Tuk Tuk Tours
Explore Bangkok by the iconic tuk tuk
Love month is here and, while Bangkok might be no romantic match for Paris, the Thai capital gets at least a little bit smoochy for Valentine’s Day. Expect cards, roses and gifts to pop up at department stores and shopping centres around the city – and if you’re looking for somewhere to spend the occasion with a loved one (or to find a loved one in the first place), then look no further.
The city is packed with restaurants that make the perfect place to impress a date or show your significant other how much you still care. As well as full-blown international buffets at five-star hotels – perhaps Le Meridien hotel’s 58,888 baht blow-out eight-course private dinner, with wine pairing and suite reservation and so exclusive it’s available to only one couple, is up your street – small, romantic restaurants tucked into hidden corners of Bangkok offer an intimate dining experience with as much emphasis on excellent, often locally sourced food as on the inspired décor.
We love Steve Café & Cuisine, a 30-second walk from Thewet river pier or even a very brief shuttle boat hop for a more exclusive arrival, where the menu of hard-to-find traditional Thai dishes is complemented perfectly by the sunset views of the golden Rama 8 bridge. Thong Lor’s Soul Food Mahanakorn is a popular option for Thai dishes made with responsibly sourced ingredients, while Seven Spoons in the old town is set in an old Chinese shophouse and serves up imaginative Mediterranean dishes; it is frequently raved about as one of Bangkok’s best restaurants.
Five-star suites aside, Bangkok is home to plenty of charming, small-scale boutique hotels and guest houses that afford the perfect levels of luxury and privacy for a romantic getaway – whether you live in Bangkok or are just passing through.
The Bhuthorn is a beautifully and lovingly restored period Thai home set in a quiet residential square just a stone’s throw from the Grand Palace, in Bangkok’s old town. With just three bedrooms, it is about as intimate as you’re likely to find – but the highlight has to be the stunning spread of market-sourced breakfast treats served in a traditional Thai tiffin while seated in the romantic courtyard that’s only big enough to fit one couple at a time.
Set on the Chao Phraya river in the back streets of Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, Loy La Long is as a guest house that’s as romantic as the name suggests. Individually designed and colour-themed bedrooms are set literally above the water, while generously sized and artfully decorated common relaxation areas allow you and your lover to take full advantage of the views across the river.
Don’t spend Valentine’s alone! If you’re yet to find that special someone, this is your chance – Bangkok is packed with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Bars across the capital will be putting on special Valentine’s Day events like speed dating and more. But for a bit of a twist, we love The Reading Room Bangkok‘s idea of a Valentine’s treat for anyone who has given up on finding companionship with an actual person. Until 15 February, you can pick a gift-wrapped DVD (it’s free) with only limited information about the film inside – you then have a month to take it home and get to know each other before you return it and ‘rate your date’. If you find true love, you can thank us for the introduction!
While the large dinner cruise boats may not be the intimate setting you are looking for there are some much nicer smaller ones such as the Manohra or the Apsara cruises. Finally, of course if you just want to cuddle up to you partner while whizzing around Bangkok in a tuk tuk then our Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour is also an option, and with a stop in the Flower Market there is no excuse for not picking up that perfect bunch of roses.
Where will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day in Bangkok? Let us know in the comments!