It may not have the wide, tree-lined Boulevards of Paris, the tango clubs of Buenos Aires, or the historic piazzas of Florence. But that doesn’t prevent Bangkok from offering many romantic experiences.
Bangkok’s shopping is renowned throughout the world, as is the Thai cuisine. Here are five activities in the Thai capital which couples should not miss:
Dinner Among the Stars at a Rooftop Restaurant
Few cities in the world have as many extraordinary rooftop bars and restaurants as Bangkok. In the downtown area alone, there are more than 20 such establishments which are based on the 20th floor of a building or higher.
The most famous and luxurious of these is the Banyan Tree Hotel’s Vertigo restaurant, which is perched an incredible 61 floors above the city on the hotel’s roof. This lofty vantage point offers diners 360 degree views across the CBD and the sprawling Lumphini Park.
The vista is so phenomenal that it is hard to concentrate on your meal. And that is all the more remarkable given the supreme quality of the food served up by the classically-trained chefs at Vertigo. Maine lobster, Hokkaido scallop, Alaskan salmon tartare, Australian Angus beef and French oysters offer a mouth-watering international counterpoint to the exquisite Thai food at Vertigo.
Drinks at a Lavish Bar
Bangkok’s nightlife scene has become as varied, vibrant and sophisticated as that of any city in Asia. The range of experiences it offers is amazing. If you’re in the mood to go casual, you can sip beer from a cup while perched on a stool at a local roadside bar, or join a pool party at one of the city’s big hotels.
If you feel like cutting loose you can venture into the thumping nightclubs of Royal City Avenue, the discos of Ekkamai, or the backpacker party central that is Khao San Road. But if its luxury you’re after you should get in an elevator and ride it all the way to the final floor for a rooftop bar experience.
Zoom Bar, atop the Anantara Bangkok Sathorn hotel, is a cosmopolitan bar and restaurant which owns some of the most startling city views in Bangkok. Turn in any direction and your mouth will be agape. This is the high-end of Bangkok’s nightlife – literally and figuratively.
More Bangkok Holiday Inspiration
Dinner River Cruise
There can be few more romantic settings in Bangkok then cruising along the mighty Chaopraya River on a historic rice barge. Manohra dinner cruises, run by the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort, are a must for any couple visiting Bangkok.
Starting from the Anantara’s pier in Thonburi, the Manohra glides West along the river for about an hour, passing the towering CBD, the ancient waterside shophouses of Chinatown, and the dazzling temples and Grand Palace of Rattanakosin, Bangkok’s historic heart.
Anantara’s cruises provide a unique perspective of the city from the comparative quiet of the river. As you absorb the changing cityscape you can savour a five-course meal of delectable Thai food. From the subtle flavours of grilled scallop to the spicy tang of Tom Yam Goong soup and the creaminess of Massaman curry, Manohra’s dishes are authentic and delicious.
Couples Spa Session
Bangkok has become renowned around the world for the quality of its spas, and a massage and pampering session are now at the top of the bucket list of most visitors to the city. All that tension you’ve built up during your day job seems to melt away under the skillful and forceful hands and limbs of Thai masseurs.
The Siam Kempinski hotel, in downtown Bangkok, has one of the city’s most highly-rated spas, a haven of rest and relaxation in this busy city. Aside from the massages, the Kempinski Spa also offers refreshing body scrubs, soothing facials, as well as waxings, manicures and pedicures.
Cycling in Bangkok’s Green Lung
You probably have never heard of Bang Krachao, even if you’ve been to Bangkok a few times. Only five kilometres south-east of downtown Bangkok, just across the Chao Praya River, it is a large island where life meanders at an intoxicatingly-slow pace.
Known as Bangkok’s green lung, because of its large patches of lush jungle, Bang Krachao feels like the Thai countryside, with its small village, quaint markets and gleaming temples. A network of elevated cycling trails criss-cross the island, passing above wetlands and through dense tropical forests. Bang Krachao offers an alluring mix of adventure and solitude in this gigantic, modern city.