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The Ultimate Bangkok Guide

7. April 2016

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble – not only the nights will make you humble, here are my tips for your ultimate stay in one of Asia’s most exciting metropolises.

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Stay at

There are plenty of hotels to choose from. If you prefer to stay at the river, I would recommend the Mandarin Oriental or the Shangri-La. However, there are very nice hotels a bit further in the city, such as the St. Regis, the Grand Hyatt, the Anantara Siam Bangkok, or the Sheraton at Sukhumvit Road.

Eat at

You & Mee @ Grand Hyatt

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One of my favourite places for a casual Thai lunch. (494 Rajdamri Road)

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For years, Phad Thai used to be my favourite Thai dish. However, the Khao Soi at You & Mee is so incredible that I now have a new favourite.

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Nevertheless, I will never stop loving mango with sticky rice. And You & Mee’s is one of the best in town.

Verandah @ Mandarin Oriental

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For a romantic dinner, the start of a girls’/boys’ night out or a family gathering, Verandah is a great place. The terrace by the river is beautiful and offers an amazing view that is not to be missed. (48 Oriental Avenue)

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Beautiful decoration for Chinese New Year in the Mandarin Oriental lobby.

Boat cruise of the Shangri-La

If you wish to get an even better view of the riverside, you should take the river cruise by the Shangri-La. This cruise is by far the best one and offers an à la carte menu as well as a buffet. I would recommend the à la carte menu, as we happened to have a big tour group on the boat that besieged the buffet. The food and service, however, were great. (89 Soi Wat Suan Plu Bangkok 10500)

Seafood Market

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As promised in their slogan “If it swims we have it”, the Seafood Market offers all the seafood you might think of. I came across some ratings online which judged the restaurant as a very touristy place with average quality. I have to disagree on that: eating at the Seafood Market is a unique experience – from choosing the seafood to eating it.  All the dishes were absolutely delicious. It is an enormous restaurant though which might appear as a big tourist attraction. Nevertheless, a visit at the Seafood market in Bangkok should not be missing on your to do list for Bangkok. (89 Soi Sukhumvit 24)

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Chefs preparing the dishes in the outdoor kitchen at Seafood Market.

Food Courts

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For a quick bite, swing by one of the many foodcourts of Bangkok’s malls and have Kao Man Gai – cooked chicken with rice. The arrangement of the food and ingredients look a bit cruel I have to admit. However, this is a dish you have to try while exploring Bangkok.

Coffee & Cake at

Casa Lapin

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The alley of trees in Soi Sukhumvit 26 makes you forget that you are in one of the biggest cities in the world.  If you are looking for a coffee place to chill out or to work from, Casa Lapin is the place to go. (Soi Sukhumvit 26)

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Enjoy a macadamia chocolate brownie with your coffee.

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Chill out at the beautiful outdoor lounge which is next to a cute little flower shop.

Chocolab @Sofitel

Check out my post about the chocolate making class at Chocolab. We enjoyed a cappuccino and a Viennese hot chocolate to mentally prepare for that class! (2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak)

Dean & DeLuca

If you would like to escape to another metropolis, you can enjoy some New York style coffee and food at Dean & DeLuca. Try the fajitas! (Emquartier, Food Hall Level G, 35 8 Sukhumvit Rd)

The Mandarin Oriental Shop @ Paragon Mall

I usually avoid mentioning a place twice, but I cannot write this post without mentioning the chocolate brownie at the Mandarin Oriental Shop at the Paragon Mall. To die for! (G13B, Siam Paragon Shopping Center, 991)

Chocolate Boutique @ Shangri-La

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A girl’s dreams: chocolate lipsticks!

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The Viennese Sacher cake is (nearly) as good as the one at home.

Drinks at

Vertigo (Moon Bar)

Despite the enormous amount of advertisement after Hangover 2, I have to say that I do not think that Sky Bar at the lebua is “the” rooftop bar in Bangkok. Vertigo offers a much better view, service and drinks. Ladies, bring a scarf, as it might be a bit windy on the 61st floor. (21/100 Banyan Tree Hotel, South Sathon Road)

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If you are in the mood for a chilled out evening and some shisha. (39 Ekkamai 10 Alley, Lane 2)

The Long Bar @ Shangri-La

Big drink selection and a nice view of the river.

Shop at

Bangkok has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping – from international brands to independent stores. Stay tuned for my post about Bangkok’s fashion scene. For now, I would like to introduce you to Jim Thompson. I fell in love with their scarves and interior decoration items. There are several branches across the city (and also at the airport) and I am sure you will find your perfect souvenirs.

Relax at

Refresh @24 Spa

After all the eating, shopping and sightseeing, have a massage at Refresh @24 Spa. I highly recommend the foot massage (for all those of you who have the same concern as I had before my first foot massage: it does not tickle 😉 ). (43 Soi Sukhumvit 24)

Movies at

Emprivé Cineclub

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No, this is not a hotel reception – this is a movie theatre. Emprivé, looking like the old European theaters, turns going to the movies to a luxury experience with comfy seats and blankets. (Emporium Mall, 622 Sukhumvit Rd)

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