Seeking a luxurious weekend but have no means or intentions of splurging exorbitant amounts of money? Just a 2-hours flight away from Singapore is Bangkok, the perfect food and party paradise. Here is a list of 5 trendy restaurants and clubs in Bangkok, proving to you that an indulgent vacation is more affordable than you think.
Exhausted shopaholics and hung over party animals can rejuvenate themselves at contemporary restaurant Manna Thai, located at the ground floor of Siam Paragon. Manna is catered to the middle and high class with its focus on superior comfort and heavenly food. The owner was disappointed in the atmosphere of most Thai restaurants and hence made no compromise on its interiors and exteriors. Its eye-catching entrance, stylish tables, comfy seats, high ceilings and tranquil outdoor setting accompanied by the fragrant tasty food will instantly revitalise one’s senses.
We found the green curry, pineapple and refreshing juices faultless. Do not let its classy appearance put you off as dishes range from only approximately 150 baht to 300 baht (S$6 to S$12) each.
G Fl., Siam Paragon
991 Rama1, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 2129 4555
Chao Phraya Princess Cruise
Walking endlessly to visit Bangkok’s main attractions in the heat can be a hassle when one is burnt out from working all week. A dinner on Chao Phraya Princess will solve one’s wanderlust dilemma as the cruise takes you on a journey, passing by tourist attractions such as Bang Khunprom Palace, Kanlayanmitr Temple, Krungthon Bridge, Temple of Dawn and Temple of Emerald Buddha.
Accompanied by a fruity mocktail, live music and a delectable international buffet spread, one can relax and enjoy the splendid light show of Bangkok’s heritage buildings or join in the dance party at the deck. The two hours cruise ride costs 1390 baht (S$55) per person.
Tristar Floating Restaurant Co., Ltd.
723 Supakarn Building Chareonnakorn Road
Klongsarn Bangkok 10600 Thailand
Tel: +66 2860 3700
A place to see and to be seen! Opened in 2011, Clouds is one of the latest amazing creations of Australian born Ashley Tutton. Its creator has an unthinkable imagination and was featured in Time magazine for his unrivalled success. Located in Thong Lor, Clouds is a restaurant-cum-bar built around a 82 years old banyan tree that is both ecofriendly and futuristic.
Clouds is indeed one of a kind; Barbie dolls were hung from the ceilings and a geisha used to sit on the reverent tree knitting a scarf. Thai celebrities and socialites are often spotted at Clouds smoking shisha, savouring Asian fusions or drinking innovative cocktails from fishbowls. With elegant martinis at only 300 baht (S$12) each, it is no surprise that this place is always packed.
Clouds, G/F, Seenspace
251/1 Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2185 2365
The World & Ginger
The two fine dining restaurants, The World and Ginger, are located side by side at level 24 of lavish five-star Centara Grand Bangkok Convention Centre. The World offers a delightful array of European food while Ginger offers delicious authentic Asian cuisine.
Every night, the two restaurants join forces to offer an impressive international buffet spread. The buffet highlights vary from day to day; Wednesdays are perfect for lamb fans while Thursdays are ideal for wagyu beef lovers. Customers also get to pamper themselves with free flow of premium red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chilean Chardonnay. The buffet boasts a range of deluxe sashimi and an extensive dessert selection that will guarantee to satisfy. Each person only pays about 1490 baht to 1590 baht (S$59 to S$63) for a feast fit for a king.
Centara Grand Bangkok Convention Centre
Centara Grand at CentralWorld 999/99 Rama 1 Road
Tel: +66 2100 6255
Demo’s rundown exteriors of graffiti strewn brick walls and exposed metal shutters have made itself successfully exclusive to affluent Thais and people in the know. Demo is ranked as one of the top 5 best nightclubs in Bangkok and is a hit amongst the fashionable and wealthy. Entrance is free but its top shelf bottles are pricier than other local clubs at RCA, at about 2000 baht (S$80) per bottle.
One can safe keep his/her drink at Demo, redeem it within a month or bring it home. Demo mainly plays dub step and trance music while its sister club, Funky Villa, plays R&B tunes and mainstream party music. Demo and Funky Villa are connected and guests are able to access both clubs at no additional costs. Who said you can’t party like a rock star?
Thonglor soi 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 85 250 2000
About the writer
Hui Jun Ng is a Media and Communications student at RMIT University, Melbourne. She loves indulging in good food and traveling. She is part of a media productions group called CUTXPACE Productions and they recently completed a promotional video for Melbourne Art Show. You can follow her adventures in Melbourne here.