TRAVEL GUIDES
December 3rd, 2018
The Luxury Side of Bangkok: Eight Indulgent Things To Do 

“Bangkok is a rejuvenating tonic; the people seem to have found the magic elixir. Life, a visitor feels, has not been wasted on the Thais,” said Bernard Kalb, renowned American journalist.

From backpackers, honeymooners to discerning travelers, this ‘Asiatic Venice’ can capture both your heart and imagination.

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Bursting with its infectious energy and cheeky nightlife, Bangkok starts growing on you almost as soon as you land. You can hop on to a chopper and fly straightaway to your luxury hotel and skip the traffic snarls. Or, if you want to take in the sights and soak in your bespoke travel experience from the very start, a limousine pick-up can be easily arranged.

Once a haven for bachelors on a budget, Bangkok has metamorphosed into a sought-after holiday destination for the global glitterati. That said, there is no medium in Bangkok: the city happily makes space for both tuk-tuks and limousines. But let’s leave the tuk-tuks and flip-flops to the backpackers and escort you to the vacation of a lifetime!

Bangkok offers plenty of options to party-hop all night or discover inner peace and tranquility, if that is your mojo. The city that never sleeps will tantalize you with endless options for a never-before meal, go clubbing with cine stars and royalty, or join a monk on his morning rounds.

First, the food: Best places for breakfast

Love a lazy breakfast? Enjoy a sumptuous affair at the Asian fusion restaurant, aptly called ‘Indulge’. Want to play casual and chic? Kay’s boutique breakfast at Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, is the place for your morning cuppa and the ‘ultimate’ French toast. But don’t let these choices limit you; the only problem you might face in Bangkok will be the ‘problem of plenty!’

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Instant karma

After your body, it is time to feed your soul. Start your day with Wat Pho, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, most famous for its giant gold-plated Reclining Buddha statue. Wat Pho is also known as the birthplace of Thai massage. The temple continues to be a centre for knowledge and study of traditional Thai medicine.

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The smart traveller: Go touristy here

Want to knock off another ‘touristy’ item off your list? Head to the Floating market but you can choose to look at it from a distance! Yes, really. Most city markets are not really authentic anymore. There are more tourists present than locals selling fruits and vegetables. But, do have a dekko so you can know what the fuss is all about. The bonus? These markets are lively and highly Instagrammable!

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Flight of fantasy: Enjoy an aerial view of the city

Not enamoured by mere fruits and vegetables? Capture a new take on the city in a private chopper, away from the noise and bustle and decipher why Bangkok is called the ‘City of Angels.’ A charter in sky will make your vacation both exclusive and unforgettable – just what you set out for! A plethora of private operators will custom-make your holiday itinerary as per your mood and moolah. You can opt for an aerial tour of the city or hop off to another island altogether.

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A heady drink: Rooftop bars must be part of your plans

Many rooftop bars spring to life in the evenings and you might have to deal with the ‘problem of plenty’ all over again! Oh, what a lovely conundrum!

For a sweet escape from the hectic city life, check out the Sky Bar at the Lebua that offers a sweeping panorama of the city’s bright lights from the 63rd floor. True to the city, the illuminated bar changes colour every few minutes.

If you prefer to follow in the footsteps of Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton, make a pit stop at Three Sixty at The Milennium Hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, in the heart of the city’s luxury hotel district. Internationally renowned jazz singers who play here regularly, keep the mood rather mellow, perfect for enjoying your sundowner.

Not feeling mellow? Wanna rub shoulders with the royalty and make your friends see red? The Red Sky at the Centara Grand wouldn’t hurt! The bar is lit up in seven neon colors and boasts one of the best wine lists in the world. Don’t be surprised if you run into international royalty and the Who’s Who.

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Best traditional Thai Massages in Bangkok: A taste of heaven on earth

It would be a sin to not experience the truly revitalizing Thai massage in the Thai capital. Massages are a part of Bangkok’s cheeky charm and like all else, the city won’t disappoint on this count either.

Divana Nurture Spa, Orchid Spa & Massage, and So Thai Spa (all on Sukhumvit) will pamper you to bits. Start with a cold tea and sign off with a hot tea or fresh fruits, with a slice of heaven (read heavenly massage) in between! You will be left wanting for more and that’s a promise.

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Retail therapy: Exclusive and custom-made specials

No holiday is complete without a generous dose of shopping. Bangkok is utopia for the art and furniture obsessed. From Thai silks and bespoke clothing, leather goods, jewellery and designer labels, the city urges you to go and indulge.

In Bangkok, a custom-made suit can be as expensive as you want it to be. Quirky, classy, sophisticated or drop-dead gorgeous, just name your style and Bangkok’s got you covered.

If you don’t know where to start, we would recommend Narin Couture. It carries a wide range of mostly imported cashmere, cotton and wool from renowned mills such as Scabal, Holland & Sherry and John Cavendish, as well as specialty fabric such as Vicuña wool. Narin doesn’t ‘dress-and-tell,’ but counts prime ministers, ambassadors and Hollywood stars amongst his clientele.

Rajawongse Clothier is another pick. It too counts global presidents, top politicians and officials from the CIA to the Interpol amongst its eminent clientele. For a bit of royal touch, try July Tailor. They have been dressing Thai royalty for 50 grand years and this is where you should go to for a shirt made of Thai silk spun with pure gold yarn!

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Bit about the Beach: Sun, sand and a flight to be a beach bum

Postcard-perfect tropical islands, white-sand beaches, exotic coconut groves and historic temples are all within easy reach from the city centre. Popular beaches include Pran Buri and Hua Hin. Hua Hin is a seaside resort and a fashionable escape that houses the summer palaces of the Thai royal family.

Cha-Am and Khao Takiab are located only a short distance from Bangkok, and are ideal for a short respite from the rigours of the Thai capital or even a full-fledged holiday. Chopper services to all these destinations are readily available; you just need to name the time.

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Bangkok is not a place to be visited with a map and a plan. It is the place you go to and plan to visit once more, for there are too many hidden jewels to discover all at once. Shop, eat, grab some sun, and party hard. The Vegas of the East has a reputation to live up to.

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