center is also revolutionizing the shopping sector with the close collaboration forged with retailers and owners of premium brands in order to make all stores in the building consistent in character and respond to shoppers’ expectations in the same way.
How to get there : BTS Siam Station
If you are staying nearby Pratunam area and looking for breakfast after your comfy sleep in our hotel, why not head down to the food street at Ratchadamri Road, nearby Big C supermarket if you have already tried looking around Pratunam Morning Market and outside Central World shopping center.
The food street mainly caters for office workers who are off to work early as I observed most of the customers are mostly locals who are buying breakfast along the way to work. The food street stretched from the bridge at Ratchadamri Road down to the Big C Supermarket. You may also find some clothes vendors along the streets as well.
How to get there : Take the BTS to Chit Lom station, walk towards Ratchaprasong road and cross the street over to Central World. Walk all the way past Central World on your way to Pratunam, and it would be impossible to miss these Thai street food stalls (only begin at 5 pm).
This version of chicken and rice originated in Hainan, China, and spread while being perfected in places like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Since it’s such a common dish, just like khao moo daeng, making a good plate of khao man gai (ข้าวมันไก่) is about paying attention to the finest details.
How to get there : The restaurant is located in the Pratunam area of Bangkok, right across the street form Pratunam Center on Petchaburi Soi 30. It’s just a 5 minute walk from the mega Platinum Shopping Center.