This is the only way to do Bangkok
The real city that never sleeps
They say one night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster (and now we believe it!)
Those who say New York is the city that never sleeps have clearly never been to Bangkok. Alive with culture, vibrant sounds and smells, the South East Asian city sees more visitors than any other city in the world.
If you do Bangkok, you have to do it big, and it doesn't get much bigger that the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park. We're not exaggerating when we say this hotel is huge; two buildings, two rooftop pools, five restaurants and bars, thirty distinct meeting spaces, a luxurious spa and a twenty-four hour fitness centre, Marriott Marquis Queens Park is the perfect stay for work or play. Catch a tuk-tuk through the streets of Chinatown, experience cabarets and exotic red-light districts and snack on Pad Thai served from a street cart.
If the world becomes your oyster in one night, imagine what four nights in Bangkok could do.
Take your pick from one of the hotel's 1360 rooms and suites (told you we weren't exaggerating). Nestled in the heart of Bangkok, you can imagine the views of the lively city from twenty-five floors up. Watching the sunset over the Bangkok skyline is a truly sensational experience in itself.
With five dining-in options, plus room service, the hardest decision to make is where and what to eat. The Goji Kitchen's buffet breakfast puts all breakfast buffets to shame; with an enormous array of international cuisines available, it's definitely worth getting out of bed for. The hotel's Padoga Chinese Restaurant is the number one rated Chinese restaurant in Bangkok on TripAdvisor. One serving of the chef's Peking duck pancakes and you can understand why, but we can't guarentee you'll want to stop at one.
Look around and just about every woman in the city of Bangkok can be seen carrying a leather bag with the iconic LV logo or donning a pair of Dior slides. Your more cynical side would be forgiven for immediately jumping to the conclusion of counterfeits - this is not the case; when in Bangkok, you shop. Just down the road from Marriott Marquis Queens Park lies The Emporium, one of Bangkok's largest and most luxurious shopping centres. Housing Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Hermes and Cartier to name only a few, you can hear your inner Carrie Bradshaw sighing 'hello lover' the second you step through the glass sliding doors.
For something a little more authentic, the Bangkok Night Markets are a worthwhile evening trip (NB: cannot confirm nor deny the presence of fakes here).
Two words: Quan Spa. Following an eight hour flight from Sydney, a visit to Quan Spa is particularly necessary. The Thai's are known for their art of massage and Quan Spa did not disappoint, removing knots that I had been struggling to get rid of for months.
Sign up to the Marriott Rewards program and the hotel chain offers a range of international, once in a lifetime experiences. We were lucky enough to see US rock band Imagine Dragons perform live at the pool. The exclusive one hour set saw the band sing hits like 'Thunder', 'Believer' and 'On Top Of The World' which, at 25 floors high is actually pretty accurate.
- Ask the hotel to book you into a Muay Thai beginner class, which is basically boxing but with more sass and agility, however we came to see it as an extremely effective physical form of anger management.
- 'Sawadika' is the universal 'hello' in Thailand, get used to saying this.
- 'Khob khun kaa' is the way Thai people say thank you. The correct way to express this is to have your feet together, palms together, elbows in and bow your head.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park is located at 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. For mor information visit marriott.com.au
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