As many of you probably know by now, Bangkok is one of my favourite cities in the world – the mix of amazing food and bars, incredible markets and the craziest energy, makes it the ideal getaway. Whether it’s a stop over on your way to somewhere else, or a weeklong stay, you’ll never ever get tired of the energy in Bangkok, or run out of things to do! Recently, the lovely team at Grand Hyatt Erawan invited me to go behind the scenes of their amazing Living Grand event, and in the process I got to experience more of this amazing city. I thought it was high time I listed some updates to my fave BKK haunts – my guide which you can find here has the basics and read below for a few extras.
As part of my trip to Bangkok, I went behind the scenes of the Living Grand event, working with the event organisers to understand just how much goes into such an incredible event. The 4am trip to the Bangkok Flower markets was a highlight! The premise of the Living Grand event was to treat us all to a journey from one end of Thailand to the other, the food, the people and the ambiance. Although sticking to the hotel wouldn’t usually be what I do, the events team did such an amazing job – recreating a Southern village and a Bangkok street food market.
Pool at the Grand Hyatt Erawan.
View from the gorgeous bar at Sala Rattanakosin (still have trouble pronouncing this!)
A Few New Bangkok Tips:
- Bangkok Flower Markets: The event organiser of Living Grand took me to the Bangkok Flower markets in the lead up to the event. Crazily enough I had never even heard about them but was delighted by the colour, texture and sheer number of stalls. You’ll find so many different varieties of flowers you’ve never seen before, it’s a must. Just make sure you go early, like 6am early, before it gets too hot.
- Grand Hyatt Erawan: I had never stayed at the Grand Hyatt before, but I highly recommend it. Just so you know I’m not biased, after I visited for a work trip I recommended to a friend she have her bachelorette there – we went in a group of 15 shortly after (completely separate from work) and all the girls said they would stay there again. Best pool in town.
- Sala Rattanakosin: Everyone talks about Bangkok’s rooftop bars, but often those tall sky scrapers can be a bit played out. When I was in Bangkok last year with Ben we discovered this amazing riverside bar that overlooks the temples, so different and with a much more chilled out atmosphere. Sunset is a must! Just make sure to get there are soon as they open because they fill up quickly.
- Issaya: We absolutely loved dinner in this incredible old house – try out Namsah by the sam group if you’re looking for more of a bar vibe.
- Rocket: The coolest cafe around, I love the copper detailing!
- Kati: Not your average Thai restaurant, I love the monopolist detailing and the simple dishes.
- Organika: Spa and restaurant, I love the amazing decor – the ultimate girls can can be had here.
- The Jam Factory: Super cool concept store, gallery and cafe set on gorgeous grounds across the river from the heart of Bangkok. We really enjoyed lunch here and I’m told another section is going to open soon.
The blooms at the Bangkok Flower Markets
This dress was made out of 2000 orchid flowers. Ahhhhhh-Mazing!
I got a mini lesson in fruit carving, seriously it’s like a fine art.
The theme for the night was red, so naturally I got my glad rags on. Tiptop dress, Mode collective heels, Dylanlex necklace and Celine clutch.
This pool! As someone who’s stayed in about 25 hotels in Bangkok, this pool is bar far the best.
The recreation of this Southern Thai produce market inside the hotel was one of the most incredible installations I’ve ever seen.
Always amazed at the beauty and elegance of Thai women!
This post is in collaboration with Grand Hyatt