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Discover our favourite hotels, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in Bangkok right now.

Updated March 2017

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This insider's city guide has been a long time in the making. We've eaten in countless Bangkok restaurants, dined in the best local eateries and visited the latest hotspots. We've also asked the most discerning locals we know to share their favourite hangouts – whether brand new or classic institutions. We bring you our hand-picked selection of our favourite places in Bangkok right now.

 

HOTELS

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Whether you're looking for the ultimate luxury hotel, a cosy boutique hotel, or an ultra-cool design hotel, here is our pick of the best places to stay in Bangkok.

 

1. Wow Factor!

THE SIAM

Discover the timeless elegance of Art Deco at this sumptuous boutique address.
Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, The Siam combines colonial elegance with irresistible Art Deco interiors, antique suitcases and romantic gramophones. Around a lush, light-filled atrium, The Siam boasts a library filled with first edition books, a riverside infinity pool lined with sun loungers and an indulgent on-site Spa. Sip a Siam Mojito at Deco Bar before enjoying the authentic Thai flavours of the hotel’s riverside restaurant, Chon Thai. $$

3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, 10300 Bangkok
thesiamhotel.com  |  +66 2 206 6999


2. Classic Institution ...

MANDARIN ORIENTAL BANGKOK

Discover one of Bangkok’s finest spas at this luxurious riverfront resort.
Setting the standard for 5-star accommodation in Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental boasts a picturesque setting on the Chao Phraya river and has played host to a star-studded guest list including Elizabeth Taylor, Ernest Hemingway and Mick Jagger. The hotel’s classically furnished rooms and suites feature exquisite silk fabrics, vintage chandeliers, teak furnishings and sumptuous four poster beds. The resort is home to nine bars and restaurants, where you’ll be tempted to savour barbeque-style cuisine at the scenic Riverside Terrace, indulge in a traditional afternoon tea experience in the Author's Lounge, and enjoy a refreshing Asian-inspired cocktail accompanied by live jazz at the Bamboo bar. $$$$

48 Oriental Avenue Charoenkrung Soi 40, 10500 Bangkok
mandarinoriental.com  |  +66 2 659 9000


3. Ultra-Modern ...

ORIENTAL RESIDENCE

A haven of soothing tones and modern luxury.
An oasis in the heart of the city, the Oriental Residence offers sophisticated interiors and immaculate service. Sweeping city or park views are a feature in their own right throughout the tranquil rooms and suites, where creamy marble, hardwood floors and soft pastel shades set an elegant scene. Escape the Bangkok heat in one of the glamorous poolside cabanas, or enjoy some family time in the playroom, where big screen TVs, ping pong and board games will entertain children of all ages. At his namesake restaurant, Savelberg, renowned Dutch chef Henk Savelberg showcases his take on refined French cuisine, while the Café Claire channels the sophistication of a classic Parisian bistro. $$

110 Wireless Road, Lumpini Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok
oriental-residence.com  |  +66 2 125 9000


4. Urban Tranquility ...

THE SUKHOTHAI BANGKOK

Leave your worries behind at one of Bangkok’s most serene urban resorts.
Set across six verdant acres in Bangkok’s city center, The Sukhothai Bangkok is a visual feast of reflecting pools, lush gardens, open-air galleries and columned arcades. Tranquility reigns throughout the Sukhothai’s classically furnished rooms and suites which feature silk-cushioned beds, teak floors and walk-in wardrobes. Unwind with a Thai beauty treatment at Spa Botanica or a refreshing swim in the infinity pool, before savouring the rich flavours of Thai cuisine at the sophisticated Celadon restaurant. For a more casual setting, La Scala offers relaxed Italian dining. $$

13/3 South Sathorn Road, 10120 Bangkok
sukhothai.com  |  +66 2 344 8888


5. Urban Wellness ....

METROPOLITAN BY COMO HOTEL

A chic & stylish urban spa retreat with a temptingly affordable price tag.
Located in Bangkok’s business district, the Metropolitan by COMO hotel is a contemporary haven of urban wellness. At the state-of-the-art spa & fitness centre, enjoy a complimentary pilates or yoga lesson, followed by an indulgent spa treatment or a relaxing afternoon lounging by the swimming pool. Make sure to discover the exquisite Thai cuisine of Michelin-starred chef, David Thompson at Nahm restaurant, which is ranked as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. $$

27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek Sathorn, 10120 Bangkok
comohotels.com  |  +66 2 625 3333


6. Ultra-Modern ...

SOFITEL SO

Enjoy cutting-edge design coupled with jaw-dropping views.
 Rising 30 storeys above the lush, open spaces of Lumpini Park, the Sofitel So adds a sleek French twist to contemporary urban style. After a day spent relaxing by the glass-walled rooftop pool, discover molecular cocktails in the sultry Mixo bar, where you’ll find Bangkok’s fashionable crowd lounging upon crushed velvet couches. With three restaurants to discover, we love the glamorous Park Society Restaurant & Bar, where astonishing city views can be enjoyed from cosy cabanas on the alfresco terrace. $$$

2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, 10500 Bangkok
sofitel-so-bangkok.com  |  +66 2 624 0000


7. Traditional Retreat ...

ARIYASOMVILLA

Discover a haven of tranquility and comfort at this beautifully restored 1940s villa.
Enter through the gates of Ariyasomvilla and discover the lush urban oasis within. Khun Pariya – the granddaughter of the original owners – has created a haven of Bangkok nostalgia with antique furniture, recycled woods, Thai silk drapes and a scattering of local artworks. Relax by the palm-shaded infinity pool or within the tranquil library, before heading to Na Aroon, the hotel’s excellent vegetarian restaurant. $$

65 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok
ariyasom.com  |  +66 2 254 8880


8. Modern Boutique Haven ...

HANSAR HOTEL

Cutting-edge contemporary style in Bangkok’s shopping district.
Setting the benchmark for designer living in Bangkok, the Hansar Hotel boasts a stylish glass-and-steel facade, contemporary lines and a chic sense of style. The Hansar’s 94 modern suites feature ethereal silk drapes paired with floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with Thai artifacts. Spend an afternoon relaxing by the 8th-floor infinity pool or chill in the lush, tropical garden before enjoying authentic Thai flavours at Café Boca. Don’t miss a cocktail at Vue Bar, the after-dark place to see-and-be-seen in Bangkok. $$

3/250 Soi Mahadlekluang 2, Rajdamri Road, 10330 Bangkok
hansarbangkok.com  |  +66 2209 1234


9. Modern Boutique Living ...

THE OKURA PRESTIGE BANGKOK

Enjoy dazzling panoramic views and a dash of glamour.
Oozing sophistication from its location amongst Bangkok’s elegant embassies, The Okura Prestige is a lavish luxury boutique hotel which is renowned for its warm hospitality. Grand interiors with gleaming marble and pale gold set an impressive tone, the classically elegant rooms showcase spectacular city views, and a cantilevered infinity pool perches dramatically above the city. The panoramic view of the glittering Bangkok skyline is best enjoyed from the al fresco terrace at the Up & Above Bar, followed by dinner at Yamazato for excellent Japanese fare. $$$

Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok
okurabangkok.com  |  +66  2687 9000


Average Price of a Double Room:     $ = Around $100 or less;   $$ = Around $200;   $$$ = > $300


RESTAURANTS

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Whether you're looking for a fabulous foodie dining spot, the city's best casual eatery, or a see-and-be-seen dining spot, here is our pick of the best places to eat in Bangkok right now.

 

1. Wow Factor!

NAHM

Award-winning gastronomy Thai cuisine by renowned Australian chef, David Thompson.
Ranked one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Nahm is the creation of celebrated Michelin-starred Australian chef, David Thompson. A scholar of his art, the chef draws upon ancient Siamese cooking techniques and rare, exotic local ingredients sourced from all regions of Thailand in the creation of his sophisticated modern Thai cuisine. Savour refined dishes such as Nahm’s signature coconut and turmeric curry with blue swimmer crab, or the jungle curry with pla chorn Thai freshwater fish. Dine alfresco on the elegant outdoor terrace overlooking the glittering turquoise swimming pool. $$$

27 South Sathorn Road, 10120 Bangkok
comohotels.com  |  +66 2 625 3333


2. Award-Winning Indian Dining...

GAGGAN

Discover an unforgettable modern Indian experience at Asia’s Best Restaurant.
Gaggan, the namesake restaurant of chef Gaggan Anand, boasts a wealth of prestigious culinary accolades - including the title of the 37th World’s Best Restaurant in 2016 and the Best Restaurant in Asia three years running - and continues to set the bar for gastronomy dining in Thailand and beyond. Known for his effervescent personality as much as his ingenious molecular creations, the chef’s immersive dining experience goes beyond his signature 19-course tasting menu, where you’ll discover Indian cuisine like never before. $$$$

68/1 Soi Langsuan Ploenchit Road Lumpini, 10330 Bangkok
eatatgaggan.com  |  +662 652 1700


3. Local Institution...

BO.LAN RESTAURANT

Discover market-fresh Thai cuisine in an elegant open-air Thai villa.
The talented protegees of Michelin Starred chef David Thompson – Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones (Lan) – are the culinary talent behind Bo.Lan, where their contemporary take on Thai fine-dining has earned them a place amongst Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants. Dedicated to authentic Thai flavours and inspired by the city’s vibrant street-food scene, the dynamic duo present two menus: Bo.lan Balance, a complete Thai experience based upon the five components of Thai dining – including a salad, chilli relish, stir-fry, curry, and soup – along with a range of a la carte options. Known for visiting the local markets in the small hours of the morning to find the freshest produce, this passionate pair also star in a weekly TV show. $$$

House number 24 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Klong Toey Nua Wattana, 10110 Bangkok
bolan.co.th  |  +66 2 260 2962


4. Romantic Thai Dining...

ISSAYA SIAMESE CLUB

Enjoy romantic Thai dining in a beautiful heritage house.
Surrounded by a lush tropical garden, Issaya Siamese Club boasts – one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Asia – is one of the most romantic dining settings in Bangkok. Celebrity chef Ian Kittichai crafts a menu of unforgettable Thai flavours, where dishes such as Yum Hua Plee (banana blossom and palm heart salad with crispy shallots and roasted peanuts) is crafted with herbs and vegetables grown in the restaurant’s garden. Make sure to enjoy a refreshing Asian-inspired cocktail in the verdant garden lounge bar. $$

4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Road, Sathorn, 10120 Bangkok
issaya.com  |  +66 2 672 9040


5. Panoramic Rooftop Terrace...

VERTIGO RESTAURANT

An elegant rooftop bar and grill with breathtaking panoramic views of Bangkok.
Soaring high above the city, the aptly-named Vertigo restaurant is one of the highest open-air restaurants in the world. The crowning glory of Bangkok’s luxurious Banyan Tree Hotel, Vertigo’s rooftop terrace showcases glittering city views. Menu-wise, expect international cuisine such as Wagyu tenderloin served with bone marrow and grilled seafood, and don’t miss the chance to visit Moon Bar next door for a nightcap and some stargazing through the rooftop telescope. $$$

Banyan Tree Bangkok  21/100 S Sathon Rd, 10120 Bangkok
banyantree.com/vertigo-and-moon-bar  |  +66 2 679 1200


6. Modern Thai Dining...

SRA BUA BY KIIN KIIN

Discover innovative Thai cuisine with a dash of glamour.
Sra Bua is the younger sister of Denmark trailblazer Kiin Kiin, only the second restaurant in the world to hold a Michelin Star for Thai cuisine. Sra Bua continues to push the boundaries with its innovative menu, created by Kiin Kiin chef Henrik Yde-Andersen. After a welcome drink in the sultry bar, embark on an 11-course tasting odyssey into contemporary Thai cuisine, heightened by pitch-perfect wine pairings and palatial interiors in pale gold, purple and teak. $$$

Siam Kempinski Hotel /9, 991 Rama I Road, Pathum Wan, 10330 Bangkok
+66 2 162 9000


7. Authentic Thai Cuisine...

SUPANNIGA EATING ROOM

Savour authentic Thai cuisine in a relaxed lounge-style atmosphere.
Inspired by recipes passed down from his grandmother, the owner of the Supanniga Eating Room brings authentic Thai cooking to Bangkok’s trendy Thonglor Road. As conversation buzzes, traditional patterned plates arrive promising delicious classic Thai dishes such as stir fried beef with Thai basil and chilli, or pumpkin balls in hot coconut broth. Set within a cosy three-storey shophouse, the restaurant is also famous for its potent Martinis. $$

160/11 Soi Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor) Klongton Nuea, Watthana, 10110 Bangkok
supannigaeatingroom.com  |  +66 2 714 7508


8. Japanese Fusion Cuisine...

ISAO

Japanese fusion cuisine that doesn’t take itself too seriously. 
Known throughout Bangkok for its Japanese fusion creations, Isao is one of the hottest reservations in the city. Beyond the trendy facade in granite and glass, this two-storey shophouse buzzes with energy, from the hum of conversation on the mezzanine to the bustling sushi bar below. Settled into a bamboo-clad booth, turn your attention to a menu of baked scallop in cream sauce, pitch-perfect gyoza, and the signature Jackie sushi roll for shrimp lovers. $$

5 Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, 10110 Bangkok   
isaotaste.com  |  +66 2 258 0645


9. Hip Local Cafe...

KUPPA TEA & COFFEE TRADERS

A popular all-day cafe in Bangkok.
Kuppa Tea & Coffee Traders is a funky haven of industrial-chic décor, great coffee and crowd-pleasing fusion cuisine. The lofty space features stylish industrial lights and polished concrete floors. Menu-wise, expect dishes such as imported Australian sirloin steak and grilled pork with sticky rice, along with pizzas, pasta dishes and fresh seafood. A delicious selection of freshly-baked cakes and desserts is perfectly accompanied by Kuppa’s expertly-crafted coffee, made with beans roasted in-house. $$

39 Soi Sukhumvit 16  Khlong Toei, 10110 Bangkok  
kuppa.co.th  |  +66 2 663 0450


10. Affordable & Authentic Thai Eatery…

KRUA APSORN

Discover this casual Thai eatery with three locations in Bangkok.
Serving traditional Thai cuisine in a modest setting, Krua Apsorn’s original location on Samsen Road was a favourite dining destination of Princess Galyani, giving this local eatery the royal seal of approval. Begin with the traditional miang kana – Chinese broccoli leaves filled with a range of ingredients such as white ginger, peanut, fried pork and shallot – followed by the signature stir-fried crabmeat with long beans and yellow chilli. Krua Apsorn’s friendly staff and a picture-filled menu will help you overcome any language barriers when ordering. $

169 Dinsor Road, 10200 Bangkok  
+66 2 685 4531


11. Local Food Markets…

Discover the flavours of Thailand at these bustling street markets.
An adventure into authentic Thai cooking awaits at Bangkok’s colourful food markets and vibrant street food stalls. Lying opposite the Chatuchak Weekend Markets, Or Tor Kor Market offers a multitude of food stalls offering everything from rice flour dumplings to sweet pork rolls. For an evening meal with true Thai flair, head to Sukhumvit Soi 38, a street famous for its tasty, fresh and inexpensive eateris – sample everything from fresh stir-fried noodles, wok-based rice dishes and classic chicken satay. For Chinese Thai fusion cuisine, head to Yaowarat Road in the heart of Chinatown for classic dishes such as khao muu daeng (red pork rice) and crispy fried noodles. $

139/4 1, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Bangkok
+66 2 279 2080

Average Price of a Main Meal:     $ = Less than $10;   $$ = Around $20;   $$$ = More than $30


NIGHTLIFE

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Whether you're looking for the perfect cocktail, the city's best alfresco bar, or a late-night club, here is our pick of the best places to drink and party in Bangkok right now.

 

1. Seductive Speakeasy...

MAGGIE CHOO’S

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A subterranean speakeasy with a quirky personality.
From the designer behind the cult Bangkok bar, Iron Fairies comes Maggie Choo’s, a seductive speakeasy that awaits those who can find it. Look for an unmarked carved door, pass through a tiny Cantonese restaurant at the foot of a wooden staircase, then sneak behind a nondescript curtain to discover one of the hottest speakeasies in Bangkok. Rumour has it that the bar is set within the former East India Trading Company vault, where huge metal doors are set into red brick walls and what was formerly the clerk’s counter now serves as the bar. At weekends, live jazz adds an extra speakeasy swing as revellers sink into Chesterfield sofas to sip expertly-crafted cocktails. $$

320 Silom Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, 10500, Bangkok
+66 91 772 2144


2. Panoramic Rooftop Views...

SKY BAR

Party beneath the stars at this celebrity-favourite rooftop destination.
Discover breathtaking 360° views from the second highest building in Bangkok at Sky Bar, the ideal setting for panoramic sunset cocktails overlooking Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river. As the glamorous circular bar changes colour, dapper Italian mixologist Valerio Politano can be found crafting cocktail creations such as the Sky Devil with Olmeca tequila, lime juice, agave syrup and red pepper. Within the same building you’ll find Distil Bar, offering a more casual alternative to Sky Bar complete with DJ sets and premium vodka, while the world’s highest rooftop restaurant awaits at Sirocco. $$$

The Dome at lebua 64th floor, 42 Road, Bangrak, 1055 Silom Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, 10500 Bangkok
lebua.com  |  +66 2624 9555


3. Stylish Drinks...

SOFITEL SO

Discover an alluring collection of after-dark destinations at this cutting-edge design hotel.
One of Bangkok’s most glamorous addresses, Sofitel So invites you to start the evening amidst the golden hues of Mixo Lobby Bar, where the world of molecular mixology combines with sweeping views of Bangkok’s verdant Lumpini Park. As the city comes alive, take the elevator to Park Society & Hi So Bar, where moonlit cabanas offer spectacular city views from the elegant rooftop terrace and a sultry restaurant will lure you inside to dine beneath mirrored ceilings. $$

2 North Sathorn Road  Bangrak, 10500 Bangkok
sofitel-so-bangkok.com  |  +66 2 624 0000


4. Live Jazz & Cocktails...

SMALLS

Enjoy live jazz & cocktails at this quirky local hangout.
Sultry low-lit interiors greet cocktail lovers at Smalls, an intimate drinking den created by local nightlife legend, David Jacobson. Home to his personal contemporary art collection, this three-storey town house has the air of a Parisian jazz club, where an impressive range of absinthe paraphernalia can be spotted behind the bar and swathes of plush red fabrics bring to mind a late-night bohemian cabaret. Settle into the rooftop terrace for the most coveted seats in the house. $$ 

186/3 Suan Phlu Soi 1, 10120 Bangkok
+66 9558 5 1398


5. Quirky Nightclub...

SING SING THEATRE

Vintage Shanghai gets a funky, futuristic spin at this one-of-a-kind venue.
From the quirky minds behind Bangkok speakeasy Maggie Choo’s comes Sing Sing Theatre, an eccentric bar and nightclub which brings the sultry glamour of 1930s Shanghai to Bangkok. Dozens of traditional lanterns hang from moulded ceilings, and the intimate stage is home to an ecclectic mix of live acts. Bar staff weave through the crowd in elaborate costumes as the spellbound crowd watches the action from the bar’s balcony. Expect the unexpected. $$

Sukhumvit 45, 10110 Bangkok
+66 63 225 1331


6. Secret Speakeasy...

J. BOROSKI MIXOLOGY

Discover world-class creations at this modern speakeasy.
The star of Bangkok’s mixology scene and a leading cocktail consultant for some of the world’s top hotels, mixologist Joseph Boroski showcases his talents at his first solo venture, J. Boroski Mixology. The bar is hidden at the end of a nondescript alley, where a little perseverance (and a map) reveals this sultry speakeasy complete with barely-lit, retro-inspired interiors. Rather than offering a cocktail menu, this cocktail bar will craft the perfect custom-made creation to suit exactly what you're looking for. A must-visit gem for cocktail connoisseurs. $$

Call for the Address: +66 2 712 6025   


7. Cool Cuban Hideaway...

HAVANA SOCIAL

A Cuban-inspired speakeasy with one of the most clandestine entrances in the city.
Step into a retro phone booth, dial the secret code and watch as a concealed door swings open to reveal a 1940s Cuban bar – at Havana Social, you’ll find one of the coolest bars in Bangkok.  Beautifully tiled floors, walls in crumbling plasterwork and vintage library lamps create an irresistible retro scene, where dapper waitstaff mix superb rum cocktails and regular live music acts keep the party going long into the early hours of the morning. $$

Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok
+ 66 87 066 7711


Average Price of a Drink:     $ = Less than $10;   $$ = Around $20;   $$$ = More than $30


SEE + DO

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Don't miss these incredible Bangkok museums, cultural landmarks and local experiences.

