The Food Nomad’s Guide to 24-Hours in Bangkok

The Food Nomad’s Guide to 24-Hours in Bangkok

Our Editor-at-Large, Celia Hu, recently was whisked away to Bangkok for an unforgettable evening of food and pageantry at the Grand Hyatt Erawan. 

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What comes to mind when you hear the name “Bangkok”? Do images flood in of wild nights painting the town red, or is it a historic stroll through glimmering golden palaces? Or, perhaps it’s a tantalising journey for the senses through one of Bangkok’s chaotic, bustling markets? Whatever the taste, there’s something for everyone in this city. The most populous city in Thailand and a major transport hub, this bustling metropolis of eight million never ceases to amaze. Although home to world-class restaurants, some of the most satisfying eating experiences can be found in humble street stalls. Even if you’ve only got a few hours in the city, there’s still plenty to see and do, so join us as we race through the pulsating heart of Bangkok.

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Check-in: 12noon at The Grand Hyatt Erawan

When time is of the essence, staying central is key. The Grand Hyatt Erawan, situated in the heart of Bangkok’s busy downtown, is the perfect retreat from where to launch all your adventures. The exquisite five-star hotel is minutes away from the revered Erawan Shrine and major shopping centers such as Central World, Gaysorn Plaza and Siam Paragon.

494 Rajdamri Road, +66 (0)2 254 1234


12:30noon

(Travel time: 15 minutes)

Wave down a tuktuk and head to Silom Road for some powerfully spicy Isaan food. Dishes of this northeastern region of Thailand are characterised by fiery chillies and strong fish sauce, all paired with sticky rice. Grilled chicken (gai yang), papaya salad (som tam), and larb moo are just a few of the must-try Isaan delicacies.



2:00pm

(Travel time: 20 minutes)

Get blinded by all that gold at the Grand Palace. Comprised of several opulent courts, the palace has been the official residence of Siamese kings since 1782, although the current monarch resides at Chitralada Palace.

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4:00pm

(Travel time: 15 minutes)

Hungry again? Head across the river to Wang Lang Market on the Chao Phraya Express (watch for the N10 stop). There’s plenty of southern-style curries to be found here, plus delicious desserts such as grilled bananas and coconut griddle cakes (kanom krok).


6:00pm

(Travel time: 35 minutes)

Back track via the Chao Phraya Express boat and SkyTrain to some shopping hotspots. Platinum Fashion Mall (Ratchathewi) is a mega center full of local Thai designers and unique trinkets that are easy on the wallet, while EmQuartier is a glittery prism of luxurious international labels.

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8:00pm

(Travel time: 7 minutes)

Take the SkyTrain to nearby Kempinski Hotel for a truly memorable dinner at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin. Created by Henrik Yde Andersen, who divides his time between Sra Bua and his Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin restaurant in Copenhagen, the best way to describe the menu is “Thai cuisine reinvented”. The tasting menu begins with a playful rendition of 11 Thai “street foods”, followed by classics such as tom yum and red curry, but like nothing you’ve ever seen or tasted before.

Siam Kempinski Bangkok, Rama 1 Road 991/9, +66 (0)2 162 9000



Midnight

(Travel time: 15 minutes)

If hidden speakeasies tickle your fancy, then Maggie Choo’s will definitely be your cup of tea - or cocktail. Located in the basement of Novotel hotel, patrons walk through what looks like a dai pai dong noodle bar before the curtains part to reveal a plush cavernous lounge. Originally a 1947 East India Company Bank underground vault, the space still preserved the original bricks and steel bars, with the addition of numerous swings dotted around the “bank teller” bar.

Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom Hotel, 320 Silom Road, +66 (0)2 635 6055



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7:00am

Start your day with relaxing yoga or pilates beside the pool at Grand Hyatt Erawan, just one of the many fitness classes offered throughout the day.



8:00am

(Travel time: 20 minutes)

Grab an authentic Thai breakfast of khao neow sang kaya at the morning market at Silom Soi 20. The black sticky rice comes topped with Thai custard and drizzled in coconut milk. Wrap that all in a banana leaf and you’ve got not only a delicious but portable breakfast!



9:00am

(Travel time: 20 minutes)

Head back to the hotel and fully rejuvenate after an action-packed 24 hours at Grand Hyatt Erawan’s i.sawan spa. We love the signature “essence of i.sawan” massage at the private spa villa, an unique blend of Swedish aromatherapy and Thai massage techniques using a fragrant blend of lemongrass, cypress and plai. We wanted to stay there forever!


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11:00am

(Travel time: 5 minutes)

Leave your bags (and new shopping finds) at concierge, and head for one last tango with Bangkok’s gastronomy scene. Hail down a cab and head to White Flower Factory, located on the 4th floor of nearby Siam Square One for some incredible Thai favourites as well as scrumptious desserts.


Although you may be heading to the airport, we’re sure you’ll be enticed to make a speedy return soon!!!






Celia Hu

Celia Hu |

Editor-at-Large, Jetsetter Food Nomad

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