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.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace is just as grand as the name. As one of Bangkok’s most famous attractions, this palace was the official resident of Thailand’s kings until 1925. These royal grounds are not made up of just a single structure. Instead the complex is composed of several buildings, halls, gardens, courtyards, temples, and more. While no longer in use by the royal family, the palace is partially open to the public as a museum.

One of the most famous sites within the palace grounds is the temple of Emerald Buddha (or Wat Phra Keaw), which features the statue of the traditional Thai giants that guard the temple gate and the small emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. For anyone visiting the kingdom of Thailand, The Grand Palace is a must-see attraction for its grandeur and historic place in Thai culture.

Situated next to the Chao Phraya river, the Grand Palace can be accessed by taking the BTS to Saphan Taksin station, and then a ferry boat from the Saphan Taksin pier to Tha Chang pier. This route offers a scenic journey for tourists interested in seeing Thai architecture, temples and culture along the riverside. The palace can also be accessed by taxi.

It is highly recommended to visit the Grand Palace early in the morning as it closes around 3PM.

*Important note about the Grand Palace. Because this is a very sacred and royal place, a strict dress code applies. Men must wear a shirt with sleeves (no tank top), long pants, and shoes (no flip flops). Women must also dress appropriately, with no see-through clothes. However, if you do arrive in an outfit deemed inappropriate, there is a booth that offers proper dress clothes in exchange for a deposit.

Chinatown

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.

MOCA

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

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

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.

Siam Paragon

As one of the biggest shopping malls in Bangkok, Siam Paragon is arguably the most famous shopping mall in the entire city. Located smack dab in the centre of one of the busiest districts in Bangkok, this famous mall caters to thousands of visitors a day.

The ground floor of Siam Paragon is comprised mainly of world-famous luxury brands like Versace, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, YSL and Hermes, to name a few. On the third floor are a number of luxury car showrooms which display high-end vehicles such as Lamborghini and Bentley, among others. The mall also features a 16-screen movie theatre with an Imax screen and one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, which includes a long underwater tunnel where sharks, eagle rays and schools of fish will swim pass you. For the brave, you can even dive with the sharks in this part of the aquarium for an extra fee.

As a visitor to Bangkok, Siam Paragon offers a tourist discount, which can be easily applied for at the information booth on the ground floor. To get to this mega mall, Solitaire guests can take a taxi or ride the BTS 3 stops to Siam Center.

Terminal 21

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

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.

Chatuchak

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

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 shopping

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.

MBK

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.

Bumrungrad International Hospital

Often referred to as Bumrungrad, this world class hospital is located in the Sukhumvit neighborhood of Bangkok’s CBD. Since its inaugural operation in 1980, Bumrungrad has become one of the biggest private hospitals in Southeast Asia—with currently 580 beds and over 30 specialty centers. The hospital now serves around 1.1 million patients annually.

Bumrungrad is the first Asian hospital to be accredited by JCI organization and offers leading diagnostics, therapeutic treatment and medical care. Following their commitment to become a one-stop medical center, Bumrungrad’s exceptional medical services now include 1,300 specialized physicians—mostly world-class certified. The collaboration of these specialists ensure the very best treatment for patients and results in the hospital’s nearly 100 subspecialties of focus.

Due to its international quality service, state-of-the-art facilities and ability of staff to communicate in multiple languages, Bumrungrad has become well-known to many expatriates, tourists, and medical travelers across the globe. On an annual basis, the hospital cares for 520,000 international patients from over 190 countries.

Bumrungrad international Hospital is conveniently located on Sukhumvit Soi 3. From the Solitaire, this hospital can be reached via a short 10 minute walk, or less than a 5 minute taxi ride. The hospital also provides airport transportation upon guest request.

Samitivej Hospital

Established in 1979, Samitivej means “Assembly of doctors.” When the hospital first opened, the founders’ primary intention was to create a medical institution that gathers outstanding medical practitioners and nurses in one place to deliver the best medical care possible. Almost four decades later, the hospital still lives up to this founding principle and is one of the most respected private hospitals in Thailand—fully equipped with expert medical personnel and technology. Today, the hospital now has a network of six campuses: four across Bangkok and two in Chon Buri province.

