You are kicking of your vacation in South East Asia with a weekend of great dining and pampering in Bangkok? Or want to do some last minute shopping before you head home? Or you just want to get away for a fun weekend with the best nightlife in South East Asia – I have the perfect weekend itinerary Bangkok for you: A stylish hotel, delicious food, the best cocktails in South East Asia and some luxurious spa pampering to recover from serious shopping!
The Hotel: Your base in Bangkok is the pullman King Power. It was the first hotel of the stylish French brand and underwent a massive renovation to reopen last year. It offers a resort style pool most city hotels can only dream off, gorgeous rooms and great food and spa choices right on property!
It also is just a few minutes from Bangkok’s BTS SkyTrain, giving you quick access to all the best malls, restaurants, bars and spas around town. Read my detailed pullman Bangkok King Power review to see what awaits you! Doesn’t quite seem right for you – check out my favorite alternatives in Bangkok, all with good transport connections and good value:
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Your Perfect Weekend Itinerary: You arrive on Friday afternoon at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and hop on the Airport Rail Link to avoid rush hour traffic. After a short walk to the hotel you enjoy your welcome drink at the pullman King Power Bangkok and settle into your stylish room.
You kick off your weekend with the best views of Bangkok – from up high and during sunset at the Octave Rooftop Lounge at the Marriott Sukhumvit Hotel. Bangkok is at its best when the sun sets over the Chao Phraya River and the lights of the busy city start to sparkle!
With duly taken sunset photos, you’ll head to my favorite Thai restaurant in the area, Soulfood Mahanakorn. They not only have delicious food, but also great locally inspired cocktails to go with it! Make a reservation before you go – it’s popular and often packed!
To round out the evening, you head to the speakeasy J Boroski for the best cocktails in South East Asia. The Mixologists are part craftsmen, part artists, and will handcraft a unique drink for you based on the taste and preferences you give them. Sounds crazy, but they have so far gotten it right for anybody I’ve gone there with!
Your Saturday morning starts with breakfast at the pullman King Power. You have a choice of the massive buffet in the restaurant, a smaller selection of equal quality at the Executive Lounge (if you choose an Executive Room) or in the privacy of your own room!
Now, it’s time to hit the malls. Bangkok’s main road, Sukhumvit, is lined by malls for miles – I’m not kidding! I’ve come to Bangkok for almost 20 years and every year there is a new mall added – bigger, better, shinier! They all incorporate what’s most important to Thai people on a shopping day – food, lots of great food of all kinds! From the budget market-in-a-mall at MBK near the hotel to the glamorous Paragon with global luxury brands that will happily wrap up a new Lamborghini for you or the quirky Terminal 21 mall, you have lots of choices. Make sure you arrived with a half-empty luggage!
If your shoulders are sore from all your shopping bags and your feet hurt from walking, it’s time to head to the spa! If you don’t want to go anywhere else, check out the upscale spa at the pullman King Power. Or, for the ultimate luxury pampering check out one of the Divana Spa branches – you won’t regret it!
After this relaxing break, you’ll take care of souvenirs, gifts and local specialties at the Asiatique Market on the Chao Phraya River. You take the BTS SkyTrain to the river and switch to the free shuttle boat for a little river cruise! The market offers local silk, scents and the obligatory T-shirts. Most of it are local designs, but you’ll find the occasional thing “inspired by global brands”!
After making your way through the narrow aisles, combing through piles of goods and haggling over a good price, you’ve earned your dinner! There are lots of restaurants, of course. And while Asiatique is geared towards tourists, many locals come to hang out and eat, so it’s a fun crowd!
If you have energy left, Bangkok has a lot to offer: It has the most vibrant nightlife you’ll find anywhere in Asia – from bars to live music and shows to dance clubs, there is something for everybody to stay up all night!
I love lazy Sunday mornings and the pool at the pullman King Power is a great place to while it away. Because it’s an older property, it has a large resort style pool, so you can imagine yourself on a tropical island – inside the crazy, busy city! That’s an illusion few hotel pools in Bangkok can deliver. So, enjoy some relaxation and use your last few hours for one more massage, last minute shopping or do-nothing time!
You’ll hop into your grab car to the airport and say goodbye to Bangkok, the City of Angels! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it and will be hooked to return!
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