In recent years, the formerly commercial area of Thonglor has emerged as the trendiest neighbourhood in Bangkok. The quarter was initially known for its car dealerships and wedding showrooms. But a flood of bohemian artists to the area launched it to the place in Bangkok to see and be seen. Below are our recommendations of how to best spend your time here.
A state-of-the-art climbing facility, Urban Playground has more than 7,000sqft (650sqm) of climbing space, suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts. Seeking a thrill right away? First-timers can have a go under professional instruction in belaying, bouldering or in a full-blown Introduction to Climbing course. Experienced climbers can contact the staff for help finding a session partner. Climbing not your thing? Urban Playground is a part of the Racquet Club, which itself offers swimming, tennis, badminton, squash and racquetball, snooker and group exercise classes.
Built on a concept of community and like-mindedness, the COMMONS is a sanctuary amid the busy vibe of Thonglor. The open design is a true celebration of modern Thai architecture, dotted with cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops between full-grown trees under expansive ceilings. Nosh on international cuisine from food court kiosks imagined by top regional restaurateurs before heading to pick up a few necessities, like vintage clothes, flowers or freshly baked baguettes. The community of vendors hosts regular workshops as well, so check their schedule to see upcoming events.
This “electronic playground” is a childhood dream come true. Take a reprise from Bangkok’s infamous heat to play a huge selection of console, computer and popular board games while dining on locally famous bar food. Game Over Lounge has a private area donned with an enormous, eight-person couch and games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. Relax with craft beers over a game of Monopoly while waiting for one of local food truck legend Daniel Thaiger’s burgers, or, if you’re more of a serious gamer, head to one of the two dedicated PC-gaming rooms.
Alex Robinson contributed additional reporting to this article.
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