Designed to reinvent the heritage of 13th-century Thailand with a clean, contemporary sheen, Bangkok boutique hotel The Sukhothai succeeds in combining classic Thai architecture with decorous modern design. A favourite haunt of playboys and politicos alike, this stunning city-centre boutique hotel is a geometric assemblage of lofty ceilings, black and teak tones and phenomenal ornamental gardens. The food in the Celadon restaurant is worth crossing continents for.
The alfresco massages are recommended: book a poolside treatment in one of the hotel’s open-air pavilions.
Bangkok is dotted with impressive edifices testifying to its importance as a royal and spiritual centre. The Grand Palace is a bewitching visual feast, home to Wat Phra Kaeo, the sacred temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Thailand Creative & Design Centre (www.tcdc.or.th) in the Emporium shopping centre hosts regular contemporary design exhibitions. Jim Thompson House hosts a stunning collection of furniture, art and antiques at 6/1 Soi Kasemsan 2, off Rama 1 Road (www.jimthompsonhouse.com). To get your shopping fix after dark, wander down to the Prompong Night Market, near Prompong Station, a 10-minute walk or five-minute tuk-tuk ride from the hotel.
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13/3 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand