We’ve seen the impact of what the COVID-19 pandemic can bring. It transformed lively streets into ghost towns—including the infamous Soi Cowboy (and that’s really saying something)! However, slowly but surely, people are going back to the way things were, except with
many a few added precautionary measures.
People can now dine-in again. Malls and parks are re-opened to the public. Fitness and health centers are back in business. And, recently, there are news that nightlife venues will be back in full swing come 1st of July. Seems exciting, right? We know you’ve been holed up in your home for a few months, so if you need a refresher on what you’ve been missing out on, here’s a special TABLE guide on what you can do in Bangkok post-quarantine:
Shopping Malls in Bangkok
We know you’ve been online shopping. As convenient as it is, walking inside a store, checking the quality of the item first-hand, and immediately getting what you paid for just hit differently. So, if you’re up for a little retail therapy, what better time than now, right?
Gaysorn Village is an upscale lifestyle complex with a stunning curated selection of shops for all kinds of entertainment. Each is themed to intertwine passion and creativity suitable for work and play. It’s a lively commercial hub ready to welcome you back with the #ArtoftheNewNormal.
Currently, they’re on sale for the majority of their brands going up to 60% off. And if you accumulate enough spending, you get FREE artist creation face mask, limited edition wireless charger, and exclusive gift sets—depending on the amount spent.
And to cater to those with a 9-5 lifestyle, there is also a co-working space at the Gaysorn Tower called "The Great Room" if you need a change of scenery. Located on the 25th and 26th floor, this internationally-awarded office is perfect for all kinds of work. Day passes start at THB 950.
On the other hand, at the Gaysorn Urban Resort, there's another luxurious space located on the 19th floor with a quiet and solemn ambiance that will enable you to focus and relax at the same time. There is a restaurant and café there, as well, if you feel famished and need brain food. Check out more details here!
Where to Eat in Bangkok
Though the malls have several restaurants that are worth trying, it would be good to (safely) explore the neighborhood again. Pimp My Salad, for example, is a must-visit café that originated from Singapore.
Although they are new in the market, Pimp My Salad has been continuously attracting customers with its vibrant branding—be it through their neon-lit and pastel-inspired interior or their healthy and fresh offerings. They specialize in bowls, which you can DIY the meat base (chicken, pork, beef, or salmon) and toppings. They also serve specialty coffee from Sarnies, a famous café restaurant in Bangrak—allowing you to hit two birds with one stone!
If you’re looking for a different dining experience, the French cuisine at Cagette Canteen & Deli will give your palate a new sensation with its complex and bold flavors. Located in the peaceful street of Yenakart, this beautiful, rustic restaurant offers exquisite French food and delicatessen at affordable price points. They have different promotions every day (Free-flow Wine Thursday, Paella Friday, Sunday Seafood Brunch, etc.) to make things exciting regardless of when you drop by.
If you’re keener to re-venture the Sukhumvit area, Sole Mio Italian Restaurant is a great choice for a chill night out with friends. You can relish in authentic Italian food while enjoying their quiet terrace or private indoor area; all accompanied by soothing, live music. Steaks, pasta, seafood, and more are available, too.
Gyms in Bangkok
The demands for gyms and other fitness centers have increased more than ever. Going beyond vanity, people find achieving or maintaining healthier well-being more crucial this time around. If you’re not enrolled in any membership yet and are looking for one, you might want to consider Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.
For THB 40,000, you get year-long access to their high-end fitness center. This includes complimentary parking for up to 4 hours/day, access to the swimming pool, sauna, and steam room, passes into any group classes, and free-flow beverages (water and fruit juice) and fruits.
This might seem like a big amount, but if you work out 4 times/week for one whole year, it will be like paying only around THB 200/session. Imagine if you go more often—even just to swim! You can drop us a message here to enroll.
Bars in Bangkok
Bars have only opened again recently, but it didn’t take long for people to go flocking in again. At Strange Fruit, for example, bar-goers did not miss the chance to catch their favorite DJs back in business. With renewed grooves and tunes, along with a Buy 1 Get 1 promotion on Signature Cocktails, it’s no wonder they’re gaining so much traction already!
Going one BTS station away, on the other hand, you can find solace at Iron Balls Distillery at Ekkamai. Boasting a maximalist nautical bar designed and built by Ashley Sutton, you can revel in this steam-punk micro-distillery and enjoy their chilled-out food and maritime-inspired cocktails to its fullest. If you need more reasons to go here, they were a part of the World's 50 Best Discovery 2019.
Re-opening this 1st of July, Bangkok’s newest speakeasy, Philtration, will be serving its unique medicinal cocktails again—ready to cure you of months’ worth of both sobriety and hangover. Specializing in passed-down recipes from generation after generation, Philtration creatively utilizes herbs, spices, and teas that make their concoctions completely different from what you’ve tasted before. You can read more about Philtration here.
Hotels in Bangkok
City staycation can be just as exciting as traveling domestically with hotels offering unparalleled urban paradise. Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor, for instance, is a delightful choice if you’re looking for an all-in-one accommodation. They have spacious rooms perfect for friends and families in the mood for a festive celebration. They can choose to dine at the hotel’s in-house restaurant, and they can also cook homemade food for a more intimate bonding experience in the room’s built-in kitchen.
Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor is complete with amenities that will make your stay more enjoyable, as well. At the rooftop, you can bask in the view of the city skyline as you work out at the gym or take a dip at their gorgeous pool area. If you need to destress, they have a spa center and Onsen, too; and what better way to get rid of the fatigue away, right?
Also, in the same area, akyra Thonglor Bangkok welcomes you back with arms wide open and several promotions that are worth grabbing. This eco-friendly, luxury hotel offers free one-night stay for every THB 3,000 spent on Food and Beverage from their restaurant, OTTO pool bar, and The Lounge Thonglor—truly a great deal for you to be nourished well and pampered well at the same time.
Their rooms start at 37 square meters, which is more spacious than most hotels. Its interior and over-all feel will provide breathability that you’ll miss every now and then. Book now while they offer good rates until the end of the year!
The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on everyone, but we’re getting better day by day. Before we know it, we'll return to just as things were; except wiser and more prepared.
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