UNIT 22 MEMBERS
Recommendations for BKK
Hi everyone! I don’t know if you already have you itinerary planned out during your stay in BKK (before and after Chiang Mai). I have a few recommendations, if you get stuck.
Do you want to shop in brand name stores during the day and go to a classy rooftop bar at night? The shopping district is all based in Siam area (Get off at Siam Station on the skytrain). Here you can find, Siam Square- an open area shopping district for hippy clothes. Siam Paragon/ Siam Centre- high end shopping malls. MBK- cheap clothes, electronic and [pirated] merchandise. Central World – the 6th largest shopping mall in the world, so big you can pretty much spend the entire day there. Plenty of street foods in the Siam area that you can choose from, especially at night time.
Roof top bars- I recommend the Red Sky or Park Society. Don’t bother going to the one you saw in Hangover 2 (Lebua Bar). It’s never been the same since the movie came out.
Cocktail Bars- Best one is called Hyde&Seek
Do you enjoy looking at old stuff in the museums and listen to the history of some temples from a guided tour. Take the Chao Praya river ferry from Saphan Taksin Station (40 baht per person), and from there you can visit the Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace, Wat Po, Royal Barge museum, and the Asiatique night market.
Most of you are staying in Khao San Road, so you will have plenty to do there after dark.
A rather boutique guided tour in Meetup.com is also interesting, the group is called Bangkok Secret Tour.
Floating Market- Damnoen Saduak floating market. Just an hour outside BKK, it is the most popular floating market in BKK, but don’t let that put you off. An early morning start is worth it to avoid the heat and catch the market at its most bustling time. Easiest way to get there is by taxi.
Ancient City (Miniature Architecture Park)- A huge cycling park that holds all the collected styles of architecture in Thailand into one park. All buildings are done to a smaller scale, 1:1.5? But you can still walk inside each Pavillion. The construction is very well done.
There are 5 restaurants in Bangkok that got listed as top 50 in Asia if you are into fine food. I recommend all of them. It all depends on your budget. Those restaurants on the list will cost you around $100 per person for dinner without wine, which I think is expensive but good compared to NYC of the same quality. (Wines are expensive here though due to heavy import taxes.)
[Most restaurant in BKK should do Halal foods]
Thai people are obsessed with Japanese food, and you will find one pretty much every 100 meters.
On weekends you should visit ‘Jatujak weekend market’ where you will find a lot of souvenirs. The open air market is gigantic and you will most definitely get lost in there. Lots of cute stuff to buy.
It would be great if the unit could get together on Saturday night for dinner. I’ll choose a venue and let everyone know where to meet?
Model to be photographed in photography studio and drawn from upon return from Thailand, enjoy
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