Bangkok has a lot of Indian restaurants, but this one’s my favorite. It’s located across from Cheap Charlie’s Bar and features northern Indian food. Try the thali, as you’ll get the best of everything they make.
Located near Khao San Road, this restaurant is an institution in Bangkok and serves the best vegetarian Thai food in the area. Try the Massaman curry and spring rolls — they’re heavenly. They also offer cooking classes.
Hours: 9am– 5pm daily; the last guided tour starts at 5pm. Price: 150 baht, discounts for students. Jim Thompson was a former American spy and silk merchant in Thailand during the 1950s and 1960s. He built his traditionally Thai home in Bangkok and decorated it with beautiful teak wood furniture and a surrounding garden. He vanished mysteriously in 1967 while in Malaysia. His house is now a monument to traditional Thai architecture.
Cheap Charlie’s is an expat favorite, and you’ll find lots of locals there every night of the week. It’s an outdoor bar with a few stalls and cheap drinks (they used to be a lot cheaper!). It’s been a staple of the city for decades and it’s my favorite bar in the entire world. Closed Sunday.
Although this bar is located on Khao San Road, you’d never know it. Set in the back of the Buddy Lodge complex, hardly any foreigners wander in here. This is a Thai bar that plays ska and reggae music. A good place to get away from the tourists.