Posted August 17, 2020

Welcome to Bangkok, the City of Angels

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Old meets new in Bangkok, where historic temples are illuminated in front of a backdrop of high-rise buildings.

Bangkok is so much more than tuk-tuks and street food – many travelers only just scratch the surface of all that this lively city has to offer. Set to open in October 2020, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok will welcome guests to one of Southeast Asia’s most stylish, international and boundary-pushing neighborhoods.

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok channels the city’s vibrant pulse, fusing raw, urban energy with a light-hearted spirit and distinguished design. Overlooking the lush and expansive Lumphini Park, the hotel features 362 well-appointed rooms, suites and serviced residences, as well as a host of stylish facilities. Take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool, spend the afternoon at the luxurious amaranth spa by HARNN, or grab a tiki-influenced cocktail and enjoy the live DJ at Bar.Yard, the property’s rooftop garden and drinking hole.

Kimpton Maa-lai Hotel in Bangkok

Located in Bangkok’s city centre, where the city’s top attractions are only a stone’s throw away, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok is the perfect launchpad for a trip exploring the electric city where old meets new. It’s time to start prepping for your trip to the East’s “City of Angels.”

Marble Temple Bangkok Thailand @ermakova

Visit Wat Benchamabophit a.k.a the Marble Temple, a Buddhist temple and the most well known in Bangkok. Image credit: @ermakova via Twenty20

Legendary Traveler’s Hub

Bangkok has long been a magnet for international travelers. In the ’70s it was the tail end of the legendary Hippie Trail, while today it’s the main stop on the ‘Banana Pancake Trail’ around Southeast Asia, made popular by backpackers.

The Bangkok of today looks nothing like it did a decade or two ago. This continuously flourishing metropolis is sophisticated while honoring its history and heritage. The new and the old seamlessly blend everywhere you look – even in the chicest districts, there’s always a soi (side street) around the corner where you can find local food and drink stalls, traditional markets and family-run shophouses.

The historic city center lies east of the Chao Phraya River on what was once swampland. Canals still divide these atmospheric neighborhoods, where you’ll find the former royal residence, one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and Khao San Road, a name familiar to backpackers worldwide.

Sunset over the Chao Phraya River @vsoipetch

Watch the sunset over the Chao Phraya River — Thailand’s major waterway that flows through Bangkok. Image credit: @vsoipetch via Twenty20

Lumpini, The Heart Of New Bangkok

Kimpton has found a home in the refined Lumpini district, east of old Bangkok but at the geographical center of the city. Lumpini’s combination of luxurious properties and fine dining, grand villas that house several country ambassadors, and the beautiful greenery of Lumpini Park makes it one of Bangkok’s most desirable districts to live or visit. Wireless Road, running along the park’s eastern side, is Bangkok’s answer to 5th Avenue in New York, while Lang Suan Road, bisecting Lumpini from north to south, is home to the city’s most reputed restaurants.

Chit Lom Skytrain station is a few minutes away on foot, with connections to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Bangkok’s financial district stretches to the southwest, Siam Square, a shopper’s paradise, is one Skytrain stop to the west, while going east takes you down Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s most cosmopolitan boulevard.

Vivarium in Bangkok

A scaffolding of found objects frames Vivarium‘s industrial chic interior.

What Bangkok Has In Store For You

  • Dine at  Bo.Lan, a MICHELIN-starred and beautifully designed restaurant built in a renovated Thai home. Bo.Lan serves elevated traditional dishes using organic, sustainable ingredients from local producers.
  • Shop at CentralWorld, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, also within walking distance of the new Kimpton Maa-Lai Hotel.
  • Marvel at the Grand Palace, the city’s top tourist attraction for a reason. The complex of palaces and shrines includes Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – the country’s most sacred temple.
Elephant Monument and Grand Palace Bangkok Palace @ermakova

Don’t miss the Grand Palace — Bangkok’s top tourist attraction — and the colorful pink Elephant Monument nearby. Image credit: @ermakova via Twenty20

  • Hop on the Chao Praya River Express to explore Bangkok’s riverside and spot iconic temples and buildings on either side.
  • Navigate row upon row of everything under the sun at Chatuchak, the world’s largest weekend market.
  • Sip on Bangkok’s best cocktails at Vesper, a bar that’s as sleek as the character who created and named the Vesper cocktail (Bond, James Bond).
  • Enjoy a taste of Bangkok’s rich culinary history at Spirit, showcasing Thai flavors in a space designed to reflect the life of renowned silk maven Jim Thompson—set at his garden-enclosed former property (now a house museum).
  • Have dinner at Vivarium—an industrial warehouse-turned-restaurant filled with hanging plants, tree roots and found objects for a truly striking and eclectic ambience.
Spirit Jim Thompson

A dish of New Zealand lamb chops in green curry sauce with young coconut meat, heart of palm and pickled green papaya at Spirit.

We can’t wait to welcome you to this high-class, action-packed city!

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