Samitivej’s Sukhumvit headquarters campus features 270 beds, 87 examination suites and 1,200 medical personnel. Famous among Bangkok residents and foreigners working throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia, the hospital offers full-scale diagnostics and international-standard healthcare with JCI accreditation. With advanced medical technology and skillful teams of specialists, Samitivej Sukhumvit can perform complex surgeries, ranging from open heart to organ transplant. Its International Department also provides day-and-night assistance to foreign patients.

From the Solitaire, the closest branch of Samitivej hospital is the Sukhumvit campus. The most convenient way to get there is via taxi, which will take less than 20 minutes. The hospital can also be reached by taking the BTS to Thong Lo station and then walking about 20 minutes to the hospital.

Bangkok Hospital

Bangkok Hospital is one of the first private hospitals in Thailand. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Bangkok Hospital is currently a leading hospital group offering a wide range of medical services. Apart from its specialties in cancers and cardiology, Bangkok Hospital provides extensive international-standard medical diagnosis, therapeutic treatment, and recovery services. The hospital is also a JCI accredited healthcare service provider.

The hospital’s main complex in Bangkok consists of 3 specialty centers:

  • Bangkok Heart Hospital – the first private and full-scale heart hospital in Asia.
  • Wattanosoth Hospital – private specialist hospital with extensive knowledge in cancer care.
  • Bangkok Hospital – the holistic medical service provider with dedication to specialized tertiary care.

The hospital is staffed with English-speaking physicians and caregivers, and professional interpreters that can speak 26 languages. The hospital group also manages 32 network hospitals across Thailand.

Located on Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchburi Road, Bangkok hospital is a 20 minute taxi ride from the Solitaire hotel. It can also be reached by taking the BTS to Phrom Phong station where you can access the hospital’s shuttle service, which will take you to Bangkok Hospital.

Sing Sing Theater

The new spot for after-dinner amusement, Sing Sing Theater is the latest night club designed by Ashley Sutton, one of Bangkok’s most successful bar designers whose previous works include Bangkok’s favorite Maggie Choo’s and Iron Fairies. Sing Sing is uniquely designed in the style of 1930s Shanghai. Dimly lit lanterns on the ceiling, red lights, and traditional decorations give visitors the feeling of being in an old-style Chinese saloon; while blue lights, iron works and bright neon illuminations reflects a more futuristic feel. The seamlessly fused combination creates a Hollywood-esque grandeur atmosphere that often bedazzles many Sing Sing visitors.

This Far East influenced hang-out spot is spread over four floors and divided into six levels.
There are two bars with a long list of signature spirits. One of the Clubs most famous drinks is the Cabinet Escape, which is a bright orange colored, gin based cocktail elegantly served in a birdcage.

Sing Sing’s stage and dance floor regularly host a range of performances, including live bands and DJs. Hidden seating areas, private balconies, and secret passageways add a sense of mysterious fun to this theater themed night club.

Sing Sing Theatre is on Sukhumvit Soi 45 and is opened from 09.00 PM to 03.00 AM, Tuesday – Sunday. From the Solitaire, it can be reached by taking the BTS from Nana station to Phrom Phong, and then walking 500m to the club. Sing Sing can also be reached via taxi.

Insanity Club

Insanity Club is a prominent destination for both local and visiting night owls in Bangkok. Its wide range of tunes from bass-heavy and big room EDM to Electro House and Hip Hop, turn the dance floor on fire seven days a week.

Insanity is also one of the biggest clubs in Bangkok. Inside the hangar-style venue, you’ll find a world-class nightclub that features a 14 m high ceiling, podium dancers, and a central dancefloor set aglow by a halo lighting system where you can dance the night away under a sea of green halo lights and vibrant lasers. The L-Acoustics sound system is said to be one of the first in Asia, providing all clubbers intensely crisp quality sound and bass. The club boasts that its nightlife experience is the same as those in major clubbing destinations like Ibiza, Tokyo, or Las Vegas.

In addition to house DJs, the club regularly hosts big name artists, DJs and producers from around the world.
Insanity Club welcomes all ravers and bass-loving partiers at its new venue on Sukhumvit Soi 11. From the Solitaire, you can reach the club in less than a 5 minute walk. The party starts every day at 10.00 PM.

