With all the razzmatazz on offer in the modish city of Bangkok, choosing where to stay, visit, eat, and be entertained, can make the deciding process feel more like a chore, when it should really be a reward. To simplify your first day in the city of angels, here is a 5-step plan that guarantees to make your laid-back day, a whole lot less stressful.
Lugging baggage around crowded avenues is no vacation, hence, why not check-in to Chateau de Bangkok, a modest accommodation aptly located in Phloen Chit district. Rooms here come equipped with the amenities of a well furnished apartment, on top of which the world class facilities, including a roof-top swimming pool, make it ideal for a family retreat. If a more refined and intimate stay is what you’re looking for, then book a night at the luxurious 5-star hotel, Plaza Athénée Bangkok. Both establishments are within walking distance to the local skytrain station; making your commutes within this bustling city like a walk in the park.
At noon, head over to Café Tartine, one of Bankokian’s favourite places to luncheon. From appetizing sandwiches, to perky salads, to mouth-watering soups, this eatery has you covered on all things Gallic and edible; highlighting the simplicity of French cuisine in a quiche or croissant. Once here, do not miss the lauded Tarte Tatin; think sliced apples infused in a heavenly sauce of caramel, layered on top of a thin curst of buttery pastry. For a meal bursting with more unusual flavours however, try the dynamic duo, green papaya salad and sticky rice at Som Tam Nua, it will blow your mind!
During the sultry afternoon, when outdoor activities make you sweat profusely, take a break in Central Embassy, the latest shopping complex to hit the Bangkok skyline, that also doubles as an air-conditioned oasis. From the chicest of chic brands, Chanel, Hermès, and Givenchy, to the voguish names in the industry, Zara, Moshino, and Proenza Schouler, to international gourmet cafés such as Dean & Deluca, Harrods Tea Room, and Paul, Central Embassy carries all these labels to a dazzling degree, making it a one-stop destination for all your needs and wants.
To spice up your dinner, there is nothing quite on par with “Thai fast food”. Take yourself to the streets for a truly spectacular dinner experience at a fraction of the price you would pay at a restaurant. Look out for fail-proof dishes like “Rad Naa” (noodles in gravy), “Pad Ka-Prao” (stir fried chicken/pork with basil on a bed of rice), “Pad Thai” (stir fired rice noodles with eggs, vegetables, tofu, shrimp, and a garnish of roasted peanuts), or “Poo pad pong karee” (stir fried crab meat in curry paste on a slope of jasmine rice). Whatever you choose for mains, crown the feast by picking up a box of mango and sticky rice at Mae Varee; purported to be the best in town.
If you like to end the night with a bang, Bangkok’s nightlife is a kaleidoscopic paradise to explore. Head to RCA, the premier party destination where boulevardiers and celebrities hold court. Expect classy drinks, international dance music, and a fleet of Lamborghinis. Conversely, if you prefer your excitement to be sober, take the skytrain to Siam, and catch a movie in one of the Paragon Cineplex many theaters.
Althoug the journey might be over, with dawn, a new adventure arises, and with it, another set of must-go, chill out places to visit and be experienced. With only 5 things ticked off today, your stay here has only just begun.