Remember the days when you couldn’t sleep without your mom telling you a bedtime story? When you couldn’t do anything without her by your side? Mother’s Day is not just about picking up something from the mall to give as a token of your appreciation. What makes the day truly special is spending time with your mom, because there is no better present than having you, the apple of her eye, with her.
Wine, Workshops, and Portable Gardens
Strengthen the bond between you and your mom by working on a project together. Bangkok offers a potpourri of classes and workshops that will stoke your creativity, giving you new hobbies to practice as a team at home.
Unleash your inner artist at Jeedwonder. Here, you can design your own little plot of green in the terrarium workshop. Start by choosing your plants and then let your imagination run wild within the glass container. Jeedwonder also has many other classes your mom might want to try, including scrapbooking, flower arrangement, and coffee painting.
Does your mom enjoy a drink every now and then? If so, Paintbar Bangkok might be up her alley. At this three-hour workshop, you and mom can sip from a glass of wine (or beer, if you prefer) while trying to replicate that day’s subject. Professional instructors give you step-by-step directions, as well as a rundown on technique, before you put paint to canvas. After that, let your creativity flow.
If you’re looking for a class with a little more vigour, ask your mom to join you at The Alchemist. Here, you learn how to build a cocktail from the masters. You can choose from classic cocktails straight out of TheAlchemist’s recipe book, or you can design your own favourite drink. Equipment and ingredients are prepared for you, and, of course, the bartenders are happy to lend a hand as needed.
Activities for the Adventurous
If your mom is like many others the world over, she has spent her fair share of time inside doing chores (sometimes, perhaps, your chores). Now that you’re older, take her out for an exhilarating activity that tells her just how much you appreciate her hard work.
Wakeboarding, surfing, and now rock climbing. What doesn’t Bangkok have? Urban Playground features over 650 square metres of indoor climbing space, facilities ranging from a bouldering wall and bouldering cave to a 12metre top-rope climbing, and activities that include a one-hour introduction to climbing class. Whether your mom is an experienced climber or a first-timer, this ought to test her limits. Urban Playground provides many other ways to get the blood pumping, too, such as racquetball courts, a swimming pool, a yoga studio, saunas, and tennis courts.
Grab your bikes, clips, and helmets and head to Peppermint Bike Park. There are two courses here: the normal paved lane and a more challenging elevated mountain bike track that contains a wooden bridge, curved path, and rolling slopes. It’s car-free, utterly safe and sound, so relax and chitchat with your mom without concern. Or race to see who can complete a lap first. The park welcomes all types of riders, competitive or otherwise.
Learn about Your Neighbourhood
There’s no better way to spend a Mother’s Day than by getting out, letting your hair down, and exploring Bangkok’s nooks and crannies.
Follow Me Bangkok Bicycle Tours seeks places unseen, taking you to taste street food, interact with the locals, and experience the real Bangkok, day or night. Co van Kessel Bangkok Tours, with over 30 years of experience, delivers an equally electric travel experience on two wheels. Options include night tours of the Old Town, trips through Chinatown’s narrow alleys, or day-long rides through Bang Krachiao, the “green lung.” If cycling seems a little too intense, Co van Kessel also offers walking and boat tours.
Launching from the Yodpiman River Walk, Yodsiam Boat takes you on a tour of the Chao Phraya riverside. Among the attractions are floating markets, the Artist’s House (Baan Silapin), and temples from the Ayutthaya period. The tour operates both bike and canal tours in and around Bangkok.
If you’re looking for a snapshot of the slow life, check out Pandan Tour. The highlight of the trip, no doubt, is the visit to Thonburi, where you and mom can soak up the rapidly disappearing traditional Thai way of living. The tour lets you delve into history, culture, and society. What’s more, you can retreat from the hustle and bustle within the wonderful scenery of orchards and farms along the canal
A Holiday for Gourmets
Finding a perfect gift for your mother isn’t always easy, but treating her to a delicious meal is an effortless answer to the struggle. Good food in great company. What could be better? A bunch of restaurants are serving up fantastic Mother’s Day deals for the city’s most special women, and one particular dining experience isn’t limited to August 12alone — it gives you a chance to treat mom throughout the month.
The InterContinental Bangkok’s ground-level restaurant, Espresso, is offering a full brunch buffet on August 12. Treat the woman who raised you to wonderful spread that includes a Wagyu station and an oyster bar, as well as seafood delicacies like Australian black mussels, tiger prawns, and Alaska king crab. All moms get one complimentary glass of sparkling wine at the brunch, too. On the same day, Summer Palace, the hotel’s Cantonese outlet, is serving all-you-can-eat dim sum from 11.30am until 2.30pm.
Also on August 12, Miss Siam Restaurant at Hua Chang Heritage is offering a fabulous buffet of Thai food with free-flow Thai herbal drinks to boot. Mothers receive a complimentary Thai set dinner when accompanied by four or more guests.
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit is serving exquisite Mother’s Day lunch and dinner buffets at Seasonal Tastes. The feasts include live cooking stations, a sushi bar, a selection of fresh seafood, and an Italian corner. For every adult lunch buffet, two children (10 and under) dine free. Moms get half-price all day.
Visit Mistral at the Pullman G on August 12 for a brunch buffet that includes pasta, barbecue, seafood, and more. Mothers dine free and receive a special gift from the restaurant (one per table).
Throughout the month, from Tuesday to Saturday, enjoy a unique sensory experience with your mother at Dine in the Dark at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. Without any light, not even from your phone or tablet, Dine in the Dark is a special opportunity for you two to bond.
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