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Bangkok for Couples – A Weekend Getaway

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Getaway Category: RomanceGetaway Tags: Bangkok, couple, getaway, romantic, and thailand

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  • Bangkok is an interesting city. Thailand’s capital is known for the ancient Buddhist Temples, the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha. The city breathes culture and history, but it also has a new and modern side, with skyscrapers, shopping malls, internationally awarded restaurants and hotels to die for.

    Bangkok has everything you might want and can imagine. It’s a paradise for backpackers with cheap hostels, street food, and parties. But also a famous destination for luxurious holidays and shopping sprees (or ask that stylish friend of yours who goes to Bangkok to find out about the latest trends!). But Bangkok has also become the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, where you can mix culture, food and nature, with a romantic touch for all couples.




    Day 1 to Bangkok,Thailand

    Singapore to Bangkok

    There are many flights from Singapore to Bangkok on Friday afternoon and evening. Book the one that suits better your schedule although is recommended  to land in Bangkok before 6pm. Go to the hotel, drop your bags and get ready for your first night out. As you are in Bangkok only for  a weekend getaway let’s make the most of it, and before leaving Singapore make sure you made a reservation for The Iron Fairies Bar in Bangkok (phone +66 02-714-8875).

    The Iron Fairies is an eclectic, mad bar with a unique design, it’s decorated as an ironsmith’s workshop, with an iron staircase, dark alcoves with hidden tables and little iron fairies decorating the walls. The decor not only attracts people to the restaurant but the menu and the signature cocktails are a big hit among expats and travellers, especially the burgers. The kitchen closes at midnight, so make sure you book your table for at least 10 pm. Watch out for the fairy dust bottles but don’t be tempted to take one, they are only for decoration.

    If you are keen to explore further, Thong Lor, the area around Iron Fairies, is known for the many hip and happening bars and restaurants, so if you fancy a change you can try out  Evil Man Blues, one of the newest cocktail and jazz bar in Bangkok. Evil Man Blues promises international standard mixology served in a retro American style.

    Do you wanna dance? Octave Rooftop Bar gives you 360º view of Bangkok with resident DJ spinning old and new hits until 2am.  

    Day 2 in Bangkok,Thailand

    Temples and massages

    The first full day in Bangkok will be dedicated to culture! The temperatures in Bangkok tend to be hot or very hot, so better to do all the outdoor activities during morning time, avoiding the heat and the groups of tourists. After breakfast get your camera and head to the old town.

    First stop is the Grand Palace, (opening hours: 8:30Am to 3:30PM – entrance fee 20SGD). The Palace is huge, you probably need 2 or 3 hours to visit everything. Bear in mind that this complex is considered a holy place with many temples inside, including the famous Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha is. To visit the Grand Palace you must dress respectfully, that means leaving the skimpy shorts and sleeveless t-shirt (for women and men) at the hotel.

    All the walking inside the Grand Palace will make you hungry, head towards the Chao Phraya River passing by the Nagaraphirom Park, in less than 10 minutes you will arrive at the Sala Bar and Restaurant, the perfect place for a romantic lunch. The restaurant has a terrace overlooking the river and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), on the menu international wines and Thai recipes cooked to perfection.

    To keep the up with the Thai traditions next stop is Wat Pho, the Temple of Reclining Buddha (entrance fee 4SGD). The temple is about two minutes walking from the restaurant. The 46 meter long reclining Buddha is the main attraction, but take your time and explore the whole garden, passing by the galleries with many statues, Thai medicine inscriptions and a small collection of Buddhas showing  yoga positions.

    By this time your feet will be aching, all the walk and sightseeing in the heat is tiring. For a really romantic and relaxing afternoon nothing better than a Spa session. Divana Spa combines the traditional Thai medicine and oriental wisdom with modern cosmetology. Book a couple session with steam, body scrub and massage. A truly revigorating experience!

    Are you ready for the night? Bangkok nightlife is outstanding with many restaurants and rooftop bars. For a romantic dining experience nothing less than the sky and stars. Sirocco is the perfect combination of delicious international cuisine and an unforgettable view. Go for sunset drinks and have the best view of the town and Chao Phraya River. Recommend you to book your table in advance and choose the 8:30PM seating so your can enjoy the dinner and view without rush, followed by champagne flutes at the Skybar. As the restaurant is known for The hangover movies, it is often full. An equally impressive view can be enjoyed from The Banyan Tree.

    Still have some energy left? So head to the sumptuous and out of this world Maggie Choos Bar, on the basement of Novotel Silom. The decor will take you back in time, more precisely to 1930’s Shanghai style, with a very theatrical design that will light up your sensual senses. Some would say the bar is more kinky than romantic, I dare you to go there with your partner and find out by yourselves.


    Day 3 in Bangkok,Thailand

    Cooking class & the Chao Phraya River

    It’s hard to wake up early after a romantic night out, but your second day in Bangkok is full of tasty surprises worthy of a 8:30AM wake up call. Have an early breakfast and join a Traditional Thai Cooking Class at legendary Blue Elephant Thai Cooking School. By 9AM you will be immersed in a local market searching for fresh ingredients to prepare your own lunch for two.

    On the menu will be traditional Thai recipes full of flavours and cooked from the heart. Have fun in the kitchen and share your best dishes with your partner. Your handmade lunch will be served by 1PM so enjoy it slowly and get ready for more romance.

