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Spottly Power User Interview: Jan B

The Insider Guide to Bangkok

We’ve had some amazing travelers in the Spottly community who have been using our app to find and save the places they love. The Spottly Power User Interviews highlight these adventurers and their favorite spots in cities all around Asia. In this edition: Banker by day, cafe connoisseur by weekend, Jan B takes us around her beloved home-town of Bangkok. Follow her on Spottly @jandanan. (We especially love her Spottly collection of Bangkok Cafes).

A. What do you do in Bangkok?

I work as a Relationship Manager at TMB, a local Thai bank, looking after Financial Institutions clients. It sounds super dull, but for the most part it’s very interesting as I get to learn new things and meet new people everyday.

B. Tell me about your experience with the city. What was your first impression, and how does that compare to how you see it now?

Apart from the eleven years I was studying abroad, Bangkok has always been my hometown. The city used to be a bit “uncool” and slow paced, but in recent years, it has changed a lot, becoming more modern, evidenced from the rise of Third Wave cafés, gourmet burger joints, food trucks and funky shops.

C. How did you find out about Spottly?

A college friend introduced me to the app, and I’ve been using it ever since, using it to find and save places in collections highlighting everything from the best Thai cuisine in Bangkok to Seoul eats.

Jan’s Insider’s Guide To BKK: LISTINGS


Ad Lib

Opened last year, Ad Lib is conveniently located in the middle of the city. The owner also runs the famous Kuppa and Kuppa Deli Restaurants, so expect great food as well as friendly staff.

Taling Pling

This is the restaurant I always recommend / bring visitors to if they opt for Thai food. Dishes are plenty and authentic tasting.

The Deck

Catch the beautiful view of Bangkok old town (usually at sunset) at this Hotel Bar by the Chaopraya River.



The most famous weekend market in Bangkok. Sells everything you can imagine from second hand clothes to books to pet rabbits to cacti.

Little Beast

One of my all time fave gastrobars in the city. Excellent steak and pasta dishes. Leave some room for yummy ice cream sandwiches. Limited parking. Bookings a must.


Tha Maharaj

Awesome new Community Mall by the Chaopraya River. Lots of shops & restaurants as well as plenty of things of take photos of.


Voted No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, Gagan offers Molecular Indian dishes. I actually prefer the simple truffles naan and buttered chicken. Limited parking. Bookings a must.


Casa Lapin X 26

Serves one of the best coffee in the city. This location is the most spacious and is packed during weekends. Go for the piccolo latte.


Hands down the most famous dessert cafes in town with impossible queues at most of the locations. Must order is the Shibuya Toast, but make sure you try other creations as well.



Must visit brunch place. Practically all the dishes are good. The owner also runs Roots Coffee roaster, which explains why the coffee are excellent. Expect super long queues at weekends.

D. What is your favorite thing about Bangkok?

Bangkok is a vibrant city that has a mix of both old and new. If you’re a first time visitor, there’re plenty of historic sights to see, as well as many delicious local places to try. If you frequent the city a lot & like trying out new things, there’re plenty of new restaurants, cafés, bars & shops to visit. There’s always something for everyone in this bewildering city that never sleeps!

All photos c/o @jandanan unless otherwise stated.


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