Bordered on one end by Bangkok’s main artery Sukhumvit and luxury shopping centre Central Embassy, and on the other by sprawling, lush Lumphini Park, Wireless Road is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, hotels and sights — from trendy hipster hidden gems to historical delights. Happily, they’re all located within 15 minutes’ strolling distance from the perfectly positioned Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road.
Creative Chef Gaggan Anand’s namesake restaurant tops San Pellegrino’s coveted “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list. Classic Indian dishes and international flavours are fused and reinvented through technical wizardry and presented in 25 playful emoji-inspired courses. Dishes like Indian tuna belly sushi on a sea-flavored meringue are served in a breathtakingly beautiful, Colonial-style house. Ask for a seat at the Gaggan Lab counter to watch the magic in action.
Holy Redeemer Church
Is this Bangkok institution a Catholic Church, or the epitome of high-culture Buddhist architecture? Curiously enough, it’s both. Designed in the Thai style, this popular place of worship, weddings, wakes and funerals dates back to the mid-20th century. Fun fact: Its local nickname, “Our Lady of the Garage,” is a nod to its 1949 beginning in the garage of a home.
Kamthieng House Museum
Visiting this 160-year-old rice farmer’s stilted teak house transplanted from the banks of Chiang Mai’s Ping River is like taking a walk back in time. Located in the shadow of slick, airport-themed Terminal 21 shopping center, this is the greenery-nestled headquarters of the Siam Society, dedicated to preserving and promoting Thai culture and heritage.
Nai Lert Park Heritage Home
The centrepiece of a sprawling six-acre, lush estate, this 1915 private residence has been fully restored and opened as a public attraction. Chock full of antiques and artefacts from the Nai Lert family’s private collection, it offers a glimpse into upscale Bangkok heritage life — with a taste of Thai home cooked comfort food at its Ma Maison restaurant to boot.
After making their name with a chain of superb San Francisco Thai restaurants, Osha’s owners returned to their homeland with this acclaimed venue in 2014. The setting is pure bling with animated projections and a Thai headdress-shaped chandelier, while the food fuses authenticity with theatricality, from dry ice smoke effects to a molecular Tom Yam made with tableside siphon technology.
Polo Fried Chicken
Forget KFC and dig into what could be Bangkok’s most toothsome, tasty fried chicken. Toasty caramel-colored, crisp skinned, coated with heaps of crackly deep-fried garlic, and bursting with juiciness and flavor, the chicken is best enjoyed with a side of sticky rice and an order of spicy somtum (papaya salad).
This hole in the wall has been serving authentic Thai delights for nearly a half-century. Try the tender Thai beef salad and a spicy and sour, herb-packed tom kha gai soup.
If literary giants like Oscar Wilde or Arthur Rimbaud ever visited Bangkok, this multi-level corner bar is where you would expect to find them, thanks to an absinthe-centric drinks menu and moody, decrepit-chic interior peppered with contemporary art. Owner David Jacobson, a local nightlife icon, hosts regular Wednesday jazz evenings here.
Armed with an eclectic taste in world music and retro Thai tunes, Bangkok’s DJ Maft Sai opened ZudRangMa Records label and shop in 2011 and, several years later, this bar pairing boozy beverages and beats. Savor psychedelic luk thung and molam tunes with an authentic Thai ya dong (herbal moonshine) cocktail, plus globetrotting DJ sets and an equally diverse line-up of live acts.
100 Tonson Gallery
The first Thai gallery to participate in Switzerland’s prestigious Art Basel, this Christian Liaigre-designed space represents some of Thailand’s most groundbreaking contemporary artists, including Araya Rasdjarmreamsook, Chatachai Puipia, and Sakarin Krue-On. Visit and be ahead of the curve.