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Alternative Things to Do in Bangkok: 15 Hidden Gems Most Tourists Don’t Know Of

Plearnwan Market - 3D2N Hua Hin Itinerary

Overlook the standard haunts of Chatuchak and Pratunam. From secret classic bars and exploring Bangkok’s back-alleys to brief journeys out to Hua Hin and Khao Kho, listed here are 15 recent new issues to do and uncover in Bangkok!

Singaporeans are virtually specialists of Bangkok. Women know one of the best purchasing spots like Chatuchak and Platinum Mall. Guys know the place to tailor reasonably priced fits. And we all know which well-known wanton mee stall to eat at (cheers if you recognize which store too!). What’s left to discover in this bustling metropolis, proper? 

That’s why on this journey, we sought to dig out hidden gems that the standard vacationer in Bangkok in all probability wouldn’t find out about. From secret dawn/sundown viewpoints, native cooking courses and brief day journeys completely doable from Bangkok itself, these 15 distinctive experiences will make you are feeling such as you’re discovering Bangkok once more for the primary time.

1) Again-Alley Biking

Bangkok_Cycling Tour

Behind Bangkok’s busy important streets lie a much less touristy aspect unexplored by most. On our Go Pink Chinatown Tour by Go Bangkok Bike Tour, we cycled previous the previous Customs Home, Holy Rosary Church (oldest in the town!) and just a little native’s market referred to as Dat Lat Noi earlier than lastly arriving at Yaowarat (Chinatown).

We not solely obtained to manoeuvre our bicycles like pro-locals on the streets, however received to see the genuine Bangkok neighbourhood with no frills.

Bangkok_Go Bangkok Bike Tour_Chinatown

The tour additionally introduced us to feed fishes, take a scenic ferry by way of the Chao Phraya River, and go to a bustling native market promoting the whole lot from meals to garments! All these with a knowledgable and considerate English-speaking information who made our expertise additional particular.

Value: From S$21
Tour Timings: Earliest 9AM, newest 5PM
Assembly Level: Go Bangkok Excursions HQ, Charoen Krung Soi 44, 69/2-Three-Four Talad Luang, Bang Rak, Bangkok, 10500

2) The NEW Ratchada Rot Fai Practice Market

Bangkok_Ratchada Rot Fai Night Market

Don’t mistake the Ratchada Rot Fai Practice Market for the “old” model. This new extension that simply opened in 2016 is “hipster-er” the place new-age native artists and companies have arrange store — in contrast to the previous market, which sells extra sensible day by day gadgets. In truth, it’s so big it’ll take you at the least 4 hours to discover the complete place!

Rot Fai Night Market — Bangkok Hidden Gems GuideApart from personalised knick-knacks (฿400 onwards) and hipster jewelry (Bohemian earrings for less than ฿100!), distributors additionally promote every part from road meals (Thai grilled meats, coconut ice-cream and bugs!) to reasonably priced garments, and way of life items (Room-deco objectives!). Additionally, finish the night time with drinks on the bars outlining the market earlier than you allow!

Simply think about that that is just like the Artbox we’re accustomed to — solely 5 occasions greater.

Opening Hours: 7PM – 1AM
How to get there: From outdoors Esplanade Purchasing Mall (at Nationwide Cultural Centre BTS Station), stroll alongside the canal throughout the mall and switch proper. The market is the place the street curves in.

Three) Watch the Sundown Towards Wat Arun Temple at Vivi The Espresso Place

Vivi Coffee Place Sunset Viewpoint_Bangkok Hidden Gems Guide

Wat Arun, one of the crucial iconic temples in Bangkok, sits on the financial institution of Chao Phraya River, and the right means to witness its grandeur is watch the sundown forged its rays on the temple’s gold spires.

We discovered a “secret” spot (a gold mine, actually) at Vivi The Espresso Place the place you’ll be able to catch the sundown with out being excessively charged on the standard haunts of riverside lodge rooftop bars. Seize an iced cappuccino (฿85, ~S$Three.50) and a slice of Thai-Tea Crepe cake (฿100), and sit on the surface deck for an unobstructed view of the sundown over Wat Arun. 

After that, stroll alongside the riverside for an entire vary of eating places for dinner. We had ours at Residence Cafe Tha Tien which served homely Thai delicacies!

Opening Hours: 10AM – 8PM
Tackle: 394/29 Maha Rat Rd Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon Bangkok, Thailand 10200

Four) Spend an evening in Hua Hin

Hua Hin_Phu Thap Boek MountainDawn view at Khao Daeng View Level

For a change in surroundings and vibes, head to Hua Hin, a beachside city simply 4 hours outdoors of Bangkok. You might simply keep a couple of nights to expertise all there’s, however to get probably the most out of the shortest timeframe we advocate a two-day automotive constitution that seats 10 (12-hour window every) that covers these highlights:

Hua Hin_Oasis SeenspaceDinner subsequent to an Infinity Pool at Oasis!

Seenspace (it’s actually the area to be seen) is Thailand’s solely beachfront shopping center, with seashore golf equipment (we advocate Oasis) to soak in the great vibes over an ice-cold beer whereas watching the sundown over the horizon. Bonus: there’s an infinity pool, so pack some swimwear alongside!

Cicada Market Mini-Figurines Shop - 3D2N Hua Hin ItineraryStall at Cicada Night time Market

In case you take pleasure in spending hours in day/night time markets wandering round artsy stalls, installations (photograph alternatives!) and chomping on scrumptious native meals, head to Plearnwan Marketplace for a pastel-themed funfair and Cicada Market on your finances buying repair.

No biggie binging the night time earlier than both — get up for a brief 30-minute dawn hike to Khao Daeng View Level to work off the energy. Okay, it’s truly not that intense of a climb, however from the height you may take in a fowl’s eye view of Hua Hin on the fringe of the cliff face for that good shot. One other superb dawn spot is at Chopstick Hill (no hike concerned), the place it’s also possible to see monkeys roaming round.

Take a look at our 3D2N Hua Hin itinerary to discover out what else there’s to expertise!

Value: ~S$300 for two-day constitution (seats 10 pax)

5) Camp in the “Thai Alps”, Khao Kho, underneath the celebs 

Khao Kho_Phu Thap Boek Camping Sunrise

A hidden alpine vacation spot principally visited by locals, Khao Kho is situated six hours outdoors of Bangkok in the direction of the North (Petchaboon District). This can be a spot for nature lovers wanting a style of the Thai outdoor!

Brunch at Pino Latte at Khao Kho - Bangkok Itinerary

Our personal tour drove us to highlights together with the Pino Latte cafe and Tanrak Talaymok, the place you possibly can have meals with a mountainous view, and the wind generators of Khao Kho, the place you’ll discover swings and plush, purple verbena fields.

Windmill Farm Verbena Flowers — Khao Kho ItineraryAt night time, we even obtained to camp out on the prime of Phu Thap Boek Mountain, 1,768m above sea degree and spent an evening beneath the celebs. To make issues extra magical, we awoke in our tents the subsequent morning to an epic view of rolling clouds, misty skies and amber dawn.

Value: ~S$442 (3D2N Personal Tour), ฿900 for four-man tent together with sheets (lease on the spot)

Learn additionally: 5D4N Khao Kho Itinerary

6) Muay Thai Courses at Watchara Muay Thai Health club

Getting Ready to Kick Butt at Muay Thai Class - Bangkok Itinerary

Burn off the energy from all of the hearty Bangkok meals with a session of Muay Thai at Watchara Muay Thai Health club. A nationwide sport of Thailand and rising all over the world (even in SG!), Muay Thai retains you match and teaches you self-defence on the similar time.

Go for a two-hour personal class should you’re in a gaggle of Four – 5 pax (~S$62), and also you’ll be given undivided consideration by the pleasant crus (instructors) who will train you the essential strikes. You’ll get to study pad-work and even spar with your folks and the instructors.

Value: From ~S$17
Opening Hours: Varies. Personal courses from 10AM – 12PM solely.
Tackle: 9 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110 (Observe: health club is on second flooring of constructing)

*Professional-tip: There’s a meals centre close to the health club which serves wanton mee (฿50) and Thai iced-milk tea by the pint (฿30). Indulge after your exercise!

7) Cooking Class at Siamese Cookery Home

Bangkok_Siamese Cooking House Class

Whip up a scrumptious, four-course Thai meal from probably the most skilled house cooks on the Siamese Cookery Home, and are available hungry! We made (and ate) Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai, Purple Curry and Mango Sticky Rice, all of that are classics Singaporeans know and love. It’s a day of enjoyable and laughter studying from the pleasant host all in the consolation of a standard Thai house.