Getting Around...

Although Bangkok may at first seem overwhelming, getting around is fairly easy when travelling by taxi, boat, tuk tuk or via the efficient SkyTrain. Consider a scenic bike tour with Amazing Bangkok Cyclists; enjoy the city from the water with a scenic boat cruise on the Chao Phraya River Express; or opt for one of the beautiful wooden long-tail boats that can be hired at any of the river’s many piers. Of course, the city’s iconic tuk-tuks are a thrilling way to travel and a quintessential Bangkok experience.

Shopping In Bangkok...

Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise. The Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest in the world and sells handicrafts, beautiful carvings and jewellery all at inexpensive prices. For luxury shopping, Bangkok’s many modern malls may tempt. Check out the Siam Paragon, where you’ll find everything from Jimmy Choo to a state-of-the-art cinema complex. Meanwhile, Bangkok’s streets bustle with street-sellers, with popular street markets to be found at Khao San Road, Tha Prachan street market on Maharat Road and the Patpong night market in the Silom area.

Iconic Landmarks...

Attracting thousands of tourists every year with its golden spires, vibrant murals and famous Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace is a breathtaking display of Thai architecture in the heart of Bangkok. To the south of the Palace lies Wat Pho, home to a breathtaking 45 metre-long golden reclining Buddha. On the western bank of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river, the 17th century Wat Arun is one of the city’s most iconic sights: witness the astounding golden tower at sunrise to see why this is called the ‘Temple of Dawn.

Art Galleries & Museums...

Discover Thailand’s fascinating history and culture at the National Museum of Thailand, where an 18th-century former palace is home to richly decorated rooms filled with Thai art, Chinese weapons and musical instruments. In a beautiful colonial mansion, the National Art Gallery displays a fantastic Thai art collection ranging from the 17th century onwards, offering the perfect starting point for those wanting to learn more about Thailand’s art history. A world of Asian art awaits at the House of Jim Thompson, where six traditional Thai houses are surrounded by lush tropical gardens and filled with a superb art collection. For a little contemporary art, check out the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre with its futuristic curved facade and in-house cinema.

The Best Spas...

One of the centers of the world for therapeutic treatments, massage and spas, Bangkok is filled with havens dedicated to relaxing and rejuvenating the body. The renowned Como Shambhala Urban Espace Spa is is one of the city’s finest retreats, with a treatment list that strikes a balance between holistic wellbeing of the mind and body. The Grand Hyatt’s i.Sawan Spa is a refuge of relaxation, offering treatments such as lymphatic drainage and shiatsu massage. The Tria Integrative Medical Suite offers an endless range of healing therapies, while the Wat Pho Massage School offers massages by students looking to practise their massage skills, making for an affordable fee.

Unique Activities...

A true insight into Thai traditions and culture, a cooking lesson adds an entirely new dimension in appreciating Thai cuisine. The Oriental Thai Cooking School at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel has been teaching Thai culinary techniques for over 15 years and offers 3-hour hands-on courses each day. The Baipai Thai Cooking School offers a home-style environment in which to learn, where you can enjoy your own cooking station in a beautiful open-air kitchen while learning how to create authentic Thai cuisine. For something completely different, don’t miss the opportunity to watch a Muay Thai match during your visit. While these high-octane matches are held all over the city, the art deco Ratchadamnoen Stadium offers an unrivalled experience. 

Further afield...

A hive of activity with its bustling waterways and floating market stalls, the town of Damnoen Saduak awaits 100km from Bangkok. Hire a boat and join the vibrant local atmosphere before exploring the narrow streets of the town. The ancient city of Ayutthaya lies just 80km from Bangkok and boasts historic temples, spires and domes dating back to the 14th century, while a little further afield, nothing can prepare you for the sheer splendor of Thailand’s many tropical islands. Head to the the spectacular beaches and luxury resorts of Koh Samui; go scuba diving on Koh Tao; or discover the stunning setting for the movie The Beach at the stunning Ko Phi Phi island. For a more peaceful, local experience, visit Koh Sukorn island, which is a lesser-visited tropical paradise without the tourist crowds.


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