Le Méridien Bangkok

40/5 Surawong Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
+66 2 232 8888

Discovery is the Benefit

Uncover, discover + elevate your experience. This part of Bangkok bristles with places to explore. Feel like a guest in a private Thai house. Survey the city limits from 78 floors in the highest building of town. Shop till you drop from the street market into a night spot. Or simply jog across Bangkok’s greenest lung.

Bangkok Discovery – Surawong Road

Surawong Road is another key central business district artery alongside Silom and Sathorn. Stretching from Charoen Krung and the river via Sirat Expressway ramps to Rama IV Road, Surawong reveals a rich haul of shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and places of interest. At two points, the road spills into Bangkok’s original, though nowadays increasingly gentrified, red light district with its vibrant night market but there is so much more to it than that. A little adventurousness is always well-rewarded.

It’s hard to imagine that Surawong Road was once rice fields, sugarcane fields and vegetable gardens. Some European-style houses were built during that time. Later, in the reign of King Prajadhipok, Surawong Road, was a significant area for welcoming high-class foreigners and royals. Nowadays the string of upscale restaurants extends into Yaowarat (Chinatown) and adjacent Si Phraya Road and Surawong is considered a prime business district that includes Silom and Sathorn. It’s also a popular nightlife destination as the party animal havens of Patpong and Thaniya both lead off it.

Places to Explore in Bangkok

Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson House is the former home of the man credited with revolutionizing the Thai silk industry but who mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia in 1967. A man of great taste and an avid collector, he left behind this beautiful Thai teak house assembled from several old houses, complete with tasteful artworks and antiques. Visitors from all over the world continue to be enchanted by it. A 10-minute walk from BTS National Stadium station.
M.R. Kukrit Heritage Home
M.R. Kukrit Pramoj was a venerable and colourful Thai politician, scholar and professor. A great-grandson of King Rama II, he acted alongside Marlon Brando in The Ugly American movie (1963). A man of great taste, the home he started creating in 1941 is as eloquent an expression of Thai heritage as can be found. The 0.8-hectare plot hosts five traditional Thai timber houses set amid lush gardens studded with shady trees. A 20-minute walk from BTS Chong Nonsri station.
Baan Batt’ Alms Bowl Community
“Baan Batt” or ‘Monk’s Bowl Town’, is famous for producing hand-crafted monk’s bowls using traditional techniques handed down through generations. Durable and produced in various shapes, the quality of each bowl is premium. An 11-minute walk from MRT Sam Yod station.
Mahanakhon Building
Enter the new architectural landmark in the heart of Bangkok’s CBD beside Chong Nonsi BTS station. A place where luxury meets privilege, the 78-story mixed-use home to the Ritz-Carlton Residence, King Power Retail and Duty-Free is Thailand’s tallest building. With its distinctive pixilated form, it’s worth visiting for King Power Mahanakhon SkyWalk, a state-of-the art observation deck boasting the city’s most epic views at 314 metres, alone. Arguably the most significant example of contemporary architecture in Thailand.
Samyan Mitrtown
Stroll 05 minutes from Le Méridien Bangkok to explore a popular place for Thai teenagers, Samyan Mitrtown, a shopping, office, residential and leisure development. Mitr means “friendly” in Thai. As its next to Chulalongkorn University, its array of affordable restaurants, cute stationery shops, trendy boutiques, a state-of-the-art movie theatre, and around-the-clock cafés seek to attract a broad cross- section of the population and, of course, visitors.

Beautiful Jog Around Bangkok

Discovery Run Route

Let’s go with the flow and discover some greenery around central Bangkok. Start with a 5 km route or venture further afield with a 12 km jog.

MRT Silom

The cosmopolitan heart of Bangkok.

Lumpini Park

Spanning almost 58 hectares, Bangkok’s first public park was created on royal land by King Rama VI in the 1920s. At its heart is a giant lake with its own island. A popular afternoon activity involves hiring a rowing or paddle boat and navigating the interlocked expanses of water surrounded by lush grass and mature trees and plants. Others prefer to make use of the public outdoor gym, or take in a keep fit activity in the morning or evening, from aerobics classes to Tai Chi, or simply join the steady stream of joggers and walkers.

Benjakitti Park

Opened in 2004 in honour of Queen Sirikit’s 72nd (6th auspicious 12-year cycle) birthday, Benjakitti Park can be accessed from three stations: Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT station, Sukhumvit MRT station, and Asok BTS Station. This park also wends around a picturesque late but its most unique attribute is being Bangkok’s first forest park. Run one complete circuit then jog back to the hotel.

Have fun, whichever run.
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