One-day chilled-out and design guide through Bangkok

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Whenever I’m coming to Bangkok, I’m simply impressed by the city’s many faces, colours, flavours, fragrances and charms. There are so many textures in this chaotic urban jungle, so many ramifications that the place feels somehow organic. How strange yet beautiful!
But above all, Bangkok is for me a creative hub, a place that always surprises me. It will never fail to simply give me a chance to “discover”, but also to lay back. Here are some of my favourite spots to share with you in this Bangkok guide – volume 1!

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MORNING

1. Brunch at The Gardens

In over-crowded cities like Bangkok, I tend to start my day slowly. A nice brunch – with coffee of course! –  in a serene and relaxing place like The Gardens seems a very good option. Surrounded by lush green trees and a lake, The Gardens can be seen as a rare – and peaceful – experience just right in the middle of buzzing Sukkumvit. Unwind here with a large selection of coffee and organic teas, homemade pastries and sandwich creations. And be surprised by peacocks, rabbits or swans wandering around…

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2. A very special alternative: Reflect Restaurant

Located in the South of of the city, Reflect Restaurant (at the eco-friendly Bangkok Tree House Resort) offers an amazing scenic view overlooking the jungle of Prapadaeng and the Chao Phraya River. Yes! You will be sitting on a rooftop!

Treat yourself and energize with their fresh and organic menu {with some vegan options}, based mostly on home-grown and seasonal ingredients! {Talking about food: don’t miss their luscious mango sticky rice!}

Note: Reflect restaurant (at Bangkok tree house resort) is NOT located in the city centre, you need to take time for this one and maybe this is an option you want to spare for the next day!

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3. Visit Thailand Creative Design Centre

The Thailand Culture Centre (TCDC) is definitely a must-go destination, especially for the ones who love art and design. As a state-funded public organisation, TCDC aims to promote and encourage creativity and design in Thailand.

Visit this stimulating place at The Emporium Shopping Complex that houses the largest design library in Asia {oder 15 000 publications}, permanent and ongoing exhibitions of local and international artists and designers. If you’re not into design, you can still take a rest at their Cafe/restaurants or browse for some gifts at their shop. Or just simply enjoy the great atmosphere of this centre of resource and acknowledge the enormous effort initiated by the Royal Thai Government and Thai creatives for the sake of creativity and common goods in Thailand!

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4. Langsuan 

Welcome to my favourite street and neighbourhood in Bangkok! Come down and see how easily you will fall in love with this oasis in the middle of the central business district, known for several swanky hotels and condominium. But that is not what you want to look for, because Langsuan is also home to some unique restaurants, cute and cosy coffee-shops and also some of the quirkiest boutiques!

Tip 1: Visit Spoonful {2nd floor of The Portico community mall} and get lost between all the hard-to-find trinkets or other Zakka inspired designs. That’s THE place if you’re looking for cute and unique objects! Or..not in the mood for souvenirs? Than swoon over their luscious pastries {I love their scones!} for the perfect match with your afternoon coffee!

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LUNCH

5. Crêpes&co.

How practical that Crêpes&co. is located in charming Langsuan! {There is also another location at Thonglor!}
As a huge fan of French cuisine, I can’t stay away from the tempting choices of sweet and savoury crêpes that this place has to offer! Just love their “create your own” option with fresh fruits and ice-cream!
Don’t be afraid if you’re not so much into crêpes today, because their Mediterranean menu has quite some options as well!

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AFTERNOON for design-lovers

6. Gallery Drip coffee at Thailand Art&Culture centre

If you share a deep love for the art of coffee brewing like myself, then Gallery Drip Coffee will make you happy! Soak up the inspiring coffee culture of Thailand and enjoy sipping – slowly – the taste of some hand-picked and freshly roasted beans of the Northern Thai provinces!

Browse over their collections of stationary and keep an eye on some amazing hand-crafted coffee-brewing-constructions! Or simply indulge into tasty coffee and pastries that are beautifully served on hand-made ceramics or wooden plates!

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Tip 1: Watch out also for my favourite book-binding designer Kate! She collects coffee bags from around the world and transforms them into witty and well-designed notebooks !

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Book-binding artist and designer Kate with the coffee bag notebook
{that is now mine! 🙂 }

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Tip 2: You are right in the Thailand Art&Culture Centre that houses some nice galleries and design-stores.
My pick on the 3rd floor: Happening shops, a multi-label concept store that supports young local artists and designers. There are indie books, magazines, hand-made ceramics, wooden trinkets and many other things to explore! Ce’Halo, Dibdee.Binder, Pikul, just to name a few brands…

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7. If I were a carpenter – studio

Not a spot that you’ll find in any common tourist guide but an amazing place for everyone who endeavours designs, well-crafted furniture and beautiful things in life! Be assured that you’ll always find something unique and different in this place! Rustic and a bit of an industrial touch is the style of If I were a carpenter, I would say. But one is for sure: Nott Tonggrow is taking his element – wood – very seriously! From tables, chairs to cupboard, you can even find hand-crafted instruments or skateboard here!

Come to be amazed by this studio, nestled in a nice ware-house and just be inspired by Thailand’s design culture!

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8. Urban Retreat

Time to take it slow and to treat yourself with some good massage! Urban Retreat is a good compromise if you expect “good value for money” – Singaporeans would say. I enjoy Urban Spa for its pure white designs, for its cleanliness, for its private and cozy ambience, for its convenient locations and of course, for the impeccable massages that I can get here!

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Alternative:  Oasis Spa

Looking for a more exquisite option? How about the Signature Four Hands Massage by The Oasis Spa, literally hidden in a lush and serene garden in buzzing Sukhumvit? Walk into this place and you’ll forget the noise and hectic of Bangkok!

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DINNER

9. Above 11 – Rooftop Bar/Restaurant

You have many ways to start the evening, but as for me, there is no better way than on a roof top! There are many rooftop-options in Bangkok, but to find a good one is a bit trickier. Good news for you: I tried some and can highly recommend Above 11 {the name sounds good already!}!

Book a front-row seat on their roof-top floor and enjoy one of the best sunset in Bangkok with some of their unusual cocktail creations! Or feel free to stay for dinner to discover a very unique fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food!

Note: This place is very popular and advance booking is recommended! But don’t be afraid if they take no reservations, you can still drop by and try your chance {like I did}! Waiting time appears quite short –  given the terrific view!

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