Known as Asia’s Venice for its waterways and bustling river markets, Bangkok attracts huge numbers of visitors every year to experience its stunning temples, lively markets and vibrant nightlife. As the commercial centre and capital city of Thailand it’s a major business hub for Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on retail, manufacturing, property, transport and communications.
The Anantara Siam Hotel (siambangkok. anantara.com) is a new addition to the Anantara collection and was previously operated under the Four Seasons name. Centrally located on Rajadamri Road, it's within walking distance to the sky train station and connections across the city. The trendy Aloft Bangkok (aloftbangkoksukhumvit11.com) is in the heart of Bangkok’s coolest hotspots and offers modern, tech-savvy rooms.
The new Namsaah Bottling Trust (namsaah.com), recently opened by celebrity chef Ian Kittichai, offers cocktails and a menu of playful regional favourites. Face Bangkok (facebars.com) specialises in Thai, Indian and Japanese cuisine. The Deck (arunresidence.com) by the river at the Arun Residence offers diners views of the iconic Wat Arun.
Some of the coolest drinking spots include The Iron Fairies (theironfairies.com), a uniquely themed cocktail bar located on Thonglor Road. Maggie Choo’s (facebook.com/ maggiechoos) could easily be missed, hidden behind an unassuming door at the Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom Hotel. Thonglor road is filled with bars and clubs.
Thai Airways operates a daily flight between London Heathrow and Bangkok Suvarnavhumi Airport, served from July by its new Airbus A380. British Airways also operates a daily service from to Bangkok, as does EVA Air.
The Airport Rail Link Express runs from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Downtown Bangkok in around 15 to 18 minutes – it costs 90 baht. Taxis are also available and should be able to take you in to town from around 600 baht.
Bangkok is GMT +7hrs. The currency is the Thai Baht: £1 = 52.29 THB. See tourismthailand.org
Over 90 per cent of the Thai population follows Buddhism and the city is filled with beautiful temples and stunning architecture. Immerse yourself in Thai history and Buddhism by visiting the Grand Palace, the home of Thai Royalty. On the riverside, be sure to visit Wat Arun in the evening to see it brilliantly illuminated and head over to nearby Wat Pho to see the giant reclining Buddha. For a glimpse of frenetic Bangkok lifestyle head to Chatuchak Weekend Market or explore the famous Khao San Road.
A return flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport covers 20,897km and produces 1.83 tonnes of C02. You can offset this with The Carbon Neutral Company from £18.30.