BUSY IN BANGKOK

Cul­tural trea­sures, shop­ping high­lights and leisure hotspots are easy to find in Asia’s City of An­gels

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS -

Cul­tural trea­sures, shop­ping high­lights and leisure hotspots in the Thai cap­i­tal

3 DUSIT PALACE

To the north of the Grand Palace on Ratchaw­ithi Road, the Dusit Palace was built at the turn of the 20th cen­tury to be the new res­i­dence of King Chu­la­longkorn (Rama V). Hav­ing just toured Europe and been im­pressed by its palaces, with their broad boule­vards and large park­lands, he or­dered some of its man­sions and throne halls to show Euro­pean in­flu­ences, like the Re­nais­sances­tyle Ananta Sa­makhom Throne Hall. Prob­a­bly the main at­trac­tion is Vi­man­mek Man­sion, the largest teak house in the world, now a mu­seum ded­i­cated to Rama V, with porce­lain, glass­ware, old pho­to­graphs and mem­o­ra­bilia from that era. Ac­cess via Chao Phraya river­boat pier Thewes (N15).

4 ASIATIQUE

The lat­est must-visit mar­ket in Bangkok, Asiatique

8 PENT­HOUSE BAR & GRILL, PARK HY­ATT BANGKOK

When it opens on May 12 in the top 24 floors of the Cen­tral Em­bassy build­ing, the city’s lat­est luxury ho­tel is bound to be an in­stant must-visit so­cial, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment venue for both the Thai elite and wealthy vis­i­tors. De­signed by award-winning New York firm Yabu Pushel­berg, its sig­na­ture drink­ing and din­ing hotspot is the Pent­house Bar & Grill on the up­per­most 34th, 35th and 36th floors. Con­ceived as the fic­tional pent­house of a well-trav­elled Bri­tish-Thai col­lec­tor of fine art and vin­tage mo­tor-rac­ing relics, you can re­lax with an aper­i­tif in the at­mo­spheric speakeasy, en­joy a fine meal in the in­ter­na­tional grill restau­rant, or head for the rooftop bar to soak up the panoramic city views, cock­tail in hand. Ac­cess via Ploen Chit BTS Sta­tion.

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