Bangkok’s ever-changing landscape can make it hard to keep up. The city’s deluge of new retail, F&B and entertainment outlets create a constant hive of activity, securing its position as the most visited city in the world. Here, you can treat yourself a buffet of top-of-the-line restaurants and walk down numberless streets lined with malls and boutiques. To help you make the most of any trip to Bangkok, Ladawan Piirainen, Chief Concierge of The Peninsula Bangkok shares some of her top recommendations.
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are a must when you are in Bangkok. Not far from the palace complex is the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textilesshowing the private collection of the Queen and other beautiful silk exhibitions.
Wat Pho, or Temple of the reclining Buddha is a ten minute walk from the Grand Palace. It is home to the first Thai massage school offering visitors a chance to experience traditional Thai and foot massage.
Venture into the Old City to see Bangkok’s famous Flower Market. The open air flower market is filled with many varieties of exotic and local flora, including roses, orchids, tulips, lilies and forget-me-nots.
Take a walk around Chinatown, its little lanes and alleys provide plenty of room for exploration. Lively and full of clatter, the Yaowarat night market is the perfect hunting ground for some delectable street food and local produce.
The colourful local markets of Little India are known to reap amazing fabric finds and are plenty of fun to walk around.
Hire a long tail boat for a half-day long canal tour. The long-tail speed boat or what locals call the “ James Bond boat” is a good way to explore Bangkok’s canals and observe community life along the river.
Issaya Siamese Club, helmed by top Thai Chef Ian Kittichai presents modern Thai dishes using homegrown ingredients plucked from its very own tropical gardens.
The Never Ending Summer — If you are looking for a cosy Thai restaurant serving local style Thai food then this is the place.
Osha — This newly opened restaurant dishes Thai-experimental cuisine that dabbles with molecular gastronomy. The food presentation here is some of the most novel I’ve seen.
Namsaah Bottling Trust — A modern fusion gastro bar inspired by Thai ingredients.
Located on the ground floor of The Peninsula, Mei Jiang offers some of the best dim sum in town.
Sirocco — For a meal of distinction, I recommend Sirocco. Perched on the 63rd floor of the State Tower building, Sirocco serves up authentic Mediterranean fare that you can enjoy alongside a breathtaking view of the skyline.
Hit up the Siam shopping district for up-to-date fashion from top international designers and Thai designers alike.
Platinum Fashion Mall — Even diehard shopaholics will lose themselves within the labyrinth of shops peddling largely women’s fashion, accessories, bags, shoes and the like. Bulk purchases draw bigger discounts so it’s best to go in a group!
Chatuchak weekend market. This is the biggest outdoor market where you will find everything from fashion, furniture, home décor, gardening supplies, beauty products and pretty much anything else you can think of.