Singaporeans are visiting Bangkok in hordes once again and we’re not surprised why.
Besides being one of the more affordable travel options for us, there are also many fun activities you can complete within a few days.
If you always visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragon whenever you visit, and are looking for more interesting places to go to, here are a list of hidden gems to consider.
Bangkok food places you probably haven’t visited
You probably already have 1-Michelin-starred street hawker Raan Jay Fai and popular dessert cafe After You in your list. But if you’re looking at great food places that your friends and you haven’t visited, here are the ones to consider.
Trust Cafe and Studio
Trust Cafe and Studio gives off a Korean vibe – you probably would forget you’re in Bangkok.
Get your camera ready right as you enter the cafe, because there is a playground and basketball court that is very Instagram-worthy.
While you have to pay an entrance fee of ฿50 (~S$1.96), you’ll also be given a ฿50 discount voucher per order. This is the cafe’s way of ensuring there’s a minimum spend of ฿50 if you want to visit them.
In line with their Korean-inspired design, they also serve Korean cuisine. Highlights, according to reviewers, include the corn dog (฿9, ~S$3.75) and English Cookie Latte (฿150, ~S$6.25).
Address: 23 1 Chamnan Akson Alley, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon to Sun)
Reservations: Call +66 93 377 4265
Flat Marble Cafe
This may be a small restaurant with just eight to nine seats in it, it has an Instagram-worthy design that makes it worth a visit if you want great photos for your feed.
Food is pretty good too. Try its Mizayaki Butter Beef (฿1790, ~S$70.28), which features high quality beef that melts in your mouth. Although its prices are on the higher side, compared to many restaurants in Bangkok, the quality of the food sure makes up for it!
Note that advanced reservation is necessary and a deposit of ฿1000 (~S$39.26) is required per person.
Address: 6 Chamnan Akson Alley, แขวง พญาไท Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Opening hours: 12pm – 9pm
Reservations: Call +66 61 695 9666
Lhong Tou Shumai at Samyan Mirtown
In case you are feeling homesick and want a good place for Chinese dim sum, Lhong Tou Shumai is the place to go!
It is well-known for their double deck seats in the cafe; take the top deck if you’d like a clear view of the entire cafe and people-watch. Just a tip: you may want to be careful with your seat choice if you’re wearing a short skirt!
Try its Thai Milk Tea (฿75, ~S$2.94), which has something different from your regular ones; peanut candy bits are added to give your drink that extra flavour and crunch.
You should also try its Chinese Set (฿129, ~S$5), which is similar to Teochew porridge, if you want something comforting.
Address: 944 อาคารศูนย์การค้าสามย่านมิตรทาวน์, Samyan Mitrtown, Rama IV Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Opening hours: 9am – 8pm (Mon to Sun)
Reservations: Call +66 64 935 6499
Hong Sieng Kong
Hong Sieng Kong teleports you back to Ancient China. Decked with antique furniture, this restaurant is located near the Chinatown riverfront.
Check out its outdoor courtyard; this is where you can catch the sunset over the Chaoprayah river. There are also many other Instagram-worthy spots in and around the restaurant.
Their signature item in the menu is Duck Wings (฿200, ~S$7.89).
The cafe charges an entry fee of (~S$7.89).
Address: 734, 736 Soi Wanit 2, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Tue to Sun)
Reservations: Call +66 95 998 9895
The Authors’ Lounge
The Authors’ Lounge is located within Mandarin Oriental Hotel and exudes the charm of the 20th century.
Renowned for its traditional afternoon tea of both sweet and savoury pastries, this restaurant offers private lounges too, if you are looking for a small, intimate dining experience.
Specialties include the Drip Coffee (฿350, ~S$13.74), which combines both Blue Mountain beans and Huay Nam Khun beans, specially imported from Chiang Rai. Honey and Sunkist oranges are added to give it a touch of sweetness and refreshing zest.
Address: 48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Opening hours: 12pm – 6pm
Vertigo Sky Bar
An alfresco dining experience on a roof terrace that overlooks the skyline of Bangkok, Vertigo offers premium seafood and steaks and you can also enjoy cocktails from Moon Bar, the bar next to it.
A four-course premium set meal is priced at about S$185 per person and it comes with an appetiser, soup, Australian Prime Beef, and a dessert.
Address: 21/100 Sathon Road, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120
Opening hours: 5pm – 12am (Mon to Sun)
Reservations: Call +66 2 679 1200
Best shopping destinations at Bangkok you haven’t been at
Huama Night Market is a local night market that only started in 2015. The word “Huama” (หัวมุม) translates to “corner” in Thai, so it also means “corner night market”.
Be ready to shop till you drop; there are more than 5,600 stalls and shops in this night market, including shops that peddle daily groceries, fashion, Thai snacks, and desserts.
However, do note that this night market is not very close to the city area, hence it may not be the most accessible. This is also why you’ll find more locals than foreign tourists, making it a truly local experience!
Address: 11 Prasert-Manukitch Road, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230
Opening hours: 6pm – 11.30pm
Ramkhamheng University Night Market
Ramkhamhaeng Night Market opens daily from afternoon onwards but usually gets crowded around sunset.
Women will love this place as there are many shops selling cosmetics, hair supplies, and clothes. Besides these, you can also look forward to barbers, plant shops, and lots and lots of food.
Address: QJ5F+XCW Ramkhamhaeng Road Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok 10240
Opening hours: 3.30pm – 10.30pm (closed on Tue)
Best places for sightseeing in Bangkok you didn’t know about
River City Bangkok
A lifestyle centre for arts and antiques, this is where art-lovers will get lost at. Besides exploring galleries, you can also look forward to international exhibitions and even artist meet-ups.
Most of the art exhibitions are free to enter. More information on ticketed venues can be found here.
Address: 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Sun)
Bang Khun Tian
If you want to spend a day out of the bustling city to enjoy some tranquility, consider making a trip to Bang Khun Tian, which is an hour’s drive away from Bangkok city.
Over here, you can simply rent a bike to explore the city.
Address: Bangkok’s southernmost district
Also known as the temple of dawn, Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The name is derived from the Hindu god Aruna, who is the god of the rising run.
One fun fact about this temple is that it used to be a palace occupied by King Taksin, who re-established the Siamese Kingdom after the fall of Ayuttaya more than two hundred years ago.
The best timing to visit here would be a late afternoon as you’ll be able to catch the sunset too!
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon to Sun)
The Grand Palace
Once home to the king of Thailand, this beautiful palace was also where the government carried out their work.
It can take up to hours to explore the whole palace as it is a 214,000 square-feet building, so make sure you plan enough time for it.
The entrance fee to The Grance Palace is ฿500 (~S$19.63).
Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Opening hours: 8am – 3.30pm (Mon to Sun)