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The five coolest neighbourhoods in Bangkok

The district of Siam is sandwiched between Bangkok’s Old Town and the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Here are a few reasons why Siam makes our list of the coolest neighbourhoods in Bangkok to explore on your next holiday overseas.

You can’t go to Bangkok without visiting a spa. And the Siam District has some of the best.  One of our favourites is the Treasure Spa at Siam Square where we suggest you try an Arabian-style treatment.

It’s easy to spend an afternoon in Yelo House, a haven for both local and international emerging artists to showcase their work. If you want to taste some amazing street food this is also the area to do it in.

You can eat like a local at Jeh-O Chula, Joke Samoan, Somtam Jay Daeng and Sweet Circle where the Thai dessert magic comes to life in the form of mango and sticky rice. And this all happens within walking distance of the edgy Siam@Siam Design Hotel.

You can’t go to Bangkok without visiting a spa. And the Siam District has some of the best.  One of our favourites is the Treasure Spa at Siam Square where we suggest you try an Arabian-style treatment.

It’s easy to spend an afternoon in Yelo House, a haven for both local and international emerging artists to showcase their work. If you want to taste some amazing street food this is also the area to do it in.

You can eat like a local at Jeh-O Chula, Joke Samoan, Somtam Jay Daeng and Sweet Circle where the Thai dessert magic comes to life in the form of mango and sticky rice. And this all happens within walking distance of the edgy Siam@Siam Design Hotel.

Siam@Siam Roof Top

New restaurants seem to open every day in Bangkok’s Ari neighbourhood. Ari is an upscale residential area but it also has an amazing café culture. You have no doubt heard of Asia’s Cat Cafes. Well True Love Café is for dog lovers. Here you will find good coffee and 23 huskies that you can play with three times a day.

Future Factory Bangkok presents concept exhibitions and live music in venues that hold between 300 and 500 people.

If you are chasing Mexican food head to TacoChela, Phed Phed is a local hangout for diners who want Som Tam and other restaurants worth trying to include Salt Smoke, Jim’s Burgers and Beers, and O’Glee.

For after-dark action, head to Thonglor  – think gaming, restaurants, bars, and lively nightclubs. If you are looking for dining options try Khao Jao, Baan Ice Restaurant, The Commons or Masala Art (arguably Bangkok’s best Indian).

If you like to dance then Beam, just off Sukhumvit Soi 55, is a good place to start. There are world-class DJs on stage almost every night. Badmotel has a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy warm Bangkok evenings and take it the city’s free light show every night. For gamers, the Game Over Lounge is packed with PCs and board games.

The Old City is where you will discover the history of Bangkok. It is home to architecturally stunning temples, palaces and of course the Grand Palace, which dominates the district. The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and for 150 years was home for the Thai King.

Grand Palace Bangkok - Sunrise

Just a 10-minute walk from the Grand Palace and you will find Wat Phra Chetuphon, the temple of the reclining Buddha (46 metres long and covered in Gold leaf).

Some say Khaosan Road in the Old City is the centre of the backpacker world. It is a lively one-kilometre strip packed with hostels, book shops, market stalls, tattooists and massage centres. At night it is the centre point of the Old City teaming with backpackers from throughout the world. You will hear more languages here than on some days at the United Nations.

Food lovers flock to Bangkok’s Chinatown, packed with market stalls and gold shops. Yaowarat, the busy Main Street of Chinatown, with its red-lanterns lighting the path, is the real deal when it comes to street food. Menus change daily. Humble noodle stands deliver dumplings that are stuffed with flavour and everything is fresh. Most stall owners make everything from scratch. You can watch and learn how to do it yourself. Smells help direct you down the street. Peppery Pork this way, crab noodles that way. Every time you turn your head there is a new smell drawing you towards it. If you are staying at Siam@Siam Design Hotel Chinatown is a 12-minute drive away, depending on Bangkok’s unpredictable traffic.

No matter where you go in Bangkok, you’re in for a fun time!