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22/, 200 ถนนนครราชสีมา แขวง ดุสิต เขต ดุสิต กรุงเทพมหานคร 10300, Thailand
I come often to this wat, also known as the Marble Temple. It was built by King Rama V in 1899. It’s one of the loveliest in the city, but it’s less crowded with tourists than wats farther south in Bangkok. —Tanongsak “Dtong” Yordwai See all of...
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Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Gilded Royal barges, monitor lizards, and riverside communities—all can be seen in Bangkok along the city’s endless canals. The best areas to visit are on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi—an area still criss-crossed by...
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Ko Kret, Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand
Koh Kret is a small island just outside of Bangkok located in the Chao Phraya River. A taxi (about an hour from Silom) will take you to the boat where it is literally a 2 minute boat ride across the river. Koh Kret is a community of Mon people and...
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The craft beer boom has well and truly hit Bangkok with several venues in the city now stocking a great selection of small-batch brews. One of the best places is Mikkeller in the leafy Ekkamai area. The beanbag strewn garden and airy bar may...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s...
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Khlong Toei, Bangkok, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
The old Chinese market, its shop houses painted in bright colors, is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful and fun. As you wander, let your eyes search for crowded noodle stalls, try the famous sweets, or browse stands selling fresh vegetables and...
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Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand
Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) market is the alternative to the tourist obliterated markets of Bangkok. The crowd here is 100% locals and teenagers, and it makes for some great people-watching. I had my tarot cards read here in enthusiastic if not...
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2 Kamphaeng Phet Rd, Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
This weekend market is the largest in Thailand and is an absolute must for any market fiends. It is estimated that the market covers 35 acres, has over 5,000 stalls, and receives about 200,000 visitors each Saturday and Sunday. It has everything...
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444 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Bangkok rivals Singapore for the title of the region’s shopping capital, and its selection of malls offer amazing scope and variety. Old stagers (in Bangkok terms anyway) include the MBK Center. Arguably, the city’s most famous mall, MBK boasts...
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Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
In the days when Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East many people got around by boat and plentiful trade was done on the water. Though many of the canals have been filled in to make way for roads, the age-old process of buying and selling...
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Soi Thong Lo, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Bangkok's epicenter of style, Thong Lor features everything from swanky Italian furniture stores to designer boutiques. A characteristic feature of the thoroughfare are its glitzy mini malls. Opened in 2004, H1 started the mini mall craze. Other...
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99 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Khwaeng Talat Bang Khen, Khet Lak Si, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand
Although no longer located in its original spot next to an old train line, Talad Rot Fai (aka "train market") retains every bit of its hipster appeal. Open at the weekends, the market sells everything from retro clothing to vintage motorcycle...
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604/3 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
MBK is more famous, but Pantip Plaza is Bangkok's best destination for in-the-know tech geeks. The drab five-story building on Petchaburi Road houses hundreds of shops selling computer hardware, software, accessories, and other tech-related...
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60/1 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
Or Tor Kor market, on Kamphaengphet Road, has the most beguiling array of fruit: custard apples, jackfruit, mangoes, and lychees. Thais believe desserts are the pinnacle of their cuisine, and the stalls here are a testament to this faith. Durian...
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1 Sanam Phra, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Thais are a very superstitious bunch. This colourful market near the Chao Phraya River is where collectors, monks, taxi drivers and other people in dangerous lines of work go to pick out lucky amulets that will protect them from harm or bring them...
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phường 7, Quận 10, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

We spent our last day in Ho Chi Minh City with Geoffrey Deetz, a restaurateur and foodie from Oakland, California, who has lived in Vietnam for the past decade and operates the wonderful Black Cat Cafe. He and his Vietnamese girlfriend took us on...

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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
The Grand Central Oyster Bar celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as a New York institution. Located in the lower concourse of Grand Central, it serves over 25 varieties of oysters daily. There is a huge menu of American...
