Architecture – Icons Ancient and Modern
Put The Grand Palace at the top of your “must-do” list. Situated in the historical heart of Bangkok, this magnificent complex of buildings never fails to amaze. Be prepare for the dress code before visiting (knee-length skirt, ankle-length pants, and no sleeveless shirt). The multiple entrances might confuse you but the main one to get inside is through Wiset Chai Si Gate. Escape the crowds by visiting during weekdays. Then, take a ferry across the Chao Phraya River to the remarkable Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), which is encrusted with colorful porcelain tiles and seashells. After this heritage tour, explore Bangkok’s contemporary architecture at Pearl Bangkok, the 25-story office building in the Ari area inspired by South Sea Pearl. Alternatively, stop by at The EmQuartier, a luxury shopping center in the bustling Sukhumvit area. Soak up the spectacular skyline views from the bridge between two buildings and reflect on the rich contrast between ancient and modern cultures.
Food Paradise – From Street Food to Fine Dining
Bangkok is one of the world great gastronomic centers. Rub shoulders with local people and get to know the culture at the street food stalls, which appear all over the city and serve convenient, delicious and affordable dishes. Treat your taste buds to a variety of ready-to-eat meals, bite-sized snacks, tropical fruits and refreshing drinks in busy areas like Yaowarat (Chinatown), and take a trip to Jay Fai, Bangkok’s first Michelin-starred street food joint. Watch the sunset by the “River of the Kings” at Sirimahannop, the reimagined Thai tall ship, or snap the golden evening sky whilst gazing out over the illuminated Bangkok cityscape from the 38th floor at ABar Rooftop.
Tanaphon is a candidate for the 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.
Thanaphon Bundusit (or “Bert” as he is better known) is the Chief Concierge at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. With a passion for food, wine and travel, Bert always dreamed of being a concierge. This dream came true in 2010 when he began his career journey at Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok – Marriott Executive Apartments. Bert then joined Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park in 2016, initially as a Concierge Supervisor. Now with 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Bert still feels fortunate every time he has the opportunity to explore new places and make recommendations to guests. He believes that the skill of being a concierge is to make the impossible possible. Being “glass half full” person, he is always optimistic, happy and never stops learning.
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