where to stay:
Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel: You may find yourself completely enthralled and in love with this quirky, peaceful guesthouse located in the center of old Bangkok City. PN is well known in Bangkok for its eclectic, artistic decor and welcoming staff that seeks to please all who come into their doors. Some may mistake this place for heaven on earth with handmade fabrics and green gardens, which is a perfect place to return to after a long day on the streets of Bangkok. Homemade, vegetarian meals and family friendly as well. Rooms start at $37 USD/night for a double. They are a small, family-run place so booking is best done at their website http://www.phranakorn-nornlen.com/new/home.html
Baan Chantra B&B: A place for those backpackers who like to stay right with the local community, but also like to have access to their modern commodities. A small place of only four rooms that range from basic to more deluxe, Baan Chantra’s owner Kulthida will warmly greet you upon arrival and assist you with planning your time in the city. Centrally located near many of the popular tourist attractions and close to the famous Khao San Road. Enjoy a lovely breakfast with Kulthida as she tells you stories of growing up in her grandmother’s home, the present day Baan Chantra B&B. Rooms start at $60USD/night for a double room. http://www.baanchantra.com/
where to eat:
Street Food on Sukhumvit Soi 38: Take the sky train to Thong Lo Station and the market is located just next door. The street food at this market is honestly to die for if you’re in the mood for some traditional Thai food with pad thai, satay, barbeque spears wit peanut butter, fried rice, curry, and mango sticky rice. Fresh food made right in front of you, menus in English, and super cheap. Eat with locals and enjoy your food while watching the bustling city streets. Open from 6p.m. until early morning.
Thip Samai: If you’re look to try the best pad thai in all of Bangkok, then look no further than this adorable little restaurant. You will see pad thai being sold everywhere you go, literally everywhere. But what makes Thip Samai’s the best of them all? Well if you can choose between one of the six types they offer, the pad thai is cooked to perfection and served with all the right stuff- crisp bean sprouts, chili sugar peanuts, and chili vinegar. It’s a busy restaurant with a quick turnaround time. But at $2.50 USD a portion, how could you pass this place up?
What to see:
Bangkok Train Market (Rot Fai Market): An antiquer’s dream, this open air market sells the bizarre, unique, and eclectic of goods. A long corridor of stalls selling replicas of guns, old bicycles, antique vinyls, and vintage handbags. And plenty of restaurants and food stand nearby, as you will certainly build up an appetite while shopping. This is definitely the place you will find the hip and hipsters alike in Bangkok. Located about a 5 minute walk from Seacon Square and a 30 minute taxi ride from the city center.