3 Hour Activities


SIAM EMPORIUM
170 Sukhumvit Rd., Left corner of Sukhumvit 8
+66-2253-3421
Inderjit: +66-8470-10020
siamemporium.net/

TAILOR ON TEN
93 Sukhumvit Soi 8
Ben Cole: +66-8487-71543
tailoronten.com/

PACIFIC CITY CLUB
2 Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit Rd., 28th floor
+66-2653-245063
pacificcityclub.com/

GET SUITED UP

  • Get fitted by traditional Indian tailors
  • Let two talented Canadian brothers update your wardrobe
  • Relax with a traditional massage

A custom-made suit fitting is a rite of passage during a visit to Bangkok. Politely decline taxi drivers offering to ferry you to their cousin’s shop for the best deal, because one BTS stop away there are two very trustworthy options. At Siam Emporium, Inderjit and Jatinder carrying on the Indian tailoring tradition. The skilled tailors will help you choose your suit cut and weight based on your home climate (they also cut a good pair of linen or seersucker shorts for about 1,500 baht). Or, make an appointment at Tailor on Ten, run by Canadian brothers Ben and Alex Cole. Sink into a couch and flip through fabrics over a cold beer. They specialize in men’s shirts and suits. Hard decisions made, it’s time for a massage at the old-school, wood-paneled Pacific City Club. Try the Indian head massage, or submit to two therapists at once for a Sensory Spa Journey facial and massage. Wrap up in a robe post-treatment and sip tea in the relaxation room as you watch the sun set over the sprawling city.
Take the SkyTrain to Nana. All locations are on the south side of Sukhumvit Road.

SIAM EMPORIUM
170 Sukhumvit Rd., Left corner of Sukhumvit 8
+66-2253-3421
Inderjit:+66-8470-10020
siamemporium.net/

TAILOR ON TEN
93 Sukhumvit Soi 8
Ben Cole:+66-8487-71543
tailoronten.com/

PACIFIC CITY CLUB
2 Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit Rd., 28th floor
+66-2653-245063
pacificcityclub.com/

ISSAYA COOKING STUDIO
Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Rd., LG level
+66-2160-5636
issayastudio.com/

COOK WITH A CULINARY ROCK STAR

  • Pick up cooking techniques from a master chef
  • Try your hand at Thai recipes
  • Learn to mix cocktails like a pro

World-famous Thai chef Ian Kittichai made his mark on the fine-dining scene with vibrant food and flamboyant colors in his restaurants from New York to Mumbai. Aspiring chefs of all ages should head just up the road from the Conrad Bangkok to chef Kittichai’s kitted-out cooking school Issaya Cooking Studio. Whip up Thai recipes from Kittichai’s flagship Issaya Siamese Club—such as the sticky curry-glazed baby-back ribs and Instagram-bait sok lek tuna—in morning sessions. Afternoon classes range from Thai street food to pastas and desserts to guest chefs’ selections. Warning: you could get hooked. If so, stockpile more masterchef knowledge with another class; menus change daily and don’t repeat within the same week. We highly recommend the Friday night mixology class—an ideal way to toast time spent in the City of Angels.
Walk up Wireless Road to Phloen Chit, and cross the skybridge to the Central Embassy Mall.

ISSAYA COOKING STUDIO
Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Rd., LG level
+66-2160-5636
issayastudio.com/

KARMAKAMET
30/1 Soi Metheenivet Klognton, KlongtoeY
+66-2262-0700
facebook.com/karmakamet

DISCOVER A FEAST FOR THE SENSES AT BRUNCH

  • Explore an up-and-coming shopping enclave
  • Order savory-sweet pancakes and an otherworldly cotton candy dessert
  • Stock up on a new scent or hand-poured candle

No dive into Bangkok would be complete without splashing around in the high-society deep end. Homegrown scents specialist Karmakamet opened a restaurant, Karmakamet Diner, a few years ago that plays clubhouse for the city’s elite. Join them for brunch. Venture to the emerging Em District, duck behind the Emporium building and down a tree-shrouded alley to reach the steel and glass café. The light-flooded space is reminiscent of a green house with interiors straight out of a colonial-era apothecary— a nod to the eponymous line of perfumes, incense, and candles. The menu is as intoxicating as their potions. Dig a fork into the savory-sweet pancakes piled high with bacon and served with a side of duck confit or the spicy pasta topped with lumps of fresh crabmeat. Save room for dessert and try the strawberry shortcake crowned with a cotton candy orb that’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost. On your way out, stop by their boutique to stock up on hand-poured candles and lush lotions.
Hop the SkyTrain to Phrom Pong. Exit next to Emporium, turn left into the driveway between that mall, and then take the first left into a leafy alley. Karmakamet is at the end of the lane.

