Best thing to do in Bangkok

Thailand is a food-lover’s dream trip. Just keep an eye out for stalls with designed with a smiling plate-sticker: it means they’ve gotten the thumbs up from the city for cleanliness. Other must-dine destinations include Limpini Park and the Night Food Stall Street.

Insiders and design hunters should head to the 35-acre Chatuchak Market. It’s crowded, but home to more than 15,000 stalls lining narrow sois, or alleyways. You can also pick up beautiful silk fabrics and readymade goods from Jim Thompson’s teak house-turned-museum.

A must do when in Bangkok is to venture down to Chinatown for food. At the old market, you will find some of the city's best tasting and most reasonably priced fare

Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance

Bangkok’s electrifying nightlife scene has been rated as one of the best in the world. Much has changed since the early days of go-go bars and clubs. While Soi Cowboy, Patpong and Nana slowly fade into the background, Khao San, RCA, Sukhumvit 11 and Thonglor have emerged as the most-happening places after sundown, where international DJs rock the house with their latest mixes.