There are two ways to experience Bangkok’s eclectic food culture: the high-brow way and the humble way. If your endeavor is to eat like a true local, then take a seat at the city’s biggest food court: the street stalls. You can turn a blind corner and be greeted by the mouth-watering smell of Hainese Chicken Rice. For many years, street vendors were the only guarantee to authentic, local taste, but not anymore. Many boutique restaurants have perfected the art of catering to foreign palates while maintaining the zest of Thai flavors.
Bo.lan’s meticulous efforts infusing contemporary, traditional, street and homemade recipes has resulted in a renowned and balanced menu. The chef-owners work closely with local farmers to procure the freshest seasonal produce, so the menu changes frequently. Offerings reflect traditional Thai cuisine, with dishes like braised beef with coconut and bamboo shoot soup. Bo.lan is also on its way to becoming a zero carbon restaurant.
Overlooking the glistening river and the sun setting over the vast Bangkok skyline, Cielo is 46 floors up in one of the the highest condominiums in downtown Bangkok. Chef Ping’s culinary design and signature delicacies will enlighten your taste buds. Enjoy the award-winning lamb and a cocktail while admiring the remarkable view for a rewarding end to your day.
The city’s beauty is derived from its undeniable character and charm. Throughout the bustling streets, Bangkok’s energy is both exciting and abundant — a true sensory experience. Where natural scenery has been overtaken by the metropolis, there are clusters of preserved oases for those who need an escape from the concrete jungle.
The largest blanket of green lies just on the outskirts of Bangkok. Located away from the ruckus and pollution, a day lost in the beauty of Rama IX Park can seem too short. Built to celebrate King Bhumibol’s 60th Birthday, the park elaborately showcases gardens from various regions of the globe. While it seems like an obvious tourist attraction, it is surprisingly free of crowds. Rama IX Park is the perfect hideaway for those craving fresh air and peace.
Built in 1782, The Grand Palace is now the nation’s most sacred and significant landmark. It served as a residence and government seat to ancient Kings of Thailand for nearly 150 years. The Siamese court is a traditional Thai and European architectural masterpiece. Arriving by boat is a splendid way to enjoy the sights of many historical attractions along each side of the Chao Phraya River. And despite what many Tuk-Tuk drivers will persuade you to believe, the palace is open daily, except during special ceremonies.
Hotel Muse is an artistic marriage of Eastern opulence and Thailand’s golden era. The award-winning boutique hotel stands in the middle of the city’s most upscale residential area, and its gourmet dining and sophisticated entertainment venues are ideal for a wind-down after a long day. Take a break from the scorching heat and enjoy a refreshing dip at the infinity pool overlooking the seemingly endless Bangkok skyline.
Thailand‘s City of Angels is home to many incomparable attractions, but the greatest of these is its people. The way to a local’s heart is by learning their language. Simply take a minute to pick up a few key phrases and you’ll be prepared to exchange pleasantries with the locals. Do that and you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the “land of smiles.”
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Written by Lucia Dieselberg
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