CHATUCHAK
chatuchak.org/

FOON TA LOB
Section 26, Stall 319, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Th Phahonyothin

VIVA 8
Section 8, JJ Market
facebook.com/Viva8JJ
+66-2-618-7425

BRAVE THE WORLD’S LARGEST MARKET

  • Bargain for a range of curiosities
  • People watch, snack, and shop through 27 acres of wares

Put on your game face and get ready for market day. Chatuchak Weekend Market, or JJ to locals, has over 15,000 booths stretching over 27 acres. Pick up everything from ceramic dolls and comic books to antique teapots and live kittens. Bring a backpack or a canvas tote bags and head out first thing in the morning ahead of the heat. Stick to the outer rings—the best stuff can be found in the farther reaches. Drink plenty of water, or lemonade, particularly from the stand in front of Section 1, Soi 36— a refreshing offset to the spicy som tam green papaya salad at neighboring Foon Ta Lob. Make Viva 8 your home base—they make a mean iced latte and have stools set in the shade when you need a break. Hunt for antiques, spin through racks of clothes, or admire walls stacked high with china plates. Looking for a deal? Some stalls have signs indicating fixed price, but if not, start your bargaining at half of what’s on the label. On Sunday afternoons, look for the mini-party with drinks, tunes, and huge pan of paella in front of the market.
Take the SkyTrain to Mo Chit to see the city from above. On the return trip, use the Kamphaenpetch MRT underground station located in the park—it’s usually less crowded—and take it to Lumphini.

CHATUCHAK
chatuchak.org/

FOON TA LOB
Section 26, Stall 319, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Th Phahonyothin

VIVA 8
Section 8, JJ Market
facebook.com/Viva8JJ
+66-2-618-7425

THE COMMONS
335 Soi Thonglor 17
+66-8915-22677
thecommonsbkk.com/

SOUL FOOD MAHANKORN
56/10 Soi Thonglor
+6627147708
soulfoodmahanakorn.com/

SEENSPACE
251/1 Thong Lo 13 Alley
+66-21852728
seenspace.com/

UNCLE
72 Courtyard Thonglor, across from Soi 17
avunculus.com/

DO A NEIGHBORHOOD CRAWL

  • Sample food and drinks at a funky marketplace
  • Listen to live DJs spin
  • Sip a signature cocktail at a speakeasy

Bangkok traffic puts the brakes on hopping around town in one evening, so locals choose to focus on one neighborhood for a night out. Bar and restaurant-pocked Thonglor is an ideal corridor for that. Begin your crawl in the late afternoon at The Commons, an indoor and outdoor marketplace. Revive with a cup of fresh-roasted coffee at Roots or an Aperol spritz from Peppina. Live music floats through the courtyard and there’s a grassy play space for the kids. Snack on Sichuan dumplings from Xiao Chi or a Boston lobster roll from The Lobster Lab. Next, make your way to Soul Food Mahankorn for a dinner. The fried chicken and pickled watermelon and pad see ew coupled with a chili-tequila Bun Bang Fai cocktail is worthy of final-meal status. Then, waddle up the road to Seenspace and snag a courtyard table. Sip frosty beers, consider making room for fresh oysters and listen to DJs spin. Finally, pop across the way for a nightcap at U.N.C.L.E. (United Nations of Cocktail Lovers Everywhere), a speakeasy run by wildly creative Swedish mixologists. Request the signature B.B.B. and B—a mix of locally distilled Iron Balls gin, Benedictine Dom, Mancino Biano, and bitters.
It’s a 25-minute SkyTrain trip to Thonglor station, followed by a short a taxi ride or walk up the road.

THE COMMONS
335 Soi Thonglor 17
+66-8915-22677
thecommonsbkk.com/

SOUL FOOD MAHANKORN
56/10 Soi Thonglor
+6627147708
soulfoodmahanakorn.com/

SEENSPACE
251/1 Thong Lo 13 Alley
+66-21852728
seenspace.com/

UNCLE
72 Courtyard Thonglor, across from Soi 17
avunculus.com/

THE GRAND PALACE
Na Phra Lan Rd.
+66-2623-5500
palaces.thai.net/day/index_gp.htm
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission 500 baht, open daily

WAT PO
2 Sanamchai Rd
+66-2226-0335
watpho.com/intro.php
Admission 100 baht, open daily 8:00 am to 6:30

WAT ARUN
158 Wang Doem Rd.
watarun.net/
Admission 30 baht, open daily 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

SMILING ALBINO
+66-2718-9560
smilingalbino.com/
Bangkok Multi Transport Tour from $125 per person

PAY YOUR RESPECTS TO THE TEMPLE TRIFECTA

  • Take in two stunning temples
  • Roam around a gilded palace at sunset
  • Do a DIY tour or hire a guide

Even if you skip all other guidebook-touted stops, do hit this trifecta: Grand Palace, Wat Po, and Wat Arun. Most visitors trek out in the morning, but we say wait out the crowds and set out after lunch. Getting to these revered places is half the fun. Start your adventure on a ferry ride (basically an amphibious bus) across the Chao Phraya River to the gilded Grand Palace. Hoof it back to the pier and chug across to Wat Arun. Scale this giant sandcastle when the sun dips below the horizon (no matter that the name means “temple of dawn”) and is bathed in a golden haze. Next, cross back to Wat Po where the enormous reclining Buddha will have far fewer admirers to compete with at day’s end (bonus: the sunset-splashed grounds). Refresh with a couple of coconuts for the tuk tuk ride back. Not up for adventures in navigating? Hire an insider guide. Smiling Albino will pluck you from the Conrad and bring you to these three temples, complete with chilled towels. Dress code: temple etiquette requires that knees and shoulders be covered (if you forget, you can rent sarongs from each venue.)
If going it on your own, take the SkyTrain to Saphin Taksin, then board a water ferry on the Chao Phraya upriver to stop N8. You can reverse this trip on the way home, or chill out in a cross-town tuk tuk ride. Just set the price with the driver in advance—it should be no more than 400 baht to get back to the hotel.

THE GRAND PALACE
Na Phra Lan Rd.
+66-2623-5500
palaces.thai.net/day/index_gp.htm
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission 500 baht, open daily

WAT PO
2 Sanamchai Rd
+66-2226-0335
watpho.com/intro.php
Admission 100 baht, open daily 8 a.m. to 6:30

WAT ARUN
158 Wang Doem Rd.
watarun.net/
Admission 30 baht, open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

SMILING ALBINO
+66-2718-9560
smilingalbino.com/
Bangkok Multi Transport Tour from $125 per person