Bangkok: On The Ground

Insider Tour Bangkok: On The Ground

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 Watcharee (KJ) Tangjidsoopakarn shows off the best of the best in the city, from nights out to lux meals to exploring unique boutiques.

MOVE/GROOVE

Legend Thai Boxing

66 North-Sathorn, Soi 6, Silom Bangrak

 

Kick it up a notch with Muay Thai kickboxing classes to keep your mind and body fit and flexible while traveling.

 

 

Sing Sing Theater
Sukhumvit 45

 

SING SING is a theatrical performing entertainment venue oozing Chinese luxury with a modern twist. Entering SING SING visitors will be captured by a mysterious and sensual atmosphere where the architecture and interior design mimics an ancient Chinese courtyard theater. Go here to see the best performances in the city!

SHOP

HORSELEGMARKING
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.”

 

 

Train Night Market Ratchada

Behind Esplanade Cineplex, Ratchadapisek Road

 

The great part of this Market is that they have taken old freight train and shipping containers and converted them into an array of bars, shops and restaurants. The Market includes a great mix of food, vintage shopping, beauty products, haircuts, hats, t-shirts, toys, and many, many other items. There are even bars made out of VW Buses!

 

 

31 Thanwa

W Bangkok

 

Located within W Bangkok,  this is your destination for well-crafted (and fashionable) leather goods. Designer Boonyanuch Vittayasamrit hails from a family of notable artisans, and 31 Thanwa is her passion project. Inside her boutique you’ll find handbags with thoughtful and eye-catching details – such as satchels featuring motorcycle jacket styling.

SEE

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.

SIP

Tep Bar
69-71 Soi Rammitri, Mitrijit Rd. Soi Nana (Old Town)

 

Located on the crumbling streets of the up-and-coming Charoenkrung area you’ll find potent cocktails mixed with Thai fruits, herbs and spices. There’s also a good line of home-infused ya dong (Thai herbal whiskey) as well as a kitchen specializing in Thai tapas (as well as a few classics like pad Thai). Come nightfall, enjoy your meal while Thai musicians take the stage to play traditional music from the Central region.

 

 

J. Boroski – Mixology

off Soi Sukhumvit 55

 

The secret’s out. Almost. We won’t tell you exactly where Bangkok’s exclusive speakeasy is located, but we’ll point you in the right direction. A mixology school by day and a secret mixology Mecca by night, the exceptional cocktails will taste even better knowing you had to work to find them.

 

 

Above Eleven
Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11, 33rd Floor

 

A rooftop bar designed to look like New York’s Central Park. Lush grass walls, stunning skyline views, and abstract “trees” bring a menu of tapas and refreshing cocktails to life. Try the signature rohito, a take on a mojitio inspired by owner Rohit Sachdev.

EAT

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Baan Pad Thai
Charoenkrung 44, North Sathorn

 

Baan Pad Thai (or house of Pad Thai) is the brand new small yet charming restaurant by Fred Meyer, the guy behind Issaya, Namsaah and Kombawa. It’s now opened for you to enjoy one of Thailand’s national signature dishes ‘Pad Thai’.

 

 

Namsaah Bottling Trust

401 Silom Soi 7, Silom Road, Bangrak

 

The collective brainchild of Chef Ian Kittichai, music impresario Frederic Meyer, diplomat Jeremy Opritesco, and nightlife guru Justin Dunne, Namsaah is the culmination of their respective talents to create a bespoke bar and restaurant experience in the heart of Bangkok. Housed in an early 20th century grand villa, the focus is on classic and whimsical cocktails as well as Asian bar food and larger shared dishes.