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Ananda Everingham’s guide to Bangkok


10 August 2016

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Behind-the-scenes of Taste Bangkok: Ananda Everingham with chef David Thompson and Prin Polsuk at Nahm.

Taste Bangkok host Ananda Everingham gives us the low-down with an introductory itinerary to Bangkok with the best places to experience the city with a highly compact schedule that covers shopping, eating, drinking, dancing, and more eating in one of Thailand’s most vibrant cities.

“I don’t think there is a thing as the perfect introduction to Bangkok,” exclaims Ananda. “It’s such a chaotic city and it’s just as much fun to do things unplanned.”

So how would the Thai film actor spend 24 hours in Bangkok?

“JJ market during the day”

“I would say don’t miss JJ market during the day,” says Ananda. Also known as the famed Chatuchak weekend market, one can easily get lost and spend days in JJ market — offering everything from coconut ice-cream to funky indie designer pieces.

JJ market / Chatuchak market, 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

“Sundowner drinks at Vertigo”

Post JJ market, head back to the hotel to freshen up before heading over to Vertigo and Moon Bar, rooftop restaurant and bar at Banyan Tree Hotel on South Sathon Road. Note the smart casual dress code at Vertigo before you go.

vertigo-moon-bar

Vertigo & Moon Bar, Banyan Tree, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Bangkok 10120, +66 02 679 1200, www.banyantree.com

“Thai dinner at Nahm”

As featured in Taste Bangkok, Nahm serves up a mean jungle curry and comes highly recommended by some of Bangkok’s most respectable chefs. Winner of Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants Awards, Nahm is run by chef David Thompson, Prin Polsuk and Chris Miller.

Nahm-Restaurant

Nahm restaurant, 27 S Sathorn Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, +66 2 625 3333, www.comohotels.com

“Dancing at Maggie Choo’s”

Let your hair down at Maggie Choo’s, a sultry, cheeky, sexy speakeasy bar hidden in the basement of Novotel Silom. Designed by the famed Ashley Sutton, Maggie Choo’s also features cabaret girls as part of its concept and live band performances from 10pm onwards.

maggie choos

Maggie Choo’s, 320 Silom Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500,  +66 91 772 2144, www.novotelbangkoksilom.com

“Late night snack at Kowtom”

According to Ananda, the best way to wind down a full 24 hours in Bangkok is with, “Late night snacks with a night-cap at one of the many Kowtom restaurants — Thailand’s equivalent of a hawker station — they stay open until morning.”

See also: Quick foodie 5 with Ananda Everingham

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