There’s a new creative space in Bangkok ready to spark ideas. With an intriguing name that translates to “sloppy artisan” in Thai, it just bursts with artsy flair. Built on a sprawling plot of land, it’s home to cafes, bookshops, fashion stores and a co-working space. There’s even art galleries, an arthouse cinema and a small museum. What do they have in common? All structures utilize reused materials, showing that chic and environmentally friendly go hand in hand. Chang Chui’s additional aim is to shine a spotlight on homegrown and fresh art talent.
Shutterbugs and social media addicts are in for a treat at Chang Chui. The most eye-catching spot has to be the grounded Lockheed L-1011 TriStar plane. It’s the focal point of the space, a must-selfie spot and even acts as a backdrop for the many bands performing nightly. Weekly and monthly events ensure Chang Chui remains a happening place. These include themed flea markets, special live concerts or street food takeovers. Many indie brands have uniquely decorated shops that offer their wares.
Food is another highlight at Chang Chui. Besides food stalls offering the latest photogenic snacks and drinks, there are also standalone restaurants. A notable one is “Insects in the Backyard”, which – no surprise – features edible insects in ALL of its dishes. There are also beer gardens for groups to meet and chill out after work. Looking for a snack for home? Many shops offer delicious bites in takeaway form, too.
If you’re a design lover, a visit to Chang Chui will surely spark some creative ideas. Our recommendation is to take a taxi, but be sure to study the map beforehand! It’s around 20 minutes away by car from ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai.