I absolutely loved my week in Bangkok a few months ago that it seemed natural to choose the Thai capital for a snappy weekend getaway. With the city’s rich history, stunning skyscrapers, gorgeous sunsets, and the most mouth-watering array of dining options, the 3 day trip flew by before I knew it. Here are a handful of places that I loved (and some general tips)!
Khua Kling Pak Sod
This authentic, casual Thai restaurant is located in the trendy neighborhood of Sukhumvit 53. Packed with mostly locals, KKPS served up the best Thai meal I’ve ever had. Tell the waiters if you can’t cope with spice though – most of their dishes aren’t light on the heat. A must-try dish was the unbelievably delicious Fried Gourami Fish, which was light, flavourful, crispy and served with generous garlic chips. Also noteworthy was the Tom Yum Goong soup: big enough for a meal and packed with flavour (and spice), with veggies and fleshy prawns. The Morning Glory was super tasty, and so was the Chicken Curry. The restaurant itself is modestly decorated but pretty big, with indoor and outdoor spaces and private rooms for big groups. Friendly service, quick delivery, and very generous portions of food (be careful not to over-order!) This is definitely going to be my first stop the next time I’m back.
Address Sukhumvit 53
Getting There Google Maps. The restaurant is barely visible from the street. Look for a tiny yellow sign on the left saying ‘Khua Kling Pak Sod’.
Cost $ (Most dishes are around HKD 50-100)
Opening Hours 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm
Blue Elephant is a heritage home converted into a Thai restaurant with cooking lessons for those interested. Located walking distance from the Surasak BTS station, this is another sumptuous Thai offering, albeit being pricey and marketed for tourists. Again, portions are fairly generous so you won’t need to order more than one dish per person. The Pad Thai and Massaman Curry were delicious, and so were the Tiger Prawns. The Crab Souffle is a must-try starter: super light, fluffy, with generous amounts of soft crab. The Tom Yum Goong is also big and really flavorful. Their cocktails are affordable (I liked their pina colada, which although being pretty light on the alcohol, was served in a whole coconut – delicious and fresh).
Address 223 S Sathorn Road (BTS Surasak)
Cost $$$ (Mains around HKD 100-200)
Opening Hours 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm
When we needed a break from the Thai spiciness, we went to Kai for our fix of comfort food. Beautifully designed in rustic tones, with a huge indoor space as well as a patio for cooler days, Kai serves up generous and tasty Western dishes. Also located a stone’s throw away from BTS Surasak station, Kai is easily accessible via public transport. I’ve tried Kai thrice now, and each time I’ve left with a very satisfied tummy ?? For breakfast, their eggs are delicious and filling, with fresh juices served on the side to start the day right. Their Chowder is another super tasty dish. The Lamb Shank is gorgeous, tender and filling, and so was their Sole Fish which was light and flavourful. Kai offers a very comfortable atmosphere with excellent service, for guests to relax and enjoy a slow, laid-back and decadent meal.
Address 142/22-23 Sathorn Soi 12 (BTS Surasak)
Cost $$ (Mains around HKD 80-200)
Opening Hours 11am-11.30pm
Eagle Nest is another of Bangkok’s terrace bars overlooking the Chao Phraya river. Owned by the same people behind Arun Residence (The Deck), Eagle Nest is cozy and has stunning, unobstructed views of the sunset opposite the iconic Wat Arun. They open at 5pm, so come on time to bag one of the front tables for the best views. This is a great little spot to relax and enjoy a cold drink after a long day of sightseeing. Snap a ton of photos as the hustle and bustle of the river is enveloped by a fiery gold.
Address Sala Arun Hotel, 47-49 Tha Tian Alley
Getting There Grab/taxi. Otherwise, take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin, then the Express Boat to Tha Tien (THB 20/HKD 5) and the cross-river ferry (THB 4), then walk a few minutes to the hotel.
Cost $ (Beers around HKD 40)
Opening Hours 5pm-midnight
Newly opened and run by the same people who brought Los Sotano to Hong Kong, we definitely had to check out this Mexican speakeasy. Designed similarly with neon lights, metallic skulls, and Dia de los Muertos-type art on the walls, Los Atico screams fun. With pages after pages of tequila and knowledgeable bartenders, you’ll be in good hands. If you don’t feel like starting your night with shots, try their delicious and punchy margaritas. Drinks are not cheap at around THB 450, but it’s totally worth stopping by to check it out.
Address Sukhumvit Soi 11 (2nd floor of Calimex)
Cost $$ (Cocktails around HKD 110)
Opening Hours 5pm-2am, closed Mondays
And finally – some general tips ??
Get around by the BTS Skytrain where possible. This is cheap, convenient, and runs through major tourist areas of the city.
With Bangkok’s infamous traffic, don’t bother getting a taxi into the city during rush hour. Take the easily accessible Airport Rail Link which will get you downtown in about 30 minutes and leaves every 10 minutes. It’s also very affordable at only THB 45 / HKD 10.
Get a Sim at the airport. I used DTAC which costs just HKD 75 for 8 days and comes with more than enough data for you to get around.
Download Grab to get around. This is a cheaper alternative and avoids you having to haggle with taxis that often have their meters switched off during rush hour. You can’t totally depend on Grab though – this time we found it almost impossible to use because there weren’t enough drivers available.
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Photographs by Chindu J Palakal