A one-hour drive away from central Bangkok is Villa de Bear, an old Teddy bear factory inherited by Villy, the armless black bear mascot that greets you at the entrance. Villy was said to be more passionate about food than toys, so the factory was transformed into a large food village, appropriately decorated with gears, buttons and bear-themed indoor and alfresco dining areas. Even its washrooms have not been left out: bear-shaped signages adorn the doors, while the tap knobs have bears sitting on them!
Food-wise, expect Thai-fusion and western dishes, some with a creative twist. The quintessential Thai green curry chicken with roti (flatbread) comes plated to look like chips and guacamole, while desserts are, of course, shaped like the armless mascot.
If you’re visiting on a weekend, continue your exploration of the outskirts of Bangkok at the Ladmayom Floating Market. Highly recommended by locals, it is a charming, authentic floating market without the tourists.
Address: 5 Ratchapruk Rd, Bang Ramad, Taling Chan Bangkok 10170 Thailand
Opening Hours: Opens 5pm – 12am (Mon-Fri), 11am – 12am (weekends and holidays).
How to get there: Villa de Bear is a 5-minute drive from Bang Wa BTS Station, 12 stops from Modena by Fraser Bangkok. Alternatively, a car will take you there in under an hour.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at this quaint café. An hour’s drive north of central Bangkok, On the River Café offers a relaxing environment with a scenic view of the Chao Phraya River.
The two-storey café also features a suspended trampoline-like net above the river on its lower deck. Not surprisingly, it has become a popular spot for photos, with fish and shrimp-printed cushions provided to complete the look!
Once you’ve got the perfect shot, head up to enjoy an iced latte and waffles while soaking in the view. If you’re still feeling peckish, the café also serves up fresh seafood dishes like fish and grilled lobsters.
Address: 16/1, Keranawatthana Rd, Bang Prok, Mueang Pathum Thani District, Pathum Thani 12000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Opens 11am – 9pm daily.
How to get there: The café is best accessed by car, an hour away from central Bangkok.
Planning a visit to the City of Angels soon? Modena by Fraser Bangkok is a perfect base to explore the city from. Located right in front of Queen Sirikit MRT station, these unique cafes are within easy reach via public transport. If you prefer to travel in comfort, the friendly staff are happy to arrange for a taxi to your destination.
For the month of August, come celebrate Modena by Fraser Bangkok’s 3rd anniversary with us! Watch our offer page for exclusive room deals coming your way from 1 August 2019. F&B promotions are also available for the month of August, including a Pay-3-For-4 international buffet lunch at Bistro@M and free coffee at Coffee&Cider Bar. Check with our friendly staff for more details!