Whether you hate commuting in a foreign country or you simply want to explore Bangkok one BTS at a time, this is the perfect guide for you. Rest assured that you will not need to walk over 15 mins (most are within 10!) as everything listed here is super accessible by foot!
Firstly, choose between the BTS/MRT locations you’re interested in. There are at least 3 days worth of BTS stops, and 2 days of MRT stops – so you can easily tailor your BTS/MRT itinerary!
You will be able to sample the tastes of Bangkok and see what the Land of Smiles has to offer in terms of shopping (trust us, Bangkok isn’t popular with personal shoppers for no reason!) and eating.
When you discover how accessible (and affordable) everything is, it’s bound to keep you coming back for more!
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The only shopping haven you’ll need
From streetwear to evening gowns and even underwear… 😉 Whether you’re a fashion freak who loves all the latest trends or a trendsetter with your own distinct style, you’ll definitely be able to find your calling around here.
1(a). Six floors of shopping heaven – The Market
Welcome to Bangkok’s latest mall with everything under one roof, including very instagrammable decor. (Insider tip: shop on the smaller side of the mall as their prices are noticeably lower.)
You can shop till you drop and be rejuvenated at the food court (the matcha ice cream with boba is a must try!) or relax with a massage at the spa. They thought of everything when they built this shopping paradise.
1(b). Buy all your snacks and food at great value! – Big C Supercenter Rajdamri
The seasoned shopper will tell you to stay away from 7-11 for generic snacks which you can get at a cheaper rate from Big C!
This is where you should go to purchase oversized packets of chips, cartons of instant noodles and stock up on all kinds of Thai snacks.
If you’re at a loss at what to get, check out which are the 20 must-buy snacks!
1(c). No shopping trip is complete without a night market! – Talad Neon Night Market
A picturesque night market with twinkling fairy lights, filled to the brim with fashion steals and yummy street food.
You’ll get to try Thai’s famous Mango sticky rice and the trendiest food at this market, as well as stumble on great finds like customizable plushies and other personalised gifts!
If you need more reasons on why you should visit or simply want to read up more about the night market, click here.
1(d). Wholesale for the seasoned pros (with our help you’ll be a pro too!) – Platinum Mall
This mall might seem a little overwhelming, with their huge selections and multitude of shops littering every alley. Take a deep breath and follow these two tips and you won’t go wrong:
1. Take your time and shop around, shopping is a leisurely activity, not a chore.
2. Alway bargain for bulk purchases (you won’t get a discount if you’re just buying one item, hence why it’s a wholesale mall, so go with a friend or ten!)
1(e). You’ve tried the rest, now try the best noodle soup in Bangkok – Sawang Noodle
Right opposite from Platinum Mall (and practically next to Go Ang mentioned above), you can grab some grub at this unassuming stall. While the portions are relatively small, each mouthful is packed with flavour! Their pork knuckles are pretty decent too, but you might want to get your crispy pork fix elsewhere.
Known in the past as Bamee Sawang Noodle, it was pretty famous in the Wat Mangkon area, but it’s since gotten an upgrade. While they’ve ditched their woodfired ovens with gas stoves, the taste remains the same.
1(f). Unwind and relax in a Parisian cafe – Cafe Tartine
This spot will surprise you with its selection of items. You can get freshly baked baguettes and croissants.
A popular choice for brunch, many have been raving about their rotisserie chicken and lemon meringue pie. Also, feel free to bring your kids along because they welcome kids wholeheartedly and have prepared a kids menu so they can enjoy a mini quiche alongside you.
Psst… Don’t be fooled by their breakfast deals! You’ll get more bang for your buck by ordering a la carte as the 99 Baht deal will only get you a croissant, a hot drink and a shot of orange juice.
1(g). Another French delight, with Mediterranean cuisine and pretty European architecture — Crepes and Co
A standalone house converted into a comfortable establishment is the perfect place to just sit back and chill. It doesn’t hurt that they have amazing crepes and a tantalising array of cuisines ranging from Greek, Moroccan and Spanish dishes. You can even get a proper English breakfast or customise your own!
1(h). A cosy cafe that doubles as a cute stationery shop? – Spoonful Zakka Cafe
If you’re not familiar with the term Zakka, it refers to anything from stationery to decor, as long as it’s meant to add a little more color and aesthetic into your life.
The cafe is located on the second floor and you will find the loveliest scones here. If you’re a fan, you’ll be sure to make a return visit.
