LE MERIDIEN BANGKOK MASTER BARISTA
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts and illy, the brand’s global partner for its coffee programme, held its signature Taste of Discovery Competition last year bringing together Le Méridien Master Baristas: from Paris and New Delhi, to Barcelona and Bangkok. The goal of the competition, which was held at illy’s headquarters in Trieste, Italy, was to further stimulate a passion for Le Méridien’s coffee culture, which most often comes to life in Le Méridien Hubs – the brand’s reinterpretation of the staid lobby experience – around the world.
THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK
The most iconic sites of Bangkok are also the most familiar. But besides the ornate shrines and palaces and the vibrant street- and night-life, the Thai capital is a city of surprises with deeper layers to explore. The pleasure of discovering somewhere only insiders are in the know about enhances the experience. Uncovering off-beat treasures puts the whole journey in a different perspective. All it takes is a little daring, a sense of adventure and a good guide. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
ART OF THAI MASSAGE
Working the entire body, from head to toe, Thai massage is one of the most invigorating types of massages. There’s more to Traditional Thai massage than a relaxing shoulder rub, this ancient style of massage combines yoga, stretching, exercise, movement and meditation, alongside elements of acupressure and reflexology.
BANGKOK SHOPPING MALLS
Bangkok's modern, multi-storey shopping malls are a shopaholic's paradise. From the legendary MBK, to the sophisticated Emporium, trendy Siam Discovery and Central World Plaza, and unashamedly upscale Siam Paragon, Bangkok accommodates every taste, pocket and style.
Here’s where to find the city's finest fashion stores, global brands, book shops, speciality stores, accessories stands and all kinds of luxury designer lifestyle goods. Not to mention some amazing food courts selling upscale street food and lots of restaurants and day spas.
BANGKOK MUST TRY EATS
Although famous for its old world charm and eclectic hustle and bustle, Bangkok is also quite popular for its cuisine. Whether it be classic Thai favorites, fresh seafood, piping hot noodles or sweets, the Bangkok food scene has travelers covered. Delicious meals at real value can be found everywhere in Bangkok, from street corners to department stores to five star eateries. Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorites. Get out there and explore our wonderful city, but don’t forget to enjoy eating!
SONGKRAN LIKE A LOCAL
The Thai New Year Water Festival, or better known as Songkran Festival, is arguably the world’s biggest water-fight! However, Songkran is not just about getting very wet...
Held between the 13th and 17th of April (five days of national holiday), Songkran Festival is a Buddhist festival to mark the end of the dry season (April being Thailand’s hottest month) and the start of the annual rains. During this time, many Thai families hold reunions, pay a visit to their local temple to pray, and most importantly carry out the religious ritual of ‘Bathing the Buddha’.