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36 Hours in Bangkok

Take a deep breath and dive in for an awesome 36 hours in one of the world's boldest, sexiest, and most spectacular traveller centers.
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La Table De Tee

This tiny restaurant in the Silom neighborhood, with their excellent Thai-fusion degustation menu (it changes weekly) is a delight for upscale but unpretentious dining in the Thai capital. Carmelized hazelnuts, shaved truffles, and prawns sauteed in butter sound amazing? Call to book a table...

Vertigo Bar

On the top floor of the posh Banyan Tree Hotel, this skybar towers over Bangkok's central business district and the Chao Phraya River, and offers the best sunset views in the entire city: a vista so stunning it really has to be experienced to be understood, the last burning tones of the day reflected in...

Chatuchak Weekend Market

This is (I'm told) the single largest market in Thailand, and if you're in Bangkok on a Saturday or Sunday, you owe it to yourself to take the Skytrain up to its terminal stop at Mo Chit (itself worth visiting just for the pun value of its name) to check it out. A fabulous place to shop for souvenirs at the...

Siam Paragon

Uber-luxury-mall at the heart of central Bangkok, Siam Paragon -- with its superb food court, top-floor movie theatre, and ample opportunities for people-watching -- is my favorite place to escape the heat and humidity of a Bangkok afternoon. They have the amazing Kinokuniya bookstore and 9 baht...

Wat Arun

Stunning Khmer-style spires mosaiced with millions of tile fragments left behind centuries ago by a passing Chinese merchant junk, Wat Arun is perhaps the most striking single temple in Bangkok. Better still, while the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha (especially) and Wat Pho tend to draw big tourist...

Hai Isan

Unpretentious little Hai restaurant, serving up the tasty, tangy, fiery Isan food of northern Thailand, is my favorite restaurant in Bangkok. With fabulous laab meat-salads (grilled chicken with mint is my favorite), outstanding green-papaya salads, and tasty sticky rice to accompany, it's...

Silom Road

Bangkok is one of my favorite Asian big cities for a number of reasons, and street food is one of them. The main one, in fact. While most travellers base themselves around Khao San Road, which has an acceptable (if annoying) street food scene, if you REALLY want to eat from the street, from morning to...

Sunflower Place

Located down a soi from the main drag of Silom, and just down from the tame sleaze of Patpong, unassuming little Sunflower Place offers midrange-standard rooms at budget prices, with large, comfy doubles with balconies, air-con, modern bathrooms and TV, for around 890 Baht. The mattresses in some...

Bangkok

Bangkok for me is that rare place: a big city that's also my favorite spot in the entire country. It's enough to love the city for its food -- pork-rice and grilled chicken and fresh passionfruit juice on the street, dirt-cheap pad thai in food-court kitchens, fiery Isan cuisine, and excellent...

Khao San Road

The mother and archetype of backpacker ghettos the world over, Khaosan is either the dream or the nightmare of the committed traveller: cheap, divey lodging, 75-cent pad thai, plastic buckets of redbull and Thai whisky, and more shady and colorful characters than you can shake a stick at. WE DO NOT...