The travel destination was all set for the ultimate hen’s night. Out of many cities in Southeast Asia, Bangkok was ‘THE’ destination, handpicked by the bride herself. The icing on the cake? Well, imagine four bridesmaids from different corners of the world having to pull together a bridal shower to remember! At this point, the common thread was that we all had agreed upon a city that exudes vibrancy with a dash of culture. Oh, did I mention it was to be under 72 hours? Here is how we did it!
Top 10 Ultimate Bangkok Hen’s Night Guide
1) Find The Perfect Hen’s Coop
The city’s expansive area makes it even puzzling to choose just the right accommodation. So how did we manage to find the perfect hen’s coop? Smacked right at the intersection between Sukhumvit Soi 18 and Sukhumvit Road, is the Central Bangkok Apartment. This three-bedded living space comes fully equipped with all the necessary facilities alongside tip-top cleanliness. At a rate of MYR 386 per night (2,890 THB), this cozy loft from Airbnb can accommodate up to five people and emanates a homely sense with its modern furnishments and spacious layout. There were no inadequacies in this selection, and the icing on the cake was its central location. Yes, it was only a stone’s throw away from Bangkok’s highly charged shopping malls, Terminal 21 and Asok metro station.
2) Lunch At Cabbage & Condoms, Bangkok
Don’t let the name be of any aversion as it is a rather popular eatery at Sukhumvit 12, Bangkok. The name alludes to the owner’s tenet that contraception should be made accessible, and in this case, FREE! Contrary to its name, the menu is as diverse and varied as the city’s gourmet experience, not to mention affordable. From the delectable local cuisine to the non-spicy western dishes, this joint has the right ingredients to satisfy all taste buds. When it comes to the design and decoration, the owner certainly wasn’t kidding with the generous use of colourful condoms as part of the lighting. Also, do check out the life-size mannequins made entirely out of ‘rubber’!
3) Explore Chatuchak Market
This well-known market holds the record as one of the largest weekend market in the world, covering a whopping 27 acres (11 hectares) with 27 sections, each with more than one category of goods for sale. Name any product and you will surely find it at this seemingly never-ending trail of shops. It is almost impossible to cover the entire area in a day so being selective and focused in your shopping will really help. The best time to bargain is right before closing time as vendors become more generous in giving out last minute discounts before closing sales for the day.
4) Party At Khao San, Bangkok
Though most backpacker’s experience is equivalent to roughing it out on a shoestring, the nightlife at this backpacking universe is anything but ordinary. Forget the delicate evening cocktail parties when you step into this alley made famous by the movie ‘The Beach’. The strings of raucous and squawky pubs/clubs with their pulsating music, booming away throughout the entire street will keep your head banging and body swaying through the night, till Bangkok’s wee hours of the morning.
5) Spa Retreat At Health Land, Bangkok
In close proximity to Asok station, this ethereal spa retreat guarantees to pamper the weary body after a long day on one’s feet. The imposing exterior is equally as impressive as its Zen-like interior, creating an out-of-this-world massage experience. A two-hour Thai massage usually costs 600 THB, and advance booking is recommended as it’s often fully-booked.
6) Muay Thai Experience In Bangkok
If you have seen Ong Bak, then you will know that this beloved combat sport is Thailand’s official national sport. The Rajadamnern Singha Muay Thai Academy right opposite our apartment has a contemporary vibe but its training is far from easy. Each session starts off with one hour of ‘intense warm-up’ which includes running, skipping and body stretch. The introductory class of 550 THB per person was a move away from the stereotypical hen’s night activities, leaving an unforgettable experience.
7) Out And About Pratunam Market
Comparable to Chatuchak, this market offers similar shopping experience with the exception of it being mainly indoors. One of its biggest pull is the wholesale prices, and expect to find almost everything you can dream of. Vendors practically live here, carting their wares through the twisted alleyways, dexterously dodging shoppers. So expect to manoeuvre through a boisterous market whilst bargaining incessantly for the best rates. Right across the main market, accessible via a footbridge is the Platinum Fashion Mall. This multi-tiered mall also caters to both your retail and wholesale shopping needs.
8) Shopping Adventures At Terminal 21
“Welcome to London.” We thought we had just exited an airport and stepped into a different city all together. We then descended another escalator and found ourselves in another metropolis. You might be wondering how is that even possible in Bangkok? This cutting edge shopping mall, aptly named Terminal 21 combines the love of shopping and travelling in a very interesting and enjoyable manner. The concept of theming all nine levels with a popular holiday destination and staying true to the country’s personality makes it unique and laudable. This mall has over 600 shops and more than 50 restaurants, cafés, and a food court for the enjoyment of shoppers.
9) Afternoon Stroll At Benjasiri Park
An unexpected pocket of green amidst the vast concrete jungle. This splash of tranquillity is an ideal spot for people watching, or just taking a breather from the fast-paced lifestyle. Situated right next to the Emporium Mall, this park caters to all age groups, and is well equipped with facilities such as a swimming pool, outdoor gym and a huge playground. Built around an ornamental lake, there are also many contemporary sculptures dotting along the park, showcasing and celebrating the talent of Thai artists.
10) Sky High At Lebua Sky Bar
There are no words to describe it. The minute the lift opened onto the 64th floor, our racing hearts were completely stunned. Bangkok’s rooftop scene is bedecked with opulent sky bars but nothing comes close Lebua Sky Bar. Made popular by the movie ‘The Hangover 2’, this majestic high-end nightlife experience is guaranteed to leave you awestruck. From its mind-blowing views of Bangkok City and Chao Phraya River to the amiable services, you cannot help but to feel like a celebrity. The most striking feature is the classic rotunda with its glittering yellow dome and spacious multi-level decks. And even though it does come with a heavy price tag, the overall satisfaction certainly makes every penny worthwhile.
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