Jul 28, 2011|
ID1, at Amarin Plaza, offers some quirky budget fashion options. Central Chidlom is within walking distance and is still probably our favorite mall. It’s not so big as to get lost but still houses some more out there brands to keep things edgy. We also love its Central Food Hall, especially since the upgrade which includes the addition of a walk-in cheese room. There’s also a daytime market which attracts the office crowds during their lunch break, just opposite Central, next to Krungsri Bank.
Snotty and debaucherous Hyde and Seek Gastro Bar (Athenee Residence, Soi Ruamrudee, 02-168-5152) is the clear stand-out, although the old-school clubbing option in the area is Spasso (Grand Hyatt Erawan, 02-250-1826). Sita Bar at Tenface Bangkok (Soi Ruamrudee 2, 02-695-4242) is also a new hit among fresh hi-so graduates for cocktails and live DJs.
It’s close enough to Lumpini to smell the clean air and an easy walk to its peaceful delights.
For breakfast and lunch, there’s BKK Bagel Bakery (Maneeya Center, 02-254-8157), the only place in the city to specialize exclusively in New York style bagels and homemade cream cheeses. Cafe Tartine (Athenee Residence, 02-168-5464), an adorable little French cafe on Soi Ruamrudee serves light salads and proper French baguette sandwiches. For dinner, there’s everything from the raucous, Mexican cantina-esque La Monita (Mahatun Plaza, 02-650-9581) with arguably the best tacos in town, to the B1,600 degustation menu at Gaggan, where Chef Gaggan Anand re-presents Indian classics in modern ways.
Actually not bad. Major roads like Lang Suan and Wireless have lovely, wide sidewalks with not too much street vending action.
The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand has its headquarters at Maneeya Building. They frequently do panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitions regarding political and cultural matters pertinent to the region. 100Tonson is an art gallery on Soi Tonson that’s currently doing the solo oil painting exhibition by Takanobu Kobayashi and puts on some of the most political shows in town.
Pretty good—Langsuan and Wireless provide easy access to the Rama 4 and Silom areas, and there are good links to the expressways, even if these roads get choked. And there’s the Lumpini MRT and BTS at either end to get you where you need to go.
• Oriental Residence: Solid wood and marble floors with teak wood fitted kitchens, walk-in closets and branded in-room appliances. Facilities include a lounge, a café, a business center with board room, an entertainment room, spa, fitness center, swimming pool with terrace, sky pool, roof deck, park and a sky terrace. Residents can also make use of their in-house concierge, housekeeping, in-room dining, catering, and shuttle services. B230,000-250,000 per sqm. 02-651-5999, www.oriental-residence.com
• Noble Ploenchit: Claims to be the most expensive land transaction in Bangkok’s history at B4.3 billion for a 4-rai area. The project will feature three buildings: 50-story, 45-story and 14-story, totaling 1,443 units and an additional 3-story building as the developer’s office. Selections start from a 40-sq-meter one-bedroom to a three-bedroom and will cost B148,000 per sq meter. 8-unit penthouses start B190,000 per sqm (around B39 million each). The construction is projected to start mid-2012 and end by the beginning of 2017. On-site facilities include private and common hi-speed elevators, swimming pools, fitness centers, steam rooms and a multi-purpose room. 02-251-9955, www.noblehome.com