New & Noteworthy in Bangkok

Book unique experiences offered by locals in Bangkok.

About New & Noteworthy in Bangkok

Here is my pick of the best to visit while you are in Bangkok:


• Aloft hotel
Looking for a quiet street? Skip this one. Want some party-time? You can't go wrong here. This hotel is right in the eye of the storm of Sukhumvit nightlife also known as the infamous Soi 11. This is where local expats come to play. The Aloft hotel atmosphere is affordably stylish, and overall the rooms are a great value for money. Enjoy a late-night snack at the 24 hours bar, and nurse your hangover by the rooftop pool in the afternoon

Address: 1/F Aloft Hotel, 35 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Klongtoey-nua, Wattana, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand. Tel +66-2-207-7100

• Hansar hotel
Architecturally speaking, most luxury hotels are of the glass-and-steel-tower persuasion. We give the Hansar credit for trying something different. Locally owned and operated, this boutique hotel features a green vertical wall, multiple sky gardens, and naturally ventilated corridors to save on air conditioning. It's all part of Hansar's green philosophy and design. Not to worry however, rooms can of course be chilled to your satisfaction! Try the Vertigo Suite for ample space and a beautiful view of the Royal Race course & Sports Club.

Address: 3/250 Soi Mahadlekluang 2, Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand. Tel +66 2209 1234

• The Sukhothai hotel
An oasis in the heart of bustling Bangkok, the Sukhothai is a more than a hotel, it is a state of mind where the formal high-points of traditional Thai designs meets the luxury of first class amenities, all on six acres of Zen-like grounds where a lotus pool, landscaped gardens, elegant stupas, verdant pathways, and an infinity edged 25-meter pool await.
The hotel interiors, designed by world-famous architects, are a delight to the eye at every turn. Suites on five floors surround an open inner courtyard with sky above and water below where in the middle sits a Buddha in meditative position.
Address: 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Bangkok10120 Thailand Tel +66-2-344-8888

• Metropolitan hotel
Address: 27 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10170 Thailand
Tel +66 2625 3388

• Sofitel So Bangkok hotel
A perfect spot for the hip, urban bohemians, Sofitel So sets itself apart with sophisticated design and panoramic views of Lumpini park. Both the colorful staff uniforms and the bar room are designed by Christian Lacroix himself. Sofitel So’s incredible pool will impress the most blasé of travelers: overlooking a huge layer of greenery, followed by a distant but massive skyline, it is one of the most photographed spot in town.

Address: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2 624 0000

• W hotel
The W Bangkok, a buzzing lifestyle and party hotel, embodies the personality of the W brand, which may not be for everyone. Rooms are lively and original, with plenty of bold colours and design decisions. The concept is definitely geared for creative types rather than corporate suits, complete with pink, sequinned boxing gloves pillows. Use the Whatever/Whenever room service at your fancy, or go down to the fashionable Woo Bar for a cocktail on the ground floor, which is often used for art exhibits.

Address: 106 North Sathorn road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand. Tel +66(0)2 344 4000

• Okura Prestige hotel
The Okura Prestige offers an unapologetically Japanese luxury experience. The comfort comes at a price, but great attention to details is everywhere, from the Zen-inspired design, to the kimono-clad staff, to triple-layered windows for extra silence in the business lounge. The hotel mostly targets corporate travellers, and is located in the business/diplomatic district. The curved infinity pool, protruding out of the building on the 25th floor, is a nice architectural touch and boasts stunning views of the city.

Address: 57 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel +66 2 687 9000

• Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Consistently voted The Best Hotel in the World this iconic legend of hospitality was established in 1887 on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It has hosted The Who's Who of visitor's to Bangkok ranging from Royalty, Head of State, Celebrities and Pop Stars. This is due to it's impeccable standards of service, luxurious facilities and personalized guest recognition. Throughout the hotel the staff at all levels address guests by their name.
Most recently it was awarded Best City Hotel in Bangkok at TTG Travel Awards 2013

Address: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500 Tel +66-2659-9000

• The Siam
Located up river on the edge of the Rattanakosin old city area it’s a sublime example of next generation boutique luxury. The architecture and decor are inspired Paris' Musee d'Orsay creating a serene world, lush in natural beauty yet quite simple. The emphasis was on muted colors, black, white, cream and great, capturing the colonial architectural elements that King Rama V brought back to Siam. The result is a big hotel that feels small. with just 37 suites and Villa. The ultimate arrival experience is the Venetian yacht departing from Saphan Taksin Pier.

Address: Dusit, 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel +66-2206 6999

EAT (best restaurants selection)

• Nahm (at Metropolitan hotel)
When Australian born David Thompson's opened Nahm in 2001 within six months was the first Thai restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. He opened this restaurant in April of 2012, in 2012 it was the first restaurant in Thailand to be listed in The World's 50 Best Restaurants. In 2013 it moved up the rankings to 32nd in the World and 3rd in Asia. He sourced his recipes from old cookbooks of former Thai matriarchs, such as southern-style grilled mussels smoked with coconut husks then cooked with curry-infused coconut cream. All have an authentic taste, the perfect balance of sour, sweet, salt, and spice flavours; true to Thai culinary heritage.

Address: 27 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10170 Thailand
Tel +66 2625 3388

• Gaggan
A unique gastronomic Indian dining experience! Before moving to Thailand in 2007 Gaggan Annand was the personal chef to The President of India and once cooked for Bill Clinton. He was the second Asian and first Indian to study under Ferran Adria at the famed El Buli in Catalonia, Spain. That inspired him give a new twist to classic Indian recipes creating his style of progressive Indian cuisine. His interpretation of paapdi chaat transforms the traditional afternoon street- food snack into a spherical yoghurt egg resting on a wafer. In 2013 the restaurant was 66th at Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.

Address: 68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Bangkok
Tel +66-2652-1700

• Water Library @ Grass Thonglor
Potentially the smallest and most expensive restaurant in Bangkok! On arrival guests are offered a glass of Louis Roederer NV Champagne at the bar. When all 10 guests have arrived they precede upstairs to the Dining Room. The 10 seat Chef’s Table is a deep counter with a space behind for Chef Haikal and his brigade of two young chef’s from Singapore to cook and present each of the 10 courses with meticulous precision.

Water Library Thonglor, Grass Thonglor, 264/1, Sukhumvit 55, (Thonglor 12)
Tel 089-205-0318

• Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (at Kempinski hotel)

Voted 29th in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 201 Sra Bua by kiin kiin opened at Siam kempinski hotel Bangkok in September 2010 where they offer a modern interpretation of Thai cuisine. Behind beautifully composed food presentation, familiar flavours of traditional dishes are maintained while the chefs push the boundaries of form, texture, and temperature.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 991/9 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan
Tel +66 2162-9000

• Zuma

Zuma first opened in London in 2002, with Bangkok as the latest branch. The restaurant is based on izakaya, a Japanese pub-style restaurant serv- ing food that is paired with drinks
The cooking style is authentic but not traditional, the difference being the use of stronger and bolder flavours. The menu makes no differentiation between starters and main dishes.

Zuma, 159 Rajdamri Rd, located in the St Regis independently operated, Tel +66-2252-4707

• The Kitchen Table
The signature all day restaurant of the W Hotel Brand, a modern bistro serving flavor packed, honest wholesome food where East meets West and Raw plays with Cooked. The urban chic hang out where friends meet either for business or pleasure to enjoy a relaxed quality meal.

The Kitchen Table @W Hotel Bangkok, 106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand.
Tel +66-2344-4000

• Le Beaulieu
The best standalone French restaurant due to Chef Herve Frerard uncompromising commitment to culinary excellence using the finest imported and local products without compromising on quality. The air-conditioned al fresco LB Terrace is perfect for pre and post dinner drinks in the week, clubbing at weekends inside a two level dinning room.

Le Beaulieu Address: Ground Floor Athenee Residence, Soi Ruam Rudee, Ploenchit, Bangkok
Tel +66-2168-8220

• Celadon
Widen the realm of the senses with the city's most celebrated go-to place for authentic Thai cuisine. With terraces overlooking lotus ponds and cool atmospheric salas, both the interior design and the choice of wines are a perfect accompaniment to the array of spices, colors and strong flavors in these truly Thai dishes. No wonder it has been named "Best Restaurant in Bangkok."
Address: 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Bangkok10120 Thailand Tel +66-2-344-8888

• La Scala
This Italian restaurant raises the bar for upscale dining, bringing to the classic cuisine a culinary precision with a range of the highest quality ingredients from black truffles to burrata cheese. Deserts made from exquisitely rare Amadei chocolate are a highlight. An antipasti buffet and business set lunches are also offered. A chic modern design with hints of classic Thai create a balanced ambiance.

Address: 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Bangkok10120 Thailand Tel +66-2-344-8888
• Shintori
Founded in Taipei by Jeremy Guo with branches in Beijing and Tokyo now in Bangkok.Here the focus on simplicity and the importance of nature. The food is very contemporary Japanese drawing on other Asian influence, a delightfully presented exquisite dining experience with a stunning view.

Address: Level 18, 4, 4/5 Rajadamri Road, ZEN World @CentralWorld, Pathumwan,
Bangkok 10330, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2100 9000 Website:

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