The Afar Guide to
Bangkok

Where modern megamalls filled with fashion-fixated locals are just minutes from gold-spired temples and bustling wet markets, Bangkok is rich in alluring contradictions. Many of Thailand’s attributes reach their apotheosis in the capital. Food is a highlight for many, with options ranging from street food and hole-in-the-wall gems to opulent high-end venues. Other Bangkok specialties include its pulsing nightlife and vast array of shopping possibilities. It is hot, polluted, and sometimes frustrating, but one thing the Thai capital can never pretend to be is boring.

Essential Bangkok Facts to

know before you go

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Duncan ForganBangkok Local Expert

After arriving on something of a whim, Duncan Forgan has spent the past eight months living and working in Bangkok. In a previous life he was a features writer for the national newspapers in his native Scotland, an editor of various travel guides in the Middle East and a long-term freelancer in Vietnam. Now he prefers to discover new street food and to drive his motorbike around the sois. When he’s not comparing venues for Isaan food he writes and broadcasts for a variety of outlets worldwide on Asian travel, culture, and cuisine.