Am arriving in Bangkok on 3rd March before heading South. What are the "Must See's" both during the day, and in the evening. I'm not really looking for red light recommendations as thats pretty much all anybody else has been able to come up with so far elsewhere. Also any good mid level hotels I should be aware of close to all the action areas??
If you have a few hours you could visit the Grand Palace and then take a walk to Tachang Pier (about 15 minutes walk from the palace). From the pier you can buy a ticket to sight see up the river.
If you want to check out some shopping there are many shopping complexes on Sukhimvit Road. This is the more modern area of Bangkok and you can catch the skytrain here (it's very cheap and easy to ride, and worth it because you travel above the road). The best mall is the new 'Central World Plaza' which is massive and apparently the largest in SE Asia.
If you are interested in electronics or computers you can check out Pantip Plaza which is near Sukhimvit Road (just ask a taxi driver to take you here).
The 'backpacker' region is in a place called Kao Sahn road. It's full of bars, cheap places to eat, and many hostels. My favorite hostel here is called 'D&D Inn' and it has a roof top pool. It's right in the middle of Kao Sahn road with a large sign above the street. Get there before 12pm to get a room or it will be booked out.
If you want to book a mid-range hotel then have a look on wotif.com for cheap rooms in the Sukhimvit area. You can usually get a room for about 1000 - 1500 baht per night in a reasonable hotel. about 10 years ago
I'd go for a drink at the Banyan Tree to watch the sun go down. Apparently it's Asia's highest al fresco bar/restaurant . . . or something. Located on the 61st floor, the view is amazing. It ain't cheap, obviously, (250 baht for a beer, which is about 5 quid) but it's worth it. You need to wear trousers and covered shoes to get in.
Sathorn Road, Bangkok
http://www.banyantree.com/bangkok/facilities/dining/vertigo.html about 10 years agoAnswered by richard maddock via Travellr.com
I just got back from a night out at Tapas club in Silom Soi 4. It's quite close to Sukhumvit area (10 minutes by taxi).
Tapas was a great venue - 3 levels, each with a bar and DJ, with house music - tribal, club, and deep house on each level. It had a really good atmosphere and mood - soft lighting and well set up sound system. I got there around 11pm, but it filled up around 12:30 - 1am and the 2nd floor dance floor was packed!
@dirtylittlefunker - you could probably get a gig here if you play club friendly house or lounge music!
There were also lots of other clubs in that street (soi) but I only stayed at Tapas. Cover charge at Tapas was 100 baht - drinks were expensive but they had a great cocktail menu and good selection of top-shelf. Their long island ice tea knocked me off my feet - just what I like!
There were no backpackers here - it was more upmarket and had a more open-minded, interesting crowd of mainly Thai's and expats. Great vibe here I would check it out if you like to get away from the Kao Sahn road circus! about 10 years ago
Also, this afternoon I found a shopping mall called "Platinum Plaza" in Pratunum. It's just nearby Central World Plaza in Sukhumvit area.
This plaza has hundreds of small, boutique 'fashion' shops selling custom designed t-shirts, jeans, accessories, and women's clothes. If you have a fetish for unique t-shirts then this is place in Bangkok to go! I haven't found any place in Bangkok better for designer t-shirts than here. about 10 years ago
That Banyan Tree place is AMAZING!! Easily one of the most unique bars I've ever been to! Anyone else heading to Bangkok you have to go and you have to get there for sunset. We just missed the sun actually setting but even so for the half hour afterwards it was incredible. Oh and the Long Island Iced Teas are potent!!! about 10 years ago
The bar on top of the banyan tree is indeed fun and cool. But just to be picky, the. Highest al fresco restaurant is in fact another one... The bar and restaurant at the top of the STATE tower. However, the banyan tree bar is arguably more fun because you can sit and relax much more. almost 8 years ago