EX­PLOR­ING ASIA

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.

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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.

STAY:

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.

SEE:

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.

DIN­ING:

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.

TOURISM AUTHOR­ITY OF THAI­LAND, JAKARTA OF­FICE

The Plaza Of­fice Tower, 38th Floor, Jalan M.H. Tham­rin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta 10350, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 21 2992 2353 E: ad­min@wisa­tathai­land.com www.wisa­tathai­land.com

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