Bangkok

Bangkok is our favourite place for a weekend break. H gets all his shopping done in Bangkok, either getting his business shirts and suits tailored or buying cheap ฿200 tshirts from MBK or Chatuchak weekend market. I prefer Bangkok for the cheap foot massages or the spas which are relatively cheap by Singapore standards.

Shopping recommendations:

MBK mega mall, Zen @ Central World, Siam Paragon
Chatuchak weekend market – very chaotic but a stop at Aviv to rest tired feet is a godsend. A hip oasis in the chaos serves coffee and juices. Section 8 Room 367-372( along the walkway)
 

Spa recommendation:

Thann Spa Sanctuary
Gaysorn, 3rd floor, Bangkok
Central World, 2nd Floor, Bangkok

Tailor recommendation:

Premiere Tailor
O.P. Place Shopping Centre (behind The Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
Suite 19, 2nd FL., 30/1 Soi Charoenkrung 38

We have been going there for the past 6 years. Prices are slightly more expensive than the street stores but he speaks good English and they have decent fabric choices. They can copy your favourite shirt right down to a T and 3 days is enough for them to deliver to the hotel (might take longer if you are doing a suit from scratch and need multiple fittings). Shirts are around sgd50 and suits sgd500.

Restaurants recommendations:

1) Kum Poon
Central World, 7/F, Beacon Zone, Rachadamri Road (next to SF world cinema)
Skytrain: Siam

Traditional Thai.
Must try: grilled pork neck, green curry, tom yum kung with coconut

2) Nara
Lower Ground Floor,Erawan | Ploenchit Road (Next to Erawan Hyatt)
Skytrain: Chit Lom

Traditional Thai in a classier setting
Must try: olive rice, phad thai, beef noodle soup

3) Opus Wine Bar
64 Pan, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

One of the best Italian in Bangkok, prices are reasonable
Must try: cold cut antipasti, burrata, pastas and ravioli are good too

4) Bo Lan
42 Sukhumvit 26 Soi Pichai Ronnarong Songkram Klongtoey

Traditional  Thai food, yet prepared refinery and modernly presented.
We took the degustation menu and the food was very intricate and mains were served family style. Very nice experience for “high class” Thai food

5) Zuma
159/99, The St. Regis Bangkok Hotel, Ratchadamri Rd.
Skytrain: Ratchadamri

Modern Japanese. The Sunday brunch is very reasonable @ ฿1,280 (~50 sgd) not inclusive of drinks but there’s a decent  wine list and some cheap bottles if you are not fussy (less than ฿1,000). It’s a appetiser buffet, a choice of main and a desert platter to be shared by the table.

Where we’ve stayed:

1) Hansar Bangkok
3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2, Rajdamri Road
Skytrain: Ratchadamri

Boutique hotel located on a quiet side road in between the Four Seasons and the St. Regis. It’s a convenient 5min walk to the skytrain and walking distance (~15min) to Central world / Siam Paragon. Breakfast was included for ฿4,300 a night for a Urban Suite

2) Four Seasons
155 Rajadamri Road
Skytrain: Ratchadamri

Four Seasons took over the old Regent Hotel so even though the hotel lobby is classic Four Seasons style, the rooms are abit dated. Still a very pleasant stay with very good service.

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