‘Same same but different’. The popular catchphrase can be found emblazoned across T-shirts and touristy memorabilia sold in the thousands at kitschy souvenir shops anywhere in Bangkok.
Used across Thailand, it’s not a phrase unique to this roaring capital. But there’s no better adage than that to sum up Bangkok, a melting pot of creativity and self-expression that blends the old with the new so well that the unfamiliar often feels familiar. And wherever you’re from, a visit to Bangkok will always feel like coming home to yourself.
For those in need of a cultural and creative recharge, the city won’t disappoint. From contemporary galleries and colorful street art to museums, centuries-old murals and specialised craft villages, Bangkok is chock-full of creative spaces.
The epicenter of the city’s creative district is Bang Rak, a neighborhood on the east side of the Chao Phraya River that flows through the city. Here you’ll find Warehouse 30, a repurposed WWII-era warehouse that just screams industrial-chic. Inside the 4,000-sq m space is a community arts complex that combines fashion, art, film and gourmet eats, so you’ll be wanting to visit more than just once.
If you’re looking to dress your Instagram feed with some creative cool, explore the rest of Bang Rak on foot. The varied, evocative artworks that color the walls of the district’s shophouses are sure to turn your followers green with envy.
Once you’ve had your fill of art and culture, check in to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers.
Thanks to its strategic location, this five-star “resort in the city” is one of the most sought-after properties by the Chao Phraya River. Kick back and relax after a long day in any of its 726 beautifully appointed guest rooms which offer unobstructed river views and luxury amenities, topped off with unparalleled service.
Staying by the Chao Phraya River means you will never run out of things to do or places to eat and the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is a true reflection of that. It houses four sophisticated and inviting riverside restaurants from which you can choose a range of cuisines including Thai, Asian, Italian, and continental fare. Enjoy modern buffets and international à la carte meals amidst warm décor or experience traditional Thai dining in an exquisite authentic pavilion on Bangkok’s famous River of Kings.
While everything is within walking distance, The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers understands that navigating its immediate surrounding area as a first-time traveler can be daunting. That’s why it also provides a complimentary shuttle service which allows you to hop on a boat and travel by river to avoid Bangkok’s notorious traffic.
If you’re so inclined, ask to get dropped off at the doorstep of Bangkok’s latest pride and joy, the gleaming ICONSIAM, a “Mother of All Malls” which challenges the burgeoning retail scene in Bangkok. ICONSIAM is home to 500 shops and 100 restaurants from more than 30 different countries, an indoor floating market, an art gallery, an exhibition space to render you giddy and spoilt for choice.
The experience can be yours. All you need to do is book your stay today.