LEVELS Club & Lounge

Opened in 2012, LEVELS is the prime spot for an upscale nightclubbing experience in Bangkok. As part of the downtown Aloft Hotel, the club is home to a 1,000 sqm party space with two rooms and an outdoor lounge. As you enter LEVELS, you will be greeted with a large open space decorated with a grand chandelier over a circular island bar in the middle of the room. Surrounding the bar is the dance floor, which gets clubbers rocking nightly with its world-class sound and light system.

LEVELS is also praised for its wide range of EDM performances and leading list of celebrated DJs who regularly light up the dance floor in the club’s dark room next to the main hall. The heavy bass, big room EDM gigs performed by LEVELS resident DJs include the very best R&B and Hip Hop mashups. The club frequently hosts famous international DJs and is often a destination for celebrities who pass through the city.

In LEVELS’ outdoor zone, you can catch a cool night breeze (away from the crowd) in a laidback and cozy atmosphere. Here, you can sit back and relax on a sofa while enjoying house music and cocktails on the terrace lounge that overlooks the vibrant cityscape.

LEVELS is located on the 6th floor of Aloft Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 6, which is less than a 5 minute walk away from the Solitaire hotel. The party starts at 9.00 PM and goes till late every night.

Khao San road

Whether from the popular book or film adaptation of Alex Garland’s “The Beach”, many tourists may have heard of the legendary Khao San road. A popular spot for backpackers, Khao San road is a 1 kilometer long street packed with dozens upon dozens of bars, pubs, restaurants, massage parlours, tattoo shops, and so much more. Visitors who journey to Khao San road can taste some exotic Asian snacks such as deep fried crickets and scorpions. For those who crave an authentic local meal, there are food carts selling dishes such a Pad Thai and Green and Red curries.

While Khao San Road is full of endless entertainment, it can certainly get a bit wild. For those looking for a tamer evening, the nearby Rambuttri street (which runs parallel to Khao San road) offers a calmer scene. On this street, there are Thai musicians covering popular pop songs and numerous venues to enjoy a more casual drink, meal and conversation with friends.

From the Solitaire, Khao San road can be accessed by taking the BTS to Saphan Taksin station, and then a ferry boat to Phra Arthit pier. As the river taxis stop running around 7pm, the best way to return from Khao San road in the evening is via taxi.

+ Local attractions

Grand Palace

Grand Palace is just as grand as the name. As one of Bangkok’s most famous attractions, this palace was the official resident of Thailand’s kings until 1925. These royal grounds are not made up of just a single structure. Instead the complex is composed of several buildings, halls, gardens, courtyards, temples, and more. While no longer in use by the royal family, the palace is partially open to the public as a museum.

One of the most famous sites within the palace grounds is the temple of Emerald Buddha (or Wat Phra Keaw), which features the statue of the traditional Thai giants that guard the temple gate and the small emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. For anyone visiting the kingdom of Thailand, The Grand Palace is a must-see attraction for its grandeur and historic place in Thai culture.

Situated next to the Chao Phraya river, the Grand Palace can be accessed by taking the BTS to Saphan Taksin station, and then a ferry boat from the Saphan Taksin pier to Tha Chang pier. This route offers a scenic journey for tourists interested in seeing Thai architecture, temples and culture along the riverside. The palace can also be accessed by taxi.

It is highly recommended to visit the Grand Palace early in the morning as it closes around 3PM.

*Important note about the Grand Palace. Because this is a very sacred and royal place, a strict dress code applies. Men must wear a shirt with sleeves (no tank top), long pants, and shoes (no flip flops). Women must also dress appropriately, with no see-through clothes. However, if you do arrive in an outfit deemed inappropriate, there is a booth that offers proper dress clothes in exchange for a deposit.

Chinatown

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.

MOCA

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

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

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.

+ Shopping

Siam Paragon

As one of the biggest shopping malls in Bangkok, Siam Paragon is arguably the most famous shopping mall in the entire city. Located smack dab in the centre of one of the busiest districts in Bangkok, this famous mall caters to thousands of visitors a day.

The ground floor of Siam Paragon is comprised mainly of world-famous luxury brands like Versace, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, YSL and Hermes, to name a few. On the third floor are a number of luxury car showrooms which display high-end vehicles such as Lamborghini and Bentley, among others. The mall also features a 16-screen movie theatre with an Imax screen and one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, which includes a long underwater tunnel where sharks, eagle rays and schools of fish will swim pass you. For the brave, you can even dive with the sharks in this part of the aquarium for an extra fee.

