I’m Lauren Yates, the curious-minded gal behind Ponytail Journal, a webzine that explores the world through sensory experience, saturated by fun. I shoot and write about all the things that tickle my fancy while on my merry way. I live by a funnest-life-possible policy, so you’ll probably find me making curry in rural Thailand, documenting rare hand-woven textiles in Japan, styling editorials on the Aussie coast or weathering copper hardware for my upcoming workwear line for women. I find excitement from the nerdy details that people leave behind, and you’ll find my love for this all over Ponytail Journal.
Bangkok is where I spent my childhood and where I’ve returned over the past few years. I tell everybody that it’s one of the most fast-changing cities, and I’ve watched it expand and grasp onto world trends. This is because there aren’t many other places that I can say have embraced the internet era the way Thailand has, and Bangkok is a testament to this.
To have the opportunity to show people my version of this city is one that I will never take for granted. Here, function is brewed out of chaos, and you are constantly reminded that your existence is like a tiny grain of sand in the Sahara dessert. When you start to understand how vast this city is, you can then appreciate the gentle way that Thais interact with one another. The Bangkok experience is a series of interactions and sensory explosions, that will linger in your memory like the first time you rode a bike without training wheels. Queue my guide to the funnest life in BKK…!
Check in to The Siam, an upscale riverside retreat. When celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp inherited the property, he decided to team up with Bill Bensley, a globally renowned architect and interior/landscape designer, to create a modern, yet charming hotel they could share with the public. The property features a commendable collection of antiques and embodies serenity, lush naturalness, and simplicity. The design drew inspiration from Paris’ Musee d’Orsay and the Art Deco era. Couples looking for a treat should indulge and book Connie’s Cottage, a historic house brought from Ayutthaya to the property by boat.
Step through time and arrive in a setting of old world glamour. The Cabochon Times is an idyllic escape, with it’s rooftop pool, club lounge, and Thai Lao Yeh restaurant. The hotel is impeccably decorated with vintage collectables, from LV trunks, model sailboats and airplanes, to decorative mirrors and furniture imported from Shanghai. The style is a tribute to the owners great friend and mentor, Lao Yeh, a man of wisdom, with luxurious and fashionable taste.
Located in the heart of Pratunam, Bangkok’s famous shopping district, Glow is a shopaholic’s dream. The hotel is situated on top of the Shibuya Pratunam mall, so without even leaving the building guests can indulge themselves with plenty of bargain hunting. The infamous Platinum Fashion Mall is just across the street as well. If local bazaars and markets are more your thing, head out into the surrounding area for the best in Bangkok. With easy access to public transportation, Glow is also perfectly located to explore everything else Bangkok has to offer. After a long day out and about, return to the hotel and enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the bar or an evening swim at the outdoor pool.
For the budget traveller, Udee Bangkok is a great option. While located in northern Bangkok, the city centre is easily accessible from the hostel by skytrain. During the week the area surrounding the hostel is rather quiet, but on the weekends the Chatuchak Market is only a short walk away. The hostel offers clean accommodations and the staff and guests alike tend to be friendly.
Stay at Thomas’ loft, located just outside of the typical tourist areas, in a trendy and artistic neighborhood. The apartment is a short walk from Chinatown, the canals, and Bangkok Old City, but its real allure is its position above Speedy Grandma gallery and the proximity of equally eclectic restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. If you want to keep to yourself, it’s totally possible, but the area will be filled with local creatives so we suggest getting in on the scene.
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