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PAUL LIN­DER Gen­eral man­ager, Chiva-Som, Hua Hin Base: Bangkok chiva­som.com.au See: The Mu­seum of Flo­ral Cul­ture cre­ated by flo­ral artist Sakul In­takul, which opens this month in a tiny lane off Nakhon Chai Sri Road; sakulin­takul.com. Stay: The Siam Ho­tel, in the royal Dusit dis­trict A re­cently opened bou­tique ho­tel with lux­u­ri­ous pool vil­las; the­si­amho­tel.com. Dine: Le Nor­mandie, Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel Bangkok Good-value, three-star Miche­lin din­ing with great at­mos­phere and amaz­ing views; man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/bangkok. Is­saya Si­amese Club, cen­tral Bangkok Chef Ian Kit­tichai com­bines his grand­mother’s home­style recipes with mod­ern tech­niques. Dine in­doors or on the beau­ti­ful ter­race; is­saya.com. Late: Pak Kh­long Talat, old city While Bangkok is fa­mous for its late-night bars, for a more authen­tic ex­pe­ri­ence visit the flower and veg­etable mar­ket be­fore stop­ping in nearby Chi­na­town for a late-night snack; bangkok.com. Shop: Am­phawa dis­trict’s float­ing mar­ket, Sa­mut Songkhram This late-af­ter­noon week­end float­ing mar­ket is where the lo­cals like to go; am­phawafloat­ing­mar­ket.com. In­dulge: An­gal­ico Gar­dens and Tea Room, near Thong Lor BTST sta­tion Treat your­self to the in­ter­na­tional tea se­lec­tion and de­li­cious home-made pas­tries served in a ro­man­tic gar­den. This hip hang­out also sells fur­ni­ture made by ex­cep­tional crafts­men; an­gal­ico.co.th. See: The Prasart Mu­seum, in the city’s east This pri­vate mu­seum show­cases Prasart Vongsakul’s col­lec­tion of Thai an­tiq­ui­ties, in­clud­ing im­ages of Bud­dha, pot­tery and porce­lain; +66 2 379 3601. Bar­gain: The Plat­inum (Fash­ion) Mall, Petch­aburi Road A 14-storey, one-stop shop sell­ing ev­ery­thing from baby clothes to de­signer la­bels; plat­inum­fash­ion­mall.com. Avoid: Bars and restau­rants with flu­o­res­cent neon lights — es­pe­cially pink ones. They of­ten sig­nify less-than-de­sir­able es­tab­lish­ments.

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