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King of places and one with an amazing reputation it well deserves. In the past, when I flew in to Bangkok, I’d always make the Babylon first stop after I’d checked in the hotel. A nice relaxing massage (maybe 2 hours) and I’d come out de-jet-lagged. So what does it offer for those who don’t know the place? First it’s a sauna. But on a huge scale. With several floors in two buildings of dark rooms, jacuzzis, steam and dry saunas, a gym, and a huge swimming pool and bar area in between. They also offer massage, and this is of a high standard (but there’s no happy ending – you don’t need one!) The hotel attached to the complex is sumptuous. If you don’t mind staying next to a sauna (and it’s a bit tucked away) this is luxury. They also have a variety of snack bars and a good restaurant. IF you were that way inclined you could spend the whole holiday here and not come out. Look out for their special parties, such as foam parties.
Great place! Check their website here – babylonbangkok.com
Well worth a visit if you fancy something different. Easy to find – on the left hand side as you’re walking down convent, and not too far down.
Check out their website here – www.coyoteonconvent.com
This is a very modern, upmarket restaurant. They provide a range of dishes and cuisine styles, ranging from pan-seared Alaska scallops to Indian Kedgeree and Thai Barramundi with Chorizo. The prices are good for what you get and the setting is nice. For a treat, this place is high on the list. They frequently have art exhibitions here.
Not hard to find. Go down convent and look for the Soi Pipat 2. (Soi Pipat 2 is on the right as you go down from Silom, just after the Convent itself) It’s just down there on the left.
Check out their website for details – www.eatmerestaurant.com
In Ken’s own words: “At Maison Chin, we work together to bring a style of cooking that is a natural blending of cuisines of the Asia and Europe that reflects the tasty multi-cultural experience of Bangkok today. We will strive to delight your palate with a touch of creativity, discovery, and the enjoyment of simple pleasures of eating. I wish you a happy voyage on this culinary adventure at Maison Chin.”
75/1 Soi Gotche – you can’t miss it! It’s close to the corner of Sala Daeng.
See their website at maisonchin.com
This is a really friendly place that I am sure you’ll love. The food is great. A mixture of Thai fusion with Western influence. The staff are always smiling and happy to serve you. The owner (an American) is gay, so the whole place is gay friendly. The place has a small terrace at the street side with four tables where you can watch football or Thai soap operas. The Mali Restaurant was that it was established in 1999 and the name “Mali” means “Jasmine Flower” in Thai.
Check out the wall which is full of framed photos of some interesting people that visited the restaurant. It includes the King and Queen of Sweden, Crown Prince of Denmark, Sting of the Police and the famous Asian action star Jet Li.
If you’re interested to visit Mali Restaurant, it doesn’t have a website alas. but its address is 43 Soi Sathorn 1 and the telephone is 286-7311 Ext. 171.
Vincent has included excellent Thai meals as well as several international selected specials on his restaurant menu.
For more information see their website – www.vincentsbangkok.com