10 Hidden Gems in Bangkok
10 Places we like that should be better known
Bangkok is full of landmarks, famous places everyone wants to see and all kind of classic tourist attractions. Of course there is logic to this: all must-see attractions are popular for good reason so yes, you should see them at least once, if only to tick them off the list.
But travel writers like us, living in a town so full of contrasts and surprises tend to explore deeper layers. Developing little affinities for lesser known places, where the pleasure of discovery is proportional to the difficulty of finding them. Often we uncover or rediscover little treasures, revisit places we underestimated or places that deserve to be better known and shared. Here are ten of our favourites. Don't expect to find any massive landmarks here, but if you think you have seen everything in Bangkok these might be for you.
Located along a canal on the Thonburi side of Bangkok, the Artist's House is difficult to find and just finding it has a little taste of success. A couple centuries ago, this kind of old Thai wooden house was very typical along the klongs but today these are becoming rare, inexorably replaced by concrete buildings. Not only has this one been beautifully restored, it also has some unusual features that always catch the eyes of tourists passing by on speeding boats: Several human-sized statues painted in white, red or black sitting by the water, endlessly staring at life passing by. Read More...0
I found one of the best hidden restaurants of Bangkok purely by chance as I was exploring the surroundings of the Thewet area, north of the Grand Palace. Steve Cafe & Cuisine is tucked away on the riverside, far from busy streets, with no easy access and with no big signage. It's almost as if you have to be worthy to find it. Of course it's not an unknown restaurant, since it opened in 2012 word of mouth spread the good news that Steve Cafe has got everything just right, guaranteeing its sucess. Read More...0
Stepping into the Bookshop Bar on Sukhumvit 38 is like entering Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland. It's not just about (great) cocktails and food, this is easily one of the most incredible bars in town, with an exuberant decor courtesy of designer Ashley Sutton, who also created the popular Iron Fairies and Mr Jones’ Orphanage Cake Shop. Read More...0
The show at Playhouse differs from other ladyboys cabarets in that the emphasis is on expertly choreographed dance routines, showmanship rather than any kind of erotic dancing. There are over ten separate acts during the 1 hour 15 minute performance during which time the audience will be treated to renditions of Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and some parts from Broadway such as 42nd street and Chicago musicals. Read More...0
Bang Nam Pheung is only few kilometres east side of Bangkok but it is not easy to find or to reach without your own transortation. Because of this it has remained relatively low-key and the proximity to Bangkok makes it a great way to step away from the hectic town and step right into village life. Read More...0
If you’ve always wanted to try some of the great street food Bangkok has to offer but have been too afraid to ask, or even venture in to some of the local restaurants, then the Bangkok Food Tour is a great initiation. Taking you on a walking tour of the Bang Rak area near Sapphan Taksin BTS, you will discover plenty of great restaurants, stalls and really get a feel of the area and its food history – all accompanied by a friendly English-speaking guide who is willing to answer any questions and who will add a personal twist to the tour. Read More...0
Bangkok’s Chinatown is a lot of things, but relaxing it is not. A day spent exploring the endless alleyways of traders and vendors is culturally stimulating but physically exhausting. That is why Double Dogs Tea Room proves such a welcome harbour from the frenetic pace of life outside. This air-conditioned shophouse on Yaowarat – the high street of Chinatown – serves a range of premium teas and Chinese cakes with all the pride and ceremony of a traditional tea room, and yet it is a casual hangout for weary visitors and more than the odd local too. Read More...0
A must for any lover of art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok (MOCA) houses the most comprehensive collection of modern painting and sculpture in Thailand inside a striking, purpose built gallery. The five storeys of MOCA contain over 800 pieces of art collected by communications magnate Boonchai Bencharongkul and showcase the development of Thai fine art since the introduction of modern western concepts. The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday), and costs 180 baht for the general public. Read More...0
One of Bangkok's least-known rooftops is actually a great one, offering some of the best panoramas in town of the Chao Phraya River. Located on the fifth floor of the well-known Rivercity shopping complex, the rooftop is both a large Thai barbecue restaurant and the cozy venue of the 'Balco Bar. Not only the views are amazing, but the Thai barbecue itself is a fun and unusual experience for travellers wanting to discover a favourite Thai weekend dinner spot! Read More...0
Fantasia Lagoon is a relatively large and attractive water park built on the roof of The Mall Bangkae, which is very near Bangkok compared to the famous Dream World or Siam Park. Despite being opened for many years, the park is surprisingly unknown to tourists and only Thai locals come and play here. Fantasia Lagoon got refurbished very recently and is a fun place for kids and young adults to spend a day with huge pools and decent size sliders, and in addition you have the entire mall to play with including a very attractive games and entertainment zone located right below the water park. And it only costs 100 baht! Read More...