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THE ALTERNATIVE BANGKOK DESTINATION GUIDE​

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From street food to luxury dining, from floating-markets to mega-malls, and from ancient temples to cutting edge tech and design, Bangkok is a city of contrasts and adventure. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or you’re Bangkok-experienced, our destination guide will help you see the best of Bangkok from the tourist must-do’s to the hidden gems frequented by locals. 

Must-See & Do 

Two must-visits include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the country’s most important Buddhist temple) and Wat Arun (or Temple of Dawn). Appropriately reverent behaviour and attire is expected, while photographs are off limits in some areas, but a glimpse at the large Buddha carved from a block of jade or a lingering sunset view of the spires of Wat Arun make them a must. 

Wat Arun

Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Operating hours: 8am to 5.30pm 
Distance: 20-minutes’ drive from Amara Bangkok>

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Address: Na Phra Lan road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Operating hours: 8.30am to 3.30pm
Distance: 20-minutes’ drive from Amara Bangkok

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Must-Shop 

For one of the best experiences the city has to offer, head down to the night markets that Bangkok is oh-so-famous for. With a mix of everything from vintage to quirky and fashion to handcrafts it’s a great place to pick up, well, anything. 

Talad Rod Fai Train Night Market

Address: 1 4 Srinagarindra road, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand
Operating hours: 5pm to 1am
Distance: 39 minutes from Amara Bangkok​

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
Operating hours: 5pm to 1am
Distance: 39 minutes from Amara Bangkok

The floating markets of Thailand is definitely unlike your regular shopping mall; a river ride through Damnoen Saduak is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Touristy, yes, but still well-worth a visit. Shop for some fresh produce, or even better, a freshly made local dish.
Another market to check out is the Maeklong Railway Market. You’ve probably seen the pictures (or the amazing videos) off a crowded market moving with military efficiency as a train rolls through the middle of it. Shop for souvenirs and ride the trains for two different and equally exciting perspectives. 
*Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market is a distance away from Bangkok’s city centre but many tour operators offer half and full day tours to both places.

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Warehouse 30

​Address: 52 60 Captain Bush Ln, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Operating hours: 11am to 8pm
Distance: 6-minutes’ drive from Amara Bangkok

​With its industrial aesthetic, chill vibes, laid-back cafés and art-filled shops and galleries Warehouse 30 is unlike your ‘normal’ Bangkok shopping experience. Chill, shop or browse, the choice is yours. 

Must-Eat & Drink

Bangkok’s famed Yaowarat (Chinatown) is as much a feast for the eyes as a feast for the belly. Endless street-food and sit-down eateries and restaurants with Thai and Chinese dishes of every imaginable variety on offer. 

Yaowarat

Address: Yaowarat road, Khwaeng Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Operating hours: 24 hours daily but recommended to visit in the evenings
Distance: 15-minutes’ drive from Amara Bangkok

If you like the idea of street food, but maybe you’re not sure where to start, then Ah Ou Bangrak is the answer. A combination of Thai and Chinese menu options and an all-budget clientele, it’s a favourite for those in the know. 

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Ah Ou Bangrak

Address: Soi Charoenkrung 72/4, Charoenkrung Rd., Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Operating hours: 5.30pm to 12mn
Distance: 16-minutes’ drive from Amara Bangkok

If the weather is hot (or even if it isn’t) you won’t find ice cream that’s tastier or more imaginative anywhere else in Bangkok. Opt for one of their alcohol-based boozy ice cream options for a cocktail-esque melt-in-the-mouth experience. 

Jing Jing Ice-cream Bar and Cafe

​Address: 154 Soi Charoenkrung 14, Charoenkrung Rd., Samphantawong Bangkok, Thailand 10100
Operating hours: Wednesday to Saturday 8.30am to 7.30pm, Sunday to Monday 9.30am to 5pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Distance: 15-minutes’ drive from Amara Bangkok

Must-Stay

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​From the rooftop pool with the best city views to the outdoor jacuzzis in the Club Cabana Rooms, from the barista-perfected coffee to the authentic all-day dining at Element restaurantAmara Bangkok is one of the best places to stay in the city.

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You’ll be able to explore our travel guide and the whole city with the convenience of a 10-minute walk to the BTS Skytrain and MRT stations nearby. 

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