7 Reasons You Need to Visit Bangkok in 2016

Why you should book your next trip now!

After the disruptions of 2014 – a year which saw a certain amount of political instability, Bangkok now seems like a city on the up. Normality has returned to the streets (although ‘normality’ in Bangkok is a loose term), tourists are flocking back and the Thais are still smiling.

And there’s plenty more reason to get excited about visiting Bangkok in 2016. The fine-dining scene here is sky-rocketing, yet you can still eat the best pad Thai you’ve ever had on the street for 40 baht, whilst quaint new night markets are popping up almost as fast as the megamalls. We also still rate the hotel scene here as one of the best in the world – where else can you grab a five-star stunner with river or city views for around 3,000 baht ($100)? Here’s why you need to visit Bangkok in 2016.

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Once again, a Bangkok-based restaurant, Gaggan, bagged the number one spot in the official ‘Best Restaurants in Asia’ list for 2015. This was along with four others, including Nahm (No.1 in Asia in 2014), Eat Me, Bo.Lan and Issaya Siamese Club. San Pellegrino’s famed list confirmed the quality of these well-established favorites, but Bangkok’s fine-dining scene has taken off even further in 2015, welcoming a handful of Michelin-star affiliated restaurants. The biggest opening of the year so far, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, lived up to expectations and more, whilst multi-Michelin starred Dutch chef Henk Savelberg also opened up his namesake restaurant in the city. There’s also new chef in the kitchen at the spectacular Mezzaluna in Lebua Hotel’s iconic dome, serving stunning modern Japanese/French cuisine - a real contender (in our book) as one of the best restaurants in Bangkok at the moment. Read More...

What other city in the world (that’s actually worth visiting) can you get a 5-star hotel for just over $100? High season or low, Bangkok remains one of the cheapest places in the world for luxury accommodation, with many world renowned hotel brands selling their rooms here for half, or even a quarter of the price you would pay in many other major capital cities. Don’t believe us? See our Top 10 luxury hotels here, or make your holiday budget stretch that little further with our 10 favourite boutique hotels. Read More...

Last year saw the rebirth of the ever-popular Rod Fai Market at Srinakarin, and a second (even busier) ‘train market’ at the more central Rachada followed in 2015. In addition, JJ Green (in the park behind the massive Chatuchak Weekend Market) is proving a huge hit for its vintage fashion and lively bar scene, whilst the major part of Silom Road is now being completely closed down every Sunday evening, making way for Bangkok biggest (and only) walking street market.  Read More...

Bangkok is a city on the rise, and the blanketing of skyscrapers across several downtown areas has inevitably seen a long list of rooftop bars pop up, providing breezy escapes from those steamy city streets down below. Old favorites such as the Sky Bar at Lebua and Vertigo at Banyan Tree still draw in the hordes, although we’re more excited about newer additions such as Cloud 47 (Silom Road), Above Eleven (Sukhumvit 11) and Speakeasy (Hotel Muse). Our list of the Top 20 Rooftop Bars in Bangkok has the best of the best, but don’t forget to check out some more modest spots that have recently opened up, such as Roof 409 (Chidlom), 342 Bar (Riverside) or check out the weird and wonderful Pacific fusion food being served up on top of Dusit Thani Hotel at 22 Kitchen & BarRead More...

Yes, most clubs in Bangkok close at 02:00, but readjust your party to schedule to start the night early and the premature kicking out time will seem more appropriate. Chi Ultralounge, the reincarnation of the nightlife institution that was Bed Supperclub is set to open half way through 2015, and promises to be one of the highlights of the year. We've also been given a new dance music focussed club on RCA (Live RCA Bangkok), while the long-standing Q Bar on Soi 13 has also had a makeover, split up into several exciting new venues including the uber swanky The Vault and Q Up bar upstairs.  Read More...

Bangkok’s mall scene needs little introduction, with enough shops stretching from Siam along Sukhumvit Road to last a lifetime. The year’s biggest opening, EmQuartier, is already proving a big hit for its mix of luxury brands, local designers and high-street stores all in some pretty interesting surroundings, which includes a nice open atrium complete with waterfall. The new Phrom Phong spot joins other new additions from 2014 such as the spaceship-like Central Embassy, and ultra-hip Siam Square One. Read More...

2015 looks set to be the busiest year ever for Bangkok’s international live music scene. The first few months of the year have already seen Michael Bublé, One Direction, The 1975, Avenged Sevenfold, Incubus and Andrea Bocelli all play, not to mention The Backstreet Boys, The Script , Katy Perry , Boyzone, Blue and Maroon 5. There’s also some big EDM festivals to look out for over the year, including Together Festival, Full Moon Bangkok, Road to Ultra, Output, Waterzonic and 808.  Read More...

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