– Bangkok can be very hot and humid so dress accordingly. Appropriate attire is always suggested. Bring bottled water on your adventures. Long pants and covered shoulders required for temple visits. Bring a lightweight scarf.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel -Perfectly situated on the Chao Phraya River. The hotel embodies everything you want in Bangkok: Location, history, service, and style.
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok – is an insiders favorite for location on the river, 5 star service, and great prices! Take the free shuttle boat at the “Chatrium Pier” to “Saphan Taksin” pier for easy access to the Skytrain or the Chao Phraya tourist boat.
EAT + DRINK
Sala Rim Naam – Across the river from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel ( take their free shuttle boat). Delicious Thai cuisine and classical Thai dance performances every night at 7:45 PM. Reservations and smart attire necessary.
Sky Bar, Lebua at State Tower – It’s 63 stories high and with the best view of the river and Bangkok. Have a drink at the bar or dinner at “Sirocco”, the world’s highest rooftop restaurant. Amazing experience.
Dine on the Manohra antique rice barge and see the beautiful lights on the Chao Phraya River during the 2 hour dinner cruise.
Riverside Terrace – Outdoor dining at the at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Bamboo Bar – Drinks and jazz at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
DO + SEE
Explore the Chao Phraya by taking the tourist boat. Hop on, hop off. Buy a one day pass.
Visit the beautiful golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.
Book a morning tour of the iconic Grand Palace. Go as early as possible to avoid the crush of tour groups.
Use Viator.com/ayutthaya/tour to take a whole day tour of the beautiful ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, 1 hour and 10 minutes north of Bangkok. Many tours are available and some include a tour of the Summer Palace. I prefer the tour with lunch on a boat on the trip back to Bangkok.
Visit the Paragon Mall, an amazing shopping emporium of fabulous stores and fun dining. They even have an aquarium. Take the BTS skytrain: You will stop at SIAM station. which is connected to the mall itself. I enjoy visiting this beautiful mall!
Want to visit an outdoor market with 15,000 stalls? If you are intrigued you must give The Chatuchak Market a try. It is the world’s largest weekend market. It is open Saturday & Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM. GO EARLY! Take the Skytrain, get off at N8, ‘Mo Chit” Station. Take exit no. 1 when leaving the station. You will see rows of canvas stalls. Keep following the crowds until you come across the entrance. pick up a market map as it is easy to get lost. If you love shopping…and bargaining this is your place!
Bangkok can be very hot and humid so dress accordingly. Appropriate attire is always suggested. Bring bottled water on your adventures. Long pants and covered shoulders required for temple visits. Bring a lightweight scarf.