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Calle del Conde de Miranda, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
If you're in Madrid and in the mood for tapas, you might not know exactly where to go or what to taste. The Mercado San Miguel (metro Sol) takes away all that decision-making by providing you with a taste experience all under one roof. The old,...
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62/5 Bangkok Rd, ตำบล ตลาดเหนือ Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Our driver Khun Kob brought us to this place, and we really appreciated his recommendation! It was a delightful restaurant tucked away somewhere near Phuket town. From the minute we set our sights on the overgrowth of vegetation at the entrance,...
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48 Dibuk Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
This charming 90-year-old former shop house is famous for its traditional Southern Phuket food. Braised pork belly with black pepper, and crab-meat curry with rice noodles are just some of the favorites that will get you salivating. Very popular...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Town’s biggest and most boisterous weekend market takes place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Shoppers will find plenty of items to browse, from fresh local fish and produce, to clothes, accessories, electronics, and DVDs....
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Town was once a major trading hub that made much of its money from tin mining. Take a stroll through the historic part of the town along Thalang, Dibuk, and Krabi roads. The beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture reflects the Hokkien...
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16-18 Rasada Road, Talad Nua Muang, ตำบล ตลาดเหนือ อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต 83000, Thailand
Hundreds of amulets line the market in this alley off Rassada Road in Phuket Town. These Buddhist charms are made from various metals and gypsum, and are worn around the neck to protect from harm or bring good luck. Some amulets have been blessed...
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Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
When you arrive to Ko Samui and grab a tourist map, one of the first sites you see is Wat Phra Yai, or the "Big Buddha." You negotiate with a taxi driver for how many bahts you will pay to have him drive you around the island for the day, and head...
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3 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
With its rich Buddhist heritage, Thailand is known as a center for meditation. There are many places to learn how to meditate in Bangkok, such as at many of the city's temples including Wat Matathat, the headquarters of Thailand's largest monastic...
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1612 Song Wat Rd, Khwaeng Samphanthawong, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
While its tasty Thai-Japanese fusion menu is more than passable, you don’t necessarily come to Samsara for the food. It is all about the mellow riverside location. The restaurant is homely and comfortable and the views across the Chao Phraya River...
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Bang Kobua, Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan 10130, Thailand
To first-timers, the idea of negotiating the heat, congestion, and frequently homicidal motorists of Bangkok by bike may seem foolhardy. However, the city’s pancake-flat topography and multitude of quiet, traffic-free sois (side streets) make...
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Bangkok, Thailand
Like in most Chinatown neighborhoods found around the world, be it in New York City, Toronto or London, when you step inside a bustling Chinatown community, you can find just about anything there. The same is true of Bangkok's, but it has its own...
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Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Bangkok’s most iconic site is a massive palace complex that served as the royal residence until 1925. Of its many buildings, the one with the most architectural interest is Chakri Mahaprasat. It was designed in 1882 by British...

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Busy day and night, Khao San Road is a backpacker haven with a down-and-dirty image. But it has evolved into a bustling market and nightlife destination for trendy residents and travelers. By day, you’ll find it great for all things...
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939 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
For most visitors to Bangkok, the country’s culture and art are experienced in the city’s temples, markets, or Royal Palace. However, since its opening in 2008, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre has been changing that perception. The multi-use...
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Chao Phraya River, Thailand
In my opinion the heart of Bangkok is the mighty Chao Phraya River. The first time I visited I stayed at a hotel on the banks of the river and I got to know the area well through daily riverboat rides. Even though Bangkok can be chaotic, there’s a...
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1871 Rama IV Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
With its wild, lush wetlands, Thailand is home to numerous species of snakes: pythons, cobras, and kraits, to name just three. While many of the country’s snake farms are not what you would call prime examples of animal rights at work, the...
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51 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Bangkok, of course, is very much its own city. But New York districts, specifically Brooklyn, are exerting a strong influence in certain quarters. These Williamsburg stylings are, for the most part, mercifully unaffected with little of the...
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Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
The mother of unique Bangkok retail experiences is undoubtedly Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thailand’s largest outdoor bazaar. Known as Jatujak or simply JJ, it has 15,000 stalls spread over 35 acres and sells almost everything under...
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714/4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
There’s no better place in Bangkok to browse for books than Dasa Book Café. While Kinokinuya (deservedly) holds sway in the malls, this cute seller is the pick among the city’s independent book retailers. The shop itself boasts around 17,000...
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Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
The rural floating market of Damnern Saduak is situated approximately 70 miles west of Bangkok. Jump in a long tail boat with the driver at the helm of an outboard big block Chrysler engine and head toward the bustle of vendors selling food and...
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300 Chak Phra 17 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
Its an unique shopping experience that you can find in Bangkok city. You can find almost anything in this floating market, from daily food to bizarre food like crocodile meat!
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Soi Srinagarindra 51, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
Although no longer located in its original spot next to an old train line, Talad Rot Fai (aka “train market”) retains every bit of its hipster appeal. Open at the weekends, the market, which is now situated in Srinakarin Road, sells everything...
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637 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
One of the city’s newest and most impressive malls, EmQuartier is a centrepiece of what will be known as EmDistrict, a retail hub near Phrom Phong skytrain station on Sukhumvit Road. Highlights of the centre include an open-air garden, a...
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23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
An easily recognisable landmark on the riverbank, River City has been around since 1984. Although the four-storey complex houses a good range of fashion and jewellery shops as well as riverside eateries with outdoor dining terraces, it is most...
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2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
An extensive retail selection can be found at Asiatique The Riverside. There are over 1500 boutiques housed in this huge replica warehouse complex selling souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery and clothing, mainly from local Thai designers. With...
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306/1 ซอย ลาดพร้าว 55/2 ถนน ลาดพร้าว Wang Thonglang, Khet Wang Thonglang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
All kinds of antique, art and retro items can be found in Bangkok’s huge array of vintage stores where shoppers can pick up anything from old-fashioned cameras to lovingly reproduced Thai movie posters from the 1950s and 1960s. Prime browsing...
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51 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Owned by Nat Siangsukon, who is better known by his DJ name Maft Sai, ZudRangMa Records is a spiritual home for Bangkok’s truly vinyl-obsessed. The store’s specialty is retro sounds from some of the world’s lesser-hyped musical hotspots with the...
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Eight Thonglor, Klongton Nua, Wattana, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
Bangkok is well stocked with smaller, more intimate retail options – especially in higher end areas such as Ekkamai and Thong Lor. Bangkok’s epicentre of style, Thong Lor features everything from swanky Italian furniture stores to designer...
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Considered by many as Bangkok’s de facto city centre due to its location by the teeming Siam skytrain station, Siam Paragon has established itself as one of the most popular of the city’s temples of consumerism. With its easily navigable layout...
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125 สุขุมวิท Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
An egalitarian spreading of the creative love is central to the philosophy at Smitheries. Although Piyamas Meunprasartdee and Chaiwat Wattananukit use the venue to showcase items from their jewellery brand, it is the teaching component of the...
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Lotus Arts De Vivre, 41/21, Rama III Rd., Chongnonsi, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
The family-run Lotus Arts de Vivre specialises in bespoke items and one-of-a-kind objets d’art. Lotus famously sold a one-off scarab-beetle-winged parrot clutch to Michael Jackson, who gifted it to his friend Elizabeth Taylor. Their esoteric...
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1031 Phloen Chit Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
At Central Embassy, exclusivity is the watchword. The mall boasts the newest Gucci flagship store in Bangkok, not to mention Prada, Givenchy, Chanel and Versace. Less commonly found in Thailand, there are also Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and...
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Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Hugely popular with in-the-know Thais is Siam Square, something of an open-air shopping street that radiates a feeling of creativity. Here, in hole-in-the-wall boutiques and stalls by upcoming designers are tucked away down narrow lanes. Buyers...
