The capital of Thailand and by far its most populous city, Bangkok is a vibrant metropolis popular amongst tourists and business travellers for its cultural heritage, local delicacies and the hospitality of its people.
With tales of travel coursing through our blood, we turned our gaze to Thailand and the Pearl of the Orient - Bangkok. We explore this vibrant metropolis, its heritage and local delicacies.
Tourists looking for a unique stay experience can check out the Praya Palazzo. Commissioned by the nobleman Praya Chollabhumipanish in 1923, the building was inspired by famous Italian designers of the era such as the revered Galileo Chini and Carlo Rigoli. Guests will be delighted by the classic Palladio architecture of Praya Palazzo, which has been maintained over the years utilising original materials and craftsmanship. The ultra-exclusive accommodation features 17 elegant rooms with touches of timeless Siamese décor. Lauded as one of the most beautiful accommodations in Bangkok, a stay at The Sukhothai Bangkok is an unforgettable experience. The striking architecture is the fruit of collaboration between renowned Australian architecture firm Kerry Hill, revered American architect Edward Tuttle and famed Thai designer Pichitra Boonyarataphan. Inspired by the ancient city of Sukothai, the charming architecture hints at magnificent chedis and pagodas of a bygone era. Guests will be dazzled by the contemporary and timeless Thai interiors of the hotel.
One of Bangkok's most charming attractions is the Jim Thompson House. Jim Thompson was an American architect who was an American secret agent during the Second World War and was assigned to Thailand. Charmed by the country and its people, Thompson decided to settle down in Bangkok when the war ended. A fascination for Thai silk led to his efforts to establish the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson's silk company achieved world-wide success and breathed life into a dying industry, earning him fame and royal honours. Visitors to
the Jim Thompson House can marvel at the original traditional Thai architecture designed by Thompson. A stop by the gift shop is highly recommended, where visitors can purchase silk souvenirs.
For dining with a touch of heritage, Chakrabongse Villas offers authentic Royal Thai Cuisine with unmatched views of the Chao Phraya River. Chakrabongse House was built by Prince Chakrabongse in 1908 as a home away from home. Transformed into a gorgeous boutique hotel by his granddaughter Narisa Chakrabongse, the lovely venue is a tranquil hidden gem in the bustling city. With picturesque views of the river, diners can enjoy a captivating candlelit dinner while being treated to culinary masterpieces from the Royal Family's bestkept recipes.
Visitors staying in the city centre are urged to visit The Gardens Bangkok. Located in The Dinsor Palace, visitors can bask in the magnificent views of the manicured greenery while enjoying modern culinary creations. Built in 1930 as a royal residence for Princess Ramphai Prapa, the palace exudes elegant colonial charm with parquet flooring, polished teak wood interiors and antique oil-on-canvas maps. The sprawling restaurant features an in-house bakery and café, indoor dining and private rooms situated in an expansive garden where visitors can spot white peacocks, rabbits and swans frolicking freely.
At night time, the capital of Thailand comes alive with festive brightness. A visit to Bangkok will not be complete without a wonderful night out in one of the city's many bars. One of the most popular spots is Sky Bar, stunningly located on the top floor of the State Tower. Visitors can enjoy innovative cocktails concocted by the bar's team of veteran mixologists such as the famous Hangovertini, created for the movie cast of The Hangover Part II while filming in Thailand. The spectacular cityscape at the bar is not to be missed.
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