อัพเดตเมื่อ: 17 ก.ย. 2019
It’s a city like no other, so don’t leave without ticking these sights, tastes and sounds off your list
BY KAY PLUNKETT-HOGE Kay Plunkett-Hogge writes about food, drink and travel for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Delicious magazine. Her memoir about growing up in Thailand is Adventures of A Terribly Greedy Girl.
At Container, which has outlets at Siam Centre, Central World and The Emporium, as well as at Suvarnabhumi Airport, they use exquisite leather from Italy to create beautiful, high-quality bags, clutches and wallets.
Few places in the world shock and delight the senses like Bangkok: the juxtaposition of street food and fine dining within a city block; of modern art and ancient murals and high-rises butting noses with sacred temples. And Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s riverside location makes it the perfect base from which to explore the city’s diverse charms. Small wonder then, that writers from Joseph Conrad to Gore Vidal have based themselves here as they’ve tried to unlock Bangkok’s secrets, before wetting their whistles at its legendary Bamboo Bar.
See the bigger picture
With scores of striking temples and shrines throughout the city, it’s hard to know where to start. Don’t miss the rather underrated Wat Saket. More commonly known as the Golden Mount, it boasts one of the finest views of the city. Around 300 steps wind snake-like around a manmade hill, bringing you to the golden chedi (dome) at the top. Visit at dusk to avoid the heat and to take in an extraordinary sunset.
Eat the best
Since opening in 1958, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s, crowning glory, Le Normandie is the sine qua non of French food in the whole of Thailand. Here diners can enjoy classical French cooking enhanced by Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier’s contemporary sensibilities. It’s a menu fully deserving of the two Michelin stars it garnered from the Guide’s first foray into Thailand in 2017. Reserve a table by the window and dine with a view of the bustling Chao Phraya River below.
Smell the flowers
Pak Klong Talad is the city’s biggest flower market, and a sensory experience you won’t forget. A short walk from the Memorial Bridge river stop, meander your way through stalls bursting with bright blooms including orchids, lilies and roses.
Open from 4am, it’s at its busiest before dawn, and most flowers are snapped up before 9am. At night, in the cooler air, it’s still a lovely place to walk off your dinner and experience an enchanting slice of city life.
People often talk about the excellent tailors in Bangkok. Fewer mention the astonishing leather work. At Container, which has outlets at Siam Centre, Central World and The Emporium, as well as at Suvarnabhumi Airport, they use exquisite leather from Italy to create beautiful, high-quality bags, clutches and wallets.