KARMAKAMET
30/1 Soi Metheenivet Klognton, KlongtoeY
+66-2262-0700
facebook.com/karmakamet

SIAM CENTER
979 Rama I Road
+66-2658-1000
siamcenter.co.th/

TERMINAL 21
88 Sukhumvit Soi 19
+66-2108-0888
terminal21.co.th/

SHOP THE NEXT BIG NAMES IN FASHION

  • Skip the ordinary mega malls
  • Discover up-and-coming designers
  • Take a whirlwind shopping trip around the world

Retail therapy reigns supreme in this city, but where to start? Skip the same-same mega malls and pop up to Siam Center, where on the third floor you’ll find the best of Thai brands, from quirky labels to up-and-coming designers. Color block-heavy futuristic Fly Now is the most internationally well-known Thai brand. You should also visit DA+PP (professional-chic), Pedz (floral and flirty), Kloset (bold patterns and broad silhouettes), Fri27Nov (sharp men’s wear), and The Wonder Room (a rotating compendium of the curators’ favorite local designers). Or, in the opposite direction down the road from the Conrad Bangkok is Terminal 21, a labyrinth of shops from young designers on floors themed for different cities. Land in “Istanbul,” for leather- and cork-bound stationery at Labrador, Vamp Up and Folio; jewelry at Aztique (natural patterns), MaryLou (delicate and animal-themed) and Bharchad (brightly colored, indigenous-influenced); or funky leather handbags at Hob. Second floor “London,” is home to Russian Roulette (tailored men’s clothes) and Lalaclassics (swim trunks and other beach wear).
Take the SkyTrain to Siam and walk into Siam Center. To get to Terminal 21, take the SkyTrain to Asoke. Avoid the SkyTrain from either mall between the rush hour crush 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.—both BTS stops are major commuter hubs.

SIAM CENTER
979 Rama I Road
+66-2658-1000
siamcenter.co.th/

TERMINAL 21
88 Sukhumvit Soi 19
+66-2108-0888
terminal21.co.th/

MUSEUM SIAM
4 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
+66-2225-2777
Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues-Sun; admission 200 baht for foreigners

TIME TRAVEL THROUGH A MUSEUM

  • Stroll the grounds of a neoclassical villa
  • Take a crash course in Siam history
  • Play with your food

With so much living history, Thailand isn’t big on museums. However, Museum Siam is a must-see to ground you in this country’s heritage and illuminate where it could go next. A study in cultural contrasts, it’s housed in a neoclassical villa surrounded by a sprawling lawn seemingly poised for tea time or croquet. But the interiors give way to a cutting-edge exhibit space all bright lights and audio sound bites. Go with the flow, or, rather, “The Roong,” a giant ribbon that guides your time travel from ancient Ayutthaya to the modern world via highly interactive displays. Don’t skip the shop next to the souvenir boutique for a culinary tour of the rainbow of Thai ingredients and spices you’ve been gorging on while in town. Kids will love rummaging through the fridge packed with completed dishes.
Museum Siam is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. It’s best to visit in the morning through midday to avoid cross-town rush-hour traffic. Take an Uber back from the museum if you don’t feel like negotiating with Old-City taxi drivers.

MUSEUM SIAM
4 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
+66-2225-2777
Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues-Sun; admission 200 baht for foreigners

RAJADAMNERN STADIUM
1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd.
+66-2281-4205
rajadamnern.com
Ringside tickets 2,000 baht, purchase tickets at the stadium or reserve online and have the concierge print your receipt.

CHACRIT MUAY THAI SCHOOL
15/2 Sukhumvit Soi 39
+66-894992052
chacritmuaythaischool.com/
Ringside tickets 2,000 baht, purchase tickets at the stadium or reserve online and have the concierge print your receipt.

