While we're still telling you about the coolest exhibitions (those that remain open), the local restaurants you should visit, and things to do around the city, we're more than happy to also suggest ideas on what you can do when you’re stuck inside or working from home.
These include awesome tools that help make working remotely a lot easier, plus lists of the best food outlets that do deliveries, irresistible shopping sites, Netflix movies and series to binge on, and workout routines to keep yourself fit and healthy.
The best things to do at home
Food takeout and delivery options in Bangkok
Restaurants are one of the hardest-hit businesses during this global novel coronavirus pandemic. Empty dining rooms are not an unusual sight as people are preferring to stay in rather than eat out. Many restaurants have started offering delivery services to make sure their kitchen staff and service crew are financially supported during the crisis.
The best virtual museum tours
The world’s most famous museums have closed their doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Several, however, are offering virtual tours that allow you to feast on iconic pieces of art from your own living room—all for free. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available online. Here’s a list of museums worth paying a virtual visit.
The best motivational podcasts to listen to right now
The whole city is on pause and residents are asked to stay in for a few weeks. Instead of absorbing fake news and listlessly scrolling through your social media feed, why not take this time to enrich your mind with a bit of much-needed inspiration. We’ve listed some of the best motivational podcasts to keep your mind entertained and productive while isolating at home.
The best indoor plants and where to get them
Since you’re spending so much time indoors while the whole nation is on lockdown, why not take this as a good time to improve your home environment with some houseplants. Apart from adding pops of color to your living space, plants also help create a more eye-friendly and relaxing environment. They also help purify indoor air by clearing it off irritants, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Here’s a rundown of some of the best indoor plants as well as the plant shops that can deliver straight to your doorstep.
Online workouts from the best fitness studios in Bangkok
Gyms and fitness studios in the city have had to close their doors temporarily to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But don’t think you’re getting off the hook that easy. Many of them are offering live streaming sessions of workouts—for free, which means you have no excuse for coming out of self-isolation a few kilos heavier. Here are some of the ones we like best.
Comedy specials on Netflix you need to see
The whole world is dealing with anxiety and stress, as well as the physical complications of home quarantine. Even in these trying pandemic-tinged times, we find that laughter can still be the best medicine. At the very least, it can make things more bearable. Here are stand-up shows on Netflix that, for at least an afternoon, will allow you to indulge in some comic relief.
How to shop for lifestyle goods during Bangkok mall shutdown
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration raised the preventive measure to curb the deadly novel coronavirus by shutting shopping malls and retailers across Bangkok at least until mid-April. But that does not mean your shopping routine must come to a halt. Major shopping malls are now turning to online channels to provide loyal customers with their necessities. (That means you don’t have to tolerate dry skin when you run out of your favorite moisturizer or tolerate torn running shoes when they accidentally are torn apart during the shut down). Here are some ways you can pursue your shopping without ever leaving your couch.
The best Thai movies and series on Netflix now
Had your fill of K-dramas and American series? Let’s take a look at what local entertainment has to offer. The Stranded Mysterious events challenge a group of boarding school boys and girls when they are isolated on an island after a tsunami. Despite riding on a poorly-written screenplay, Netflix’s very first Thai original series is palatable mainly for its winning cinematography. Dew Directed by Chookiat Sakveerakul (Love of Siam), this touching film narrates the story of two young boys who fall in love in a time and place where homosexuality is not widely accepted. Tootsies & The Fake A spinoff from the popular series of the same name, this comedy centers around four LGBT friends, and the events that challenge their wits, relationships and friendships. Pee Mak The highest-grossing Thai movie of all-time, Pee Mak is director Banjong Pisanthanakun’s reimagination of a famed Thai folk tale. Entertaining and sentimental at the same time, it stars Mario Maurer and Davika Hoorne. Bad Genius Nattawut Poonpiriya explores Thailand’s competitive education system through the experiences of four schoolmates. Starring model Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying and heartthrobs Chanon Santinatornkul and Teeradon Supapupinyo, the movie has gone on to become one of the most internationally recognized Thai films in recent history. Love of Siam This Chookiat Sakveerakul film earned widespread praise for initiating the conversation
The best cooking apps and channels
We’ve suggested things you can do to fill up these long and seemingly endless days of home quarantine, from binge-watching Korean series to listening to motivational podcasts. But nothing could possibly be more comforting—for body, mind and soul—in these trying times than making a meal right in your own kitchen. So here are the best cooking apps and YouTube channels to help you step up your cooking game while in quarantine. Whether you’re a carnivore, vegan or on a special diet, we’ve got you covered.