Each year, millions of people travel to Thailand to experience its abundant attractions, world-famous hospitality and diverse natural landscapes that include white sand beaches, picturesque waterfalls, sprawling tropical rainforests and of course, one of the world’s most unique cosmopolitan cities—Bangkok.
As a hub for culture and commerce, Bangkok points of interest vary, offering something for every visitor—from high-end shopping complexes to open-air bazaars and a riverside dotted with celebrated hotels, traditionally-styled shop houses and sparkling temples. Bangkok is also recognised as a culinary hub as is home to restaurants catering to all budgets and cuisines, including establishments recommended by the Michelin Guide.
Bangkok is separated into distinct areas with Sukhumvit, also recognised as the entertainment district, being one of the busiest. Mercure Bangkok is nestled at the heart of this area making it the best place to stay in Bangkok for shopping, as well as a fitting base for exploring various dining and drinking spots, including the famous Sukhumvit soi 11 nightlife.
For places to visit in Bangkok for shopping, begin nearby at Terminal 21, located just 12-minute walk from Mercure hotel. The mall is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok with family as it offers restaurants, clothing boutiques, a movie theatre and much more. Its most unique point, however, is that each floor is designed after a different international city, for example, London, Paris and Tokyo.
Other largescale shopping complexes include Emporium and EmQuartier, which are easily reached with the efficient BTS SkyTrain. They feature restaurants, designer brands and even a rooftop water garden for taking in the sights. Similarly, Central World Bangkok is one of the city’s biggest complexes, boasting a cinema, convention centre and a variety of clothing brands and restaurants. Siam Paragon is Bangkok’s go-to for luxury goods and entertainment as it is home to a large movie theatre, concert hall and a colossal aquarium. For more affordable options, check out the wholesale fashions at Pratunam Market and nearby Platinum Mall, or pay a visit to Thailand’s largest weekend bazaar, Chatuchak Market.
Bangkok is also a hub of culture and religion so make sure to visit some of its most sacred spots. Located on the busy intersection of Ratchaprasong, Erawan Shrine is viewed by many as the most spiritual destination in the city centre. Here, the deity known as Phra Phrom is honoured by the public with flower garlands, incense and candles. Make your way towards the riverside to bask in beauty of some of the country’s most impressive temples, including Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha because it houses a stunning 46-metre long golden idol and Wat Arun for its unique architecture.
For lovers of history, the Grand Palace is incredibly opulent and rich in stories of the past, including the fascinating history of the Emerald Buddha that sits within Wat Phra Kaew. The Jim Thompson House is another historical site that offers insight into past lifestyles as the museum chronicles the adventures of the legendary American entrepreneur. Other historical destinations worth visiting include Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to sample all types of local favourites, Chinatown, which is packed with vendors and generation-old businesses and Bangkok’s largest flower market, Talad Pak Khlong.
Those who enjoy the outdoors should visit Bang Krachao, also known as Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’, for an afternoon of biking around its many winding trails, or set up a picnic at one of the city’s many expansive parks including Benjakiti Park at the Asok intersection and Lumphini Park, the city’s biggest.
Moreover, foodies will be pleased to know that the city is decorated with a wide range of upscale brasseries, open-air seafood restaurants, home-style eateries and everything in-between. At Mercure Bangkok, the hotel itself is home to the celebrated El Gaucho Steakhouse for the best of Argentinian cuisine or guests can choose to dine at Alex Brasserie for sumptuous Mediterranean fare. Mercure hotel’s sister property Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit also offers great dining options, including their famous Sunday Brunch at Voila!
For nightlife, Bangkok has plenty of choices. In Thonglor, visitors will find a high-end drinking scene filled with upscale bars and themed cocktail lounges. In the up-and-coming areas of Ekamai and Phra Khanong, the streets are mostly home to dive bars, beer gardens and open-air restaurants serving concoctions made from local ingredients. Khao San Road is a haven for backpackers because of the sheer choice of drinking venues spanning reggae bars, techno clubs and large open air gardens serving beer towers and cocktails in buckets; however, the busy thoroughfare of soi 11 which is home to Mercure Bangkok offers the best of everything.
As one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Bangkok is guaranteed to please all discerning travellers looking for a little slice of paradise. So make sure to book your stay with us today to experience all the charm and excitement of the City of Angels.