MASTER MUAY THAI

  • Watch the 800-year old “art of the eight limbs” in action
  • Sit ringside and watch kickboxing champs
  • Train with a pro at Muay Thai school

Legendary Lumphini Stadium may be closed, but Rajamnern Stadium is keeping the art of the eight limbs—as Thai kickboxing is known—alive as it has been since 1945. Get in on the action on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights. Sit ringside in the first class section to get up-close to the fighters—and the bar—plus, snap a photo with the night’s champ. The events start at 6:30 p.m. but there are as many as nine fights a night of increasing skill level, so you can trickle in late. Want in on the high-adrenaline action? Don shiny shorts and sweat it out over an hour lesson in the ring at Chacrit Muay Thai School, run by a former champion. The gym is shaded but is outdoors, so wear your lightest workout gear. Shins, forearms, and knees may take a beating as you learn the moves so let Khun Chacrit know in advance if you have any injuries. After just one super-intense cardio workout infused with 800 years of tradition, you’ll see why people from around the world move here to train.
Rajadamnern is a 20-minute taxi trip from the hotel. Chacrit is a 20-minute BTS ride.

RAJADAMNERN STADIUM
1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd.
+66-2281-4205
rajadamnern.com
Ringside tickets 2,000 baht, purchase tickets at the stadium or reserve online and have the concierge print your receipt.

CHACRIT MUAY THAI SCHOOL
15/2 Sukhumvit Soi 39
+66-894992052
chacritmuaythaischool.com/
Ringside tickets 2,000 baht, purchase tickets at the stadium or reserve online and have the concierge print your receipt.

BO.LAN
24 Sukhumvit Soi 53
+66-2260-2962
bolan.co.th/2014/
dinner degustations from 2,680++ baht per person, lunch prix fixe from 1,200++ baht per person

INDULGE IN A 12-COURSE TASTING MENU

  • Dine on seasonal, local fare at a restaurant with an eco-friendly ethos
  • Experience how two top chefs mix business with pleasure

In a city studded with Michelin-starred chefs, haute dining options are abundant. For inventive and traditional Thai cuisine in a refined yet relaxed space, a table in the romantically renovated villa at Bo.lan is the one to book. Married chefs Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones are as forward thinking about their seasonally changing menus as they are about the environment. They have pledged to become Bangkok’s first zero-waste restaurant by 2018, thoughtful programs include house-distillations of drinking water and the yadong (Thai rice liquor) aperitif, and vegetables grown in a garden on site. Socially conscious leanings aside, you’re here for the standout fare. Loosen belts for the parade of organic, locavore-focused dishes off of ever-evolving menus where gastronomic deconstructions and authentic presentations vie for your affections. Bo.lan has continually been one of the city’s most sought-after reservations since it opened in 2009, so if you can’t swing a slot at dinner (add the craft cocktail or wine pairing menus if you do), go for the six-course lunch and admire their pond and produce garden by daylight. Note: be sure to make your reservation well in advance.
Hire a car for the 20-minute ride to the restaurant.​

BO.LAN
24 Sukhumvit Soi 53
+66-2260-2962
bolan.co.th/2014/
dinner degustations from 2,680++ baht per person, lunch prix fixe from 1,200++ baht per person

HEALTHLAND
55/5 Sukhumvit Soi 21
+66-2261-1110
healthlandspa.com/
Massages start at 300 baht

MULBERRY SPA
132 Sukhumvit Soi 23
+66-2664-1888
mulberryspa.com/
Massages start at 900-baht massages

BHARANI
96/14 Soi Prasarnmirt
+66-2664-4454
facebook.com/Bharanicuisine/

FOLLOW THE LOCALS FOR A MASSAGE AND A BITE TO EAT

  • Get a quick foot massage or a decadent caviar facial
  • Slurp boat noodles at a beloved Bangkok institution

Trail the locals to the centrally-located Asoke neighborhood for a massage (at a steal) in a jasmine-scented day spa, and a bite to eat. If pressed for time, Healthland on Sukhumvit Soi 19 is an efficient shop for a one-hour foot or body massage. More serene Mulberry Spa, in a traditional teak house a couple of blocks away on Soi 23, offers caviar facials and spoiling four-hands massages. The main course is at Bharani. This 65-year-old institution is beloved as much for its boat noodles with beef steeped in blood broth as for the curiously located Cypriot Embassy on its top floor.
Asoke is a zippy 15-minute SkyTrain ride from the hotel.

