Words by Ben Stower
Bangkok is a glittering city of diversity and the economic centre of Thailand. It's home to an array of wholesale and retail traders, along with all of the country's major banks and financial institutions.
Despite its firm hold on history, this abundance of industry gives Bangkok a cutting-edge mentality and makes it one of the premier business hubs of the modern world, frequently visited by Australian business travellers.
If you find yourself within the city limits while travelling for work, we've got you covered on where to eat and stay, along with some sightseeing options.
The city is worth exploring (Image: Getty)
Breakfast - Black Box
Located on Phloen Chit Road, Black Box is a new restaurant on the Bangkok dining scene. Modern and inviting, breakfast is one of the specialties with pulled-pork eggs Benedict and espresso-dusted tuna two of the notable dishes.
More traditional breakfast fare, such as bacon and eggs, is available and you're able to get your coffee fix for the day with some delicious blends.
Lunch - Street Food
Follow the slew of locals as they gather for lunch at the city's best street-food vendors. Not only can you fill up for a few dollars, it's a tasty way to embrace a big part of the country's culture.
Typical street food includes stir-fries, mango sticky rice, roast pork belly, steamed crab and curries. Stalls can be found at outlet malls, outdoor markets, Chinatown and on ordinary streets.
Get amongst Bangkok's popular street food (Image: Getty)
Dinner - Bo.lan
You've saved money on lunch, so it's time to splurge on dinner by booking a table at the upscale Bo.lan restaurant. Run by two Michelin-star chefs, Bo.lan serves up innovative Thai cuisine that draws on the flavours and texture of local ingredients.
Loyal to the essence of Thai food, this restaurant is perfect for immersing yourself in the flair of Thai cooking.
Post-work drinks - Sky Bar
When drinking in Bangkok, it's best to venture up high. The city boasts a considerable amount of rooftop bars and Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower is one of the best.
Famous after appearing in The Hangover Part II, Sky Bar offers vast city views from 63 floors up and features an island bar that juts out over the edge. Head here if you appreciate unique cocktails, beer and a more formal (albeit busy) crowd.
Just a taste of the view from Sky Bar (Image: Getty)
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Luxury - Sofitel So Bangkok (approx. $270 per night)
Reside in 5-star luxury at Sofitel So Bangkok positioned in the heart of the city. The hotel exudes elegance with its lavishly appointed interiors. A typical room comes with city or park views, plush king-size bed, free mini-bar and a choice of theme – Metal, Wood, Water or Earth.
Settle in to a moonlit cabana on the HISO rooftop bar for cocktails served by butlers, and find relaxation in a So SPA treatment or a dip in the rooftop pool overlooking Bangkok.
You can host clients in one of the hotel's stylish venues including four loft-style meeting rooms with catering, free Wi-Fi, videoconferencing and more state-of-the-art facilities.
A Water-themed suite at Sofitel So Bangkok (Image: Sofitel)
Affordable - Bangkok Loft Inn (approx. $50 per night)
Strategically located close to public transport, it's easy to reach Bangkok's Sathorn, Silom and Sukhumvit business districts from the Bangkok Loft Inn. Shopping centres, entertainment and restaurants are also nearby.
The cosy and contemporary Superior Room includes a double bed, coffee maker and daily maid service. A lobby lounge, business corner and terrace restaurant are also located on site. Free Wi-Fi helps you stay in contact with family and clients.
Sightseeing - Grand Palace & Wat Pkra Kaew
Out of Bangkok's 22 temples the Grand Palace and Wat Prak Kaew combine to make one of the city's most revered sites.
The Grand Palace has been standing since 1782 and has seen numerous Thai kings live within its intricate walls. Wat Prah Kaew is best known for its Emerald Buddha, a sacred statue carved from a single block of emerald that's enshrined within the temple.
Bankok's Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Image: Getty)
Nature - Dusit Zoo
Thailand's first official zoo is home to a myriad of native and exotic animals including albino barking deer, white Bengal tigers and penguins.
There's also a large lake where you can cruise along on a pedal boat while feeding fish, and an underground shelter from the Second World War rich in war history.
Something different - Bangkok Forensic Museum
You'll need to harden your stomach while visiting this confronting museum. Located in Siriraj Hospital, the displays are grounded firmly in morbidity with exhibits of genetically disordered babies, a 35-kilogram human testicle, and the bodies of murderers and victims.
The museum's most famous resident is the dried body of a madman from the 1950s who used to eat the livers of children.