Your ultimate guide to Bangkok

Discover the best events, attractions, restaurants, bars, clubs and more in the city

The best small design hotels in Bangkok
Hotels

The best small design hotels in Bangkok

You’ve just realized it’s a long weekend? You forgot to book a plane ticket to get away elsewhere? Dealing with road traffic to Pattaya or Hua Hin is not an option. And you don’t want to miss the fun of Songkran parties in Bangkok? Not only you but us, too. But it will be too boring staying home – why don’t packing your back for a staycation at one of the city new – or swankiest – hotels and have experiences like world tourists to know why Bangkok hotels are some of the best in the world. 

The best new Thai restaurants in Bangkok
Restaurants

The best new Thai restaurants in Bangkok

One might has an old family's recipes while other brings street food to a limelight, we gather you the best new restaurants around Bangkok to satisfy your Thai food craving. Go see and taste for yourself, and you won't regret.

10 rare Thai desserts you must try in Bangkok
Restaurants

10 rare Thai desserts you must try in Bangkok

Restaurants, markets and shops where you can eat rare Thai desserts in Bangkok.

The 8 best new beer bars in Bangkok
Bars

The 8 best new beer bars in Bangkok

Beer bars have been popping up all over Bangkok, especially in the past five years. And because we believe that happy hour should start with heavenly hops, we’ve scoped out the places that serve the best malted tipples in the city.

The 3 best new rooftop bars in Bangkok
Bars

The 3 best new rooftop bars in Bangkok

The best new rooftop bars in Bangkok.

Latest restaurants and cafés review

Gaa
Restaurants

Gaa

Gaggan’s former sous chef leads the kitchen of 2017’s hottest new opening

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Le Cochon Blanc
Restaurants

Le Cochon Blanc

The former location of Ba Gaa Din is now transformed into an American-meets-French smokehouse

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Arroz
Restaurants

Arroz

A new Sukhumvit restaurant, powered by the former head chef of Thyme Eatery & Bar, shines the spotlight on Spanish rice dishes

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Bombyx
Restaurants

Bombyx

The latest dining outpost of silk conglomerate Jim Thompson takes a modern and artsy approach

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Bangkok Bold Kitchen
Restaurants

Bangkok Bold Kitchen

Old town’s Bangkok Bold Cooking Studio opens an offshoot eatery in a shopping mall

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Latest bars review

Pijiu
Bars

Pijiu

Charoenkrung’s Soi Nana welcomes a new craft beer bar that takes on a Chinese retro theme (yeah, another one)

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Ba Hao
Bars

Ba Hao

A Chinese-themed bar that’s worth a return to Soi Nana

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Taproom x Ari
Bars

Taproom x Ari

Here comes the second beer bar from Taproom peeps

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Ku Bar
Bars

Ku Bar

For first-timers, the experience of discovering this hidden gem in the Old Town can be quite spine-tingling. In a small alley by Brown Sugar jazz bar is an abandoned-looking building that sits behind a spirit house (it’s an ideal setting for a Thai horror film). A heavy gate leads to a spooky stairway that climbs up to a third floor. Slide open the wood-paneled door and the chilling journey immediately ends. The room beyond is as relaxing and as welcoming as it gets.  Ku is the brainchild of Anupas “Kong” Premanuwat (an alum of famous NYC speakeasy Angel’s Share and a pupil of the barmaster Shingo Gokan) and Elaine Sun, a former barista and a wine enthusiast. This hidden den strikes a charming balance between comfort and mystery. The bar is topped with a clean white marble surface and is decorated with only a few bottles on display.  Dim lighting emitting from the corners complement the eerie glow cast by a light installation.  The concoctions are simply named after local ingredients, some of which are found at the nearby old markets. Kunchai/Melon (B350) manifests an interplay between savory, tart and sweet notes with a mix of tequila, juice from Chinese celery and honeydew, Tabasco sauce and absinthe spray. The classic Adonis cocktail is given an elegant touch and transformed into Rose (Fino sherry, rose-infused vermouth and rose water, B360). A decadent chocolate drink is upgraded into a libation with the combination of banana-infused liquor, Fernet Branca, sweet vermout

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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New movie releases

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Luke Skywalker should count himself lucky – his dad only wanted to rule the universe. When Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) finally catches up with his old man, Ego (Kurt Russell), in this sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s up to a whole lot worse. In cinemas 26 April

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Personal Shopper
Movies

Personal Shopper

An haute-couture clothes buyer and general gofer to an insufferable A-list celebrity (shades of Sils Maria, though Assayas is on a very different thematic path), practicing medium Maureen is haunted, in all senses, by the recent death of her twin brother. In cinemas 27 April

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Pride
Movies

Pride

Pride recalls how a small group of gay activists took a trip from London to rural South Wales in 1984 to lend their support to a beleaguered village during the miners’ strike. Their reasoning was that the miners were going through a struggle not so different to their own. In cinema 30 April at Bangkok Screening Room only

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Shack
Movies

The Shack

Adapted from William P. Young’s 2007 bestseller, this 132-minute-long piece of moral exploitation follows Mack Phillips (Avatar’s Sam Worthington, objectionably serious in an especially gruff voice), an outdoorsy, church-going Midwesterner. He’s happily married to the wholesome Nan (Radha Mitchell) with three beautiful kids. But after a tragedy claims the life of his youngest daughter, Mack falls into depression and a deep crisis of faith, until a mysterious note appears in his mailbox, inviting him to the shack linked to his child’s murder.

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars

The latest Time Out interviews

Q&A with Image
Music

Q&A with Image

A music sensation, Suthita “Image” Chanachaisuwan, has released her latest single “Not a Goodbye,” an English song she wrote and composed herself.

Q&A with Ludi Lin
Movies

Q&A with Ludi Lin

The Chinese-Canadian newcomer steps into the role of Zack Taylor, aka Black Ranger, in the remake of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. 

Buakaw punching through silver screen
Movies

Buakaw punching through silver screen

Buakaw Banchamek steps out of the boxing ring and, once again, lands his foot on the big screen

Q&A with Flure
Music

Q&A with Flure

The Thai pop band’s official reunion after nine years is making fans weep for joy

Where to stay in Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Bangkok’s longest-running hotel isn’t praised for being one of the best hotels in the world for nothing. 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Peninsula Bangkok
Hotels

The Peninsula Bangkok

Perhaps the most luxurious hotel on the other side of the river

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Hotels

The Okura Prestige Bangkok

The Okura Prestige Bangkok has set a new standard for luxury hotels

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
W Bangkok
Hotels

W Bangkok

W Bangkok integrates twisted Thai culture with quirky Western motifs

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars