A guide to Bangkok by Quintessentially. The original City of Angels, Bangkok is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan destinations. At only 2 hours and 40 minutes away, Bangkok is an easy getaway for Hong Kongers looking for a short trip. The buzzing city offers an intoxicating mix of amazing shopping opportunities, delicious food, ultra hip bars and clubs as well as ancient temples. Blink and you’ll miss it. Quintessentially’s guide to this city is jam-packed with the best places to shop, stay, party and spa.
Where to Shop
Siam BTS Skytrain station
The beating heart of Bangkok’s shopping and entertainment district, Siam Square is home to the high-end Siam Paragon and cheap and cheerful MBK malls. Head to Siam Center next door to Paragon for one-off pieces crafted by some of Thailand’s trendiest young designers.
Close to the Kamphaengphet station on the MRT Bangkok Metro blue line, or five minutes from the Mo Chit station of the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit line.
The largest weekend market in Bangkok and a place that has to be seen to be believed! Stalls sell a wide variety of products including unique items of clothing, Thai handicrafts, food and even live animals.
Where to Spa
Ruen-Nuad Massage Studio
42 Convent Rd., Silom – +66 (0) 2632 2662
Located in a charming 100-year-old building, Ruen Nuad’s highly-trained masseuses know how to work out the knots and tension in your body. They focus on massages – Thai, aromatherapy and foot – and with a one hour massage costing THB 500, (HK$100) it’s a cheap and wonderful way to relax.
70/21 Moo 2, Sirnakarin Rd. Nongbon, Phawat – +66 (0) 2748 8135-9; 120 North Sathorn Rd. Silom, Bangrak – +66 (0) 2637 8883; 142/6 Charansanitwong Rd.
Arun Amarin, Bangkok Noi – +66 (0) 2882 4888; 96/1 Soi Sukhumvit 63 (Ekamai)
Sukhumvit Rd., Prakanong Nua, Wattana – +66 (0) 2392 2233
This chain of simple and comfortable spas offers extremely reasonable massages and body treatments at a number of locations around the city – THB 450 for two hours of Thai massage.
Where to Stay
13/3 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn – +66 (0) 2344 8888
Named after the 13th-century capital of Thailand, The Sukhothai was designed as a monument to understated elegance and harmonious luxury. Set over six acres of landscaped gardens, the suites are some of the most spacious in town and offer state-of-the-art technology and Thai-style luxury.
865 Rama 1 Road, Wang Mai, Patumwan – +66 (0) 2217 3000
This funky and unique design-led boutique hotel is only a hop, skip and jump from Bangkok’s most glam shopping malls. The swimming pool wins major points for style – its infinity edge seems to drop off down to the city below. The lobby is a testament to jumble-eclectic chic.
Where to Eat
36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Island – +66 (0) 2221 9158-9
Go here for amazing views over Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, on the other side of the river. A chilled out and calm place to enjoy a leisurely dinner and drinks at their third floor bar (but mind the rickety steps on your way up!)
2 Sukhumvit 29, Klongtoey Nue, Wattana – +66 (0) 2662 3060
Thai meets pan-Asian fusion design and cuisine at this gorgeous restaurant. Their outdoor courtyard is surrounded by dining rooms that are colourful, exotic and totally charming.
Where to Party
Sky Bar and Distill
63/F & 64/F, lebua, 1055 Silon Road – +66 (0) 2624 9999
Not one for those with vertigo, Sky Bar and Distill offers discerning drinkers an absolutely breath-taking view of the city from the 63rd and 64th floors of Lebua Tower. Dine at Sirocco, the restaurant part of Sky Bar, where the food is delicious enough to match the awe-inspiring view. A place to see and be seen.
Sukhumvit Soi 55 – +66 (0) 2651 3537
The hip design concept covers both the architecture (a futuristic pod) and the all-white interior, with beds hung from the ceilings. International DJs are a regular feature, with Tuesday’s hip hop nights and Wednesday’s model nights being particularly popular on Bangkok’s weekly calendar.
Silom Soi 4 – +66 (0) 2234 4737
The two levels of this hip and happening club are very crowded, especially on weekends, but it’s the outdoor seating area which is probably the most popular. The DJs here play house, drum ‘n’ bass and the crowd keeps going until the early hours.
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