Things to do
When you stay at the Solitaire hotel, the wonders of Bangkok are at your doorstep. Located less than a 5 minute walk from Sukhumvit 11’s famous nightlife scene and the cities sprawling BTS public transit, the Solitaire is centrally located and provides easy access to the city’s renowned attractions, shopping paradises, and world-class hospitals. As an exclusive benefit for our guests, the Solitaire offers a free shuttle service from the hotel to the BTS.
If you are looking for a hotel near terminal 21 or any of these other Bangkok’s sights, the Solitaire hotel’s convenient location will have you exploring them in no time.
Chinatown offers tourists the chance to experience Thailand’s long, storied history with China. From traditional Chinese temples to the glowing street signs adorned with Chinese characters that light up the night, Bangkok’s Chinatown immerses visitors in a scenic atmosphere.
What many visitors new to Bangkok may be unaware of is that Chinatown is an incredibly popular destination for food lovers. In addition to the local Thai fare available, the neighborhood offers a wide range of traditional Chinese food such as dumplings and shark fin soup. At night, the food becomes even more abundant as numerous street food stalls open up shop. How do you know what is the best cuisine? Look at the queue. The longer it is, the better chance you’ll have of scoring a delicious meal.
During the day, visitors can explore the Chinese temples, the nearby Wat Traimet (home to the Golden Buddha), or check out some of the many gold shops the neighborhood is home to. As Chinatown is far away from the BTS or MRT lines, the best way to reach the neighborhood is via taxi.
The famous MOCA, or Museum of contemporary art, is one of the newest galleries and museums in Bangkok. As one of the biggest art galleries in Thailand, MOCA houses a large collection of sculptures and modern paintings any art lover is sure to enjoy. As you slowly wander the sophisticated, white hallways of this five story building, you can marvel at the wide variety of Thai and international art on display. You will get to experience a side of Thailand that is often hidden from the public eye. In MOCA artists are allowed to explore themes such as corruption, prostitution and religion, all of which are not openly talked about in public. The honest art portrayals often open visitors up to a side of Thailand most travelers miss.
MOCA opens from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 6pm on weekends. It is closed on Monday. There is an entrance fee to the museum of 250 baht for adults and 100 baht for students. Children under 13 years of age and people over 60 are allowed free entrance. Because MOCA is quite far away from Solitaire, the best way to reach it is via taxi.
Wat Arun, also known as the so called Temple of Dawn, is one of the most famous and important Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Located across the Chao Phraya River from The Grand Palace, the temple is praised for its architectural landmarks. From the giant guards made from stucco and adorned with Chinese porcelain pieces welcoming you at the entrance gate, to the surrounding buildings and garden which are preserved to be just like the old days, here you can observe examples of some of the finest Thai traditional art decorations.
The highlight is the world renowned central Prang, an 81.5 metre high khmer-style pagoda, encrusted with exquisite details of painted porcelain portrayed in Thai traditional art patterns. After a tour of the temple, we recommend you cross the river and relax in a cafe facing the breathtaking Wat Arun. This gorgeous scene is one of the many reasons travelers cross the globe to visit Bangkok.
Wat Arun can be easily accessed by boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station and hop on an express boat to Tha Tien pier. Then, either catch a ferry from Tha Tien pier to Wat Arun, or you can book an exclusive river tour in the famous long-tail boat which includes a stop at Wat Arun upon your request.
Wat Pho is a popular temple in Thailand, located to the south of the Grand Palace. For those who visit the famous attraction, they will notice that almost every corner of the temple complex is decorated with a collection of Thai fine arts, which are from the early Rattanakosin era.
Within the temple grounds is one of the most photographed spots in Bangkok: The Reclining Buddha. This 15 meter high and 46 meter long golden Buddha statue is the biggest reclining Buddha image in Bangkok. The statue’s footprints were inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which are divided into 108 auspicious symbols that tell the story of Buddha’s life. Outside, you will find four grand pagodas built in remembrance of the first four kings of Bangkok. Each is decorated with different styles of Chinese painted porcelain.
Wat Pho is also famous for its Thai medical wisdom, and Thai medical and massage inscriptions can be found around the complex. The temple offers world-renowned Thai massage courses which are available to both locals and foreigners.
