This buzzing district is home to arguably the most chaotic atmosphere in Bangkok. Wander down the pencil-thin streets, pop into the gold shops or wander the markets, you could spend says exploring the ins and out's of Chinatown. Before you go, it's worth a visit to the Golden Buddha to nosh on some of the most venerated street-food in the city. Chinatown’s main artery (Yaowarat Road) is where you’ll find locals battling the traffic from all over the city to enjoy a roadside bowl of noodles.
What Bangkok lacks in formal museums it makes up in spades with indie art galleries, chief among them being the Jam Factory. One of the hottest hangouts across the river, this warehouse turned cultural compound is home to some of the most diverse exhibits in town. Exhibits are publicized among the cities underground art fans, but their Facebook page is the best spot for out-of-towners to get the scoop on events.
On the outskirts of Chinatown is Soy Sauce Factory, a bar slash art gallery slash Thai restaurant that is housed in an actual former soy sauce factory. The ground level serves drinks and food in a barebones, industrial setting while upstairs, a rotating mix of exhibitions from photography to instillations brings in expats and locals alike.
This restaurant-turned-cooking-school hosts morning and afternoon sessions in a century-old French colonial house. Students have access to a personal cooking station and wok. The morning session includes a ride to the market to shop for ingredients before making four authentic, centuries-old dishes including massaman curry with beef, Thai fish cakes and prawn soufflé.
What Central Park is to New York City, Lumpini Park is to Bangkok. Complete with a big lake, lush greenery (a rare find in this concrete jungle) and large monitor lizards, a breezy walk in Lumpini is a must. If you’re here at 6 pm, watch the runners stop as the king’s anthem is played on the loudspeakers each night. It's a sight you definitely don't want to miss.
This complex of six teak houses was built for Thailand's most famous farang (foreigner), the U.S. citizen credited with revitalizing Thailand's silk industry. The house is filled with Thompson's rare art and antiques collection. Be sure to visit the interesting art gallery above the gift shop.