A list of our favorite spots to eat, sleep and imbibe in Thailand’s crazy capital…
The Siam holds a special place in our heart – it’s one of our favourite properties globally. Nestled along the Chao Phraya river, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this spectacular urban retreat. The Siam’s unique brand of boutique luxury combines monochromatic Riviera chic with a seemingly never-ending collection of antiquities. Spacious rooms, suites and villas provide a welcome respite from hectic Bangkok – the riverside infinity pool is the perfect place to catch some rays with a cocktail in hand. A full size Muay Thai ring and in-house tattooist hint at the uniqueness of this hidden gem. A must-book for design lovers.
Address: Khao Rd, Khwaeng Wachira Phayaban, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
The ever stylish hotel chain doesn’t disappoint with its royal purple, bedazzled, Muay Thai-obsessed Bangkok edition. Equipped with what may just be Bangkok’s most comfortable beds, this is exactly what you need after a long flight and late nights exploring Bangkok. The W is also home to dining hotspot The House on Sathorn, where Chef Fatih Tutak’s creative Turkish tasting menu shouldn’t be missed. The W hotel delivers a one-two punch with heavenly beds and a convenient Sathorn location.
Address: 106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bang Rak
Let’s just say it’s Asia’s no.1 restaurant three years running for a reason. Gaggan’s innovative Emoji menu will take you on a freewheeling journey of small bites, with only a list of emojis to navigate by. Set in a beautifully restored villa that feels a world away from the craziness of Bangkok, Gaggan impresses not only with it’s food but it’s service. Sommelier Vladimir will steer you right with a top drop (though there’s plenty of Kumeu River Chardonnay options if you want something close to home) and those who miss Ponsonby’s Thai Me Up might spot a familiar face with it’s ex-owner Zack providing plenty of laughs at the table. If you want to be close to the action, request a table by the kitchen window or go a step further and dine upstairs at the new ‘lab’ where the food will be whipped up right in front of you. The no.1 restaurant in Asia’s Emoji menu is full of culinary surprises. Address: 68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Address: 68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini
The House on Sathorn
Your mother always told you not to play with your food, but clearly, no one told Chef Fatih Tutak. Tutak’s whimsical take on his Turkish heritage makes for a tasting menu that demands attention. Debuting in Asia’s 50 Best at no.37, the gorgeous historic building that is The House on Sathorn makes for a fitting backdrop for some seriously fine cuisine.
Address: 106 Sathon Nuea Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak (Adjacent to W Hotel)
Identical twins Thomas and Mathias Suhring serve up an amazing German tasting menu in their atmospheric villa that you won’t want to miss. Debuting in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants at number 13, these brothers are headed for culinary stardom. Don’t miss their fantastic “Spätzle” and “Großmutters Eierlikör”, an eggnog of sorts straight from the recipe book of the twins’ Grandmother. German fine dining that has global gastronomes talking.
Address: No.10, Yen Akat Soi 3, Chongnonsi, Yannawa
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Chef couple Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Dylan ‘Lan’ Jones bring their love for Thai food to life at Bo.Lan, a restaurant that makes almost every list when it comes to the best Thai food in Bangkok. You won’t see Pad Thai on the menu at Bo.Lan – be prepared for their authentic and intricate flavours to show you a side of Thai food you never knew existed.
Address: 24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Little sister to reknown Bo.Lan, Err serves up delicious street-style Thai dishes and unusual cocktails. The watermelon seeds are insanely addictive, and don’t miss their most famous dish, the ‘chicken movie’ – a whole fried chicken skin with house-made sriracha. What does a chicken movie taste like? Visit Err to find out.
Address: 394/35 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
Experience molecular Thai cuisine created by the only Thai restaurant outside of Thailand to gain a Michelin star – Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen. Bonus points for the sheer volume of inventive snacks and the next level plating. Don’t miss the frozen red curry. It’s Thai food, but not as you know it.
Address: Siam Kempinski Hotel /9, 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan
Thitid Tassanakajohn, otherwise known as Chef Ton, brings a touch of NYC style to Bangkok at Le Du. Chef Ton’s impressive resume includes some rather legendary NYC institutions, including Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges and The Modern. His progessive take on Thai with a focus on local ingredients won’t disappoint, nor will the accompanying wines – Chef Ton is also a certified sommelier.
Address: 3 10500, 399/3 Soi Silom 5, Silom, Bang Rak
Bangkok will no doubt have you experiencing a hangover or two, but if you want to experience exactly where a scene from the Hangover was filmed, head to Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower. Get there as soon as it opens to ensure you can snag a prime spot for sunset. The views are amazing…just be prepared for drink prices that are as sky high as the bar itself!
Address: 1055 Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Vertigo & Moon Bar
Stunning views are guaranteed when you’re perched high on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel. A little more relaxed than Sky Bar, if you get in early enough to grab a seat at the bar you might find it hard to tear yourself away from the spectacular views. Tables for dining (Vertigo) are also available but ensure you book in advance.
Address: 21/100 Banyan Tree Hotel, South Sathon Road