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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
“The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court, and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. Now Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.”
  • 228 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Terminal 21 Shopping Mall offers designer brands, Thai and International cuisine, a gourmet supermarket and etc. Each floor is decorated in different styles based on the highlight of each well-known countries.”
  • 229 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Thailand's most famous market- you are guaranteed to find a treasure with so many shops to choose from. ”
  • 321 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Siam Paragon is a shopping mall in Bangkok, the largest in Thailand. Siam Ocean World (Underwater world) is an aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in South East Asia. The mall has a multiplex movie theater. It has 15 large theaters One of the theaters has the largest screen in Asia. ”
  • 278 locals recommend
“- Can shop for many local and international branded product. There are several restaurants locating at the mall as well. - Locate near BTS Chidlom.”
  • 189 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is an ever-popular shopping centre for cheap/copy gifts. All taxi drivers will know MBK and it is right on National Stadium BTS station”
  • 201 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“ASIATIQUE The Riverfront will be Bangkok’s first large-scale riverside project combining shopping, dining, sightseeing, activities and events under one roof. The strong cultural aspect is what sets it apart from other shopping malls. Embracing history, but avoiding the cultural clichés and traditional symbols, it strikes a balance between tradition and globalization.”
  • 216 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Nice place to shopping and many nice restaurant to visit and grocery shopping.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Place of Worship
““Wat Pho” (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or “Wat Phra Chetuphon” is right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The highlight for most people visiting Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. The figures here are impressive: 15 metres tall, 46 metres long, so large that it feels like it’s been squeezed into the building. Also, you have to try massage. It’s very famous.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A large shopping mall selling luxury and Hi end brands. The mall locating at BTS Prompong.”
  • 154 locals recommend
“There are many fun and exciting things to do near Lumpini Park Bangkok. 1. Visit The Colourful Patpong Night Market 2. Experience The Vibrant Nightlife At DJ Station 3. Go Back Into Time At MR Kukrit’s House 4. Golf Equipment Shopping At Thaniya Plaza”
  • 114 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you guy love to Shoping about Dress Cloth for Fashion i recommend you to go there inside mall with Aircondition and Food aswell.”
  • 146 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Promthep Cape is one of the most photographed locations in Phuket. Every evening, tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai Beach and up the island's southernmost hill to watch the sunset, which can also be spelt as 'Phromthep Cape' (though it's said the same way). There's also a lighthouse displaying interesting historical maritime artefacts here. It commands spectacular views over the east and southeast of the island and its environs. The lighthouse/museum is air-conditioned, and if you go up to the outdoor terrace, you can see the distinctive shapes of Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi on a clear day. Most of the time, you'll be able to see nearby islands, like Koh Kaeo Yai with its Buddhist monastery. Some people make the rather demanding trek down to the end of Promthep Cape's promontory, though most stay in the viewing part for sunset. By the carpark, there's a handicrafts shop and a series of stalls that sell shells, batik, snacks, sarongs, shawls, toys and beachwear. Promthep Cape is busy at most times of the day and even gets pretty manic at sunset. For those who like dining with a view, head over to Promthep Cape Restaurant for an excellent vista of Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches. When the last coachloads of tourists have left the cape, this reasonably-priced restaurant is one of the best places in Phuket to enjoy the cool evening air and a great view. Tuck into a seafood basket or your favorite Thai dish from its extensive menu.”
