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Bangkok: alternative (and tremendously cool) directions to the typical tourist tour

Prepare your Instagram, because many likes are coming.

Do you think that you have seen everything? © Getty Images

Bangkok City that never sleeps. The Thai capital never ceases to amaze and offers a constant movement full of novelties, hipster energy in an Asian key, activities of all kinds and local fashions that never cease to change, placing the city in a high position in the ranking of the coolest cities in the world.

We have traveled Bangkok for three days to try to dedicate an alternative list (and tremendously cool) to the touristic tour of rigor. Welcome to Bangkok, 2019 version! Prepare your instagram, that many likes come.

1. STAY IN THE MOST COOL HOTEL OF THE CITY: EL W.

When checking in at the reception of the W hotel, the doubt invades us: Will we have been wrong? Around us, young people only, modern attire to more power, frenetic music by the hand of a DJ and walls and details techy that remind us of any of the most famous clubs in Ibiza.

Its more than 31 floors have several restaurants (A must try their famous The Kitchen Table and its succulent grill of premium meats) and bars, a gym, a spa (in which you choose the color of lights that you want to be given to your massage room), a pool and more than 400 rooms of modernist aesthetics, digital controls and futuristic energies.

Staying at the W is already a cool act in itself: at nightfall, the bar that tilts the reception is filled with the coolest people in Bangkok and the volume of Dj Set encourages a drink and dance before going up to the room to rest.

Tuk Tuk Couture, one of the most instagrammed places in W Bangkok and the entire city! © W Bangkok

2. OBSERVE BANGKOK FROM HIS HIGHEST POINT

The King Power Mahanakhon Tower has the tallest viewpoint in Bangkok. Located on the 78th floor and 314 meters above sea level, the roof of this impressive tower has been open to the public since last November and is an unforgettable experience for anyone who dares to step on its vertiginous glass floor of 63 square meters.

Access to this floor is an experiment, on the other hand, since the vertical crossing is done in the fastest digital elevator in all of Thailand: 50 seconds to reach the 74th floor. There is nothing!

King Power Mahanakhon, are you up? © Osiris Martínez

3. SLEEP THE SIESTA AT NAP SLEEP SALONS

In Bangkok, you can also take a nap. But here, the concept is somewhat different: Nap Sleep Salons rooms invite you to it through their Hair massages and wash-comb-rest treatments.

And is that washing, treatment and massage are done with blanket, eyes covered and lying down. Visiting the room between excursion and excursion is a perfect option to replenish energy and rub shoulders with Thai costumes who take advantage of a work stop or take a break when leaving the office.

Pamper yourself in Nap Sleep Salons © Facebook Nap Sleep Salons

4. ENJOY A SESSION OF PURCHASES IN THE NEW COMMERCIAL CENTERS OF THE CITY

Walk around the Siam neighborhood and its iconic MBK, Siam Square and Siam Paragon shopping centers They remain an experience and a danger to the credit card.

The neighborhood is filled with students when they leave school and it is very fun to be part of the hustle and bustle teenager that is formed there every day of the week. But this year, fashionistas and lovers of shopping they have two new and very interesting places to those who go to fill their suitcases with memories.

On the one hand, The market It is the new cool hipster center (at a great price) to renew the closet with the latest trends in the city. Infinity of small positions young thai designers they populate the building and it is difficult to resist such a wonderful offer. We highly recommend it.

The Market, the fashionistas paradise © Osiris Martínez

On the other hand, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the recently opened Iconsiam, an impressive shopping center that boasts, among other things, of occupying 525,000 square meters divided into two parts: Iconluxe, a luxury area that brings together all the signatures of ready-to-wear high-end and the rest of the mall Iconsiam, a paradise of shopping which has seven areas dedicated to restoration. And what areas!

The center reproduces in one of its plants foodie a giant floating market with food stalls offering dishes from all areas of Thailand, with river, boats and waterfall included. A true theme park of local cuisine!

Dear foodies: this is your place! © Sook Siam

5. MERENDAR AT KYO ROLL

On a visit to Bangkok it is the perfect occasion to experience one of its latest trends: The snack The city has a multitude of 'Dessert cafes', ultramodern coffee shops whose menus only offer sweet dishes of the most instagramable, delicate and elaborate.

The coffees Kyo roll (there are 10 scattered around the city) are part of that new wave foodie for sweet tooth arty. Inspired by the beauty and tradition of the Japanese city of Kyoto, they propose to their guests A true gastronomic experience that fuses the best contemporary Japanese desserts with a delicate artistic touch.

Roll cakes with bamboo ash, Matcha ice cream premium and other culinary wonders are served in wood and stone dishes with the most photographed presentations. A sweet and unforgettable Zen experience!

The latest gastro trend in Bangkok is ... the snack! © Kyo Roll

6. DINNER IN THE HOUSE ON SATHORN

The wonderful house built in 1889 that awaits the restaurant and its new concept of sea ​​dishes Paii It is an attraction in itself and a perfect setting to enjoy a pleasant dinner.

The service is exquisite, the frame unsurpassed and the dishes guarantee an exquisite culinary experience. Must try Tom Yam Goong soup and spicy steamed fish with lime.

The courtyard of The House on Sathorn, where you can enjoy your new concept of sea dishes Paii © The House on Sathorn

7. LOSE YOU FOR THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF ARI, THONGLOR AND EKKAMAI

Bookstores, small cafes, confectioneries, night bars and a lot of hipster life more and more these three emerging neighborhoods of the city populate.

Ekkamai and Thong have become two increasingly popular residential neighborhoods and its growing local life encourages the opening of cute cafes, barbershops, beauty salons and night bars.

Right there, in the Ekkamai area, is where our manicurist discovery is located: Nail Attitude In Bangkok, the current trend has Kawai accent, lots of art, glitter and outgoing designs.

Lend yourself to the game of nail art It's even more fun if you do it in this hidden room. And, in order to enjoy a session in this room, It is mandatory to have an appointment.

The address is almost secret: it is accessed through a successful local confectionery: Patisserie Rosie.Upon entering, they ask you if you have booking, and if your answer is correct, they show you the way to be able to show off some very original and fun nails.

A clandestine manicure? © Osiris Martínez

8. TAKE A CUP IN A BAR SPEAKEASY (OR CLANDESTINE)

He Find the Photobooth It is one of them and a choice of ten to taste a true author cocktail in A retro atmosphere enlivened by jazz notes.

The place is located in the lively Nana neighborhood and access to the bar is what gives the place its name: The door is hidden inside a photo booth, and passing it has a trick.

The 'clandestine' bars, a rising trend © Facebook Find the Photobooth

9. TAKE A COFFEE… .AZUL

The concept and the most famous coffees of Blue whale coffee. Its owners, lovers of blue color, They decided to add a 'blue milk' to their coffees.

The secret? Plant Clitoria Ternatea, known as 'blue tea' or 'Butterfly Pea Flower' is what gives color to the concoction.

In addition, his letter defends drinks with low sugar load and many drinks without caffeine. Your location? Near the famous and quiet temple Wat Pho

Blue coffee overlooking the Wat Pho temple © Blue Whale Coffee

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