Remote workers and workaholics be warned: this is not a work-friendly cafe as they do not provide wifi, and they discourage the use of laptops.
1(i). Shop, eat and play all around – Siam Square
Whether you’ve been to Siam Square or not, this shopping/cafe-hopping hotspot located right by Siam BTS is enough to keep you busy for a day. Touted as the Ximending (Taipei’s popular shopping district) of Bangkok, don’t miss out on our favourite places!
Get these amazing lobster rolls at Siam Square One – Mister Lobster (Avoid queues and pre-purchase the famous Loster Roll earlier on Klook)
Go shopping and have your Instagram-moment – Cintage School
From meerkats to corgis, it’s a wonderland of animals – Little Zoo Cafe
An enchanting fantasyland to have afternoon tea at – Sretsis Parlour
1(j). This foodcourt is affordable AND surprisingly good! – foodwOrld at CentralWorld
Here, you can have all the Thai food you like for less than $4 each – made by renowned Thai eateries (including one mentioned in Thailand’s Michelin guide). In our opinion, there’s no better place to eat if you’re in the vicinity.
Some must-try food include seafood, Northern Thai cuisine, Thai stewed pork, Thai desserts and moreeee!
1(k). Serving authentic chicken rice from China since 1960 – Go Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam
If you think you cannot find delicious chicken rice in Bangkok, you’re absolutely wrong! This establishment is the first chicken rice stall in Pratunam, and they’ve been feeding foodies delectable moist chicken paired with fragrant oil rice for over 50 years.
From late night till early morning, if you’re in the area, this is definitely a meal you shouldn’t miss. Unsure whether you’re at the right place? Check their uniforms, if it’s hot pink, you’re good to sit and order!
1(l). Swim with Sharks – Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
On the bottom two floors of Siam Paragon Centre in Bangkok, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World might just be the most marine-tastic experience you’ll have in Thailand’s capital.
The Sea Life center hosts more than 30,000 marine animals, including but not limited to seals, ragged-tooth sharks, leafy sea dragons, blue-ringed octopus, stingrays, giant spider crabs, leopard sharks and more!
1(m). Snap a Selfie with a Celebrity – Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Have you ever wanted to sit on the Queen of England’s throne? Or act like the president in the Oval Office? How about meeting a movie star?
You can do all of these things without leaving Bangkok. That’s right! You only need to visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to fulfill all of your dreams.
1(n). Fans, hold onto your tiny, cute, adorable hearts – Line Village
Originating in Korea, the Lines characters blew up in 2011 for their ultra cute design, thus starting a fan club across Asia. So fans have gone nuts over this totally adorable village, dedicated solely for the fans and lovers of Brown, Cony, James, Moon and Jessica – but don’t fear, the whole gang’s here too!
It’s basically a tribute to the characters, setup as a museum and digital adventure park in one! There are over 20 different rooms, and it is all EPIC!
There are mirror rooms and VR (Virtual Reality) encounters with characters, girly girl stations with Cony & Choco (get ready for some ultra amazing Instagram snaps), and there’s even a virtual roller coaster ride.
1(o). Sit in a vintage Thai ambiance overlooking stunning views of Erawan Shrine – Erawan Tea Room
With stunning views overlooking the Erawan Shrine and the city, Erawan Tea Room is located within the Bangkok Grand Hyatt, is a fantastic location for a swanky afternoon tea.
It has a wide selection of teas on offer. There are also Thai favourites, including SomTam spicy papaya salad and chicken satay, as well as traditional Western style tidbits!
Fun, games and entertainment
Wind it down a notch with a little bit of fun thrown into the shopping-centric mix. If you’re looking for a balance of Bangkok, this is the MRT that’s fit for you! There’s a little bit of culture, some shopping and a whole lot of food going on here, as well as photo-friendly places.
2(a). The smaller and more easily accessible sister to the bigger train night market – Talad Rot Fai Ratchada
At this night market, you’ll be able to see all that Bangkok night markets have to offer: barber shops, innovative street food, cheap wares, fashionable trends and even vintage shops.
If you’re a foodie though, you don’t want to miss at least these 2 popular dishes!:
Huge portions of lobster tom yam noodles (Diaw Goong Rot Fai Restaurant เตี๋ยวกุ้งรถไฟ)
Fusion of land and sea, QQ glass noodles and fresh crab! (Tung Jai Dee Restaurant)