Fah Thai March 2014 - page 101

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WHAT WE
RECOMMEND
Views of the river: the city
and Asiatique’s open-air
riverfront market look
amazing from the top of
Asiatique Sky, a 60m-high
Ferris wheel modelled
after the one at Paris’
Jardin des Tuileries. Go at
sunset.
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KNOW THE
NUMBER
1 in 10 – the proportion
of Thai citizens who live in
Bangkok.
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DON'T MISS
The biggest Thai holiday
of the year, Songkran
(Thai New Year), kicks
off for three days on 13
April. Khao San Road is
the place to be if you want
to cool off as everyone
grabs a pail for the all-day
Songkran water fights.
COUNTRY
CODE
+66
EXCHANGE
RATE
THB30 = US$1
FREQUENCY
Numerous
flights every day
to a variety of
destinations
GLEAMING
ART
Buddhist
iconography
adorns the walls of
the Grand Palace
I N S P I R I T
Top 3
insider
travel tips
Rest Your Head
HUA CHANG HERITAGE HOTEL
Named for the adjacent Hua
Chiang Bridge, this new addition
to a neighbourhood with few
hotels boasts a charming retro
Rama V-era/Victorian design,
coupled with modern interior
furnishings. A tropical garden
and large pool lend resort-like
touches, while Miss Siam (the
name refers to a variety of
lotus) restaurant serves both
traditional Thai and a selection
of international dishes.
(huachangheritagehotel.com)
MODE SATHORN
If ”eat, sleep, rave, repeat” is
your style, check out Bangkok’s
latest lifestyle hotel, where
clubbing is a principal feature.
Managed by Siam@Siam
Design Hotel, Mode ups the
ante with the Theatre Bar and
The Roof @ 38th Bar, plus a
variety of dining possibilities at
BLD Bistro (sandwiches, home-
style European cuisine), Rice &
Chilli (contemporary Thai), The
Sathorn (international buffet)
and the Pool Bar.
(modesathorn.com)
OKURA PRESTIGE BANGKOK
Occupying 34 floors of the Park
Venture Ecoplex, this Japanese
luxury brand looks directly
down ”embassy row” from the
intersection of Ploenchit and
Wittayu Road. The elegant
décor borrows from Tokyo’s
original Okura with plenty of
dark marble, woods, mirrors
and gilt, along with an infinity-
edge pool on the 25th floor with
stunning views over Bangkok.
(okurabangkok.com)
Bottoms Up
APOTEKA
Sukhumvit Soi 11’s nightlife hub
continues to diversify with a
bar whose wood-glass-and-
brass design is in the mould of
a 19th-century apothecary. The
cocktails are strong, craft beers
such as Anderson Valley are
available and it’s one of the few
places in the neighbourhood
with reliable live music, usually
in the form of the blues.
(apotekabkk.com)
Bangkok
TEXT: JOE CUMMINGS
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