As a visitor to Bangkok, Siam Paragon offers a tourist discount, which can be easily applied for at the information booth on the ground floor. To get to this mega mall, Solitaire guests can take a taxi or ride the BTS 3 stops to Siam Center.

Terminal 21

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

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.

Chatuchak

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

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 shopping

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.

MBK

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.

+ Medical

Bumrungrad International Hospital

Often referred to as Bumrungrad, this world class hospital is located in the Sukhumvit neighborhood of Bangkok’s CBD. Since its inaugural operation in 1980, Bumrungrad has become one of the biggest private hospitals in Southeast Asia—with currently 580 beds and over 30 specialty centers. The hospital now serves around 1.1 million patients annually.

Bumrungrad is the first Asian hospital to be accredited by JCI organization and offers leading diagnostics, therapeutic treatment and medical care. Following their commitment to become a one-stop medical center, Bumrungrad’s exceptional medical services now include 1,300 specialized physicians—mostly world-class certified. The collaboration of these specialists ensure the very best treatment for patients and results in the hospital’s nearly 100 subspecialties of focus.

Due to its international quality service, state-of-the-art facilities and ability of staff to communicate in multiple languages, Bumrungrad has become well-known to many expatriates, tourists, and medical travelers across the globe. On an annual basis, the hospital cares for 520,000 international patients from over 190 countries.

Bumrungrad international Hospital is conveniently located on Sukhumvit Soi 3. From the Solitaire, this hospital can be reached via a short 10 minute walk, or less than a 5 minute taxi ride. The hospital also provides airport transportation upon guest request.

Samitivej Hospital

Established in 1979, Samitivej means “Assembly of doctors.” When the hospital first opened, the founders’ primary intention was to create a medical institution that gathers outstanding medical practitioners and nurses in one place to deliver the best medical care possible. Almost four decades later, the hospital still lives up to this founding principle and is one of the most respected private hospitals in Thailand—fully equipped with expert medical personnel and technology. Today, the hospital now has a network of six campuses: four across Bangkok and two in Chon Buri province.

Samitivej’s Sukhumvit headquarters campus features 270 beds, 87 examination suites and 1,200 medical personnel. Famous among Bangkok residents and foreigners working throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia, the hospital offers full-scale diagnostics and international-standard healthcare with JCI accreditation. With advanced medical technology and skillful teams of specialists, Samitivej Sukhumvit can perform complex surgeries, ranging from open heart to organ transplant. Its International Department also provides day-and-night assistance to foreign patients.

From the Solitaire, the closest branch of Samitivej hospital is the Sukhumvit campus. The most convenient way to get there is via taxi, which will take less than 20 minutes. The hospital can also be reached by taking the BTS to Thong Lo station and then walking about 20 minutes to the hospital.

Bangkok Hospital

Bangkok Hospital is one of the first private hospitals in Thailand. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Bangkok Hospital is currently a leading hospital group offering a wide range of medical services. Apart from its specialties in cancers and cardiology, Bangkok Hospital provides extensive international-standard medical diagnosis, therapeutic treatment, and recovery services. The hospital is also a JCI accredited healthcare service provider.

The hospital’s main complex in Bangkok consists of 3 specialty centers:

  • Bangkok Heart Hospital – the first private and full-scale heart hospital in Asia.
  • Wattanosoth Hospital – private specialist hospital with extensive knowledge in cancer care.
  • Bangkok Hospital – the holistic medical service provider with dedication to specialized tertiary care.

The hospital is staffed with English-speaking physicians and caregivers, and professional interpreters that can speak 26 languages. The hospital group also manages 32 network hospitals across Thailand.

Located on Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchburi Road, Bangkok hospital is a 20 minute taxi ride from the Solitaire hotel. It can also be reached by taking the BTS to Phrom Phong station where you can access the hospital’s shuttle service, which will take you to Bangkok Hospital.

+ Nightlife and entertainment

Sing Sing Theater

The new spot for after-dinner amusement, Sing Sing Theater is the latest night club designed by Ashley Sutton, one of Bangkok’s most successful bar designers whose previous works include Bangkok’s favorite Maggie Choo’s and Iron Fairies. Sing Sing is uniquely designed in the style of 1930s Shanghai. Dimly lit lanterns on the ceiling, red lights, and traditional decorations give visitors the feeling of being in an old-style Chinese saloon; while blue lights, iron works and bright neon illuminations reflects a more futuristic feel. The seamlessly fused combination creates a Hollywood-esque grandeur atmosphere that often bedazzles many Sing Sing visitors.