    At Sathorn Pier (Pier under the BTS Saphan Taksin station) you can catch a private longtail boat to sail the Chao Phraya River and experience the city from a different angle, enjoying the beautiful temples on the river banks, the sumptuous hotels and historical bridges. Ask the captain to do a quick stop at Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and Wat Kalayanamit, where the famous seated golden Buddha is located.

    Sail until the sunset, the views you get from the boat are stunning. The last stop of the boat tour must be at the Never Ending Summer restaurant. The restored warehouse has soaring ceilings and  great views of Chao Phraya river but is the authentic menu that will awe you. Home cooking recipes, the best of Thai food inspired by grandma’s old cookbooks. A place to dine and be merry.

    After a delicious meal go for a  holding hands walk, cross the river and lose yourself on an immensity of colours and scents. The bustling Pak Khlong Talat, known as the flower market is open 24 hours, but it’s night time that the magic happens. Stalls take over the streets, vendors show their craft on elaborate flower garlands and bouquets, an ocean of people and flowers. Beautiful, unique and romantic!

    Day 4 in Bangkok, Thailand

    Romantic Photoshoot

    For your last romantic day in Bangkok nothing better than a lovely brunch. Cafe Claire is the perfect option for a Monday Brunch, located in the classic Oriental Residence Bangkok, Wireless Road, it has an intimate atmosphere, with French decor and lovely food. The cafe is still a little secret on Bangkok’s food scene, so you won’t need to queue for a table. Cocktails or bubbles are optional, but as you are in a romantic mood, ask the waiter for the wine menu. 

    Ready to enjoy your last romantic afternoon in Bangkok? Let’s try something different and unique. Book a romantic photo shoot with a local photographer! Lumpini Park, in the heart of Bangkok, is a perfect location for a photo shoot. Lakes, little bridges and even a Lanna style cottage (ancient northern Thai architecture) that looks great as a romantic background. The perfect way to finish your weekend for two in Bangkok.

    For a last meal try The Commons Market, a new option for gourmet food in town. There you will find restaurants mixing Thai and Western cuisine in an open living ambience. Food stalls serving fresh and organic ingredients, from French pastries, specialty coffees, cold cuts to  Pad Thai and sushi.

    Time to say goodbye to Bangkok and head to the airport.




    Romantic places to stay in Bangkok

    Affordable

    Salil Hotel Sukhumvit – Soi Thonglor 1 – rooms from 57 SGD

    If you want to keep the romantic mood without spending too much on accommodation Salil Hotel is a good option. The Boutique Hotel is nestled in the center of Bangkok, easy to reach by public transportation, many options of local food around and a friendly staff.

    Mid Range

    Amari Watergate Bangkok–  rooms from 115 SGD

    Located in the heart of Bangkok, the hotel is close to everything. Perfect for couples who want to do some serious shopping, as it’s surrounded by all the big and famous shopping malls. Book an Executive Room and get access to the Executive Lounge, special and private breakfast area, plus free happy hour and finger food every night.

    High End

    The Siam – rooms from 460 SGD

    The view from the river is gorgeous, the rooms are inspired by Siamese culture with a Parisian touch. The fusion of art, history and natural elements make the residence a perfect place for a romantic getaway. For a Thai inspired stay, book the Connie’s Cottage and share precious moments in a traditional century Thai house, restored to give you a luxurious and artistic stay.  

    How to get there

    There are plenty of options to fly from Singapore to Bangkok during the weekend, you can choose Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and also low-cost companies as AirAsia, Jetstar and Tigerair. Depending on your schedule, you can fly on a Friday afternoon/evening and come back to Singapore Monday early morning, or evening if you can have a long weekend.

    Double-check which airport are you flying to and from as there are two airports in Bangkok, and they are far from each other, so going to the wrong one might make you miss your flight.

    From Dom Muang Airport the best way to go to town is by taxi through the tolled highway. From the airport to the city center, or Sukhumvit area, you will spend about 15-20 SGD.

    If you land at Suvarnabhumi Airport you can get a taxi to town, or to avoid traffic take the Airport Train Line to Phaya Thai Station (30 minutes trip) and from there take the BTS or a taxi to your hotel. (train ticket 2 SGD)

    Getting around

    The best way to move around Bangkok is by taxi or with the BTS (Skytrain public transport). Taxis in Bangkok can be a bit annoying as most of the drivers don’t want to use the meter and prefer to overcharge on flat rates. To avoid this stressful situation of haggling and also trying to explain the address, use Uber or GrabTaxi. GrabTaxi is very popular in Thailand, you will pay the fare by the taximeter, plus a surcharge of 25 Thai Baht (1 SGD).

    Avoid tuk-tuks, especially in tourist areas like Grand Palace, Wat Pho and KhaoSan Road, they are hot, famous for scams and charge more than taxis with a flat 200 to 500 fee.

    Other Things to know

    – You are on a romantic trip, for sure you want to celebrate love, but in Thailand you can not buy alcohol 24/7. If you want to have a glass of wine or a beer in the middle of the afternoon you are going to need to stop by an international restaurant or hotel. Most of the supermarkets, convenience stores and the traditional 7-11, only sell alcohol from 11AM to 2PM and then from 5PM to midnight.

    -Bangkok is a very touristy city, so if you want to make the most of your time there and be sure to have a table at your favorite restaurant and the right time at the Spa it is best to book everything in advance.

    -Thailand is a very open country and everyone is welcome. Check this article for an expert lesbian travel guide to Bangkok

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