6. The Commons
With Bangkok already saturated with malls featuring ubiquitous shops, this venue broke all the rules, with its indoor-outdoor atmosphere, multi-layered spaces where free music performances are held, and emphasis on community. Locals can’t get enough of the eateries and shopping – not to mention the markets and fairs regularly held here.
Located at the southern, less-frequented end of gentrifying Chaoren Krung Road, this small gallery in a shophouse nevertheless has a strong local following for its experimental shows and forward-thinking exhibitions, which include live performance art, audio-visual work, and mixed-media pieces.
Until recently, this roughly 2ha wooded park – just west of Suvarnabhumi airport – was a dumping ground. Remarkably, it has been transformed into a natural habitat and wetland, which can be traversed by elevated walkways, and features informational exhibits on green living.
The Thai capital is not short on rooftop bars – some even featured in movies – in hotels around town. However, residents know that the best deals, and views, can be found along Sukhumvit Road; don’t miss Brewski, a superb craft beer pub on the 30th floor of Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok Hotel.
– TEXT BY SIMON OSTHEIMER
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.