Navigating this teeming megacity can be a dizzying affair. T+L tapped three locals to show us around town.
The Impresario: Sanya Souvanna
Phouma Managing partner at Maggie Choo’s nightclub
Moved to Bangkok in 1997
Last great meal: Some buddies and I recently went on a dining tour: five restaurants, lots of drinking, and everything from French small plates at Maison Blanchethis link opens in a new tab to jamón ibérico at Vesperthis link opens in a new tab.
After dark: I often head to Jazz Happensthis link opens in a new tab, on the hipster strip Phra Athit, where everyone dances around the band. At Maggie Choo’s (320 Silom Rd., Bang Rak), we started doing a highbrow gay cabaret night on Sundays, something Bangkok hasn’t seen before.
The Curator: Myrtille Tibayrenc
Artistic director at the Toot Yung Art Center
Moved to Bangkok in 2006
What’s underrated: The amazing wall paintings and bronze Buddha statue at Wat Suthat in the Old City, a lesser-known temple that is just as beautiful as the eternally crowded Wat Pho.
Culture pick: The RMA Institutethis link opens in a new tab has well-curated exhibitions and serves a nice brunch in the garden. The ladies who run the café do a perfect poached egg with asparagus and truffle oil. weekend getaway I usually go to Muak Lek, in the Saraburi province, to visit friends and tour vineyards like GranMonte Asoke Valleythis link opens in a new tab (pictured), run by a young female winemaker.
Favorite bangkok street: Several friends have opened design studios and galleries on Soi Nana, in the old part of Chinatown, including illustrators Nicolas Dali and Marc Stuart of KÜOZthis link opens in a new tab and Cho Why (17 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung), an exhibition space owned by an artist collective.
The Pop Star: Debbie See
Born and raised in Bangkok
My friday night: I usually grab a cocktail on the two-story porch at Oskarthis link opens in a new tab, a clubby lounge overlooking busy Sukhumvit Soi 11.
Weekend getaway: Koh Samet, a 2½-hour drive and quick speedboat ride away, is like a second home for a lot of people here. I stay at Paradeethis link opens in a new tab, which I like for its peaceful beach with beautiful villas and complete privacy.
In-town guilty pleasures: I admit I like the touristy area around Khao San Road! The fun restaurant My Darling (Soi Rambuttri) is great for people-watching. To evade the heat, I stop by the bar at Buddy Hotelthis link opens in a new tab for a Guinness—it’s a nice place to chill.
Quintessential Bangkok shop: One of the first Thai brands to hit it big was Greyhoundthis link opens in a new tab, known for its chic, simple designs and high quality. What I love most is the café—the spicy salmon and fruity yogurt shake are delicious.Source