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.
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.
One of my favourite places for a casual Thai lunch. (494 Rajdamri Road)
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.
Nevertheless, I will never stop loving mango with sticky rice. And You & Mee’s is one of the best in town.
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)
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)
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)
Chefs preparing the dishes in the outdoor kitchen at Seafood Market.
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
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)
Enjoy a macadamia chocolate brownie with your coffee.
Chill out at the beautiful outdoor lounge which is next to a cute little flower shop.
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)
A girl’s dreams: chocolate lipsticks!
The Viennese Sacher cake is (nearly) as good as the one at home.
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)
If you are in the mood for a chilled out evening and some shisha. (39 Ekkamai 10 Alley, Lane 2)
Big drink selection and a nice view of the river.
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.
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)
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)