This Far East influenced hang-out spot is spread over four floors and divided into six levels.
There are two bars with a long list of signature spirits. One of the Clubs most famous drinks is the Cabinet Escape, which is a bright orange colored, gin based cocktail elegantly served in a birdcage.

Sing Sing’s stage and dance floor regularly host a range of performances, including live bands and DJs. Hidden seating areas, private balconies, and secret passageways add a sense of mysterious fun to this theater themed night club.

Sing Sing Theatre is on Sukhumvit Soi 45 and is opened from 09.00 PM to 03.00 AM, Tuesday – Sunday. From the Solitaire, it can be reached by taking the BTS from Nana station to Phrom Phong, and then walking 500m to the club. Sing Sing can also be reached via taxi.

Insanity Club

Insanity Club is a prominent destination for both local and visiting night owls in Bangkok. Its wide range of tunes from bass-heavy and big room EDM to Electro House and Hip Hop, turn the dance floor on fire seven days a week.

Insanity is also one of the biggest clubs in Bangkok. Inside the hangar-style venue, you’ll find a world-class nightclub that features a 14 m high ceiling, podium dancers, and a central dancefloor set aglow by a halo lighting system where you can dance the night away under a sea of green halo lights and vibrant lasers. The L-Acoustics sound system is said to be one of the first in Asia, providing all clubbers intensely crisp quality sound and bass. The club boasts that its nightlife experience is the same as those in major clubbing destinations like Ibiza, Tokyo, or Las Vegas.

In addition to house DJs, the club regularly hosts big name artists, DJs and producers from around the world.
Insanity Club welcomes all ravers and bass-loving partiers at its new venue on Sukhumvit Soi 11. From the Solitaire, you can reach the club in less than a 5 minute walk. The party starts every day at 10.00 PM.

LEVELS Club & Lounge

Opened in 2012, LEVELS is the prime spot for an upscale nightclubbing experience in Bangkok. As part of the downtown Aloft Hotel, the club is home to a 1,000 sqm party space with two rooms and an outdoor lounge. As you enter LEVELS, you will be greeted with a large open space decorated with a grand chandelier over a circular island bar in the middle of the room. Surrounding the bar is the dance floor, which gets clubbers rocking nightly with its world-class sound and light system.

LEVELS is also praised for its wide range of EDM performances and leading list of celebrated DJs who regularly light up the dance floor in the club’s dark room next to the main hall. The heavy bass, big room EDM gigs performed by LEVELS resident DJs include the very best R&B and Hip Hop mashups. The club frequently hosts famous international DJs and is often a destination for celebrities who pass through the city.

In LEVELS’ outdoor zone, you can catch a cool night breeze (away from the crowd) in a laidback and cozy atmosphere. Here, you can sit back and relax on a sofa while enjoying house music and cocktails on the terrace lounge that overlooks the vibrant cityscape.

LEVELS is located on the 6th floor of Aloft Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 6, which is less than a 5 minute walk away from the Solitaire hotel. The party starts at 9.00 PM and goes till late every night.

Khao San road

Whether from the popular book or film adaptation of Alex Garland’s “The Beach”, many tourists may have heard of the legendary Khao San road. A popular spot for backpackers, Khao San road is a 1 kilometer long street packed with dozens upon dozens of bars, pubs, restaurants, massage parlours, tattoo shops, and so much more. Visitors who journey to Khao San road can taste some exotic Asian snacks such as deep fried crickets and scorpions. For those who crave an authentic local meal, there are food carts selling dishes such a Pad Thai and Green and Red curries.

While Khao San Road is full of endless entertainment, it can certainly get a bit wild. For those looking for a tamer evening, the nearby Rambuttri street (which runs parallel to Khao San road) offers a calmer scene. On this street, there are Thai musicians covering popular pop songs and numerous venues to enjoy a more casual drink, meal and conversation with friends.

From the Solitaire, Khao San road can be accessed by taking the BTS to Saphan Taksin station, and then a ferry boat to Phra Arthit pier. As the river taxis stop running around 7pm, the best way to return from Khao San road in the evening is via taxi.