Traveling to Bangkok soon and not knowing what you should do to get the most out of your trip in this massive lively city? So many choices, destinations, spots, food options, restaurants, and experiences can get extremely overwhelming and taking away from your time to get out and live your life. Sometimes, the hardest decision is choosing so I wanted to make your life a tad bit easier. Read below on my top 10 recommendations for any traveler looking to experience Bangkok at it’s best from my own personal experience I had the pleasure of enjoying in this beautiful city. Note that although I tagged a traveler type for each recommended experience, you can be each and every one of them too!!! Because I know I’m ALL of them. Alright, let’s get started…
1. PAÑPURI Organic Spa
For the Lifestyle Traveler
To Open & Start your Journey in Bangkok, I would highly recommend PAÑPURI Organic Spa to anyone looking to ease their way into or out of their travels. It can be extremely stressful entering into a new country, I know the feeling of travel stress at its peak! PAÑPURI Organic Spa is located in central Bangkok with a beautiful open space with a calming and peaceful environment to #EmpowerYourWellnessJourney. Bring out your journal or agenda to plan relaxingly to the soft soothing music with the wide spacious view of the centre of Bangkok’s bustling city at its finest.
I’ve had a super stressful time a couple days before heading to PAÑPURI Organic Spa, so I was so excited to relax, detoxify, reset before buckling down to travel to Koh Phangan my next stop. I spend a full day at their retreat yet I still didn’t want to leave when it was time to go. My recommendation would be the PAÑPURI Signature wellness package mind and body revitalizing retreat including private Onsen experience, some juices and snacks from their Organic Wellness bar, and ending off your time with a 60-min Hatha Yoga at their Wellness Studio. This whole experience had me feeling completely refreshed and empowered to easing your mind, body, & soul to the transition of what’s to come next. A full external and internal healing experience as a small getaway in the city. Overall I can say that this has got to be one of the most luxurious spa treatments I’ve ever experienced and love the fact that they are organic from tip to tail. The linens, to the slippers you wear on entrance, the fruits in their juice, their signature skincare line are ALL organic and of the highest quality.
For the Instagramer
A hidden iconic gem of a cafe introduced to me by a local friend. This floral cafe is Instagram heaven for the travelers looking to snap some beautiful photos at this 4 leveled antique shop. With delicious coffees, iced teas, and desserts to choose from to enjoy a couple of beverages and snacks with friends while exploring the artistically curated levels on each floor. I would have never come across this cafe if it weren’t for my local Thai friend, so let’s try to keep the hidden treasure of a cafe a secret spot between us! 😉
For The Digital Nomad
me looking extra happy receiving my blog shipment to UnionSPACE
If you’re a digital nomad, entrepreneur, freelancer, YouTuber, photographers, startups teams, and pretty much any type of traveler looking for a clean, open, space with ALL the utilities you’ll need to get your ideas flowing, and your dreams rolling. UnionSPACE is a co-living co-working place with 4 levels heaven for a digital nomad. It has everything you’ll need ranging from superspeed Wifi, safe parcel and packaging receiving, private and public desks to do work, private meeting rooms for video conferences or skype meetings with clients, a fully equipped photography room with a backdrop and professional camera equipment. I would highly recommend this space to anyone looking for a place to work productively while traveling.
If you are looking to co-live at UnionSpace, their top floor has a lounge and cozy bed capsules to live in. Great way to network and meet other people while sharing a similar journey in the nomad world. There’s only a limited amount of capsules for co-living, meaning you have more privacy and room to live comfortably!
4. S L A Bar & Bed
For the Local Style Traveler
This is a self-admitted personal recommendation from me as it is my Thai friend’s family ran S L A bar & bed.Owned by Slalee whom I met while traveling in Bali last year & within the year she has started and run S L A. This place is created by hand from locals on providing a truly memorable experience in Thailand with home cooked breky to morning coffees and a couple drinks whenever you feel like it! Slalee wanted to create a place for travelers to feel at home, and seeing them have a great time in her hometown Bangkok makes her heart warm and happy! She’ll even take you out and show you around any time. There are 7 beautiful rooms available with the interior designed by hand from Slalee herself, for a place you can call home in Thailand. P.S it’s near Khao San road walking distance!
5. Supanniga Cruise
For the Foodies
The most magical by night experience in Bangkok goes to the Supanniga Cruise. Not only was this the top searched experience ranked on Google, it was also recommended to me by locals. Have a luxury experience boarding the cruise welcomed with a glass of Taittinger Champagne followed by a 6 Course Thai Traditional Menu Selected by Supaniga Eating Room and complimentary drinking water. All happening near sunset to enjoy the views of Bangkok City by water. It’s a completely different view and perspective being able to see the historical & cultural sites privately in peace at your own pace. With personal time for chats and connections on a peaceful cruise in Bangkok, while enjoying the culture and pleasures this city has to offer. By the end of the cruise at night, you can head down to the front deck to snap some photos with your company for memories of a lifetime shared together by Spanigga Cruise. It was one of my favourite memories of Bangkok.
