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Under US$50


If your visit has got you hooked on Thai food, why not learn to cook it yourself? For US$30 you can take a course at Silom Thai Cooking School. Course 5, held every Friday, includes a market tour and practical instruction on some Thai staples – tom yum soup, pad Thai and sticky rice with mango.

All that cooking is thirsty work, so check out one of the nearby bars in the evening. At Bangkok’s highest bar, Distil, the star of the show is master mixologist Ron Ramirez, whose cocktail creations are inspired by molecular cuisine.


Under US$100


When you can no longer handle the heat outside, pair up and play Bangkok’s latest sensation, The Escape Hunt Experience – a thrilling, live-action detective game. For US$50, two people can experience the Two’s Company Room. Use your powers of logic and perception to solve a “murder mystery” and escape the scene.

After all that excitement you’ll probably want to put your feet up. Treat yourself to one of the soothing foot massages at Bai Po (155/12 Sukhumvit, 11/1 Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 662 254 4834).


Under US$200


Architecture buffs will be delighted by The Jim Thompson House. Marvel at the teak splendour of this traditional house built by Thompson, the American entrepreneur who pioneered the Thai silk industry. Explore its jungle setting and the legend of the man – he disappeared on a hiking holiday in Malaysia in 1967, but his legacy has lasted.

If you find yourself peckish whilst pondering which of the fine silks to buy at the gift shop, head to Jim Thompson’s main outlet at Surawong Road, which has its own restaurant. Traditional Thai dishes are served in a rustic setting.