6. SOUL SOOTHER - For more earthy pleasures I have listed the Pak Khlong Talad photo walk (Old City open air flower market on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge), cruising around the Klongs/ canals of Chao Phraya River for the real stilted traditional teak housed Bangkok life, taking a green breather at Rama IX Park (maybe in December for its flower festival) etc before. On weekends, you can watch a play at the beautiful Patrawadi Theatre by the Chao Phraya River and indulge in the magnificent Thai Traditional Puppet Show at Aksra Theatre (King Power Duty Free Complex near Victory Monument).
7. INDULGENCE - Indulging in a bit of luxury in Bangkok can be a lot of fun and the lovely Oriental Residence offers irrestible chic Parisian luxury for the "IT" girls. Shopping and Bangkok go hand in hand and the gregarious Chatuchak market (a sprawling weekly open air market which actually has Sois/ streets selling a mind boggling variety of stuff), Pratunam (nice cheap clothes), MBK (cheap clothes and accessories) and Siam Paragon (nice, glitzy mall for expensive branded stuff) malls are great ways to idle Bangkok hours and some monies. Saying cheers to life lustily from the sparkling heights of the expensive Vertigo and Moon Bar takes you to a whole new high and though expensive, the views are simply awesome. (P.S there is a strict dress code policy).
8. RETRO MANIA - I am a big retro fan and have stumbled upon some amazing little shops during my Bangkok shopping trips. The Classic Movie (Mon-Fri 0200 pm-0800 pm and on weekends 0200 pm-0700 pm) poster in Siam Square deals with (Thai) movie posters and is nearly a museum. A must visit shop for vintage movie poster lovers, some my biggest travel treasures are a few obscure late 50's original posters which I have picked up from there. Thai auto vintage is a very unique garage which I had discovered on Onnut Road, Prawet, where you can get your own pair of exotic shiny retro wheels or take photos of/with them. Run by vintage car lovers, they also sell spare parts, restore privately owned old cars and sell cool hot wheels like Chrysler 1949, Alpha Romeo Spider 2.0 and loads of glamourous retro Mercedez Benz (restored with chrome fittings, shiny leather upholstery and even a sofa).