HEALTHLAND
55/5 Sukhumvit Soi 21
+66-2261-1110
healthlandspa.com/
Massages start at 300 baht

MULBERRY SPA
132 Sukhumvit Soi 23
+66-2664-1888
mulberryspa.com/
Massages start at 900-baht massages

BHARANI
96/14 Soi Prasarnmirt
+66-2664-4454
facebook.com/Bharanicuisine/

REVOLUCION COCKTAIL
Sathorn Soi 10, Silom
+66-2235-4823
facebook.com/RevolucionCocktailBangkok/
Open daily 5:00pm – 2:00 am

MAGGIE CHOO’S
320 Silom Road
+66-9177-22144
facebook.com/maggiechoos/
No cover charge but men are not permitted in wearing tank tops, shorts or sandals.

TRAVEL FROM HAVANA TO SHANGHAI IN ONE NIGHT

  • Hang out in a Cuba-loving cocktail and tapas bar
  • Listen to live music in a glam Shanghai-inspired drinks den
  • Catch the act of the country’s most outrageous drag queen

Back in the day, Western food was only found at sports bars, and “cabaret” was code for X-rated. These days, Bangkok is bursting with authentic and above board options on both fronts. Grab a taxi down the road to Revolucion Cocktail, a buzzing tapas and drinks hotspot adorned with portraits and graffiti of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Commandeer one of the velveteen couches and order a G&G (gin, fresh grapefruit, grapefruit syrup, and tonic). Then, it’s on to the sexy 1920s-colonial-Shanghai throwback Maggie Choo’s for another cocktail and some cabaret. There’s no cover charge at the door, but be advised: men must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Inspection passed, descend to the glam den where women in traditional Chinese dresses float on swings and laze above the casino-like bar. Most nights host live jazz, soul, or blues, though Sunday is a full take-over by the country’s most famous drag queen, the bombastic Pangina Heals. If you take a front-row seat for her show, be prepared to blush.
Revolucion Cocktail is 15 minutes by taxi from the hotel. Maggie Choo’s is a 15-minute stroll or quick taxi ride from there.

REVOLUCION COCKTAIL
Sathorn Soi 10, Silom
+66-2235-4823
facebook.com/RevolucionCocktailBangkok/
Open daily 5:00pm – 2:00 am

MAGGIE CHOO’S
320 Silom Road
+66-9177-22144
facebook.com/maggiechoos/
No cover charge but men are not permitted in wearing tank tops, shorts or sandals.

CHEAP ​CHARLIE’S
7 2/7 Sukhumvit Soi 11

ROSABIENG
33 Sukhumvit Soi 11
+66-2253-5868

APOTEKA
33 Sukhumvit Soi 11
+66-9062-67655
No cover charge.

ABOVE 11
38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 33rd floor
+66-8352-1111
aboveeleven.com/
No cover charge, but men must wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

CRUISE AN INFAMOUS STRIP LIKE A REGULAR

  • Raise a glass with the post-work crowd
  • Listen to live pop music and soulful blues
  • Sneak up to a secret rooftop garden for the city’s best aerial views

Soi 11, one of the city’s most infamous streets is constantly reinventing itself, and always worth a peek—if you know where to go. Mix with a cross-section of the city at Cheap Charlie’s, Bangkok’s most lovable dive bar. Looking more like it belongs in the Bayou than Bangkok, this is the post-work rendezvous spot for expats and locals alike. When nature calls, it’s time to go (trust us). Head up the block for friendly Thai home cooking at Rosabieng. Request a table in the garden to hear the live band play pop classics as you dine on chili-curry clams and stir-fried morning glory. After dinner, get down to live Chicago-style blues at Apoteka, where bands jam nightly (with no charge). Cap the evening with a panoramic skyline view at the open-air Above 11 lounge. Most people never make it beyond the first floor, but scope out the second floor for true show-stopping vistas. Here you’ll find a gate that looks off-limits, but push on: it leads to the secret rooftop garden. This aerie, called Gramercy Park, is only for those in the know—just like its New York namesake.
Hop the BTS to Nana. Cheap Charlie’s, Rosabieng and Apoteka are along Soi 11. From Apoteka, cross the street and walk north to the Frasers Suites tower; head around the back to what looks like the parking lot to find the hidden elevator entrance for Above 11.

CHEAP ​CHARLIE’S
7 2/7 Sukhumvit Soi 11

ROSABIENG
33 Sukhumvit Soi 11
+66-2253-5868

APOTEKA
33 Sukhumvit Soi 11
+66-9062-67655
No cover charge.

ABOVE 11
38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 33rd floor
+66-8352-1111
aboveeleven.com/
No cover charge, but men must wear long pants and closed toe shoes.