While Business Travel is often envied by those who do not partake in it, it is usually packed with tight schedules and meetings. With that being said, most of the business activities usually end by evening and there is always the opportunity to explore the city then. So the next time you are in the Land of Smiles, change out of your work clothes and follow one of these 5 tips to make the best out of your downtime during your business travel in Bangkok:
1. Enjoy the Lush Greenery at the Parks or Green Spaces
Wind down the evening with a leisurely stroll in one of the lush green spaces around Bangkok - there are plenty to choose from regardless of where you are at. The nearby Lumpini Park (located near the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park) is one of Bangkok's largest park that spans over a million square metres.
2. Find a Rooftop Watering Hole
There's no better way to beat the heat than a visit to one of Bangkok's rooftop bars. The latest CHAR Rooftop Bar that has just opened up on the Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (read my review here!) is the perfect place to enjoy live music, an amazing view and signature cocktails by the award-winning Italian mixologist, Francesco Moretti.
3. Beat the Traffic on the BTS
If you are staying at the InterContinental Bangkok or the Holiday Inn Bangkok which are both located really close to a BTS Skytrain Station, there is no better way to get around this city than the highly-efficient BTS Skytrains - you will also beat the peak hour traffic on the road!
4. Immerse Yourself in the Culture
Consider hopping on a free river boat from Saphan Taksin BTS (located just a stone's throw away from Holiday Inn Silom) to check out Bangkok's largest open air mall for a night of shopping and eating by the famous Chao Phraya River.
5. Feast Away
Finally and most importantly, enjoy the local cuisine by feasting away at one of many street food bazaars that you can find around Bangkok.
Exclusively for eight couples only, enjoy a unique dining experience under the star-studded sky at the W Singapore - Sentosa Cove. This first of its kind Valentine's Day celebration will allow couples to enjoy glamping while enjoying an epicurean meal prepared a la minute by the chefs of the hotel in the privacy of their on tents which will be situated on the W Lawn.
The Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort has just refreshed the premier beach-front wedding venue, Jewel Box which was first introduced in 2015 to be the center stage for dreamy wedding receptions, dinners, private cocktail parties and sophisticated corporate events. This beautiful event space has just been given a makeover to showcase it in a more beautiful light.
ibis, the internationally celebrated economy brand of AccorHotels, marked its debut in Kochi today with the launch of ibis Kochi City Centre. Kochi, often referred to as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', is recognised as a leading destination in India with plenty to offer for travellers to the city. ibis Kochi City Centre is also the first AccorHotels’ property to open in the vibrant state of Kerala, ushering in the continued commitment and growth for the Group.
The 1865 Membership by Langham Hotels & Resorts has just been refreshed with some improvements (alongside a name change). The newly-refreshed 1865 Privilege will now allow qualification (and renewal) by eligible room nights instead of just eligible stays. The names of the different tiers are staying the same but travellers are now rewarded for staying longer.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) introduced Business Rewards back in 2015 which allows users and professionals to be rewarded for booking accommodations as well as meeting spaces for others. The Double Play Double Points promotion which is currently running (between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017) allows users to earn up to 6 IHG Rewards Club points (instead of 3) per US$1 for events and stays up to 31 August 2017.
This Valentine's Day, indulge in the spirit of love as you enjoy a carefully-presented spread at the Pan Pacific Singapore's Edge. Begin the dinner with a Champagne toast and a stalk of beautiful red rose (compliments of Pan Pacific Singapore) before indulging in the impressive spread across all seven live food theatres.
One of the most highly-anticipated hotels that are opening in 2017 has finally been unveiled over the last week along Robertson Quay - The Warehouse Hotel (from the folks behind The Lo & Behold Group) has a room inventory of 37 across six different categories. This beautiful hotel is designed by the homegrown agency Asylum and is reminiscent of the building’s original life as a ‘godown’ during the height of Singapore’s spice trade.
Following the announcement of AccorHotels' 600th property and the US$38 Million makeover, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel is set to excite travellers with a refreshing experience with its unique F&B concepts, state-of-the-art meetings facility and innovative hotel lobby design.
AccorHotels has just unveiled a brand new MGallery by Sofitel property in one of Thailand's most celebrated beaches - Patong Beach. The Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel is the perfect hideaway for families and couples seeking tranquil island adventure. The hotels 150 rooms and suites feature Thai-inspired décor which utilises local woods and natural stones.
Keyaki at the Pan Pacific Singapore will be presenting three kaiseki presentations between 15 January 2017 and 15 February 2017 that is centered around showcasing seasonal delicacies from Hokkaido, Japan. Each one of these masterfully-crafted presentations by Master Chef Hiroshi Ishii (石井博史) is available for lunch and dinner and diners will be able to select from Hokkai, Donan or Hakodate (from S$170++).