Wireless Road, or Thanon Witthayu, is one of the roads in the CBD (central business district) of Bangkok which has a strong historical background. It is where the embassies and embassy residences are located, as well as an early broadcast station and telegraph station dating back to the King Rama VI period that gave it its name. As Wireless Road was built through the 1st telegraph station in Thailand to connect Rama IV and Ploenchit Road, it is the only road in Bangkok with buried cables. And, here is a guide to discover local inspiration around the Wireless Road.
1. Explore authentic Thai Food
Get a real taste of authentic Thai flavours as your senses come alive with the aromas at the Bangkok Wireless Road neighbourhood. Strategically positioned at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, Metro on Wireless at Hotel Indigo® Bangkok Wireless Road is inspired by the best of East and West, putting a refreshing new spin on nostalgic street food favourites.
Featuring all four of the famous Thai spices – salty, sour, sweet and spicy, Tom Yam Goong (a classic spicy lemongrass and shrimp soup) is a blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce. The soup originates from Central Thailand and it gives a legendary herbal kick.
Another dish specially recreated by Metro on Wireless is Yum Name Kao Tod. The amazing crispy rice salad with soured pork sausage will be served in a delicate packaged wrapped of flavourful chaplu leaves.
Gai Hor Bai Toey (Fried Chicken wrapped in Pandan Leaves) is a must try authentic snack from Central of Thailand. Wrapped around chunks of coconut milk-marinated chicken, the dish belies an intricate preparation process, including steaming the chicken in pandan leaves which imbues the chicken in a sweet and aromatic fragrance. The chicken is then deep fried, which caramelises the marinade and provides a rich flavour, leaving a sweet and spicy after-taste.
2. Be inspired by Neighbourhood Flavour
Just 15 mins walking distance from Hotel Indigo® Bangkok Wireless Road, there are some unique neighbourhood flavours that shouldn’t be missed. Polo Chicken specialises in a delightfully crispy fried chicken flavoured with black pepper and golden garlic. Enjoyed alongside sticky rice and green papaya salad, it can be tough to get a table at lunchtime so get there early.
Taking pride in all things homemade, family run restaurant Bamee Gua, specialises in minced pork egg noodles, served with a variety of extras including fish balls, wantons, grill pork and squid, which are all freshly made from scratch every day since 1947.
3. Experience Local Life
Start your day by taking a walk at Lumpini Park, named after the Buddha’s place of birth in Nepal. Unlike the rest of Bangkok, Lumpini Park is known for an oasis of peace and tranquility. Witness groups of locals practising t’ai chi, a traditional martial arts or jump on a paddleboat with your family.
Then explore Bangkok using a Tuk-Tuk, the three-wheeled transportation known as a signature of Bangkok. Originating from an old-fashioned rickshaw used during the second World War, a tuk-tuk is essentially a rickshaw with a small engine fitted in.
After a fruitful day out, have some refreshments by savouring some delicious street food along Bangkok’s main streets and hidden alleyways. Crispy Tod Mun (Thai fish cake) and juicy grilled squid with spicy and sour dips are popular street snacks that can be easily found on the streets of Thailand. When temperatures soar to a high, the milky sweet coconut ice cream is the ultimate remedy to beat the heat and quench your thirst.
4. Discover our favourite “Klongs”
Bangkok, as known as the Venice of the East in the 19th Century, has Khlongs or canals that form a massive network of waterways that criss-crosses the city. The loud chugging canal boats cost as little as 9 Baht per journey and are a great way to avoid traffic jams. The closest boat stop from Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road is Hua Chang Bridge, located at Khlong Saen Saeb.
Hop on the colourful painted long-tail boat (hang yao) from any major tourist piers, to navigate through Thonburi Klong to catch the magnificent sunset view of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) followed by a sumptuous dinner at one of the floating restaurants, as vendors sell an array of fresh seafood.
Bordering around Bangkok’s Old City, otherwise known as Rattanakosin, Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is a great place to take a stroll and appreciate the beauty of the historic Grand Palace. The Bangkok Floating Market is along the Klong, showcasing delights of Thai arts and crafts as well as souvenirs from Bangkok neighbouring provinces.
Inspired to explore the Bangkok Wireless Road neighbourhood? Take your first step with us at Hotel Indigo.