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Plan Your Trip to Bangkok: Best of Bangkok Tourism

About Bangkok
There's no getting around it: Bangkok is intense. Temples swarm with crowds. Street food sizzles into the early hours. The heat doesn't quit. And the nightlife—from the Patpong entertainment district to ritzy rooftop bars—is nonstop. For travellers craving local secrets and 24/7 energy, there’s nowhere like it. Marvel at Wat Pho's enormous gold Buddha and Wat Arun's epic view, or spend a Saturday souvenir-hunting at Chatuchak Weekend Market. Come evening, hit Chinatown's food stalls for khao geng or kuay jab, then bar-crawl your way through hipstery Soi Nana. It can be a lot, so if you need to recharge, book a traditional Thai massage or relax in Lumpini Park, one of the city's only green spaces. It doesn't stop there—we've got lots more recs below.

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Shopping guide to Bangkok

Even before I made Bangkok my home a decade ago, I visited often with the sole purpose of spending a whole lot of baht on clothes, homeware, and snacks in its dozens of malls. And shopping in the Thai capital has only gotten better. Here are six of my favourite shops from the little black book I always share with visiting friends.
Etty L, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Warehouse 30
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    Back in 2017, this cluster of World War II-era warehouses was one of the first projects to blow new life in the historic Talad Noi district, which, since then, has grown into one of Bangkok’s hippest hoods. Different galleries and restaurants have taken residence inside the big storage halls over the years. Seek out concept store Horse Unit for quirky homewares and retro toys, and stop by Carnival for rare sneakers and one-of-a-kind streetwear.
  • Another Story
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    Whether I need to score a unique birthday gift, this exceptionally well-curated concept store in the EmQuartier mall hits the spot. On its shelves you’ll find everything from coffee table books to clothing by international indie brands. Some of my favourite local finds include tote bags and posters by their in-house design collective, Bangkokian, and Monsoon Tea’s beautiful tins of loose-leaf tea grown in northern Thailand.
  • Thai Home Industries
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    At first glance, the gold-trimmed pointy roofs of this 60-year-old shop in Bangkok’s Charoenkrung district make it look like yet another temple. Inside, though, it’s a treasure trove of high-quality finds for the home. Teakwood vitrines display the finest Thai crafts, including lacquered bamboo baskets. And while most of the wares are pricier than the cheaper copies you’ll find elsewhere, the superior quality makes them worth the splurge.
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market
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    Whether you’re looking for vintage jeans, teakwood salad bowls, or Thai good-luck amulets, you’ll find it at the Chatuchak Weekend Market—in every shape, size, and colour. Because whatever isn’t sold in this mega-maze of more than 15,000 different stalls simply doesn’t exist. Make sure to arrive early (most stalls open around 9 a.m.) to beat both the soaring midday heat and the tourist throngs, and don’t forget to bust out your best haggling skills.
  • Siam Discovery
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    As one of the latest arrivals in the shopping mall-lined Siam district, this retail hub designed by Japanese studio Nendo zeroes in on the work of young and homegrown designers. The first two floors are a great spot to pick up fashion and accessories from emerging Thai brands, while I often stop by concept store O.D.S. (short for Objects of Desire) to shop for crafts and homeware by some of Bangkok’s best artists and designers.
  • Kad KoKoa
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    When it comes to edible souvenirs from Thailand, chocolate doesn’t usually come to mind. The lawyers-turned-chocolatiers behind Kad Kakao aim to change that. Using cacao grown in farms around Thailand, they make single-origin bars and bonbons with mix-ins such as salted tamarind and chrysanthemum petals. Fascinatingly, each region produces a different taste (just like fine wine)—you can try before you buy at their flagship store and cafe in the Sathorn district.

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