Once you’ve ventured past the requisite temples and markets of the Old Town, catch a river ferry down to Silom. This area is all “business in the front, party in the back” – the quiet daytime business district gives way to Bangkok’s most infamous party area by night.
Further northeast of Silom starts the long boulevard of Sukhumvit. This congested area might not be as pedestrian friendly as parts of the Old City, but this is where the cool kids go. Trendy bars, restaurants, and boutiques can be found within a few blocks of this major street, with the farther east neighborhoods of Thonglor and Ekemai attracting the wealthy Thai and expat crowd.
Worth Checking Out:
Patpong: Head to Patpong after 9pm for titty bars, loud tourists, and night markets of fake designer goods. Needless to say this is not the area to visit with your family, unless you are OK with vendors trying to sell a ping pong show to your dad.
City Views: If you want to see the city from above, nothing beats the Sirocco Restaurant in the Lebua Hotel at the top of the State Tower Building. You’ll recognize this rooftop scene from The Hangover II.
Lumphini Park: Getaway from the incessant noise and congestion of Bangkok in one of the city’s larger parks
Snake Farm at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute: This venom research center also doubles as a tourist attraction with daily milking demonstrations and live snake handling shows of native Thai snakes, from the Burmese Python to the King Cobra. Definitely worth it for the Britney Spears-esque photo op alone.
Sukhumvit Soi 38 Night Market: Frequently recommended as the best street food in Bangkok – see my full post on this here.
Trendiest Sips and Bites: I wasn’t able to visit all of these, but they all came recommended to me. Head to any of these eateries for a guaranteed view of Bangkok’s young and chic: Appia, Iron Fairies, WTF, Boyy Cafe, Opposite Mess Hall, & Soul Food Mahanakorn