[LUMPHINI]

OUR NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD GUIDE TO THE DOWN­TOWN AREA SUR­ROUND­ING BANGKOK’S OLD­EST PUB­LIC PARK

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SLEEP / THE SUKHOTHAI

From the mo­ment you turn off Sathorn Road, it hits you. All lo­tus ponds and tra­di­tional, pointed roofs – whose acute an­gles are, in­ci­den­tally, a prag­matic de­sign to help mon­soon sea­son rains dis­si­pate – the sprawl­ing Sukhothai ex­udes a dis­tinc­tively low-rise charm in a cap­i­tal so of­ten be­witched by soar­ing tow­ers. The warren of walk­ways in­side and out en­cour­age ex­plo­ration, many of them dot­ted with or­nate stu­pas and splen­did an­tiques, while the rooms revel in their old world Eastern lux­ury, draped as they are in Jim Thomp­son silks and fur­nished in warm teak.

VISIT: SUKHOTHAI.COM

EAT / BAAN

Baan, helmed by Bangkok’s culi­nary wun­derkind Thi­tid Thas­sanaka­john, is the sis­ter restau­rant to Thi­tid’s lauded fine-din­ing es­tab­lish­ment Le Du. Here at Baan, though, the fo­cus is on sim­pler home-style cook­ing that’s made to be shared. Bold flavours soared from ev­ery dish we tried, with favourites in­clud­ing the po tak, a spicy seafood soup with holy basil, and the mas­saman curry with braised lamb belly. Per­haps best of all, sus­tain­abil­ity is very much on Baan’s agenda too, with ingredients such as their beef and lamb sourced from a Mus­lim farm­ing com­mu­nity in nearby Nakhon Ratchasima prov­ince.

VISIT: BAANBKK.COM

DRINK / PARK SO­CI­ETY

Perched on the 29th floor of the achingly trendy SO Sof­i­tel ho­tel, boast­ing mag­nif­i­cent views over Lumphini Park and the rangy metal sky­line of Siam and Silom, Park So­ci­ety is a key spot for the pam­pered and priv­i­leged of Bangkok. Hexag­o­nal ta­bles, chairs and stools are strewn about this smart space and a DJ is on hand even at 5pm, play­ing in­of­fen­sive dance-lite tunes as the sun sets over the city. It is quite a sight from this par­tic­u­lar van­tage point, with the park’s huge ex­panse pro­vid­ing a unique de­tail that helps the view from this rooftop bar stand out in a city of rooftop bars.

VISIT: SO-SOF­I­TEL-BANGKOK.COM/WINE-DINE/PARK-SO­CI­ETY

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