As a landscape designer and architect — not to mention an artist in his own right — Bill Bensley has carved a niche as one of Southeast Asia’s premier creative talents.
The Siam Hotel
Hotel3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Bar62/1 Wat Suan Phlu Alley, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
"I still take a long-tail boat down thekhlongs [canals] on the west side of Bangkok and have it stop at every single one of thewats[temples]. These temples are overgrown and have been there since the 1700s. To get there by way of a long-tail boat, private hire is like $20 an hour. Head to Jack's Bar in Charoenkrung, and you can get one from there. Otherwise most hotels can help arrange — there is no one company that is best known."
National Museum Bangkok
MuseumNa Phra That Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Buddhist temple158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600
Traditional marketKamphaeng Phet Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
"Just outside of Chatuchak, there's a place called the Red Building. Everybody knows it, it's just a really ugly building, but inside is probably 300 vendors of all different things, from antique Swedish chess to Thai railroad maps to memorabilia to photographs of the King of Thailand. I highly recommend it, it’s a great place to go."