Set in the pulsating heart of Bangkok and surrounded by spicy street markets, vibrant nightlife, and top shops and restaurants, the capital of Thailand radiates with energy. Bangkok has much more to offer than just the busy streets – take a visit to Bangkok Old Town where you can find authentic Thai food, local vintage Thai fashion and architectural designs that take us back in time. W Bangkok Insider shows off the best of the best in the city, from nights out to lux meals to exploring unique boutiques.
320 Maha rat Rd., Tatian Pier (Opposite Wat Po)
If you are a sneaker lover, I’m sure that you will fall in love with HORSELEGMARKING, the cultural free print shoe maker inspired by E-Tann, a local Thai farmer truck. Every pair is customizable, with their own identity and names like the “Triangle Hwak in semi boote sneaker.”
69-71 Soi Rammitri, Mitrijit Rd. (Old Town)
Located on the crumbling streets of the up-and-coming Charoenkrung area you’ll find potent cocktails, a good line of home-infused ya dong (Thai herbal whiskey) and a kitchen specializing in Thai tapas. Come nightfall, enjoy your meal while Thai musicians take the stage to play traditional music from the Central region.
WAT ARUN - TEMPLE OF DAWN
158 Wang Doem Rd, Talat Noi, Bangkok Yai
The statuesque pagoda of Wat Arun, or The Temple of Dawn, on the bank of Chao Phraya has been one of the most memorable features of Bangkok’s skyline for ages. Wat Arun is famous for its statuesque grand pagoda, or “Prang” in Thai. Climb to the top of the temple, take in the view, and experience calmness and tranquility.
ERR URBAN RUSTIC THAI
394/35 Maharaj Road, Tatien Pier
Err maintains a close relationship with local farmers and artisans within Thailand and is the best place to see what the country has to offer. The restaurant menu focuses on in-house preserved food naturally made from quality Thai ingredients that utilizes several Asian influences. All the menu is curated by Bo & Dylan of “Bo.lan”.
MAKE ME MANGO
67 Maha Rat Rd, near Wat Po
A cute, yellow-themed cafe near Tatien pier is all about—you guessed it—mangos! Step inside the two-story, single-unit shop and choose your favorite corner or lie down on one of their net beds. You won’t believe how they manage to make use of the space, giving enough room to let loose and enjoy the fresh fruit.