Ask a concierge: Bangkok

What to do and where to dine in Bangkok.

At AVANI Atrium Bangkok, chief concierge Worrawit Suksompuet (Tommi) has been with the hotel for almost three years. He strives to create new experiences for every guests, sharing the city’s events, attractions and activities. Here he offers expert guidance for business travelers.

What should business travelers have on hand when visiting your city?

Bangkok’s weather is known to be hot and humid, averaging at 30 degrees Celsius or more, throughout the year. However temperatures do drop slightly between December and late January.  Do dress comfortably, T-shirts and shorts are acceptable as casual wear. If you’re visiting temples, long pants or skirts and covered shoes are recommended. Some restaurants have a dress code requirement, so do check in advance.

What are your top restaurant recommendations for a business lunch or dinner?

Benihana, the Japanese steakhouse at AVANI Atrium Bangkok, is the place to keep your business counterparts, friends and family entertained with some flame throwing action. You and your guests are bound to be delighted as the teppanyaki chef whips up spectacular Japanese dishes, steaks and seafood – all with an amazing flair of culinary theatre.

For authentic Thai dishes, Baan Khanitha Thai Cuisine is the place to visit. They have several branches in Bangkok and even a river-cruise dining experience on the famous Chao Phraya River. Savour the freshest produce of organic fruit and vegetables straight from their organic farm.

What’s something that surprises guests about your city or hotel?

Guests can look forward to the best of Thailand’s buzzing capital at AVANI Atrium Bangkok (1880 New Petchburi Road, Bangkok 10310; Ph: +66 2 718 2000 1). It’s never been easier to mix travel, business and leisure – they can take care of business, sleep in style each night and have total connectivity to Bangkok’s vibrant city life.

If business travelers only have a few hours for leisure, what must they see?

Wat Khra kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200; Ph: +66 2 623 5500) form one of the city’s famous attractions. Previously home to the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government, the Grand Palace continues to awe visitors with its beautiful architecture and intricate details. Wat Pra Kaew enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image that’s meticulously carved from a single block of emerald.

In the evening, enjoy a river cruise in style with The Chaophraya Cruise (Soi Charoenkrung 24, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Nakhon 10110; Ph: +66 2 541 5599). Admire exquisite Thai architecture of temples and museums located on both sides of the river. Soak up cultural dance performance and songs, and enjoy the spread of an International buffet.

What’s the best option for outdoor exercise?

Queen Sirikit Park (Kampaengphet 2 Road, Ladyao, Chatuchak) is a hidden gem in the city. Spread across 22.4 hectares, this beautiful botanical garden is conveniently accessible by public transport. Queen Sirikit Park is open daily from 5 a.m. making it a great location for jogging in the mornings.

In another part of the city is Lumpini Park (Rama IV Road, Pathumwan). This massive garden is a haven of tranquillity to locals and visitors. It’s a popular spot for people of all ages to gather for fitness activities like running, cycling and yoga. If you’re based around the Sathorn side of town, then Lumpini Park is your best option for a bit of outdoor fitness.

 

Business know-how

Chief concierge Tommi‘s top tips for getting business right in Bangkok:

Tip 1: Dress smart to leave a good impression. Although Bangkok’s weather can be humid, you can still look professional and chic in lightweight and well-fitted clothes.

Tip 2: When greeting business counterparts for the first time, it is acceptable to maintain eye contact. When offering your business card, it should be with the right hand.

Tip 3: During business lunch or dinner meetings, do allocate time for casual conversation as this helps to establish closer relations.

 

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