The Best Things to Do and See in Thonglor, Bangkok

Benjakitti Park in Thonglor, Bangkok, is a great place for a stroll
Benjakitti Park in Thonglor, Bangkok, is a great place for a stroll | © Stockinasia / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Leslie Finlay
6 August 2021

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.

Paintbar Bangkok

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With painting classes gaining popularity in cities worldwide, it’s no wonder one popped up in trendy Thonglor – with its own added twist. Hosted in a beautiful bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and views over the soi(side street) below, Paintbar’s motto is: “Because we don’t paint without sipping, and we don’t sip without painting.” The bar has a great selection of wine, beer, cider and sake, along with snacks to nibble on as you express your inner genius.

Urban Playground Climbing

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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.

The COMMONS

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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.

Game Over Lounge

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Thai, American
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Game Over Lounge, Bangkok
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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.

Divine Yoga

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This beautiful studio nestled within Thonglor is more than a mecca for local yogis – though it specialises in classes from beginner to advanced levels – and offers a wide range of healthy options dedicated to physical and mental well-being. The friendly staff is happy to help recommend classes based on individual needs, from basic stretch sessions to full-on Bollywood Dance hours. After getting your sweat (or meditation) on, hit the luxury-level shower facilities to freshen up before emerging back into the trendiness of Thonglor.

Let’s Relax Onsen and Spa

Spa, Massage Parlour
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Let’s Relax Onsen and Spa, Khet Watthana
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Escape the urban chaos at the first authentic Japanese onsen in Bangkok. Let’s Relax takes the traditional healing practice and weaves in modern technology to deliver a “hygienically guaranteed” unique experience to every guest. The spa offers traditional Thai massages as well, to complete your Silk Bath – white microbubbles enriched with pure oxygen – or Chromotherapy in the Whirlpool Bath.

Dasa Book Cafe

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Courtesy of Dasa Book Cafe
Two decades ago, good coffee was impossible to find in Bangkok, once you headed outside tourist resorts and five-star hotels. Now, the city brims over with streetside cafes and arty shops serving gourmet cups made with beans imported from the world over. Dasa Book Cafe is one of the most popular spots in Thonglor – come and mingle with students and tourists sipping barista brews while browsing shelves stuffed with more than 16 000 secondhand books. It’s the largest selection in Bangkok.

Benjakitti Park

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While Lumphini Park is busy with tourists and locals from the early hours, nearby Benjakitti remains quiet – with just a few joggers and groups of Thai pensioners practising tai chi. It’s a great place for a stroll – follow the shady path that runs around the shore of Ratchada Lake, or take a ride in one of the swan-shaped paddle boats. At twilight, there are Instagrammable views of the city skyline shimmering in the water.

Alex Robinson contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on August 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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