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Malaysia Hotel

Hotels

An old GI R&R joint, this block became Bangkok's first backpacker hotel in the 1970s. Today, many guests return time and again, including many gays, due to...

54 Soi Ngam Duphli

Mandarin Oriental

Hotels

One of the world's grandest hotels, this river landmark started life as a lodge for European traders, which burnt down in 1865. Two Danish naval captains,...

48 Charoen Krung Soi 38
Major venue

Metropolitan

Critics' choice
Hotels

Owner Christina Ong forged a sleek, oriental look from the former YMCA, birthing a sister hotel to London's pioneering minimalist icon. Staff in Yohji...

27 Thanon Sathorn Tai

Mezzaluna

Restaurants & cafés

Mezzaluna, a half-moon-shaped fine-dining Italian restaurant with string quartet, shares the Dome with Sirocco & Sky Bar.

LeBua at State Tower, 1055 Thanon Silom
Major venue

Millennium Hilton Bangkok

Hotels

A ferry ride from River City opposite, this white landmark contains striking interior halls, while all rooms have river views, open-plan bathrooms and Thai...

123 Thanon Charoen Nakorn

Molly Malone's

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Yet another name change for this brass and mahogany pub. It acts as a social embassy for expats, with Irish stew and ales aplenty on tap (including...

1/5-6 Sivadol Building

MR Kukrit Pramoj's Heritage Home

Attractions

These five Central Plains stilt houses were the seat of the late aristocrat Mom Ratchawong Kukrit Pramoj. A cultu-ral colossus, he is best known for his...

19 Soi Phra Phinij
Major venue

Neilson Hays Library

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Restaurants & cafés

This beautiful colonial-ish building from 1922 offers the best English reading in town, plus art shows in the Rotunda. The British Club next door runs its café.

195 Thanon Surawong

Nicolie Asian Massage Centre

Critics' choice
Shops

Resembling an antiques gallery on several floors, Nicolie carefully conducts Thai, shiatsu, Chinese tui na, Balinese and Ayurvedic massages.

Sun Square

OP Garden

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés, Shops

A charming old wooden hospital converted into a select lifestyle precinct. Buying ops include chic kitsch by Reflections and Himalayan-focused arts,...

Thanon Charoen Krung at Soi 36
Major venue

Patpong

Attractions

The late Thai-Chinese millionaire Udom Patpongpanit turned banana groves into a playground for locals, expats and aircrews. Patpong went a-go-go in the late...

Patpong Sois 1 & 2
Major venue

Patpong & Silom Night Bazaar

Shops

Aside from the string of lurid go-go bars, Patpong Soi 1 also bombards shoppers - who mostly consist of couples, groups and families - with stalls flogging...

Thanon Silom between & Patpong Soi 1
Major venue

Peninsula

Hotels

This stylish tower in many ways outdoes the Oriental opposite, even in meticulous service. The large, well-equipped rooms exude sophistication, with...

333 Thanon Charoen Nakorn
Major venue

River City

Shops

A specialist mall with antiquities of museum standard. The auction lots get displayed in the week before gavel time. The Riverside Auction House of River...

River City Complex, 23 Thanon Yotha
Major venue

Roadhouse BBQ

Restaurants & cafés

Roadhouse BBQ is a monster three-storey pub with a distinctly American character, barbecue food and smokery. Check out the excellent buffalo wings from the...

942/1-4 Thanon Rama IV