#BangkokBound Guide: Around Pra Khanong
Although a quieter than its neighboring hoods, Phrakanong is actually full of hidden hole-in-the-wall gems you should check out.
WHAT TO EAT:
Not only is Training Ground a great CrossFit facility, but it is also home to the Training Ground Café, aka probably the area’s best coffee shops, with coffee made from gourmet, carefully-selected beans, so athletes (and judges, volunteers, vendors and spectators… I didn’t forget anyone) who swear by coffee are just in luck!
W DISTRICT & PRAKHANONG MARKET
If we’re talking food, I would choose to go to the W District for some fuss-free international eats, but a little hole-in-the-wall Japanese gem near the box is Kinjo Okinawa, serving interestingly delicious Japanese dishes that you probably won’t ever see elsewhere. Nearby, Seven Sisters (right next to Max Value on Sukhumvit Road… I promise you’ll spot it), is another (grungier) hidden gem run by seven sisters who will serve you fresh, made-to-order food. But if you’re looking for grungy and delicious, go a few blocks further down to the Prakanong Market and keep your eyes for the noodle vendor who will serve you the most delicious spicy noodle soup. Don’t forget to ask for extra meat!
For a heartier option, flag down a motorbike from the end of the street of the venue and tell them to take you to Best Beef. This restaurant is kind of like Korean BBQ, except that it’s outdoors and you get to cook your meat on charcoal grills. An insider tip is to opt for the all-you-can-eat 2-hour buffet, and you’ll get a nice selection of beef, pork (and yes, bacon is included if you’re wondering), chicken, seafood and vegetable options as well as plain or garlic-fried rice to go with your meat. But beware of over-ordering as you’ll get charged for any leftovers. But actually though… meat cooked in bacon fat on a charcoal grill…. Delicious!
Oh and by the way, if you’re up for Best Beef, please holler at Joy. She'll go with anyone anytime.
WHERE TO PLAY:
board game cafe
There is a little board game café tucked on Sukhumvit Plus 1 Alley (opposite the W Disrict) that a lot of locals don’t really know about, but because the place manages to keep its loyal customers, it can easily stay open. Most of the customers are European expatriates, but expect to see a few local faces. While enjoying a round of one of their large collection of games, don’t forget to order one of their delicious wood-fired pizzas!
GET A LITTLE BUZZ:
Yes, there are rooftop bars in this place. Go to Le Luk Condominium and you’ll stumble upon Zepplin on the 45th floor, with a proper food and bar menu. Maybe even catch one or two live performances as well. There is Altitude Bangkok at the W District which promises good views and drinks. And if it rains? Easy. Evacuate to GOJA , a little dive bar on Soi 71 which is also home to many popular art exhibitions. This place also serves coffee for those of you who have sworn off alcohol.
STREET ART: HOF GALLERY SPACE
But if you want to go to a legit art gallery stop by Hof Gallery Space at the W District and if there’s no exhibition, there is the beautiful street art you can admire (P.S. there are also works of CeCe Nobre, the talented person behind the murals at Training Ground).
If you’re looking for a nearby place to get a massage, go to Crystal Spa located right by the BTS exit. You can opt to get a full body or just a foot massage for such a cheap price. Not only does the spa specialize in massages, but if you’re looking for a last minute fix to look good amidst the hottest people in Asia at the venue, the spa also offers waxing, facial and nail services...you’re very welcome.