Editor’s Note: This post is in partnership with Swissotel. Bangkok. The Big Mango. Thailand’s crowded capital I’ve been to too many times to count. It’s a city I used to dislike. Crowded. Humid. But, the more I have gone, the more I have begun to like it. I could wander down the sois and discover adorable coffee shops and restaurants in the Ari neighborhood. Or, explore the trendy area of Sukhumvit with its nightclubs and world-class dining. Or, I simply could shop until I drop at the many massive shopping malls (and, let me tell you, they put American malls to shame. Shame, I say).
Of course, my last visit to Bangkok was only a few weeks ago. It was my first time returning to Thailand after more than 10 months away from what used to be my home. It’s always weird to return to a place I used to live. It’s an urban jungle, and one I am slowly … slowly … coming to love.
If you’re planning a visit to the city, personally, I find it quite important to be able to set outside of that urban jungle and breathe in a little without the crowds. The Swissotel Nai Lert Park offers that respite, while remaining centrally located.
This oasis within the city is set on eight acres and features a tropical gardens and pool, as well as gourmet restaurants and more. Blending Thai style with modern decor, the property offers more than 300 elegant guest rooms with private balconies overlooking the pool and gardens. Nothing whispers luxury and relaxation like a fitness center and spa packed with treatments and special extras, like personal trainers.
And, while street food is an all-important part of dining in Bangkok, there’s also something to be said for high-class luxury cuisine that whisks you out of the chaos of the city and into the quiet decadence of the hotel’s restaurants. Enjoy a gorgeous terrace and a world-class cuisine, or tuck into a cocktail at one of the two bars before heading out to experience the nearby Sukhumvit night life scene.
Ideal for those who plan on getting in some serious city time, the Swissotel is located only a few minutes from the Skytrain, as well as the impressive Central Shopping Mall, Siam Paragon Mall, and Siam Square. But, the location isn’t just for shopping lovers, it’s also nearby the famous Suan Pakkard Palace.