They say don't be afraid to take the road less traveled. As your local friend, here are the hidden gems away from the glitzy malls and obvious attractions that we recommend you hit. Not enough? Ask one of our hosts for a more extensive list!
Siam Ocean World
Operation Hours: 10am – 9pm
We know Siam's probaby the first name that comes up during a discussion about where to go shopping in Bangkok. But, here's the catch! Tourists tend to spend their time in the glitzy shopping malls on only one side of the street. Little do they know that underneath the shadows of these buildings is Siam Square — the hub of quirky independent stores. Here, you'll find unique Thai brands that truly represent the style of this vibrant city! While you're there, don't forget to check out some of the cafés and restaurants. This may be the only time we tell you this, but line up with the locals!
Soi Phaya Nak
Operation Hours: 9am – 5pm
What better way to experience the culture than to dine like the locals? Soi Phayanak, the very alley the hotel is in, is lined with street food stalls that are truly hidden gems. Not sure which one to pick? Ask one of our hosts which is their favorite and try for yourself!
Bangkok Art and Culture Center
Operation Hours: 8am – 5 pm
Want to delve into Bangkok's art scene? There's no better place than Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC)! Only a few minutes walk away from our hotel, this modern building houses some of the widest range of art, design, music, theatre and film in the city. It features changing exihibits from not only local, but also renown international artists. If that's not enough to interest you, entry is free!
Ratchada Rot-Fai (Train)
Operation Hours: 6am – 12pm
Not sure where to spend your weekend evenings? Check out the artsy Ratchada Rot-Fai Night Market, which has now moved closer into the city. How convenient is that! Jam-packed with long avenues of antiques, second-hand toys and market-style clothes, you're in for a shopping spree. Don't forget to bargain because that's the best part. After that, end your night by dropping by the rows of food stalls and bars for some scumptious food and a cold beer. The market is open Thursdays to Sundays from 6pm to midnight.
PTT Green in the City (Pa Nai Krung)
Operation Hours: 4:30am – 9pm
Need a quick escape from the concrete jungle? Check out PTT Green in the City, conveniently located near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Spend half your day in this new conservation project by one of Bangkok's biggest oil companies. Built on the sustainable living concept, the project restored a dumping ground into a natural habitat and wetlands environment. There is an elevated skywalk, an observation tower, and even an energy-efficient, solar-powered exhibition. Trust us, you're bound to get an Instagram-worthy photo here!
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Bangkok
Operation Hours: 6am – 5pm
If you're an art enthusiast, then the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a can't-miss! The museum houses one of the most extensive contemporary art collections in the city, and is often praised for the refreshing exploration of themes, such as religion, corruption and pollution. It also showcases famous pieces of artworks by Thai artists, such as Chalermchai Kositpipat, designer of the famous all-white temple (Wat Rong Khun). So, how about a relaxing, but thought-provoking activity for a change?