This Wednesday, when the clock strikes midnight, 2014 will fade into bright, flickering lights and a symphony of cheers. As the Bangkok crowds wildly wave goodbye to the excitement of the last 12 months, we’ll usher in another year punctuated with possibilities.
The turning of the calendar signals an opportunity to make changes. We’ll lose weight, meet new people, and put away a little cash from our paycheck every month. But in Bangkok, a city with no shortage of temptations and obstacles, adhering to those resolutions can be a bit of a struggle. Never fear! We’ve got you covered, whatever your resolutions may be.
1. Exercise more often
Dust off your singlet and shoes and head out to one of Bangkok’s many green spaces, like Suan Luang or Suan Rot Fai, for a run in the cool morning air. If running isn’t your thing, why not give cycling a shot? There are tons of cycling tours in the city. Some wind through Chinatown, others tackle Rattanakosin at night. If you’d rather go it alone, hop on a longtail boat and cross the river to Ban Kra Jao, where tangled greenery and clean canals will make you feel a world away from the concrete jungle.
2. Save money
Cutting down on expenses doesn’t mean you have cut down on fun. For drinking on a dime, but also with some class, check out Hemingway’s. During happy hours, beer and wine start at B90, and there are many and various deals going on throughout the week. There are tons of affordable dining options, too. A dinner at Opposite Mess Hall might not break the bank, but it will taste like a million bucks.
3. Learn to relax
Being wound up all the time hinders productivity—and it doesn’t help your popularity, either. Chill out this year. Treat sore and tired muscles to a massage or unwind with aromatherapy. Not sure where to go or what kind of treatment to get? Have a look at our spa listings.
4. Get out more often
Bangkok always has something up its sleeve. Secret (and not-so-secret) speakeasies like Sugar Ray and U.N.C.L.E. dot the cityscape, from Thong Lor to Sathorn, but to find them, you’ll have to do a little exploring. The same goes for word-of-mouth gems, like Six Fathoms Deep, a tattoo studio on Pan Road. If you’re staying at home on the weekend, learn a little about your neighbourhood with self-guided walking tours.
5. Be better to the environment
Climate change peppers the news, and for good reason. If we don’t learn to treat the Earth with respect, there might not be much of it left to enjoy in the future. Live up to your commitment to eco-friendliness and buy from shops like Green Thai Product in the BACC, which transforms “trash” like pet food packaging, old rice sacks, and plastic sheets into eye-catching fashion accessories.