ask Jan about
cocktail bars • thai food • rooftop bar • department stores • viewpoints
What are the Bangkok spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
It's definitely the rooftop bars. Bangkok is known as one of the cities in the world that has magnificent cityscape, not to mention, the naughty nightlife after your drinking session. There are also many types of rooftop bars, ranging from the upscale on the high-rise buildings to the more down-to-earth rooftop bars. My favourite ones would be at the Octave Sky Bar, Marriott Hotel and Lebua Skybar at State Tower (yup, the Hangover one). There is also a bar called 'Escape' on the top of Emquatier (It's only on the 5th floor) that has a really nice vibe and music, a perfect fit for meeting friends for some good drinks.
Do’s and don’ts in Bangkok: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Do: Always ask the taxi drivers here to use monitor or else they might over-charge you or just use GRAB. Don't: Don't underestimate how hot the weather can be, so make sure you are prepared for that.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a student (Majoring in Sociology, minoring in International Relations) at Chulalongkorn University and I chose this faculty because I used to find it interesting hahaha. I love challenging myself by exploring and trying new things/activities to see what I'm good at and to expand my limitations.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Transportation around (120+120) = 240 baht, a drink 500 baht, so approximately 740 baht.
Which Bangkok shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
I live near Siam so I always frequent there; there are always new exhibitions, events and shops around Siam which include Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Square etc. be careful cos you might get confused!
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
I have 2 choices 1) A rooftop bar. I will start by going to a rooftop bar for a nice conversation and quality time with my date and then probably head to a nightclub 2) A board game/Beer pong place. It's another activity that the both of you can enjoy, you can also make new friends while being there. Also, Truth or Dare game is another good way to get to know more about each other (Is it?!).
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Bangkok?
There are a lot of bars, bistros and street food at night in Bangkok. You can literally find it in almost everywhere but I will personally suggest 72 Courtyard, located at the heart of Thonglor which is known to be popular with both Thai and Western partygoers. The place offers great and lively ambience for friends to chill and some nights out. There are many pubs and restaurants where you can order drinks and hop between (also, very Instagram-worthy). This place usually gets crowded and buzzy after 9pm.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Not gonna happen... hahaha seriously but make sure you always bring a jacket or a cardigan.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
I will bring them to an authentic Thai restaurant - Praya Kitchen, Sri Trat, Kurissara Thai Cuisine etc. (I haven't gotten a chance to try that much though).
Your go-to brunch spots:
D'ARK by Phillip Di Bella.
Your perfect night out in Bangkok includes:
Me and my best friends at a nice dinner at some restaurant then either head to a bar or club to end the night :)
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
If you're in Bangkok and haven't tried any street food... are you even here? so, street food would do!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Bangkok. How do you spend it?
I would want to spend it like a local. For example, I might go to a cinema to watch a Thai movie (There is an English subtitle FYI), sing karaoke with my friends, or maybe go to a park or some nice place for a fun photoshoot.
You’re meeting the mayor of Bangkok - what constructive criticism would you give them?
I don't want to see Bangkok turning into a dense and over-populated city. Recently, I see a lot of foreigners move into Bangkok since our living cost is not high and the city itself is simply amazing, so I would suggest the mayor make sure the law and regulations related to this issue be more strict and well-checked. Also, another suggestion is to make the sidewalk more safe and walkable. When Bangkok is in the rain, the sidewalk will turn into a hidden-bomb finding game in real life, except the bomb is dirty water. Lastly, Bangkok should have gotten rid of overhead cables already, a bunch of black cables scares me every time I walk past.