Thailand is a huge magnet for tourists, with almost 30 million international tourists visiting Thailand in 2015. That means the more popular tourist attraction are always crowded and it will remain so as the Tourism Authority of Thailand expects even more tourist to arrive in 2016.
So, in order to avoid the maddening crowds, Hustlers Bangkok proposes these 5 destinations not to miss in Bangkok. They are not off the beaten track, but they are not so popular with all tourists and are definitely worth visiting:
1. Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum
The history of this fairly new museum can be traced back to 2003 when, on October 3rd, one last train left Bangkok Noi Railway Station, after which the State Railway of Thailand discontinued the serviced and closed down the station.
The old station building now houses Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum, a very modern museum which focuses on the history of the Thonburi area and the evolution of modern medicine in Thailand. Opened in 2013, the museum is made up of several buildings and areas which include a giant warehouse and an open-air archeological site.
2. Cat Cafés
For the past year, the craze in Thailand has been with Japan and all things Japanese, including cat cafés and most recently Pokemong Go. Although the concept of cat cafés didn’t really start in Japan, but rather in Taiwan, where the world’s first cat café was opened in Taipei in 1998, it was the Japanese endless love for cats and cute things that made this trend go global.
We recommend Cataholic Café, based on an addicted cat-aholic, is a bit more difficult to find as it is tucked away on the second floor of the Ozono Plaza but it can be reached most easily via Petchaburi Rd. on Soi 38/1 or, alternatively, from Sukhumvit Rd. 39. It’s open from Tuesday to Friday from 12-noon to 9pm while at the weekend it opens a bit earlier at 11:30am.
3. National Museum
The Thai National Museum is now the biggest museum in Thailand, boasting 38 national branches and, according to the 2014 edition of the Lonely Planet, it is also the largest museum in Southeast Asia.
Apart from the exhibitions inside each building, it is also worth exploring the smaller structures dotting the entire complex. For example, there’s a “Red House,” which is a medium-sized building made entirely of teak wood and, obviously, painted all in red, which houses some paraphernalia that belonged to Queen Sri Suriyen, the wife to KingRama II.
4. Pickadaily Bangkok
Pickadaily Bangkok is a place that tries to reproduce the atmosphere of an old English village mixed with more modern attractions that one might be tempted to have in the background of a holiday photo when in England.
Launched at the end of 2013, Pickadaily Bangkok wants to be exactly that: a place where people like to come and take pictures and, hopefully, once they’re there, to stay for a drink and a meal and possibly to spend more money in some of the other shops that dot all around, throughout the mall.
5. Asok Area
Bangkok’s Asok area is one of the most vibrant districts of the Thai capital. You can find here almost everything you want with regards to shopping, dining and nightlife. Hustlers Bangkok, the premier pool bar, is located only a 5-minutes walk from Asok BTS station, in the basement of Times Square Building.
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