Bangkok, Thailand
Kanokwan, 23
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What are the Bangkok spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

1.Siam area is the supercenter hub of Bangkok. It's like Time square of New York. You can get everything that you want. There are a lot of famous international restaurants such as Jamie Oliver's restaurant, Hard rock cafe, Bankara Ramen and so on.

Do’s and don’ts in Bangkok: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Tipping: no except in luxury places. Public transport: MRT, BTS... Bus (some route of the bus are good ), van and the airport rail link.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m a third-year student in the Faculty of Psychology. My major is in Developmental Psychology and my minor is in Economy. I have also been reviewing food and restaurants on Google for while because I'm a food lover.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

On a normal day, when I go out of my dorm to go to school, I spend around 200 baht for 3 meals and transportation. But when I meet a friend or for work, then around 300-500 baht (1 special meal and transportation). It depends on what you want to eat because in Bangkok you have lots of choices (many classes/styles of food). When I go to hang out I spend around 1000 baht.

Which Bangkok shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

It depends on what you want! I always go to Siam paragon because there is a lot of shops there such as H&M, Mango, Uniqlo, Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton etc.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Korean band: SHINee.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?


What’s the one place in Bangkok you think is underrated?

Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Yodpiman River Walk.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Bangkok?

จิวสุกี้กระทะร้อน (Thai style sukiyaki) it’s low price but worth every single penny👍🏼

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

It never happens in Bangkok so don't worry about it.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

The Grand Palace because It is dazzling and very important to Thai people. It is the home of the Thai King, the Royal Court and the administrative seat of Government. Within the palace, there are many areas and it is complex. It's a suitable place for Thai culture representatives.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Jok SamYaan, which is a rice porridge restaurant. Gram, an American style breakfast restaurant (I like the salmon scrambled eggs here), and Kope HyaTaiKee, the true Thai-style breakfast restaurant.

Your perfect night out in Bangkok includes:

When I'm thinking about a night out in Bangkok I think about a great dinner or party. The area that reminds me of this is Eakamai and Thonglor Zone. You can find many famous high-class bistros, restaurants, pubs, and bars here. For example Demo nightclub, DND, Nunglen & Esco bar, Ainu and so on.

Which local creators do you admire?


Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

We have a lot of local food restaurants that are delicious and cheaper than famous ones.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Every night market in Bangkok deserves the word "cheap bite on-the-go".

Tomorrow’s your last day in Bangkok. How do you spend it?

I will spend that day with my family and go to some fine dining restaurant with them. I want to go to Gaggan.

You’re meeting the mayor of Bangkok - what constructive criticism would you give them?

I want to tell him about the real situation in Thailand, about how economic and suburb city local management have a problem at the root. The Streisand effect does not work at all. For example, my hometown is very near to Bangkok but everything there is still the same as when I was born. The roads are full of potholes and we can't access the public water. We need some benefit from our taxes.

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