A Day in Bangkok: The Insider’s Guide
When it comes to travel, it’s nice to have an insider’s perspective. Here at Blueprint, presented by CBRE, we are fortunate to have an expansive network of local colleagues around the globe who are not only real estate experts, but also local tastemakers. We have asked them to give an insider perspective to some of the best, most iconic cities across the globe. This week we explore Bangkok, Thailand.
Nicknames: The City of Angels, the Big Mango, Venice of The East
Population: 12 million
What is your favorite public space? Why?
Sanam Luang. This open field in Bangkok’s Old Town area is surrounded by historic landmarks, including the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic). In summer, kite enthusiasts visit the field to fly their kites in the wind.
Where can you find the best view of the city?
Sala Rattanakosin. Visit the rooftop bar for breathtaking views of Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and the Chao Phraya River. For spectacular views of Bangkok’s magnificent skyline, visit Sky Bar at Sirocco. In 2014, the New York Times called it “the most stunning rooftop bar you’ll ever see.”
You are going for a bike ride. Where do you go?
Sky Lane, a 23.5-km track around Bangkok’s main international airport, about half an hour’s drive from the city center. This recently upgraded bike lane is a popular spot for amateur to pro cyclists.
What is the best place to discover local music?
For local music, check out Tawandang German Brewery, Saxophone Pub or Funky Villa. For a trendier vibe, visit Maggie Choo’s or Iron Fairies.
What is the “don’t judge a book by its cover” restaurant?
Daniel Thaiger’s burger truck. This local favorite is parked every day in Sukhumvit 23 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to try the Cowboy Burger.
Favorite place to watch a game?
Rajadamnern Stadium. This national boxing stadium, located on Rajadamnoen Nok Road, has been around since 1945, and still hosts boxing matches every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Best public transportation experience?
Tuk-tuks. Experience Bangkok travel at its most authentic in one of these three-wheeled taxis. Also, be sure to check out the Chao Phraya River Express Boat for stunning views of the old temples, palaces and communities located along the riverbank.
Favorite place to unwind?
Lumphini Park. Bangkok’s largest public park, located in the middle of the city’s central business district, provides a touch of tranquility in an otherwise hectic city and is the perfect place for an evening run or a weekend picnic by the lake.
Favorite place to be inspired?
Pak Klong Talad (Bangkok Flower Market), the largest flower market in Bangkok. Located in Bangkok’s Old Town, the market is on Chakphet Road near Saphan Phut (the Memorial Bridge), and within walking distance of Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha).
Best place to be alone?
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). This contemporary art centre in Bangkok is easy to access to by the city’s skytrain. Beneath its many art exhibitions lies a basement library—the perfect quiet place to read or study, located right in the heart of the city.
Best place to feel like you’re not in the city?
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Completed in 1915, this former reception hall, located within the grounds of Dusit Palace, now serves as a museum open to the public.
Best insider place to take the kids?
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World. This aquarium, located on the basement level of the Siam Paragon shopping complex, proves to be a fun and fascinating destination for kids of all ages.
Best independent shopping venues?
Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the world’s largest flea markets. Covering 27 acres, with over 15,000 booths selling goods from every region of Thailand, you can find almost anything here. From antique wood carvings to handicrafts and local souvenirs, the sky’s the limit.
Best hidden gem museum?
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). This stunning five-story museum houses one of the most impressive collections of modern paintings and sculptures in Thailand.
Best place to get a local specialty?
Eathai. Located on the lower ground level of the Central Embassy shopping mall, Eathai serves up various styles of Thai cuisine. Stop by for local delicacies and popular street food dishes.
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