There’s no shortage of things to spend your money on in this town, so… pamper yourself properly!
Bangkok is a mercurial metropolis. On the one hand you can get delicious street food on almost any corner of town for two dollars or less, while on the other hand you can spend what for many is a month’s rent on just a single meal at one of the city’s many multiple award-winning gourmet restaurants. In many ways this splurge vs. conserve duality is what visitors and residents love most about Bangkok… you can break the bank on occasion—and treat yourself royally—and then happily scrimp and save for next the month or so till you’re ready to do it all again.
Of course for the truly wealthy, Bangkok, and Thailand in general, is a playground filled with über-luxe diversions of all kinds. You can truly get anything you want in this city, as long as you’re willing to flash the cash. One of the biggest trends these days is to invest in Bangkok’s booming real estate market, where high-end condominium developments are springing up on any empty patch of land available. One of the most talked about is the Capella Bangkok, which is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2018. Located along the rejuvenated Chao Phraya River waterfront promenade, this property offers 101 rooms, suites, and villas with panoramic views of the city’s main waterway. Another eagerly anticipated development—also located riverside—is the grand Four Seasons Private Residences, a condo project developed by Country Group Development PCL. Upon completion the property will have 73 floors and contain 355 total accommodations, ranging in size from 1 bedroom to 5 bedroom units. Closer to the CBD, Thailand’s leading high-end real estate developer Raimon Land PLC has 211 units of sophisticated inner city living available at The Lofts Asoke, while the futuristic Sindhorn Residence, on Langsuan Road, is a high-rise super luxury condominium comprised of one 35-storey and one 10-storey building, which together offer 202 units ranging in size between 35 and 345 sq.m.
For those just passing through town, the array of premium high end hotels to choose from is vast, with new properties opening all the time. In 2017 the Park Hyatt Bangkok and the Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit both opened their doors to the public, as did the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, the X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel, and several others. Meanwhile, 2018 will see the highly anticipated opening of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, on Rajadamri Road, but don’t imagine for a minute that it will be the only 5-star property on the horizon this coming year.
Along with an abundance of high-end hotels, Bangkok is also blessed with a slew of fantastic gourmet restaurants that send foodies into a frenzy at every turn. For a list of those headed by award-winning female chefs, see our special report starting on page 26. Similarly, you can also turn to our food & drink section—starting on pg. 78—which is loaded with information about new restaurant openings, as well as several reviews of top-rated restaurants (including the superb Michelin-starred Upstairs Mikkeller). In truth, there so many amazing restaurants to recommended—from classic Thai dishes at Ruen Urai to more contemporary fine dining fare at Eat Me—that it would take an entire magazine to list them all.
Another indulgence, for those with both time and money to spare, is a trip to any one of Thailand’s hundreds of luxury spas. Bangkok has dozens and dozens of them with more opening shop every year. For more information on some of the newest and nicest, check out our spa rundown starting on page 18. And no list of where to splurge would be complete without mentioning the city’s numerous hi-end shopping malls—including CentralWorld, Central Embassy, Siam Paragon, EmQuartier, and the soon-to-be-launched Icon Siam (currently under construction on the banks of the Chao Phraya River).
Finally, what good is money if you can’t spend it on having a good time with friends. If you’re in a celebratory mood there are a dizzying number of high-end rooftop bars to choose from for your drinking and dining pleasure. Of course, nothing truly denotes the highlife more than popping the cork on a bottle of champagne. So whether you’re sipping on a Mumm Grand Cordon at CRU Champagne Bar on the 59th floor of the Centara Grand at CentralWorld, or indulging in a bottle of Ernest Rapeneau Brut Extra Aged from France at the Attitude Rooftop Bar & Restaurant on the 26th floor of the of Avani Riverside Bangkok, you’ll be toasting the town as the toast of the town.
Wine Appreciation nights
True wine connoisseurs in Bangkok already flock to Riedel Wine Bar—located on the 2nd floor of the Gaysorn Village complex—attracted not only by their extensive collection of labels—250 and counting—but also for their state-of-the-art wine dispensing system that allows 40 labels to be available “by the glass”, protected from oxidization. Add to this a mouth-watering array of tapas-style gourmet menu items on offer, cool DJs and live bands, and a chic atmosphere that oozes sophistication, and you’ve got quite the perfect package. But did you know that Riedel also hosts, on an almost weekly basis, a series of informative and entertaining Wine Talks?
These delectable discussions vary in price, depending on the vintages being sampled, and upcoming this month there will be four talks in all, starting on March 8th with the invitation-only Women with Wines, followed by Rare Varietals on March 12th, and an Italian Wine Talk on March 13th with speaker Elena Lorenzetti, owner at Stefano Antonucci. The series concludes with Glass Does Matter, another invitation-only event, but all are invited to the Riedel Wine Fair which is being held on March 31st. For more information call 02 656 1133.
Sunday Brunch Binge
The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is one of the most prestigious hotels in the city, so it’s not surprising that their elegant 2nd floor restaurant Tables Grill offers a sumptuous Weekend Brunch that pulls out all the stops when it comes to offering guests a luxuriously indulgent midday feast.
The newly launched luxury gourmet brunch selection offers diners an array of live station options to choose from, including Fine de Claire oysters on ice, smoked salmon, lobster bisque, beef tartare (recommended), flamed prawns with tomato sauce, saffron seafood risotto, aged prime rib, a selection of European charcuterie and cheese, a variety of salads, and a truly decadent choice of dozens of desserts. The food choice is further enhanced with a series of special à la carte delicacies, including Tables Grill’s classic half Boston lobster thermidor, pan-fried duck liver, poached egg homemade penne gratin, and many more—all freshly prepared, and cooked to your order.
In addition, guests can indulge in an extensive beverage selection, including premium free flow Louis Roederer Brut Premier champagne, a short but well-curated list of white and red wines, as well as a selection of beers, soft-drinks, mocktails, iced tea, and mineral water. This Weekend Brunch takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 11am till 3pm, and is priced at B3,999++ per person with free-flow of Louis Roederer champagne (without alcohol B2,800++). For reservations, call 02 254 6250.
By Bruce Scott