Relaxing Day in Bangkok



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Bangkok is a swirl of energy and stamping around in it all day can really wear you out. So take a day to just slow it all down and relax. Start in the morning with a walk in one of two parks easily accessible from the Skytrain: Lumphini or Benjasiri. Both have water at the heart, plenty of birds, park benches, shade trees and people coming for a job or quiet stroll. Get a Thai massage or foot massage at one of the spas that is a step up from just casual but a notch down from the expensive. Take lunch at the lovely Secret Garden and spoil yourself with a sinful dessert. (Optionally, this works well in the evening when you can sit under a massive tree full of lights in the garden.) Find some shade and some quiet in the oft-overlooked Suan Pakkad Palace grounds. Book a table for the sunset at The Deck overlooking the Chao Phraya River and Wat Arun. Get a drink upstairs before or after. Reservations are recommended if you want the best seats. If you've ended the day at The Deck you might want to lay your head down for the night there as well at Arun Residence or not so far away at The Bhuthorn. Still up for some nightlife? Sip wine and listen to live jazz at Niu's on Silom.

Author: Kevin


Day 1 - Bangkok


If you are an early riser, consider the parks. Or just sleep in a bit and head for the spa after breakfast. Both Secret Garden and The Deck are nice in the evening for dinner. Secret Garden wins out for lunch though with its bright interiors and air-conditioned comfort. The Deck has a/c too, but lacks the airiness. Best to leave that one for an open-air evening meal.


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Lumphini Park

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Entrances on Rama IV Road, Sarasin Road, Wireless Road and Ratchadamri Road
10330 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
fax: +66 2 694 1220 1
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Benjasiri Park

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Between Sukhumvit 22/24 Lanes Sukhumvit Road
Klongtan Sub-District
10110 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: +66 2 262 0810
fax: +66 2 262 1810
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Pimmalai

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2105/1 Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 81 and 83) Bangchak, Phrakanong
10260 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: 66 0 2 742 6452
fax: 66 0 2 742 6453
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Leyana Spa

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Location:

33 Thonglor 13, Soi Torsak
Klongtonnuer, Wattana
10110 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: +66 2 874 4461
fax: +66 2 391 7694
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Secret Garden

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Location:

117/1 South Sathorn Road
10120 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: 66 0 2 286 2464
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The Deck

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Location:

36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road,
Rattanakosin Island
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: 66 0 2 221 9158
fax: 0 2221 9159
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The Bhuthorn Guesthouse

Location:

96-98 Phraeng Bhuthorn Rd., San Chao Phor Seua, Phra Nakhorn
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: +66-8-5180-7100, +66-2622-2270
fax: +66-2622-2271
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Suan Pakkad Palace

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Location:

352-354 Si Ayutthaya Road
Between Phayathai and Ratchaprapop Roads
10400 Bangkok, Thailand

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tel: +66 2 245 0568 / +66 2 245 6368 / +66 246 1775 6
fax: +66 2 247 2079
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Niu's on Silom Jazz Blues Bar and Restaurant

Location:

661 Floor 1-2, Baan Silom Arcade, Silom Road (between Soi 17 and Soi 19)
10100 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: 02-266 5333
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