Wat Pho is accessible by taxi and boat. From the Solitaire, you can take the BTS to Tha Tien pier and then walk to the temple, which is located across the street. As it neighbors The Grand Palace, Wat Pho is often included in a day trip around Bangkok’s old quarter.
Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson House is the once residential home of Jim H.W. Thompson, the man who pioneered the Thai silk industry. Located in downtown Bangkok, the museum is now a must visit attraction for many tourists and locals. Unlike most residential houses in Bangkok, The Jim Thompson House preserves the atmosphere of a unique Thai traditional home and lifestyle—the house itself remains in the same condition as when it was completed in 1959.
On a half an acre plot of land, Jim Thompson House is a complex of six buildings constructed by teak wood. The house is surrounded by green tropical gardens which were inspired from Thompson’s visits to lush Tropical jungles. The green, isolated, and peaceful environment makes the museum a perfect attraction for visitors looking for a brief escape from Bangkok’s chaos.
The museum is also home to one of Asia’s finest art collections, which includes rare Buddhist art sculptures, Thai traditional paintings, collections of Chinese porcelain, and other historic artifacts.
The Jim Thompson House is located on Soi Kasemsan 2 and is a 6 minute walk from BTS National stadium. Solitaire guests can access the attraction by taking the BTS from Nana station or a taxi from the hotel.
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC)
The Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) is the city-owned center for contemporary arts. Located at the corner of Bangkok’s busy Pathumwan intersection, the center hopes to bring attention to the city’s artistic and creative side.
The unique interior design of BACC features a white circular main hall with a sky roof. From this main hall, there is a single elevated pathway that connects each floor. The pathway is decorated with art and leads visitors to the multiple art galleries the center has to offer. In addition to the BACC’s 3 main galleries, it also is equipped with an auditorium, studio, meeting rooms, people’s gallery, and open space to host a variety of activities.
Following its mission to ignite and inspire Bangkok’s art scene, the center frequently hosts exhibitions from well-known local and international artists, including some rarely-seen Thai art collections under royal patronages. Within the center are also design centric shops with creative products, plus a cafe and restaurant.
The BACC is located at the corner of Pathumwan intersection near MBK shopping center. To get there from the Solitaire, take the BTS to National Stadium and then walk 5 minutes along the skywalk towards MBK. The BACC is located across from the famous shopping center.
Located next to Asoke BTS station and only one stop away from the Solitaire hotel, Terminal 21 is one of the most popular, unique, and easiest to access shopping malls in Bangkok. What makes Terminal 21 different from other shopping malls? The complex itself is a ‘one floor one theme’ shopping centre. That means each floor is decorated based on a popular and well-known destination around the world, such as Tokyo, Paris, London, Rome, and more.
Compared to other shopping malls, Terminal 21 offers a very unique feel. While most shopping malls are predominantly full of shops selling big brands, Terminal 21 also offers a wide variety of privately own shops. This gives customers the impression they are in an actual market place, instead of a high end shopping mall. Of course, there are also a great number of high end and brand name shops as well, located mostly on the ground floor. In addition to the fantastic, international shopping experience, Terminal 21 also has one of the most famous food courts in all of Bangkok and a movie theatre on the very top floor.
EmQuartier is one of the most luxurious shopping malls in all of Thailand. Located in Phrom Phong opposite to the Emporium, it is the second mall of the three-installation project known as the “Emdistrict”, which consists of the Emporium, EmQuartier, and EmSphere (the Emsphere will open in the near future).
EmQuartier has a wide range of brand name stores throughout the entire mall and has dedicated four entire floors to food and restaurants. Just like other shopping malls in Bangkok, the lower floors are dedicated to brand names and designer stores, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Valentino, Jimmy Choo, and many more. Brands such as H&M, Zara, Uniqlo and others are on the mall’s upper levels.
On top of the mall, pleasantly sits a rooftop oasis and sky garden that overlooks Benjasiri park. The garden takes up around 2,000 square meters on the roof of the mall. For those looking to experience one of Bangkok’s most grandiose shopping complexes while temporarily escaping the city’s heat, EmQuartier is a must-see mall.
Only 3 BTS stops away from the Solitaire hotel, EmQuartier can be reached by traveling from Nana station to Phrom Phong station. Guests can easily access the mall directly from the BTS via skywalk.
Arguably one of the largest markets in Southeast Asia, this sprawling outdoor market is popular among tourists and locals alike. Home to 8,000 shops and located on a 35 acre plot of land, this massive market often receives over 200,000 shoppers on a typical weekend. Among the products sold are clothing, accessories, handicrafts, ceramics, furniture and home decorations, food and drinks, plants and gardening tools, art, pets, books, antiques, and much more. As the market is enormous, it can be easy to get lost. While this can be fun for some shoppers who enjoy exploring the market’s hallways, crevices and turns, others may want an easy way out when they’re finished looking around. If this is you, there are maps located around Chatuchak and you can always ask a local shop seller for directions. For shoppers in search of a great deal, Chatuchak market offers some of the best prices in town, with bargains around every corner.
Chatuchak is easy to get to via BTS. Simply travel from Nana BTS station to Mo Chit, and then take exit 1 and follow the droves of tourists a short 5 minute walk to the market. Be advised the market is only open on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm, and Friday from 6pm to midnight.
Asiatique is a combination of a shopping mall and night bazaar. From 5pm onwards, this grand shopping destination invites shoppers to explore its 40 restaurants and over 1,500 shops. Nestled peacefully next to the Chao Phraya river, Asiatique offers many high end products, quality restaurants, and even live entertainment shows.
Asiatique offers a map, which enables guests to easily explore its shops and restaurants. To help visitors navigate the market, Asiatique is split into 4 categories. The Charoenkrung district is where the majority of the small shops are, which sells souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, and clothing. The Factory district focuses more on upscale fashion and gadgets, and includes premium brands such as Apple. Dining experiences can be found on the Waterfront district, with Italian, Thai and Seafood restaurant options available. But if you want something easy to eat and fast, Asiatique has got you covered with the Town square district, which offers bars, places to eat and outdoor space for activities.
As Asiatique is next to the Chao Phraya river, the easiest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to the Saphan Taksin station and hop the ferry boat to Asiatique pier. Solitaire guests can also reach Asiatique via taxi.
Pratunam has been Bangkok’s prominent commercial district for more than 100 years. The district was a major hub for canal transportation in the old days and has grown even bigger following the development of new roads in Bangkok. Now Pratunam is Thailand’s biggest retail and wholesale district for clothing products. Shoppers from across the country journey here every day on a mission to find the most stylish clothes at a great price. From fashionable to traditional styles, you will find every kind of clothing imaginable at Pratunam. What’s more, you’ll also find accessories like shoes, bags, and jewelry.
Though the authentic Pratunam shopping area spreads into the crowded alleys along New Petchaburi road, shoppers can also shop till they drop in air-conditioned bliss at the neighboring indoor malls. These malls include The Platinum Fashion Mall, The Palladium World Shopping Mall, Baiyoke Towers, and Shibuya 19. Shoppers can also checkout the nearby Pantip Plaza: the country’s biggest IT mall.
Pratunam is a 10 minute walk from BTS Chidlom. Solitaire guests can reach the famous shopping district by jumping on the BTS at Nana station or taking a taxi from the hotel.
Opened in 1986, MBK is one of Bangkok’s busiest shopping hotspots for local and foreign visitors. Located in a prime location in the middle of the city, the 89,000 square meter shopping mall has 2,500 shops, 150 eateries, a multi-screen cinema, bowling lanes and a karaoke venue. There is so much to do in MBK that visitors can easily spend a whole day here.
Unlike its neighboring upscale malls—Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon—MBK offers a range of stores, from luxury brands to discount shops. Within the mall, visitors will find shops that offers fine leather goods like handbags and shoes, sporting goods, big brands, a whole floor dedicated to furniture and home decoration, and a variety of Thai style souvenir shops.
MBK is best known among locals for its large selection of electronic devices. The mall has the biggest mobile phone market in the country and also sells cameras and appliances—all at a negotiable price. You can also find rare electronic parts here and get your devices repaired at an inexpensive rate.
MBK Center is conveniently connected to BTS National Stadium station, the BACC, and Siam Discovery by a skywalk. From the Solitaire, it can be easily accessed by taking the BTS there from Nana station.