Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 59
"Street markets are a great
way to sample local food. Go
to stalls frequented by locals:
A long line usually means the
fare is tasty and fresh. Try Or
Tor Kor Market, considered
the city's most upscale and
fresh, and Chinatown at night.
If you're more adventurous,
try Huai Khwang Night Market
for traditional street food."
Clockwise from left: Bangkok's MahaNakhon Tower, smoked
eggplant salad with egg at Bo.lan restaurant, city
transport, and S.J. International jewelry finds.
In the kingdom of pad thai,
contemporary German fare
may seem an unlikely bet, but
Sühring (10 Yen Akat Soi 3),
with its tranquil gardens, homemade spätzle, and Berlin-born
twin chefs, provides respite
from Bangkok's buzzing streets
and spicy bites. Don't miss the
Himmel und Erde (Heaven and
Earth), the brothers' take on a
rustic apple, potato, and black
best views, in addition to an
elegant luxury-yacht design and
rare whisky selections.
For local booze and xylophone
beats, visit Tep Bar (69-71 Soi
Rammaitri), an unassuming watering hole down a Chinatown
alley. Its herb-infused liquors
are said to have healing powers.
Perhaps they cure touringweary feet?
- Tom and Lora Chongruk,
Virtuoso travel advisors,
haggle over celadon ceramics,
essential oils, and modern art.
Specializing in bespoke pieces,
S.J. International (125/8
Sawankhalok Road) is a trusted
source for sapphires, emeralds,
and rubies. The family-owned
jeweler also carries Kavant &
Sharart, an edgier line designed
by the owner's son that's favored by Hollywood celebrities
and European royalty.
SHOP With 15,000 stalls
DRINK When rooftop bars are a
dime a dozen, it's hard to decide
where to refuel. Perched 800
feet above the ground, the
whisky-only Alfresco 64 (1055
Silom Road) offers the city's
stretched across 35 acres,
Chatuchak Weekend Market
off Kamphaeng Phet Road is
not for the claustrophobic -
but it's a souvenir gold mine.
Bring your poker face and
STAY In the financial district,
the sleek 229-room St. Regis
Bangkok gives travelers easy
access to the city, with butler
service and signature Siam
Marys to boot. On alternating
Sundays, catch horse races at
the Royal Bangkok Sports Club
from the hotel's terrace or one
of its view rooms. Doubles from
$250, including breakfast daily
and one dinner for two.
Tucked on the eastern side
of the Chao Phraya River, the
39-room Siam Hotel evokes
Bangkok's grandeur under
the reign of Rama V with lush
indoor courtyards and exquisite
antiques. For a slug of cultural
immersion, guests can take a
muay Thai boxing class or immortalize their trip with a sacred
sak yant tattoo. Doubles from
$600, including breakfast daily
and a $100 dining credit.
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