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30/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Among the most loved and respected purveyors of fine antiques and Thai art is OP Place. Built in 1908, OP Place features a plethora of art galleries and shops offering a spectrum of wares ranging from Asian handicrafts to jewellery, fabrics,...
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989 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
A purveyor of luxurious aromatherapy spa products and natural skincare, Thann is recognised as a global leader in its field. Set up in 2002, it is the most famous of the Thai spa brands; their sleek-looking candles, diffusion oils and naturally...
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สุขุมวิท 11 1 155/1 Sukhumvit 11/1 Alley, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
One of the most respected tailoring operations in the Thai capital, Narin Couture counts prime ministers, ambassadors and Hollywood stars among his client list. Suits and dresses – especially cocktail or formal dresses – don’t come cheap and take...
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Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Taking inspiration from a long stint in London, Disaya Sorakraikitikul burst on to the city’s fashion scene in 2004 with her lingerie line Boudoir by Disaya. Her main collection – simply known as Disaya – has expanded to include ready-to-wear and...
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68/1 ซอยหลังสวน Thanon Phloen Chit, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Gaggan serves a strange and beguiling combination: Traditional Indian, creative Indian, and Indian Italian. Okay, the Indian Italian just seems strange...but I didn't try it yet. The Indian parts of the menu are simply superb--as good or better...
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27 โรงแรม เมโทรโพลิแทน Sathon Tai Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand
Bangkok’s vibrant, tongue-tingling street food will leave every traveler with lasting memories, but many visitors might be surprised to learn the city is also home to a Thai boîte that was at the top of S. Pelligrino’s 2014 list of the best...
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24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Two of the cooks who worked with me at Nahm in London opened a dinner-only spot named Bo.lan. Bo and Dylan prepare traditional but often hard-to-find dishes, such as stir-fried chicken thighs with bamboo shoots, and red curry of pork hock. —David...
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56/10 ถนน สุขุมวิท 55 ซอย ทองหล่อ Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
American food journalist Jarrett Wrisley opened Soul Food Mahanakorn, a homey restaurant on the posh street, Soi Thonglor. Look for dishes such as yam makrua yao, a smoky eggplant salad topped with boiled duck eggs. —David Thompson This appeared...
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20/4 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
There’s nothing particularly fancy about Appia. The prices are very reasonable and the menu at the classic trattoria-style venue just about fills one side of A4 paper. What makes it special is the provenance of the ingredients and the evident...
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105 ถนน หลังสวน Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
The Smokin’ Pug may be located inside an old Chinese shophouse, but the scene is more redolent of San Antonio than Southeast Asia. As vintage Muddy Waters records pump out of the stereo, husband and wife team Danny and Dana Garber serve up...
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99 Wireless Rd Lumpini Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Unusually for Thai restaurants in Bangkok, Osha is an import, having started life in San Francisco where it gained a reputation for seamlessly wedding modern culinary techniques to the age-old tenets of traditional Thai cooking. Now established at...
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399/3 Silom 7 Alley, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Le Du has become the toast of the Bangkok restaurant scene since debuting in late 2013, striking a resounding blow for what owner/head chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn calls “progressive Thai cuisine” by combining modern techniques with bold Asian...
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N Sathon Rd, Sathorn, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
One of the hottest restaurants in the city at the time of writing (mid-2016), this polished operation is worthy of the hype. The venue's industrial design may not be terribly original, but the angles and alcoves of the building create an appealing...
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5/5 Ngam Duphli Alley, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
This place could have been lifted from the big book of Chinese restaurant cliches. Stark lighting highlights every little blemish on your face, the wait staff are snarly and speak very little English and the kitchen wouldn't pass muster at any...
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888/25-26 มหาทุนพลาซ่า, ถนน เพลินจิต แขวง ลุมพินี เขต ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
Bangkok is surprisingly well served with decent Mexican restaurants and debate rages as to the identity of the best one. To the minds of many, the most authentic fare from the central American country can be found at La Monita. The colourful decor...