Bangkok_Siamese Cooking House

Get probably the most out of your cash and meet the host on the market fairly than the house instantly, as a result of that means you’ll get to study concerning the numerous elements for a full culinary expertise!

The lesson menu modifications day by day, so enquire earlier than you make a reserving if there’s a selected dish you’d like to study. On the finish, you’ll even be rewarded with a “secret bible” of recipes for you to recreate the dishes at house.

Value: ~S$35/pax
Lesson Timings: 9AM – 12:30PM, 1:30PM – 5:30PM, 6PM – 9PM
Tackle: 132 Pracha Rat Bamphen 7, Huai Khwang, Bangkok, Thailand, 10310

eight) Historic Ruins of Ayutthaya

Bangkok_Ayatthuya

Outdoors of principal Bangkok, the traditional metropolis of Ayutthaya is filled with historical past and is a vital a part of Thailand’s Golden Age. To see all of the highlights, take the Ayutthaya Day Tour, which brings you to the three most outstanding temples and their ruins.

There’s the Wat Mahathat, the place you’ll find the long-lasting Buddha head entwined in the roots of the spiritual Bodhi tree, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, stated to be the second Ang Kor Wat, and Wat Lokayasutharam, the place an enormous sleeping Buddha lies.

Sleeping Buddha_Bangkok Hidden Gems Guide

You’ll additionally get to see the Bang Pa-In Summer time Palace, the vacation residence of the 24th Thai King, and a mirrored image of Ayutthaya’s wealth in its Golden Age. After that, take pleasure in an area lunch on the Floating Market, and take a ship journey across the market’s perimeter.

Value: ~S$54
Tour Timings: eight:30AM – 8PM
Assembly Level: Century Mall (Victory Monument BTS Station)

9) Kanchanaburi Historical past Tour

Bangkok_Kanchanaburi

Take the Kanchanaburi Tour and stroll alongside the historic streets by the riverside with a fluent information who will inform you the wealthy historical past of Thailand’s involvement in World Conflict Two underneath the Japanese Imperial rule.

Death Railway_Bangkok Hidden Gems Guide

Your historical past textbooks will come alive as you see the notorious Dying Railway overlooking the River Kwai, the place you’ll even get a brief experience on it your self.

Value: ~S$83
Tour Timing: eight:30AM – 7PM
Assembly Level: Gate 1, Floor Flooring of Siam Paragon Mall

10) Tour 5 of Thailand’s Floating Markets

Bangkok_Floating Markets

Unsure which floating market to go to, or sick of visiting simply Bangkok’s hottest Damnoen Saduak? This tour provides you a crash course throughout 5 markets in at some point.

Bangkok_Train MarketsThe spotlight for us was the Maeklong Railway Market, the place we obtained to see distributors leap on and off the practice tracks with their makeshift stalls in seconds when the trains move (which you additionally get to journey)!

Fireflies Amphawa_Bangkok Hidden Gems GuideThe Amphawa weekend market can also be bustling with exercise, promoting every part from freshly grilled seafood (prawns for ฿200!) and boat noodles (฿50) to Thai desserts and souvenirs — the markets are a sensory overload of retail bustle, Thai-style. To prime the night off, we even received to watch fireflies there — a magical, Disney-esque sight for positive.

Value: ~S$41 
Tour Timing: eight:30AM – 9:30PM
Assembly Level: Century Mall (Victory Monument BTS Station)

11) Retro Speakeasy Bars

Bangkok_Maggie ChooMaggie Choo Speakeasy Bar

Throughout our keep, we visited two speakeasy bars that appear to be film units — jazz bar Maggie Choo is replicated after the attractive, mysterious speakeasies of 1920s Shanghai that’s hidden in the basement of Novotel Bangkok, and disguised by a restaurant entrance (that’s how hidden it’s).

Inside, native musicians carry out stay with hourly performances, and the meals and drinks bought are surprisingly reasonably priced regardless of the atas vibes. However they’re fairly strict with the sensible informal gown code — no slippers or shorts allowed!

Bangkok_Backstage BarBackstage Speakeasy Bar

Backstage Bar is extra cosy, intimate and theatrical-themed, situated on the foyer of PlayHaus lodge subsequent to the reception, behind heavy, purple curtains (actually backstage).

The bartenders even create private concoctions to your liking, although we advocate you additionally attempt their signature drinks. Our favourites have been the Forgetful Painter (Egg White with Absinthe) and Fortunate 13 (Ricola-infused vodka with peach liqueur and kaffir lime).

Maggie Choo
Value: From ฿260
Opening Hours: 7:30PM – 2AM
Handle: Underground of Lodge Bangkok Fenix Silom, 320 Silom, Bangrak Bangkok, Thailand 10500

Backstage Bar
Value: ~฿360/glass
Opening Hours: 7PM — 2AM
Tackle: 205/22-23 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Bangkok, Thailand 10110

12) Michelin Star Joke Prince Porridge

Bangkok_Joke Prince Porridge

You would barely inform that Joke Prince Porridge, working in an unassuming again alley in Bang Rak, is a one Michelin-starred restaurant, apart from its signboard boasting so, complemented by a snaking queue of locals. The perfect half: a bowl of aromatic goodness solely units you again ฿45 — in all probability the most cost effective Michelin-starred meal round.

Our favourites have been the Century Egg and Pork Items choices, with beneficiant quantities of components with a slight smoky flavour as a result of it’s cooked the normal method in claypot.

Value: From ฿45
Opening Hours: 6AM – 12PM, Four.30PM – 10PM
How to get there: Reverse Robinson Bang Rak, stroll ~20m to the left and also you’ll discover the snaking strains to the stall.

13) Roast Meats at Prachak Duck

Bangkok_Prachak Duck

Prachak Duck is so well-known for his or her duck dishes, they promote out by 7:30PM day by day. In the event you’re one of many unlucky ones, additionally they serve reasonably priced roast pork and wanton with springy noodles at lower than ฿100 a bowl. Roast meats of this high quality would set you again a lot extra in different nations! 

Value: ฿45 (Roast Pork Rice), ฿80 (Roast Pork Noodles)
Opening Hours: eight:30AM – eight:30PM
Handle: 1415, Charoen Krung Street, Silom, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

14) OngTong KhaoSoi

Bangkok_OngTong KhaoSoi Ari

Situated in the up-and-coming “hipster” district of Ari, OngTong KhaoSoi whips up scrumptious  Northern-Thailand meals specialties like Khao Soi (a Thai model of our laksa, ฿69) and broiled subject crab (฿79).

Value: From ฿69
Opening Hours: 10:30AM – 9PM
Handle: 21 Soi Phahonyothin, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Bangkok, Thailand 10400

15) Someday Blue Cafe

Bangkok_Sometime Blue Coffee Ari

Someday Blue Cafe is probably the most well-known hand-dripped espresso specialist in Ari, so espresso lovers are in for a deal with. Check out their iced cappuccino (฿65) or espresso shake (฿250), a bliss on a scorching day!).

The proprietor, Sutida Srirungthum, is a two-time winner of the Nationwide Thailand Brewers Cup — the very best status for coffee-making in the nation. When you’re fortunate, you’ll meet Sutida herself, who’s typically in the shop and is greater than prepared to share with you her in depth information on espresso!

Opening Hours: 9:30AM – 6PM. 10AM – 5PM on weekends.
Tackle: 55/5Soi Phahonyothin 2 Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Bangkok, Thailand 10400

Rediscovering Bangkok

Bangkok_Floating Market Seafood

We wouldn’t have been in a position to suss out all these hidden gems in Bangkok if we hadn’t chanced upon them on Klook — this time, we obtained to return residence with new tales in addition to the standard meals and purchasing enjoyable.

We particularly favored tenting underneath the celebs and waking up to probably the most lovely dawn in Khao Kho as a result of it’s a refreshing expertise from what Thailand is understood for (particularly the cool local weather!).

On that notice, the best choice to get to Khao Kho is to rent a automotive constitution (consists of driver, versatile itinerary inside a 12-hour window). The drive from Bangkok to Khao Kho’s an extended 5 hours, and there’s virtually no public transportation/taxis in Khao Kho itself to get round.

Bangkok_Klook BTS Card

Our journey was additional made handy with all our pre-trip necessities settled by way of the app, like getting our BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card (~S$12) proper from the airport from the Klook kiosk, and the Airport Rail Hyperlink SA Metropolis Line ticket that introduced us to the town middle in 30 minutes.

We didn’t have to wait until we acquired to the town for 4G knowledge both — we acquired our pre-booked eight-day DTAC SIM playing cards (~S$10) actually on the arrival gates the place a employees member was ready for us! 😯


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