“As Calcutta smells of death and Bombay of money, Bangkok smells of sex”… or so goes the famous Paul Theroux quote! We’re not sure about all that, but we LOVE weekend getaways to Bangkok, and enjoy strolling around and soaking up all the sights, colours and sounds.
The Friday evening Emirates flight leaves at 22.25, meaning if you are a slave to your desk you don’t need to take any time off, and you can be at your hotel by 1am (our faves so far have been the Grand Hyatt or the Four Seasons) – perfect for grabbing a quick drink at the hotel bar before hitting the hay. You’ve got a whole Saturday of shopping ahead of you!
We’ve picked out these gold gladiators which will keep your feet comfy while you’re mall-ratting, and then this sky blue dress and bright accessories (steer clear of wearing certain colours like red or yellow in Bangkok). We recommend you head to Central World if you’re craving those western stores we don’t have in HK, like Topshop, Miss Selfridge or Dorothy Perkins. This mall could keep you busy for hours! Then the area around Siam Paragon is packed with cool boutiques crammed with funky bags, accessories and vintage-style clothes.
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, book yourself into Healthland for an AMAZING and super-cheap two hour Thai massage. It’s not the most fancy of spas, but it’s spotlessly clean with a mix of traditional and modern decor, and as it is also a massage school, the technique is fantastic. Bangkok residents swear by it.
You’ll now be nice and ready for some evening fun… We’ve picked out this ensemble for you to wear in a sultry purple, with this silver lace cuff and funky feathered purse. You’re ready to hit the Sukhumvit area (take the sky train – it’s cheap, easy and fast) where many of the trendy bars and restaurants are. Sassy recommends the Lan Na Thai/Hazara/Face complex, which is a converted Thai villa which is home to a few of the coolest eating and drinking spots in town.
When you wake up on Sunday, you might even feel like taking in some culture, like a wander round the Erawan Shrine or a baking trek around the Grand Palace (shoes on, shoes off, scarf on, scarf off, repeat). Or perhaps just MORE shopping, eating, massages, repeat. That sounds like more our speed!
Day Outfit: Clutch from Mad Imports; Dress from Eruca; Vintage sunglasses from Love Worn; Bracelet and Necklace from Fantasy Jewelry Box; Sam Edelman Glads from Chick Downtown.