Bangkok has an unshakeable reputation for being the ultimate South East Asian party destination. Students, backpackers and Full Moon party goers flock to the city every year and enjoy a few nights in Bangkok before they head out to the islands for their utopian beaches. But for those who look deeper than bright lights and ladyboys, there really is so much more to Bangkok’s city scene than all-night parties.
Whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly retreat or some luxury dining, here are some of Bangkok’s hidden gems that you simply must check out.
1| Sirocco at Lebua State Tower
Lebua State Tower is one of the most beautiful and extravagant high rise buildings in the city. And right at the very top, you will find Bangkok’s highest (and most decadently decorated) rooftop bar. On the 63rd floor, the views are blinding and the famous Sky Bar serves up the most expertly crafted cocktails from an extensive menu. If you’re hungry, why not try the delicious taster menu, which includes Nova Scotia lobster, oysters, and aged US beef tenderloin?
2| Thai Gastronomy at Namh
Street food is unbeatable in Bangkok; it’s the heart of the city and the soul of its people. But when it comes to fine dining, the city doesn’t disappoint in this department either. Namh has been cited in the Top 50 Restaurants in Asia and every dish has been inspired by traditional recipes from the past – so the food is very authentic. Located in the swish Metropolitan Hotel on Sathorn Road, Namh is led by Aussie born chef David Thompson and expert team of Thai cuisine scholars. Davis Thompson’s first Thai restaurant in London was the first ever Thai establishment to be awarded with a Michelin star – and now he takes his talents over to the motherland for a similarly impressive reception.
3| Eco Retreat at Bangkok Treehouse
For those who believe Bangkok is just another tourist city, let the Bangkok Treehouse hotel change your mind. Right on the edge of Bangkok, edging towards the coast you can discover the “green lung” of the city – a place where most travelers don’t know about. Here you will find the eco-friendly Bangkok Treehouse; a place where environmentally friendly accommodation and a peaceful haven to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To find other luxury spa hotels in Bangkok, use the Tropical Sky search; there are so many luxury / boutique hotels to choose from.
4| Luxury Dinner Cruise
The Chao Praya River is bursting with boat traders and water taxis during the day. But at night, it comes to life with pretty lights and luxury cruiseliners for those who prefer a slower, more elegant pace of nightlife. Escape the loud, brash crowds of Khoa San Road or the fast-paced party goers of Nana Plaza and opt for a luxury dinner cruise instead. There are a number of different cruises, many with a three course meal and live music. Or for a more relaxed option, you can also find cruise boats with buffet style dining.