Best place for a drink?
For cocktails I trust five-star or international chain hotels as they never go wrong on the mix of ingredients nor are they stingy on the liquor.
Recent visits are Woo Bar at W Bangkok and Pisco Sour at the Above Eleven, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit Soi 11. Both venues are equipped with well-trained, entertaining and very educated bartenders. For wines, my all time favourite is Scarlet at Pullman G for they offer both reasonably priced wines and one of the best Bangkok skylines.
Best place to eat out?
As The Nomad’s host – that’s the travel and lifestyle segment on my news hour – I get to try out new venues in town, both by invitation and on my own. However, there’s this one place that has been around for decades and still thrives amid mushrooming competition around town: Chanpen
Restaurant on Rama 4.
Nicknamed “Chai-Ta-Lay” or “seashore”, this is our family’s regular eat out. The taste – they serve Chinese and Thai cuisines – the staff, the ambience and the service stay the same and are exceptional.
Best place to take visitors?
I love organising a boat trip along Chaopraya river and Bangkok’s canals for my visiting friends and families every now and then.
They all love it. We usually start with me fetching varieties of fish fresh from the market nearby, mostly by the number 108 to represent cosmic power, and then releasing them into the river, giving them back their lives before celebrating the beauty of Bangkok by the river.
Best place to shop?
I was born in Phahurat, later known as ‘Little India’, but Sampheng is adjacent to it and is a wholesale market for everything you can imagine. So that’s me being impulsive. But I also lean toward air-conditioned malls that are connected to public transportation, like Central World and Paragon.
Best place to relax?
Dusit Zoo, especially this hidden gem called ‘Wang Wana’, a cafe by the lake overlooking Anatasamakhom Throne Hall. It’s breathtaking. The breeze, the moon and live Suntharaporn music (Thai Oldies) performed by diehard regulars just transport you to another era. An escape and a perfect hideaway in the city!
Best Place for nightclubbing?
Bed Supperclub, Silom Soi 4 and private parties. The key is to dance like nobody’s watching.
Best place for art?
Bangkok’s Guggenheim, the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre at Pathumwan Intersection. Conveniently located, accessible through the sky train and with plenty of variety, be it art itself, music, cinema and events. I’m a big fan of its annual Cinema Diverse Series, showing rare art films from all over the world and the International Dance Festival.
Best place for a real Bangkok experience?
Markets! My most favourite and frequent visit is Pak Klong Talad, aka the Flower Market. It’s calmer during the day but gets crazier at night.