Bangkok has no shortage of accommodation options, but if you want something that ticks all the boxes, Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok might just be what you’re looking for. Fresh from a 2016 revamp, design is key here (it’s in the name after all), and the property is replete with modern interpretations of Thai culture and plenty of industrial chic automotive references — the hotel is owned by the Phornprapha family, who also run the Siam Motors Group.
While it’s centrally located — a couple of minutes’ walk from National Stadium BTS station, just one stop away from Siam, where malls like MBK Center, Siam Paragon and Siam Square are located — Siam@Siam still manages to feel like a tucked-away retreat with the greenery around its lobby area and its all-day restaurant and bar, Party House One. The hotel is also close to Jim Thompson House and creative space Yelo House.
Siam@Siam’s F&B offerings are another plus. October saw the opening of Taan, a “hyper-local” modern Thai restaurant dedicated to sourcing fresh, organic and underappreciated produce — the Nan “Forgotten Husband” rice with pork and Sichuan pepper, Nakhon Pathom organic chicken in massaman curry and Samut Songkhram squid with soy sauce are among the menu highlights. And if running through a list of rooftop bars in the city, you won’t find many better than the Roof Gastro and the Roof Champagne & Wine Bar, which sit atop Siam@Siam, 25 floors above the busy streets of the Thai capital. Classy cocktails and 360° views await.
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When in Bangkok
In November, chef Garima Arora became the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star for her modern Southeast Asian restaurant Gaa (gaabkk.com). Quick, book a table!
Fitness fans, check out the Adidas Brand Center at CentralWorld mall, their “biggest store in Southeast Asia”, for all the latest tech-infused workout wear and accessories.
We can’t get enough of secret bars like Kangkao, a small wine bar hiding on the second floor of Ku Bar on Prasumen Road (listed as one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars this year).
This article first appeared in the December 2018 issue of Smile magazine.