EVERYONE KNOWS WHY GUYS COME TO BANGKOK, but what they don’t realise is how many great things there are for girls to do in the city. Whether you are looking for a totally girly experience, with a day at the spa, afternoon tea and shopping, or want to get active by trying Muay Thai or cycling around Bangkok’s historical sites, there won’t be time to get bored in this city. Evenings are just as fun, with glitzy ladyboy cabarets to check out, a night in your dancing shoes at Silom Soi 4 or one of Asia’s favourite nights on the town, singing power ballads at the Karaoke bar. All this exertion will be making you hungry, so we recommend one of our favourite food tours, where you get a taste of the best street food in Bangkok. So here it is, our list of the ten best things for girls to do in Bangkok:
1 Free Drinks at Ladies Nights
LMOST every night of the week there is somewhere in Bangkok that will be offering free or heavily discounted drinks for women. Not only do these events happen frequently but they also come in a wide variety, whether you are looking to sip champagne at a five star hotel, drink margaritas with friends or take it easy in a British style pub. One of the most popular ladies nights in Bangkok happens at Dusit Thani’s My Bar. Every Wednesday night from 19:00 until 21:00 you can enjoy all you can drink cocktails, spirits and wine for 300 baht, and there is even a dance floor with a DJ who loves pop music! Check out other options for discount drinks and free beverages for the fairer sex.
2 A Sugar High at the Afternoon Tea Chocolate Buffet
Okay, you are going to need to wear stretchy pants to this (or at least something chic and comfortable) but I promise you it’s worth it. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sukhothai Hotel hosts an afternoon tea in their lounge overlooking a stunning water garden with fountains. But the best view has to be the buffet, with so many options that you’ll need all three hours to work your way through the selection. Served with fancy French tea or a glass of champagne, the savoury table includes sushi, mini chicken pies, cucumber sandwiches and classic chicken satay. Over on the sweet side they serve tarts, cake, homemade ice-cream, macaroons and biscuits. Make sure to try the blend your own hot chocolate, with genuine squares of pure chocolate. At only 900 baht, afternoon tea here is not only delicious but also great value.
3 Retail Therapy on Bangkok’s Shopping Mile
One of the reasons many women visit Bangkok is because they have heard rumours about the fabulous shopping available here, and let me tell you: it’s all true. Make sure you wear your comfiest shoes, because this mile of shopping incorporates over 4,300 shops and stalls and covers around 1.2 square kilometres. That’s a lot of shops, and it could easily take an entire day to browse all of the racks. Start before the crowds at MBK where you can check out discount bargains on bags, then funky Siam Center before heading into the warren that is Siam Square, where you can find up and coming designers. CentralWorld is the biggest shopping mall in Bangkok, and Gaysorn sells luxury designer goods. Get familiar with the full run down of Bangkok’s Mall Mile.
4 Explore further with a cycle around Ko Kret
It’s surprising what you will find if you venture a little out of downtown Bangkok. Ko Kret is a small island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River that gives you an idea of how Bangkok probably looked a hundred years ago. Famous for pottery and some unusual temples, a bike tour around this islet is the perfect way to enjoy Ko Kret, as the pace of life here is rather leisurely. The ride is suitable for everyone, following the canal paths that are mercifully free of the usual traffic you find in the city. Bangkok is so modern that we loved cycling past the rice paddies and seeing the locals going about their everyday life. After a morning of cycling you are treated to a delicious Thai lunch before returning to the city.
5 Show the Boys how it’s done at Muay Thai
Luktupfah Muay Thai camp is located amongst rolling fields only 15 minutes from the sky train station at On Nut, and is the perfect place to get a taste of Thailand’s national sport. With sessions at both 08:00 and 16:00, the camp looks serious enough to make you feel a little nervous: these guys have trained not only the Lebanese Special Forces but also the Vietnamese under-18s boxing team. A session here is still great fun though, and if you are beginner you can start to get to grip with the basic kicks and blocks. They have females training here most days and actually the owner’s daughter is a regular too. A decent level of English is spoken at the camp and the team are super friendly and quite patient if you are struggling to get to grips or aren’t quite as fit as you’d like to imagine. Although a glimpse at the pros training is sure to make you want to kick ass just like they do in the movies.
