The best places to eat and drink, what to see and do and where to stay in the capital of Thailand
Bangkok can seem bewildering for new arrivals, what with its Bladerunner blur and infamous traffic. How to survive 48 hours? Keep it simple, and stay close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok’s birthplace has undergone a rousing renaissance of late after decades of neglect. The area’s now back and buzzing, home not only to its most famous sights, but also new restaurants and bars, exciting cultural haunts and warrens of winding alleyways.
Ease your way into riverside life in style. Book a table at Chon Thai, the restaurant at the Siam hotel (mains about £10; thesiamhotel.com) — the hotel’s elegant riverboat will pick you up for free at the pier of your choice. On it, you’ll make your first foray…