Bangkok probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of romantic cities. But this urban jungle has much to offer romance seekers. From some of the world’s best luxury hotels, to Asia’s best shopping experiences. Bangkok is a great place to have a romantic weekend. Here, I’ll give you a few tips on how to spend a romantic weekend in Bangkok with that special someone. Exploring the best of what Asia’s “City of Angels” has to offer.
Observe Rural Bangkok Life with a River Cruise (Klong Tour)
Anyone that’s visited the Chao Phraya River has seen Bangkok’s many party boats. Neon lit, huge, and loud. Not exactly the most romantic environment. A tour that’s largely overlooked is the smaller “Klong” Tours. These tours are on private long tail boats. You’ll explore the historical Klong’s (canals) that create an intricate maze throughout Bangkok’s less visited area. This area includes small floating markets, locals homes, and stunning temples such as Wat Paknam Temple and Wat Chun Chan. This small and private exploration is perfect for lovers.
Sneak into One of Bangkok’s Coolest Rooftop Bar, The Speakeasy
Bangkok has some of the best rooftop bars in the world. Maybe the best. Hotel Muse has taken this concept to another level. The Speakeasy Rooftop bar combines several different bar and restaurant types into one excellent location while offering some of Bangkok’s best views. The Lawn is the place to be for beautiful Bangkok skyline views. Grab a Cuban cigar at The Blind Pig cigar lounge. Try the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2. Or enjoy the 1930’s Prohibition ambiance at the Long Bar. Try their Singapore Sling.
Get A Rub Down with a Couples Massage at Chi Spa
Thai massage is widely regarded as one of the best ways to relax. Many don’t realize that couple’s massages are available at several wonderful spas. One of Bangkok’s best Spas for couples is Chi Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. Chi Spa not only offers world class treatments but one specific experience that couples will love. The “Spa Within A Spa” concept.
Located in 7 Suites designed for couples, coming in at 80 square meters, each room has private steam rooms and showers, a relaxation lounge, changing area, toilet, and vanity areas. As well as a private Eternity Light Soak Tub and massage areas. A uniquely exclusive and private experience.
The REAL Music of Love is at Iron Fairies Jazz Club
The Jazz scene in Bangkok is on fire. Offering up not only excellent Thai musicians but International performers as well. Every night one can find a great Jazz show in Bangkok. Setting the perfect tone for a romantic night out. Although Bangkok has many good options, only one is truly brilliant. Iron Fairies.
Iron Fairies has employed a dark and rustic motif to offer patrons an environment where one can truly lose themselves in the experience. Couples will have no shortage of dark corners to occupy while enjoying one of Iron Fairies signature cocktails and nightly performers. Make sure to arrive early as this is one of Bangkok’s most popular watering holes. A depending on the night, it can fill up fast. I would recommend around 7 or 8 pm.
A Bit of Retail Therapy with Siam Paragon
Bangkok is the shopping capital of Asia. Maybe the world. Exploring the miles of night markets or opulence of Siam Paragon is an excellent way to show to kill a few hours. While Siam Paragon is your standard mall, I would recommend you head over to Chatuchak Market. Although absolutely massive, you can find some really unique items and experiences here. Even if you decide not to visit these two mega shopping experiences, Bangkok is just covered in places to spend your Baht. Make sure to hold on to your receipt as you might receive a VAT (tax) refund at the airport.
LE DU: Bangkok’s New Wave of Fine Dining
The title Celebrity Chef is thrown around like confetti these days. Essentially given to anyone that’s had 15 minutes of fame on any network in the world. But Bangkok has a new generation of culinary brilliance just below the surface that’s starting to get the recognition it deserves. Leading the pack is an absolute rock star in Chef Ton (Thitid Tassanakajohn). Owner and Chef at Le Du (Seasons in Thai). After training in New York at some of the world’s best restaurants, Chef Ton is poised to reinvent Thai fine dining and it all starts with creating delicious and affordable meals. For High Society, Tourists, and locals alike.
LE DU offers diners a Michelin experience minus the pomp and price tag. Combining new age preparation with traditional Thai flavors. LE DU means seasons in Thai, Chef Ton has taken this concept to heart by constantly changing and adjusting his menu based on what’s currently in season locally. Luckily for me, I visited during mushroom season. Trying the Wild Mushroom in mushroom broth, bottle gourd, served with Northern-style sausage. Just one example of the limited items which makes each visit to LE DU different and exciting.
The rustic café ambiance of LE DU will greatly appeal to couples. Minimalist while sophisticated. Secluded while accessible. Offering couples a reprieve from the chaos of Bangkok, complete with an excellent meal selection. Best combined with LE DU’s wine pairing, chosen by their certified sommelier.
I’m always hesitant to crown anyplace the best, as tastes differ. But LE DU is easily one of Bangkok’s best restaurants. Offering excellent value and atmosphere while giving you access to a chef that will become one of Asia’s most sought-after talents. See him while you can because I see great things coming for Chef Ton and LE DU very soon.