Bangkok

Bangkok Travel Guide

Located at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Oriental Spa has 19 private treatment rooms, including both several spa suites, housed inside a 19th-century teakwood home.

In a quiet garden abode, with hi-so (high society) maidens chirping quietly on their cell phones while waiting for their appointments, guests are served green tea with ginger and a mystery ingredient the staff claims to be pandan leafe which makes patrons relaxed.

This 2006 newcomer joins the nightlife nexus on Sukhumvit Road.

Up-and-coming design duo Manisa Sakdiyakorn and Saitarn Karncharanwong sell their Japanese-inspired tailored shirts (think Thom Browne with a touch of Junya Watanabe) and multi-pocket canvas totes at this Bangkok boutique.

A new bohemian-style bar and gallery.

Owned and developed by Siam Future Development, J Avenue, at 88,000 square feet, is one of Thailand’s most comprehensive lifestyle centers. Located in the Thong Lo district, the center has become a shopping Mecca and houses such retailers as L’Occitane and the Apple Store.

A tubular wonder, Bed resembles, from different angles, a sleek flashlight, a robotic eye, or the beginning of a Martian invasion. Once past the bouncers, you are in a painfully minimalist white barn headed for outer space.

One of Bangkok's most serene temples, a 26-foot-high Buddha sits snugly within Bangkok's tallest vihara, or assembly hall, surrounded by murals that depict his life, murals as complex and elaborate as the city outside the temple's walls.

Browse the ingenious, inspired, and just plain nutty creations proferred at this design store at Bangkok's Emporium shopping center.

Playground! is a three-story shopping emporium located on the bustling Sukhumvit Road. The store is divided into zones, each filled with a specific type of merchandise, from clothing to housewares, even music.

A city standard for luxury, this 37-story tower overlooks the Chao Phraya River. The hotel's spa was revamped in 2007 to an impressive 21,000 square foot space.

Part of the Spring-Summer-Winter dining experience founded by Thai actor Phol Tansathien in 2004, Winter is an outdoor bar serving classic and housemade cocktails. Bargoers lounge on oversized beanbags spread across the lawn behind the 1950’s Thai home that houses Tansathien’s Spring restaurant.

This legendary bar is located along Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok's nightlife nexus.

Open for more than 30 years, Siam Leather Goods sells handcrafted leather shoes and accessories. The store, located in the River City Shopping Complex, houses an inventory of shoes and handbags, some of which are crafted from the skins of farm-raised crocodiles.

This jewelry shop specializes in whimsical baubles