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Bangkok is a city alive. Sputtering motorbikes, bright neon lights, sizzling woks, and the scent of garlic can all intermingle on a singular street. Local designer Apirak (Kuk) Leenharattanarak of Atelier Apirak describes his home city as “beautiful chaos,” and we couldn’t agree more. This cosmopolitan capital has it all, from swanky jazz cocktail bars and luxury hotel suites you’ll never want to leave to street food on sticks and trinket-filled markets.
We’ve tapped the city’s best interior designers to dish about their favorite places to eat, drink and shop on the streets of Thailand’s capital city.
Where to Stay
Brand new and beautiful, Capella Bangkok has something no other riverside hotel has—private plunge pools. This unique feature draws guests in from the city’s heat to a handful of its rooms and seven super spacious villas. But all 101 rooms have superb craftsmanship with loads of natural light, neutral colors and pops of purple in the pillows and rugs. Its super-sleek minimalist design, clean lines and calming tone are reminiscent of Japanese hospitality, but its antique art and warm service are all Thai. “They have a wonderful art collection,” says Bensley. “The peacock-adorned bar is also very memorable.”
A peaceful reprieve on the banks of the Chao Phraya, The Siam inhabits the temple-dotted district of Dusit. The combination of 38 artsy yet elegant suites, villas, and rooms with eclectic touches and antique art makes it one of Bangkok’s most special stays. “It takes guests back to Bangkok’s grandest period, that of Rama V, and is part