WHEN IN: BANGKOK
WHAT TO EXPECT
It will hit you like a ton of bricks, it's hot, polluted, and chaotic, and it thrives with energy. There's such a vast array of sightseeing, shopping, and eating possibilities that you'll have little time to rest. When you do find a moment, pamper yourself with spa treatments, skyline-view bars, luxurious hotels, and excellent restaurants.
Bangkok rarely fails to make a good first impression, and yes, you might need to go spend a few days on the beach to recover from it all and it’s not typically known for jaw-dropping tourist attractions similar to places like Rome. But there are an enormous amount of things to do in Bangkok, from exploring embellished temples and the lanes of multi-ethnic neighbourhoods to sampling the legendary Bangkok street food and fruit snacks. Although a must-try, be mindful of overcharging and hygiene standards, especially for weak stomachs.
The easiest mode of transport in Bangkok is the MRT/BTS train, which serves all the major tourist areas in Bangkok. Dress appropriately at temples (no shorts or sleeveless tops). Day passes and single tickets are available at every train station booth.
WHERE TO STAY
Splash out - W Hotel Bangkok
Imagine playful interior design, passion for fashion and vibrant party scene kicking off every evening and you will find this isn’t your average 5 start hotel. W Bangkok is a stylish icon of Asian Chic located in North Sathorn Road. All 403 rooms and suites feature a lot of colour and some really unique installations with some of the latest gadgets around. W Bangkok also has a luxury spa, 24 hour fitness room and a stunning outdoor swimming pool. Their signature restaurant, The Kitchen Table, offers incredible buffet breakfasts and an all-day dining menu. You can also drink in style downstairs at Woo Bar, a popular spot for Bangkok’s fashionistas, cocktail lovers and trendy hotel guests.
North Sathorn Road, 106 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 , Thailand.
Go wild - Tenface Bangkok
Tenface is a street-chic styled urban sanctuary that still allows you to relax and be yourself, although on arriving it can feel a little like a nightclub. Once you venture past the cast-iron door and low-lit lobby at boutique hotel Tenface you'll discover an imaginative, enjoyable place to stay.
81 Soi Ruamrudee 2, Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Backpackers - Saphaipae Bangkok Hostel
Saphaipae is what I would describe as a super luxe backpackers, easily one of the best in Bangkok. It does cater for all sorts though ranging from backpackers, small & large groups and families. Fitted out over four levels, it houses exclusive female bed dorms, mixed dorms & private rooms fitted with en suites.
Silom Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
WHERE TO EAT
Our pick - Black Box Bangkok
For the best brunch in Bangkok, Black Box is not to be missed. Serving breakfast all day (8am – 6pm) on weekends but just two hours a day on weekdays. Try the pulled pork eggs benedict. The interior lives up to it's name with jet black walls, floors and ceilings, low dim lights with bright pops of yellow.