One day in Bangkok

The metropolis that never sleeps, Bangkok is the has-it-all destination with a never-ending list of places to be explored from morning through night. Whether you are into art and culture or food, the city will startle you with the best of the best, delivered with flair.



Meaning “The Temple of Dawn”, Wat Arun stands prominently by the bank of the Chao Phraya River, reflecting sunrays off its white stucco exterior that is inlaid with ceramic porcelain. This historic temple, with its iconic design, structures and fascinating history, is often a stop for visitors to Bangkok. Located in the same complex as the Grand Palace, Temple Of The Emerald Buddha was completed in 1784 and has since remained the most important temple in Thailand. This complex is the best place in Bangkok to relish the compelling history of the capital city and to savour Thai architecture and craftsmanship at its finest.

Then, let’s hop to Yaowarat Road which is located in Chinatown with shops selling food specialities lining both sides of the road. Yaowarat Road is an incredible experience for foodies. Try researching for the “hidden gems” before you go so you won’t have to queue so long, and going in the evening means walking in cooler temperatures.

Museum Siam is the 19th century western-style building with its vast garden actually houses an interactive museum inside that features Thai history and also aims to make you think about Thainess. Its engaging exhibitions and their subtle wit will make you smile and leave with a refreshed impression about Thai culture. Closed on Mondays.

If you want to explore Thailand’s contemporary art scene, Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC) is the place for you. It holds exhibitions constantly whether installation, photography, film or painting (and other genres of creativity). BACC will certainly get your creative juices flowing. For art aficionados, Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will satisfy your appetite with its well-curated collections of contemporary art pieces by Thai and international artists. The museum is spacious enough to present large cutting-edge installations and well laid-out.

Away from the city centre, The Artist’s House is a rustic wooden house that has stood in its location by a peaceful canal for centuries. At present, it is used to showcases paintings, traditional masks and Thai puppets, and hosts awesome Thai puppet shows at 2 p.m. every day except Wednesdays.

To explore food in Bangkok hit the awarded 2 Michelin stars, R-HAAN, that serves fine Thai cuisine by Chef Chumphon Jangprai. What makes this place a special fine dining experience is every little detail, from tableware to handpicked produce, that helps enhance Chef Chumphon’s deft touch at creating exquisite Thai dishes. For modern Latin-American style food, Carne is the place which serves the best grilled meats in town, as well as other top-notch dishes. The Sweet Corn Succotash, Sea Bass Ceviche, and Skirt Asada are to-die-for. Marian Urban Gastro Bar is the best spot to enjoy lobsters and oysters! This is the only restaurant in Bangkok that brings award-winning L’Ideale and Royale Cabanon oysters to your table. Their signature dishes include Scallops with Roasted Cauliflower Purée, and mouth-watering Grilled Maine Lobster. To enjoy an astonishing dinner inside an aircraft Na-Oh Bangkok is the place! Inspired by Noah’s Ark, this unforgettable dining experience with hit the mark with its originality and deliciousness. Diners can choose between a five-course or eight-course meal. Their creative cocktails are darn good too. 

Café La Rose and it’s the dainty charm makes this café special, which continues with the presentation of it dishes - every plate is decorated with flowers. Don’t forget to order Hong Kong Waffle with Ice Cream. At dusk, 008 BAR is a hidden bar that takes you back to the Prohibition era of the 1920s. Its drinks list is derived from original recipes taken up a notch by the invention of the mixologists, and each drink has a good story behind it.