We are open today until 6:30 pm. Call 020 7590 0610

24 Hours in Bangkok

Article content

25 September 2012 by Luke McCormick

Bangkok is a modern metropolis merging old and new, sacred and profane. Here Wexas Channel Editor Luke McCormick gives you the lowdown on the city's best addresses.

Straddling the Chao Praya River, hectic Bangkok is a colossal contradiction: bustling street markets peddle bargains alongside high-end shopping malls, trendy nightclubs and restaurants that tempt devotees, while serene Buddhist temples and majestic palaces stud the riverbanks and boulevards.

Throughout Bangkok's urban theatre the futuristic push of neon, glass and steel performs alongside a tradition of chanting monks and street touts in a narrative of poverty and wealth.

Don't forget Bangkok is home to some of the best hotels and spas in the world, offering sheer luxury and pampering to visitors, coupled with warm Thai hospitality and charm.


Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The legendary Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, situated in a stunning setting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Being a famous grand colonial hotel, many celebrated guests have graced its doors, and the original building provides a real flavour of those old days with ceiling fans, shuttered windows and four-poster beds.

48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, 10500

The Sukhothai, Bangkok

The Sukhothai is an oasis of calm in the buzzing heart of downtown Bangkok. The hotel's design takes its cue from the ancient city of Sukhothai with replicated glorious stupas and Buddhist sculptures elegantly decorating the interiors in traditional Thai style.

13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, 10120

The Shangri-La, Bangkok

The Shangri-La hotel, Bangkok is a centrally located 5-star luxury hotel in the Silom business district of Bangkok, close to the shopping and entertainment districts. Designed in traditional Thai style with teak wood and vibrant silk furnishings, the refurbished rooms offer stunning city or river views from spacious private balconies.

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500



Celadon is easily the best Thai restaurant in Bangkok and arguably the best overall. This iconic eatery serves authentic Thai fare in air-conditioned salas surrounded by water lily filled ponds. The set 'Horapa' menu is an eight-course feast for the senses and a steal at around £30.

Sukhothai Hotel, 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, 10120


This dimly lit, teak-toned fine dining restaurant must be doing something right: Tatler Thailand has named it the country's top Thai restaurant nine years in a row. Choose from an extensive menu that features an entire section dedicated to vegetarians. During the dry months step through the French doors and eat al fresco in the garden. If the tom yum tickles your tum, sign up for a cooking class.

75 Soi Thonglor 19, Sukhumvit 55 Road


rooftop restaurant

Vertigo Bar & Grill

Enjoy evening cocktails on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. Vertigo is one of the highest open-air restaurants in the Asia-Pacific region, perfect for taking in the never-ending bustle of Bangkok.

Banyan Tree Hotel, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathon, 10120

Arun Residence Hotel

This lounge bar on the edge of the Chao Praya River is simply superb for enjoying a sundowner. Watch as the stupas and pagodas of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) are lit up against the silhouetting skyline, then step inside for a lovely meal of Thai classics.

36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong Maharat Road, Rattanakosin



Bangkok is a shoppers' paradise with many luxury boutiques, modern malls, large department stores and plenty of bargain-filled outdoor markets spread throughout the city.

Boutiques and markets are scattered through Bangkok, but the main concentration of shopping outlets are around Siam SquareSilomPhloen Chit, and Sukhumvit Roads

Central World Plaza is South East Asia's largest shopping centre, but Siam Paragon and Mahboonkrong are also popular. The sprawling Chatuchak Market, said to be the world's largest open-air market, sees more than 200,000 shoppers on the weekend, while the vendors at the Wat Mahathat Amulet Market carry on a spiritual tradition stretching back hundreds of years.


Grand Palace

The Old City is Bangkok's ancient heart, filled with palaces and temples, or wats.

Situated on the banks of the Chayo Praya River, the Grand Palace is the most spectacular complex in Bangkok. Built to mark the founding of the new capital in 1782, it houses Thailand's holiest shrine, Wat Phra Kaeo, resting place of the sacred Emerald Buddha.

Thanon Na Phra Lan, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

Wat Po

Wat Phra Chetuphon, or Wat Pho, is Bangkok's oldest, largest and most famous temple;
'The Temple of the Reclining Buddha' houses one of the largest reclining Buddhas in Thailand.

The soles of the 46m-long golden image are decorated with intricate mother-of-pearl displaying the 108 auspicious signs, or lakshanas, of the true Buddha.

Wat Pho is now a centre of learning for traditional medicine and also houses the most respected massage school in the city.

248 Thanon Thai Wang, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

Jim Thompson's House

Jim Thompson's House is one of the best-preserved Thai houses in Bangkok and one of Thailand's finest museums, full of atmospheric and attractive treasures.

Thompson, a former CIA agent, was an avid collector of antiques and art (his collection spans 14 centuries) and also played a hand in reviving the art of silk weaving. In 1959 he dismantled six teak houses in Ban Khrua and Ayutthaya and reassembled them in their current location, before mysteriously disappearing in the Malaysian jungle.

1 Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10400

Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

Learn why Wexas is the leader in creating luxury holidays. What is tailor-made travel?

Expert advice & support

Visit us in our London office

Let our travel specialists curate the perfect holiday:

  • Inspirational ideas based on experience
  • Established for over 45 years
  • Tailor a holiday to your precise requirements
  • Personalised quotes and documentation
  • In-depth Wexas travel guides

Every step of the way

Every step of the way

Our services are with you from start to finish:

  • Dedicated personal consultants
  • Wexas Travel App
  • Free airport lounges on qualifying bookings
  • Care and guidance pre, post and during holiday
  • Full financial security: ABTA & ATOL protected