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When it comes to iconic Asian brands, Jim Thompson leads the pack. While the company’s namesake American founder mysteriously disappeared in 1967, his impeccable taste and style lives on. With multiple locations across the region, Jim Thompson is still synonymous with Thai silk products, from glamorous scarves, neckties, and ready-to-wear lines to sophisticated home furnishings. The brand has also become very well known in Bangkok for its line of high-end restaurants, including Jim Thompson Restaurant, located in the same compound as the world-famous Jim Thompson House Museum.
Jim Thompson boutiques: Siam Paragon, Surawong, CentralWorld, Isetan, The Emporium, ICONSIAM, The Mandarin Oriental and other boutiques across the country, except airport and duty free boutiques.
Jim Thompson Restaurant: Jim Thompson House Museum, 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Among the hippest coffee shops in town, with their sleek minimalist design and impressive brewing apparatus, Casa Lapin comes with an equal measure of style and substance. Expertly executed single-origin Thai coffee is served up alongside a full menu of healthy breakfast, brunch, and lunch options, as well as a truly irresistible array of naughty-but-nice pastries.
Central World Department Store, A307, 3Floor (Atrium Zone), Param 1 Road. Open daily 10am-10pm, Siam BTS, https://casalapin.com/. There are also 11 other locations in Bangkok and one in Pattaya.
The creation of husband and wife chef team Napol Jantraget and Saki Hoshino, Eighty Twenty is a love letter to Thai ingredients and cuisine. From a bustling open-plan kitchen and dining area kitted out with sustainable wood and stylish decor comes a seasonal small plates menu of Thai staples, reimagined through a modern, upscale, and ultimately surprising lens.
1052-1054 Charoen Krung 26, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500. Phone: 099-118-2200. Open Tuesday-Sunday 6-11pm
If you’re serious about pizza, you’ll seriously love Pizza Massilia. Headed by restauranteur-Italian chef Luca Appino—of Bottega di Luca fame—this pleasingly eclectic restaurant with antler chandeliers and mismatched chairs serves up gourmet pizzas without the pretension. From the flour, to the olive oil, to the toppings, you’ll only find the best artisanal Italian ingredients here.
15/1 Soi Ruam Ruedi, 02-651-5091. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-Midnight, Ploen Chit BTS. https://www.pizzamassilia.com There are also two other locations in Bangkok, and a pizza truck on Sukhumvit 49.
Lose yourself and your senses at Siam Paragon, one of Thailand’s biggest and most popular malls. Packed with hundreds of international luxury brands, it’s a top shopping spot for the Bangkok elite. Those of more modest means can also while away some time here though thanks to a huge aquarium, a 16-screen cinema, and a lip-smacking selection of culinary delights.
991 Rama 1 Road, 02-610-8216. Open daily 10am-10pm, Siam BTS. http://www.siamparagon.co.th/
More than just a mall, Bangkok’s ICONSIAM is in an ecosystem of its own. The 750,000-square-meter “lifestyle complex” is made up of residential, shopping, dining, entertainment, and green spaces. Relax outside at the River Park, shop for handicrafts in the town of amazing Thai charm, "SookSiam", go upscale with the best in international luxury, or eat your way through dozens of dining options.
299 ICONSIAM Shopping Center, Charoennakorn Road, 02-495-7000. Open daily 10am-10pm. http://www.iconsiam.com/en
Central Food Hall and Tops market
For those that care about quality, Central Food Hall and Tops market is Bangkok’s grocery store of dreams. From freshly-made local delicacies, to top-of-the-range home equipment, to shelves brimming with the most sought-after imported brands, if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you’re probably out of luck.
There are 10 participating stores in Bangkok.
There’s no Bangkok stressor that a trip to Health Land Spa & Massage can’t sooth. Let the expert practitioners ease away your niggling pains and worries with a comprehensive range of Thai and oil massages, body scrubs, aromatherapy treatments, and facials. Can’t decide? Flick through the indulgent selection of multi-treatment packages and make a blissful afternoon of it.
55/5 Sukhumvit 21 Road, 02-261-1110. Open daily 9am-midnight, Asok BTS. https://www.healthlandspa.com. There are 3 participating outlets in Bangkok.
Whether you’re planning some fun in the city or looking to escape, Voyagin will help you sniff out the best deals in town. Float down the Chao Phraya River on a nighttime dinner cruise, take a cooking class, or seek out Bangkok’s hidden gems on a bicycle tour. With experiences in Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Koi Samui, and Phuket, too, you may also be inspired to venture further afield.
Staycation in style at Accor hotels, which run some of the swankiest brands in town, including Sofitel, Novotel, Pullman, and Mercure. Whether you’re looking for smart inner-city digs with a banging rooftop bar or villa-style accommodation with a sprawling pool and spa, you’ll find your Bangkok hotel soul mate within their selection. Popular picks include the Grand Sukhumvit with its convenient location and pretty outdoor pool, the Christian Lacroix-designed SO Sofitel, and the Pullman Bangkok Hotel G with its enviable collection of restaurants.
accorhotels.com. Accor hotels has 37 locations in Bangkok.
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