I was also taken to this gem of a place on my last trip to Bangkok, and OMG! The Pad Thai is to die for, and an absolute must, especially late at night. Dishes cost about 60THB (roughly $1.75). Thip Samai is Mahachi Road between the Golden Mount and the Giant Swing. Oh, and it’s open until 3am. You. Are. Welcome.
Sirocco has one of the BEST views of Bangkok. Dinner and cocktails at Sirocco is a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it. However, if you just want to check out the view, you can buy one cocktail for 350 THB (mandatory minimum charge to get into Sirocco). I also suggest checking out the view from Vertigo and Moon Bar.
This post barely scratches the surface of Bangkok. When I return I plan to write more detail guides on where to shop, the best places for street food, Wats and other sacred sites, Funky bars, and quirky/weird sites to visit.
In the markets, be sure to hide your money and valuables, and come back after dark to eat at the Night Market! In the Tuk Tuks, if you’re worried about pollution, wear a mask. I recommend shooting a little video, or snapping some photos.