City Guide: Bangkok, Thailand

Coupled with bouts of political unrest during the Nineties and more recent protests in 2013 and 2014, Bangkok has been overlooked by tourists who bookmark it as simply a stopover to one of Thailand's hundreds of sun-slicked islands.

However, the city's reputation is changing. There is a new energy pulsating through this tropical metropolis, resulting in a design and culture renaissance that is enticing inventive restaurateurs, world-class bartenders, cool start-ups and co-working spaces to its streets.

For more on Bangkok, check out Volume 22: The Design Issue

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The Siam

Bangkok, Thailand

Located on the Chao Phraya river in the historical district of Bangkok, The Siam offers villas and suites inspired by the Art Deco era alongside a world-class spa, an infinity pool, a cooking school and a Muay Thai boxing ring.

Address

3/2 Thanon Khao Vachirapayabal Dusit

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The Bangkok Publishing Residence

Bangkok, Thailand

This publishing house turned eight-bedroom hotel comes complete with artefacts, memorabilia, vintage artwork and magazines.

Address

31-33-35-37-37/1 Lan Luang Road Wat Sommanat Pom Prap Sattru Phai

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The Quarter - Hostel & Co-working Space

Bangkok is the unofficial capital of poshtels. From party-central Khao San Road to arty Ekkamai, there are plenty of design-led hostels available, but The Quarter – just a stone’s throw from Siam Square and right next to the skytrain – has got to be our favourite. It stands out thanks to clean, bright design and a penchant for Scandi-inspired touches. While all rooms have plenty of storage space, soundproof windows and privacy curtains, some come with queen-size bunk beds for the ultimate night’s sleep. The cleanliness is second to none and – great news for all creatives on the move – the accommodation offers a spacious co-working space that includes free coffee and snacks. If you’re just here to rest up, make use of the hammocks on the rooftop and enjoy the views over the city. Freshly made breakfast treats are free for all guests, while the neighbourhood has plenty of good street-food options.

Address

501/1 Petchburi Road Phayathai Ratchathewi Bangkok 10400 Thailand

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The Bangkok Edition

This forthcoming addition to Marriott and Ian Schrager’s EDITION empire could easily be its headquarters, given the dystopian vibes of the MahaNakon Tower that will be its home. At 77 stories high, this imposing structure is a pixelated paradise soaring over Bangkok, complete with a jagged wraparound of multilevel cubes. The 159-room EDITION will take up residence on the lower floors – we’re still waiting for further design details but if previous EDITIONS are anything to go by, expect an on-the-pulse events calendar and Instagram-worthy interiors.

Address

114/214 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand