#1 Stay conveniently located
Save on Uber or local taxi fares by opting to stay in highly accessible locations where everything is “just a stone’s throw away”. We recommend the heart of the city, like the Novotel Hotel at Siam Square. Reach Bangkok’s most sought-after shopping heaven Platinum Fashion Mall (which is home to more than 1,300 shops and labels) by alighting one stop after Siam BTS skytrain station along the Sukhumvit line, at Chidlom skytrain station. Not keen on taking public transport? The popular Siam Paragon (where the stylish crowd flocks to), which is just a 10-minute walk from Novotel, might be it.
#2 Check out the local cafes
The Instagram wave shows no sign of slowing down, and cafe hopping is still all the rage. On top of serving up delectable grub, the cafe must have the right aesthetic for the ‘gram. Here are two to note: Newly opened cafe Patom Organic Living (Soi Sukhumvit 49/6) is cosily set in beautiful rustic surroundings, boasting clear, full-length windows, sophisticated high ceilings and chic cement flooring. Expect to find the usual coffee cafe fare, but plus organic lunchboxes perfect for the health-conscious. Another must-go is Singaporeans’ favourite Rocket Coffeebar (Sathorn Soi 12) which sells great coffee and hearty Western mains like truffle carbonara, signature egg benedict’s on toast, and Nordic-inspired tuna and egg sandwiches.
#3 Visit Bangkok’s Chinatown, Yaowarat
Our top must-try: The highly-raved Yaowarat toasted bread (it’s a great post-dinner snack)! Choose from the following sweet spreads: Condensed milk, chocolate, kaya and more. Stores selling rows of colourful bottled fruit juice dot the streets of the market, so you can grab one for a refreshing perk-me-up. This is also where you can snag home local tidbits and snacks from veteran pork snacks distributor Lin Zhen Xiang. There are also dried fruit chips, strips of cuttlefish and hot favourite pork floss rice crackers.
#4 Taste one of the city’s most authentic Pad Thai
If you love Pad Thai as much as we do, you must visit Thip Samai! If you don’t trust us, trust the snaking queue of locals and tourists alike. The humble eatery is known for their chewy, savoury noodles that are addictively satisfying, and they only specialise in Pad Thai dishes. We recommend the Pad Thai Omelette; it is to-die-for! Pair it with and orange juice or coconut water and you’re good to go.
#5 Shop like a local (or a kiasu Singaporean)
Apart from the usual tourist hot spots like Central World, Terminal 21, and these hip night markets, there are also trending multi-label boutiques that fashionable locals are obsessed with now. The FABLAB store (@fablab.store) stocks top Thai online labels such as Salisa (we love their minimalist coordinates that come in ultra wearable shades) and Ricochet (think clean silhouettes with a splash of colour). Another to note: SOS store (@sos.senseofstyle) that houses independent labels selling stylish active wear and party-ready pieces.
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