Bangkok Boutique Hotels & the City's Nightlife

Bangkok Boutique Hotels & the City's Nightlife

Claire Hillsmith

Like many capital cities, Bangkok is a fascinating combination of old traditions and internationally influenced shopping malls and nightclubs. Whether it’s five star restaurants or local street stalls that take your fancy, cuisines from around the world can be found on your doorstep. Whilst you explore the city’s hidden gems and hotspots the friendly faces of the Thai people are always ready to welcome you.

Bangkok boasts many boutique shopping areas so why not book a boutique hotel and make the most of the Thai hospitality? The comfortable Amber Boutique Silom Hotel is set a short distance from the city centre and with their guests in mind they provide room service and DVD players. Travel through the city’s history at SSIP Boutique Dhevej Bangkok where traditional architecture and furnishings are thoughtfully arranged. Five-star luxury can be found at Dream Bangkok Hotel, set on one of the liveliest roads in the city, guests are spoilt with swimming pools, exotic restaurant Flava and handy transportation links.

Shopping malls are open until 10:00pm and the streets are crammed with wonderful stalls selling anything from funny t-shirts to beautiful handicrafts. Khaosan Road is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers, with travel agents, tailors and second hand bookshops to browse through, which are only the beginning of the types of items you’ll find there. If you’re good at bargaining and don’t mind a storm of local go-go bars, Patpong Market is a must.

If you need to let loose, Bangkok’s clubbing scene is wild, noisy and an experience in itself. Sukhumvit’s famous Levels Club & Lounge attracts R&B and House music lovers most nights of the week and Bash Nightclub at Soi Sukhumvit 11 hosts one of the city’s craziest after parties. Royal City Avenue is a street lined with clubs playing everything from drum & bass to cheesy pop, this area is the epicentre of the Thai clubbing scene. For a taste of Bangkok’s darker side, a few minutes’ walk from Asoke SkyTrain station is Soi Cowboy. A red-light district with a carnival-like atmosphere that is crawling with western tourists and skimpily dressed ladies.

A classy option is always available at one of Bangkok’s rooftop bars. Boasting stunning views of the entire city and offering a range of cocktails and delightful dinners, Zoom Skybar at Anantara Bangkok Sathorn is one of the top choices. Closely followed by Cloud 47 Rooftop Bar in United Centre Office Tower on Silom, and Vertigo Rooftop Bar in the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel.

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