Pathum Wan District
This alternative cinema has been made especially precious by the closing of its historical twin, the Lido theater. Bangkok filmgoers fear that it, too, may soon disappear, taking with it the last of the authentically old-school cinema experiences.
Scala theater, 184 216 Rama I Rd., Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Classic Movie Posters
Not far from Scala is this tiny rare-film-poster shop, with an ardent film buff as its owner. Make both stops if you’re a real movie lover.
Classic Movie Posters, Siam Square Soi 2, Rama I Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Baan Khrua Nua village
This cozy canalside community is made up of ethnic Muslim Bangkokians who survive by their tradition of exceptional silk-weaving, integral to the history of Jim Thompson’s famous silk brand. The easiest way to reach it is to use Kasemsan 3, walk along the canal and cross the small bridge.
Kasemsan 3, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Thailand’s oldest university has a few new buildings but retains much of its peaceful flavor, with old-style gazebos, a serene park and Chula Naruemit Hall, a new event space built to emulate the rest of the campus.
Chulalongkorn University, 254 Phayathai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Ban Khun Mae
This family-style Thai restaurant has been around for decades and remains a local favorite. It revamped its all-teak interiors to a somewhat more modern design, but the menu, luckily enough, has remained the same.
Ban Khun Mae, 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama I Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330