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Jim Thompson Thai Silk


The Thai silk pioneer has ventured beyond pillowcases, scarves and clubby neckties into high fashion, palatial interior design and experimental silk art...

9 Thanon Surawong
Major venue

JJ Park & Club Café

Bars & pubs

A show gay bar with loyal customers, JJ is warm and chatty, with nightly singers (real and lip-sync) and comics. Upstairs it connects via nooks to Club...

8/3 Silom Soi 2

Kai Thord Soi Polo

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

There's fried chicken and there's fried chicken from Soi Polo. Its oily, crispy, aromatic, fleshy balance has won devotees. Owner J-Kee, though a...

137/1-2 Soi Polo

Kathmandu Photo Gallery

Critics' choice
Art, Shops

Photographer Manit Srivanichpoom and artist-filmmaker Ing K exhibit artful lenswork upstairs in this retro, mint-green shophouse facing the Hindu temple....

87 Thanon Pan

Khrua Aroi Aroi

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés, Shops

Khanom jeen is a quick-fix fave of curries spooned over rice noodles and eaten with cooling, crunchy herbs and vegetables. This two-level shop (it means...

Thanon Pan

King Taksin the Great Statue


Cast in 1951 by Silpa Bhirasri, this equestrian statue (a lucky 9m tall by 9m long) marks Thonburi's founder, who re-united Siam after the sack of Ayutthaya...

Wong Wien Yai roundabout

La Résidence


This small modern hotel is out of earshot but within reach of Patpong and has many repeat visitors. Each room has a theme, with colour schemes, wallpaper...

173/8-9 Thanon Surawong

Le Bouchon

Restaurants & cafés

Le Bouchon is perhaps BKK's most authentic French bistro, and the top regular dining spot for local Gauls. The very small bar buzzes with joie de vivre as...

37/17 Patpong Soi 2

Le Lys

Restaurants & cafés

The French-Thai owners lure the young and the old alike with Gallic sensibilities and oh-so-Thai dishes: pickled bamboo shoot soup, red curry with duck and...

148/11 Nang Linchi Soi 6

Le Meridien Bangkok

Critics' choice

Opening opposite Patpong is a risk for a five-star, but it may instead rebrand grubby Surawong. The frisson suits the arty aims of a hotel 'curated' by...

40/5 Thanon Surawong


Critics' choiceBudget

This friendly industrial-chic hostel was named one of the 17 coolest in the world by The Observer. Electronic cards grant access to four floors, two...

4 Decho Road

Lumphini Park

Critics' choice

Named after Buddha's birthplace in Nepal, the capital's best green enclave was donated in 1925 by King Rama VI, whose statue dominates the gate opposite...

192 Thanon Rama IV
FreeMajor venue

Lumphini Stadium

Sport, health & fitness

Likely to be relocated, this legendary arena has equipment shops, Spartan ringside seats and flurries of betting in the stands. Bouts of ancient-style muay...

Thanon Rama IV
Major venue



Tucked away off busy Silom, this slim five-floor boutique hotel keeps things Zen, with refreshing scents, wooden floors, reclining Japanese bathtubs, pool...

6/11 Thanon Decho

Maha Uma Devi

Critics' choice

Founded in the 1860s by resident Tamils, this teeming Hindu temple is dubbed Wat Khaek ('guest temple'). Thais and Chinese, too, make offerings to Uma Devi...

2 Thanon Pan
FreeMajor venue
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