red|guide Tipps: Bangkok
EAT in Bangkok: Ruen Urai
When the guest turns into this tiny soi he is within spitting distance of a completely different world. The Ruen Urai is part of the Rose Hotel and is located in an age-old Thai teakwod house. At the entrance the guests are asked to take off their shoes before they are guided by a traditionally dressed Thai to the second floor (make a reservation!) where teakwood tables provide for a private atmosphere. The view wanders outside and lingers on the lush green of the tropical garden. The noise and heat of Bangkok already seems to be far away. On the menu you mainly find Tai delicacies that can be recommended without exception. The prices are a little bit above average - however, it's absolutely justified considering the quality of the dishes and the wonderful atmosphere. In brief: the Ruen Urai is a must.
SHOP in Bangkok: Platinum Mall
The Platinum Fashion Mall is the biggest of its kind in Bangkok. The 2.000 shops on seven floors primarily offer fabrics and accessories - for wholesalers who come in buses and trucks and pack goods in masses in order to distribute them on Thailand's markets. Many locals find: why push and shove in the heat from booth to booth if you can find the bigger selection at a better price in the air-conditioned Platinum? The result: meanwhile not only wholesalers buy in the mall but half of Bangkok. The shops have adapted to the new target group, and thus it is also possible to buy single products although price reductions are granted only to larger quantities. It is therefore worth while to buy several products in a shop, they don't have to be the same style - it's only about the quantity of the products purchased. A big disadvantage with cheap shopping: the clothes can't be tried on. In addition, the selection of sizes is very limited. As a tall European woman you should therefore fill the shopping bag rather with jewelry than with T-shirts that possibly turn out to be too small in the end.
STAY in Bangkok: Sofitel So
The setting: Lumpini, Bangkok's business and entertaining district. The protagonist: the second So-Hotel of the Sofitel Group, after Mauritius. At the end of February the 30-storey design hotel opened adjacent to Lumpini Park in the Thai capital. Regarding the interior design Sofitel Group was influenced by an elegant Frenchman: Christian Lacroix. The interior of the 238 rooms and suites are sensuous and inspired by the five elements: water, earth, metal, fire and wood. There's also an Apple Mac-Mini in every room and additionally in every suite - an iPad. At the restaurant Red Oven the cooks deliver their show - behind a red open oven! Market kitchen flair with modern touch. And then there's the Chocolab. A chocolate boutique with self-made chocs and a picturesque view. The latter is also provided from the rooftop terrace of the Park Society Restaurant. By the way: two more So hotels will follow in Mumbai and Singapore.
SEE in Bangkok: Seashell Museum
A candy store? No, these are scallops in all kinds of colours at the Seashell Museum in Bangkok - we know them from the logo of a Dutch fuel supplier. There are more than 3,000 pieces and 600 species of salt and freshwater animals: snails, molluscs and other sea dwellers. You will recognise the museum at the Soi Silom by the oversized snail on the grey/blue glitter facade and the European architectural style. For a couple of decades Jom Patamakantin and his father have collected the exhibits. A part of the collection is accessible to the public in glass cabinets throughout the three-level building, underneath: a giant clam and a rare slit shell which can only be found in great depths. In the shop next to it you'll find the shells manufactured into pieces of jewellery.