6 Unleash your inner Britney or Whitney at R&B Karaoke
There’s nothing I love more than singing along to our favourite tunes in the shower, but Karaoke in public has always seemed a little embarrassing, especially since our flatmate thought I was strangling a cat last time I belted out under the suds. But at YES R&B Karaoke you don’t need to worry, as you can book your own soundproof rooms with a bunch of pals and really let lose. R&B Karaoke is in Thong Lor, but about 15 minutes from the BTS, so we recommend a taxi. The private rooms are themed: teddy bears, motorcycle taxis, a disco room and even a prison – although it was the fluffy teddies that gave us nightmares. There are over 100,000 songs to pick from, and you don’t even need to book. So start warming up those vocal chords for a rendition of Madonna’s Material Girl with you and your besties.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 01:00
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Address: Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6754224
7 Party the night away at Tapas on 4
Located on Bangkok’s famous gay street, this is one of our favourite spots in the city for dancing the night away, thanks to a fabulous combo of hip swaying music, moreish frozen cocktails and the fact that it transports you from the grubby lanes of Bangkok to the cool shores of Ibiza. If you head there early, grab a bite of Mediterranean food and a jug of sangria at the restaurant downstairs before heading upstairs to boogie on the dance floor, which starts getting busy after 22:00. Popular with scenesters and celebrities, the crowd is fun-loving and knows how to party, but if your party shoes start to hurt, head up to the roof where you can take a breather. Entry to club is 300 baht and comes with a free drink. Tapas on Soi 4 is so popular for a girly night out because everyone is super friendly and with a mix of straight and gay, male and female, the vibe is liberal with none of the ‘pick-up joint’ feel you might get at other clubs.
8 Tasty Food Tour to discover Amazing Street Food
If your experience of Thai food hasn’t got much further than pad Thai and spring rolls then we cannot recommend this food tour enough, especially in a city with so many street food stalls. Taking you all over the old town near Sapphan Taksin BTS, trying dishes from carts in the street and local restaurants, the friendly English-speaking guides are on hand to help you order and tell you a bit more about the history of this beautiful old area of Bangkok. Dishes you try include crispy catfish, lava egg, green curry with roti bread and coconut sorbet. You even get a little boat trip across the Chao Phraya River. The tour lasts half a day so it’s a bit like an extended lunch, and even if one of the dishes isn’t quite to your taste, there are always plenty more to try.
9 Ladyboy Show
Ladyboys are synonymous with Bangkok, and if you are looking for a giggle and some extra special showmanship (or should that be womanship?) we recommend an evening enjoying one of the city’s famous cabaret shows. Funny, camp and very charming, you’ll wonder what lies beneath the sequinned costumes and mime along with the best of them. Our favourite show has to be Cabaret Calypso at Asiatique, an evening market where you can do a little shopping, grab dinner and then enjoy the performance. Some of the ladyboys are so stunning you may even be slightly jealous that men were blessed with such good looks, but mostly it’s just a riot of feather boas, high kicks and some classic show tunes… and clean enough to bring your grandma along.
10 Get Pampered at an Amazing Spa
All this running around over town can make you feel quite exhausted, but never fear, because Bangkok is the city where you can get luxury spa treatments at bargain basement prices. Plus, with such a history in the practice of massage, you are in very good hands here. Whether you are looking for a simple and quick treatment in a traditional setting or an entire package complete with facial, scrub, massage and wrap at a five star hotel, then Bangkok caters to your every need. One of our favourites has to be The Eugenia, where a four hour complete package costs 3,500 baht and Intercontinental Spa, where you enjoy Tok Sen, a traditional Thai massage treatment from the north of Thailand. Check out more spa reviews here.