Surat’s sunshine personality shines through the moment you step through the doors of Modena by Fraser Bangkok. Often being the first point of contact for guests, his cheerfulness and warm hospitality makes him a great fit for his role.
Having been a part of the Fraser family since 2016, he is well versed with the sights and attractions around Modena by Fraser Bangkok, especially in the Khlong Toei neighbourhood, where you will find the famous Khlong Toei Market and more. But it doesn’t just stop there. “I’m always finding new places to see or visit so I can share my newfound experiences with guests and colleagues,” he says.
Surat is a firm believer of “service through friendship”, and it shows in the everyday conversations he has with guests, which are always meaningful and enjoyable.
His lively character sees him from work to his personal life. On his days off, you will find him at the malls, fresh markets or the nearby beaches with his family.
For an off-the-beaten-path experience…
Visit Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, one of Thailand’s less commercialised weekend markets. Take a ferry across the river for interesting sights such as the Thai Fighting Fish Gallery, Sri Nakhorn Khuen Khan Park, Mon Village, Suan Pa Lampoo (Tree Forest) and many local temples.
Alternatively, if you have time to spare, visit Ladmayom Floating Market. A 40-minute drive away, you can find all kinds of tropical fruits such as chompoo (Thai rose apple) and sapodillas (chikoo) here.
Editor’s Note: If you’re looking for something different, have a go at Khlong Toei Market, the largest fresh market in Bangkok. Not only will you find fresh produce here, there is a plethora of street food stalls, printing shops, express photo shops and local barbers. There are also local food options in the vicinity such as Phad Thai Mea Um or Heng Chun Seng. If you’re visiting the latter, make sure to try their Moo Satay and Mawfai Ruam (Thai fire pot with mixed beef).
Shop the best bargains at…
Chatuchak Market (or Jatujak, also JJ Market to the locals). There are plenty of wholesale goods, interesting graphic tees and handmade Thai crafts and toys to be found, with each category of product in its designated zone within the market.
Best spots in the city to get close to nature…