James Syhabout – 35, Ubon Ratchathani.
Chef-owner at one Michelin-starred Commis restaurant, Oakland, U.S.
My favorite place: Bangkok
Bring there: Your best pair of walking shoes. Walking is the best way to get to know the city.
Must-do: Eat everything and anything. Eat at street food carts and restaurants along the avenues. Even durian.
Don’t do: Sleep in. You will definitely be missing out on a lot.
Must-see: Or Tor Kor market—one of best fresh markets I have been to—if you are into cooking and food.
Must-buy: Vintage Molam and Luk Thung records at Zudrangma Records, at Sukhumvit Soi 51.
Eat at: Janhom (273/4 Ramkhamhaeng Soi 21,) awesome Southern Thai cuisine.
Drink at: The Iron Fairies at Thonglor, or Studio Lam located at Sukhumvit Soi 5 – what a fun joint and the music is always good.
Sleep at: The Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok – over the top hospitality and comfort.