If you’re staying around Surawong Road and Bangrak in Bangkok, there are plenty of things to see and do. Here are six things that are worth checking out while you are in Bangkok.
Even better, most of them don’t cost a thing unless you simply can’t resist buying something at one of the funky stores mentioned below.
The Neilsen Hays Library
Established by Dr Thomas Heywood Hays, the former Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Hospital, this historic building from the 1920s houses over 20,000 books in elegant surrounds.
No photos are permitted inside the library so you will have to take my word for it. This lesser known Bangkok site is a must visit for its peaceful atmosphere and beautiful architecture.
Bangkok General Post Office
Constructed in 1885, this stern-looking building is now home to the funky Thailand Creative & Design Centre and has one of Thailand’s largest Garuda statues on the roof.
The space is primarily used by creatives for professional development but the fantastic gift shop on the ground floor is a must for tourists seeking a unique souvenir. Head to the rooftop for a closer look at Garuda and a nice view of Bangkok.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Down the road from the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surowongse on Silom Road, you will find this ornate temple which is known locally as Wat Khaek.
It was built in 1879 and is still used for worship by Bangkok’s Hindu community. Visitors are welcome but photos are not permitted inside the temple.
Bangrak Street Art
Some of Bangkok’s best street art can be found near Charoen Krung soi 28. It is easy to spend a few hours here if you combine your visit with the nearby art precinct Warehouse 30.
If you need transport back to your accommodation, there are plenty of tuk tuks in the main street art street. Don’t forget to negotiate the fare before you get in.
Abandoned World War II warehouses have been converted to a trendy arts precinct housing funky boutiques, cutting edge design stores, cafes and hipster coffee shops. If you love design focussed homewares, clothing and accessories, you will love this trendy design hub.
Bangrak Food Scene
Bangrak is famous for its street food and authentic local vibe. Dine on everything from Chinese Peking duck, traditional street snacks, halal dishes, or spicy noodles. If you aren’t sure what to try or what’s safe to eat, booking a street food tour of the area can be a good idea.
Guests staying at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surowongse can do the above tour for free. Ask the concierge for a tour booklet when you check-in.
Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surowongse and loved the hotel’s free self-guided tour.