6. Fabric Market
For the Crafty Travelers
My friend Slalee, mentioned in number 4, is a local Thai Fashion Stylist so she brought me along with her to a Fabric Market located in Phra Nakhon District to help choose some fabrics for her photo shoot with a magazine the next day. I was so happy to tag along with her team and fully emerge in a new world of fabric…EVERYWHERE!!! All the colors, textures, and patterns were so inspiring to see, making it a perfect experience and place to visit if you’re looking to source local fabrics for any project you’re itching for a special memory in Bangkok. Hand creators looking to make clothing, notebook covers, pillowcases, or even just to have a piece of fabric you could use as home decor hand picked by you in Bangkok, this is the place to be!
7. TRIBE BBK
For the Fitness Travelers
If you’re looking to get a sweat in while travelling in Bangkok, try out TRIBE BBK. They host high energy cycle classes and can definitely help you get in a wholesome work out from head to toe while in Bangkok. With its pay-as-you-go trendy studio, it’s high-intensity workouts driven with bumping music to get your heart pumping makes you feel energized internally. Personally, for myself, I always love to keep active and fit while I’m traveling abroad. It’s important to take care of your body and put in a little time to exercise if you so wish while you’re in Thailand. And, you’ll feel SO much better after a TRIBE BBK class from the inside and out with their cycle classes or their Barre or Yoga class.
8. The Iron Fairies Bar
For the Fairies
Calling all pixies out there that love cocktails, burgers, and live Jazz music. This is the bar for you. This majestic venue masked with dim lights, vintage couches, medieval style interior design, jars of magical pixie dust fill the two-story bar where you and some friends can experience another universe on your next night out. Whether it be to catch up with some friends, take some amazing pictures channeling your inner fairy, feel the whole experience of entering in a new era, try out some flaming cocktails (seriously on FIRE!), listen to some amazing live Jazz music to dance the night away or to try out one of the most delicious burgers you could find in Bangkok City. The Iron Fairies is truly a place not to be missed on your itinerary!!
9. The Gather Eatery & Bar
For the Social Foodies
Because food tastes so much better when it’s shared… well in most cases!!! Gather up some friends and head out to Gather Eatery & Bar for some shared exquisite harvest and farm boards including a selection of meats and cheese, indulge in satisfying cheese fondue to melt away your cravings all the while enjoying your meal at the beautiful open setting at Gather with pixie lights, chic wooden decor, and a farmhouse feel for a comfortable place for you to catch up with some friends or family. There is nothing like sharing a warm meal with loved ones and reconnecting over your favorite foods. Gather is dedicated to not only bringing amazing food options for their friends (aka guests!) but to provide the ultimate experience that is memorable and heartwarming shared between the ones in the moment. Having a hard time deciding what to order at Gather? Flash the staff this photo below:
10. The Rabbit Hole
For the Expats… or Anyone Looking for A Bloody Good Drink
Every city in the world has their own unique bar traditions, special drinks, experiences, and vibes…and this place is the way to fully experience what Bangkok’s Bar scene truly has to offer. I urge anyone to come to The Rabbit Hole whether your new to cocktails, a cocktail guru, and a die-hard cocktail extraordinary, this space will enlighten your taste palette and mind. The Rabbit Hole is a hidden bar, meaning you will need a treasure map to find this place… just kidding, but you will need to do a bit of searching which is always a fun!
The Rabbit Hole won a spot in the heart right off the bat. With its modern mysterious atmosphere, vintage music, their strong yet extremely well-made drink menu incorporating locally sourced high-quality ingredients and the whole experience playing a lot with sensory: smell, taste, touch, sight.
They light herbs in your glasses before serving to bring a beautiful aroma with each sip fo your drink, a diverse menu filled with different cocktails all created so very meaningfully with each ingredient used in a particular manner in order to bring to life the unique flavour creation of each cocktail. You really grow to appreciate cocktails and drinks at The Rabbit Hole as you realize that cooking food and making drinks are so similar. Each ingredient used has its role to play in the final product and where the ingredient is sourced is also a key to determining the quality of the drink… just like food! A place for anyone to enjoy a truly good drink & the pleasure of what this form of art brings.
Spoiler alert…new bar opening in 2019 called Liberation, it’ll be the bar of the new year, that I can tell!