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Bangkok: Been There, Done That

2 Jan 2008  the second visits of my friends where I still play tour guide
3.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

If you've seen the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, Khao San, and Chatuchak Markets, what else do you do on a weekend?

  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Singles
  • 1. For less than $20, catch brunch at Crepes and Co., or breakfast buffets at the hotels along Sukhumvit
    http://www.crepes.co.th

  • 2. Gaze at the Siam Square Clones

    After brunch, wander about Siam Square's little boutiques and find clothes and accessories from local Thai designers. You can also find these at Siam Center ( just cross the road )

  • 3. For less than $10, watch an Indie/Art house film at the Lido Theatre, still at Siam Square

    Lido screens films like "Lust, Caution" and "The Lives of Others", which can't always show in the "chain" movie houses in Bangkok

  • 4. Wander down Sukhumvit Soi 11 for dinner.

    Like most sois ( streets ) in Sukhumvit, you're spoilt for choice. For Italian, there's "Limoncello" and "La Piola", for Thai there's "Rosabieng", "Gallery Eleven", and "Chilli Culture", for Indian there's "Bawarchi", "Mrs. Balbirs, "Dosa King", and "Moghul", for Spanish, there's "Tapas", and there are Japanese, Korean, and German bars

  • 5. Dance off the calories at Bed Supperclub ( entrance $20, with 2 free drinks, and don't forget your ID )
    http://www.bedsupperclub.com

    Why I recommended Sukhumvit Soi 11 for dinner. You can also opt to eat at the Bed ( it IS a supperclub ), but I figured the variety on the soi is better. Alternatively, Q Bar is further down the road. My vote goes to the Bed

  • 6. Sleep in, then wake up to lounge by the pool at Dream Hotel, Bangkok
    http://www.dreambangkokhotel.com

    I only recommend this if your friend's place ( or the hotel you're staying at ) doesn't have a good pool. Otherwise, have the househelp ( or do this yourself and let her get some rest! ) bring smoothies to drink by the poolside.

  • 7. Get a Thai massage. Or an aromatherapy massage if you can't take the twisting and folding.

    Again, you're spoilt for choice. You can go to Asia Herb Association ($20 max), which is frequented by Japanese and Korean women and I do vouch for the hygiene standards, treat at the Divana Spa ( $50 and above ) or splurge at the Oriental Spa ($100 above ) across the Chao Phraya river, from the Oriental Hotel

  • 8. Dinner at the Deck, Arun Residence
    http://www.arunresidence.com

    Time Magazine has written up on Arun Residence, and a dear friend vouches for her stay there. Food isn't the greatest but it has a great view of the river and Wat Arun

  • 9. Drinks at Sirocco, State Tower ( or the Dome ), Bangkok ( about $15 minimum )
    http://www.thedomebkk.com

    Enjoy the Bangkok evening skyline 63 storeys up!

  • 10. Anytime during the weekend, drop by your church or temple.

    Catholic one is at Soi Ruamrudee, Sunday English mass is at 11 am and 5:30 pm.