Bangkok

Bangkok Travel Guide

Vibrant, chaotic, and packed with surprises, Thailand’s largest market—with more than 15,000 stalls tucked into narrow sois, or alleyways, on the city’s north side—peddles everything from rare orchids to block-printed textiles.

Housed inside the Dutchess Plaza Building in the city’s bustling Thonglor district, Escudo is a two-story nightclub offering clubgoers two distinctive nightlife experiences.

Le Fenix hotel's rooftop bar has hammocks and tables in a garden setting.

BTS

Skip city traffic by using the BTS which runs through Bangkok on two lines.

Pick up a piece of "contemporary ethnic" jewelry at this Bangkok staple.

GEO

A pioneering household accessories shop that also sells clothes, and jewelry from up-and-coming local designers. The eclectic store also offers house and garden gadgets, handmade picture frames, and leather binders - most of them chosen by celebrated editor Sakchai Guy.

Located at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Oriental Spa has 19 private treatment rooms, including both several spa suites, housed inside a 19th-century teakwood home.

In a quiet garden abode, with hi-so (high society) maidens chirping quietly on their cell phones while waiting for their appointments, guests are served green tea with ginger and a mystery ingredient the staff claims to be pandan leafe which makes patrons relaxed.

This 2006 newcomer joins the nightlife nexus on Sukhumvit Road.

Up-and-coming design duo Manisa Sakdiyakorn and Saitarn Karncharanwong sell their Japanese-inspired tailored shirts (think Thom Browne with a touch of Junya Watanabe) and multi-pocket canvas totes at this Bangkok boutique.

A new bohemian-style bar and gallery.

Owned and developed by Siam Future Development, J Avenue, at 88,000 square feet, is one of Thailand’s most comprehensive lifestyle centers. Located in the Thong Lo district, the center has become a shopping Mecca and houses such retailers as L’Occitane and the Apple Store.

A tubular wonder, Bed resembles, from different angles, a sleek flashlight, a robotic eye, or the beginning of a Martian invasion. Once past the bouncers, you are in a painfully minimalist white barn headed for outer space.

One of Bangkok's most serene temples, a 26-foot-high Buddha sits snugly within Bangkok's tallest vihara, or assembly hall, surrounded by murals that depict his life, murals as complex and elaborate as the city outside the temple's walls.

Browse the ingenious, inspired, and just plain nutty creations proferred at this design store at Bangkok's Emporium shopping center.