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ถนน สีลม 11 Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
With the famous Mariamman Temple nearby, this part of Silom is a stronghold of South Indian culture. Catering to the hungry faithful is Tamil Nadu, which is reliably packed with Indian-Thai diners filling up on the restaurant's wide selection of...
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98/1 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
The fiery flavours of southern Thai food are among the nation's punchiest. No small thing when you consider how spicy things can get in the Kingdom. Intrepid diners needn't fear, however, as southern cuisine can offer some seriously rich rewards....
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494 Erawan Bangkok, LG floor, Ploenchit road, Lumpini, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
With a huge population of Japanese expatriates to satisfy, Bangkok is weighted down with excellent sushi and sashimi. At the pinnacle of the scale, however, is this venture, affiliated with the Michelin-starred Tokyo restaurant of the same name....
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5th Floor, MahaNakhon CUBE, 96 Narathiwas Ratchanakharin Rd, แขวง สีลม เขต บางรัก กรุงเทพมหานคร 10500, Thailand
Bangkok has upped its culinary game to the extent that acclaimed figures from around the globe are now touching down in Thailand to put their names to a wide range of exciting culinary ventures. One such individual is Frenchman Joel Robuchon,...
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10 Soi Yen Akat 3, Khwaeng Chong Nonsi, Khet Yan Nawa, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
German cuisine has traditionally had a bad rap compared with other great European food traditions. Twins Thomas and Mathias Suhring, however, are doing their bit to change these perceptions at their acclaimed venue in Bangkok. The chefs aim to...
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20 metres off Convent Road, (in Soi Pipat 2, แขวง สีลม เขต บางรัก กรุงเทพมหานคร 10500, Thailand
It says something about the creative cuisine at Eat Me that it has transcended its unfortunate name to become one of the best-respected venues in the city. The restaurant has been impressing diners for years, a major plus in a town that is known...
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27 ถนน สุขุมวิท Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Enoteca has been around for a while - since 2004 to be exact - but time has not dulled its effectiveness. Hidden away up a peaceful side street in the Sukhumvit area, the restaurant serves beautifully presented plates of food replete with...
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89 ถนน เยาวพานิช Khwaeng Chakkrawat, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
One of the longest-standing restaurants in Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road area, Tang Jai Yoo fits the template of many of the dining venues in this part of town. The decor is faded and the harsh lighting would cast a sickly glow on even the most...
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ซอย สุขุมวิท 31 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Ask most Thais what their favourite food is and there's a good chance they will point towards Isaan cuisine. Fare from the northeast of the country is famed for its simplicity and dishes such a som tam (papaya salad) and larb (a minced meat salad...
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103/5 Thanon Vichit Songkram, ตำบล ตลาดเหนือ Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
My own opinions of Phuket vary every time I visit. For me, it’s a place that can be magical and frustrating, full with as many trappings as it has sensational selling points. Phuket Town is certainly one of my favorite features on the Thai island,...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia—in fact, one of the few in the world—never to have been colonized. But because Phuket was an important 17th-century trading port, its historic center still reflects the influence of...

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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
If you're tired of walking around in Phuket, take one these awesome open-air taxis, or "tuk tuks": They really are an experience. A tuk tuk can carry about six people, and if you want a ride on the cheap, it’s best to flag one down on a main road....
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
If you want to see Phuket up close and personal and don’t mind getting a little dirty, take an ATV tour north of Phuket Town. Strap on your helmet and gloves, and get a basic demo of how to drive the ATVs before you head out. You’ll pass rubber...
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42 Krabi, อำเภอเมือง Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
My personal favorite destination on Phuket Island for spending a few good hours having good food and a decent walkabout is Old Phuket Town. It's not unlike other Straits Settlements, like Penang and Malacca, and is not always on mainstream tourist...
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352 Phuket Rd, ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
If you’re craving Italian food in Phuket, head to La Gaetana. This romantic little spot is family-owned by Giovanni “Gianni” Ferrara and his wife Chonticha, and they take pride in providing exceptionally attentive service. Pasta is made in house,...