  • 121 locals recommend
“Benjasiri Park is the place to be for sculpture lovers, as some of the best examples of Thai sculpture are scattered around the park. The centrepiece fountain, showcasing the work of master sculptor Misiem Yipintsoi, hosts multimedia water dance shows 3 times daily.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“See the big white marble Buddha statue right on top of Naka Kerd mountain that will give you a spectacular view over the east part of Phuket island”
  • 126 locals recommend
“Patong's 3-km strip of golden sand is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. It has plenty of parasailing and jet ski operators, boat drivers, beach vendors and masseuses approaching travellers who are relaxing on the sand. Patong Beach has a row of coconut, palm and tropical almond trees separating the shore from the main road. This slightly cooler area is lined with stalls selling snacks and drinks, as well as beach massage parlours. You can also find beachfront restaurants and bars offering simple Thai and international dishes, particularly around the middle of the beach, near the entrance to Bangla Road. The northern part of Patong Beach hides a small sandy creek where the water is very shallow and clear during high season. The southern part is the mouth of a river, where several fishing boats anchor. The bridge over the river leads to a small fishing village and the various bays and beaches around the headland that separates Patong from Karon. The best time to visit Patong Beach in Phuket is between November and April when the sea is very flat and calm. From May to October, the beach experiences large waves and dangerous swells. While you can go in the water on some days, pay strict attention to the red warning flags when they're out on the sand. Along Patong Beach, many roadside stalls and wandering vendors selling a wide variety of food, drinks, snacks, and ice cream. You can also find many sarongs, beach mats, sunglasses, and souvenirs for sale. A large part of Beach Road (from Haad Patong Alley to Prachanukhro Road) is lined with restaurants and cafés, including international fast-food chains such as McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King. There's a good choice of restaurants and bars right on the beach itself, including Sole Mio, Chez Bernard and Patong Beachfront Food Court. Public toilets are spaced out along Patong Beach, and you usually have to pay a few baht to use them. There are plenty of parking spaces for small motorcycles and scooters along the beach road, but they can fill up over the course of the day. Due to its popularity, it's best to come early in the morning to find a good spot. Sun loungers are available on small areas of the sand and you can always lay down your own mat or towel anywhere along the beach. Patong Beach is most popular for jet skiing and parasailing. Operators can be found every few hundred metres, particularly around the end of Bangla Road. Exercise caution and wear a lifejacket if you're interested in motorised watersports. Most jet skis are not insured and scams are quite common. You can also enjoy banana boat rides, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and windsurfing. The best place to surf at Patong Beach is at the northern end, where waves can be quite fast and open to the wind. You can find some good snorkelling by the rocks at the northern end of Patong Beach. There are many vendors offering snorkel equipment right on the beach. Local masseuses are set up in the shaded areas of Patong Beach. An hour-long Thai massage usually starts from 200 baht. Other types of massage and foot reflexology are also available.”
  • 75 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Night Market
“An open-air weekend market that's all about arts and crafts, Cicada is popular with both Thai and foreign tourists and is particularly lively once the sun goes down. The market is divided into four sections that include decorative home items and fashion for sale, an art gallery, a massive outdoor food court, and an area dedicated to live music and shows featuring bands, dance groups, unique pantomime performances, and live DJs. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Phuket FantaSea, winner of Thailand’s “Best Attraction Award”, is a unique cultural theme park that promises to be the ultimate in night-time entertainment on the holiday resort island of Phuket”
  • 82 locals recommend
“The Sky Gallery Pattaya”, a restaurant on Pratamnak Hill has a second – to – none scenery and a picturesque sunset viewing spot of Pattaya bay. The Sky Gallery Pattaya serves amazing fusion dishes. Customers can enjoy a panoramic view overlooking the sea and changing blue sky, which creates relaxing and romantic atmosphere. The idea of The Sky Gallery stemmed from “the best period after a day-long work is to rest among great atmosphere”. All the details have been designed to stay close to nature, accommodating customers with all age ranges. The venue is perfect for meetings among groups of friends or enjoying fresh air under the trees. The restaurant highlight is a picturesque top view of the sea and Koh Larn, a never ending piece of artwork delicatedly created by nature. Official website : facebook : 8.00am-11.59pm 300 THB each International cuisine +66(0)81-931-8588 Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150 ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Salad Place
“The salad restaurant where you can eat from 6.30 am to 22.00 pm everyday. The food is nice and fresh. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Lovely Place to hang out with friends, beautiful views to the River and Live Music every night where you can enjoy with the locals”
  • 55 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“is one of Bangkok ‘s most popular rooftop, well known from the movie Hangover ll, located on the 63rd floor of Tower Club at lebua Hotel. It’s the fabulous 360 degrees view all over Bangkok. You will have one of the best rooftop experience in the world Go to the G floor. Go to Lebua Lobby at the next door. Take the elevator to 63rd floor. Enjoy your night!”
  • 49 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“- Michelin Star restaurant - Make sure to go early or reserve 3 weeks in advance - Has been covered in food documentaries all over the world”
  • 14 locals recommend
“Sit right on the waters edge with your feet in the sand, good variety of food selection on the menu, a bit more pricey than local restaurants but the view is worth it. ”
  • 45 locals recommend

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