1 Hour Activities


LUMPHINI PARK
Rama IV Road between Ratchadamri and Wireless

CENTRAL CHIDLOM
1027 Phloen Chit Rd.
+66-2793-7000
centralfoodhall.com

SOI POLO FRIED CHICKEN
3 Soi Polo, off Wireless Road, across from Lumphini Park
+66-2252-2252

BANGKOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
bangkoksymphony.org
Sundays at 6 p.m.
December through February; free

WANDER THROUGH THE CENTRAL PARK OF BANGKOK

  • Beat the heat on an early morning jaunt
  • Get physical with the aerobics crowd
  • Picnic and listen to a world-class symphony orchestra

Over the past two decades, Bangkok’s formerly lush landscape has given way to a cityscape of glass and steel towers. However, one green oasis that remains is Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s answer to New York’s Central Park, a five-minute stroll from the Conrad Bangkok. Wander over to spy komodo dragons slinking through the grass or sweethearts floating in swan-shaped boats on the manmade lake inside this 142-acre natural haven. Lace up for a run or walk around the 1.5-mile jogging loop in the early morning, or jump in with the Spandex-clad crowds for a late afternoon aerobics session (in the park’s southwestern corner). No need to break a sweat to commune with nature though. Make like a local and picnic beneath a palm tree. As for provisions, head to the Central Food Hall for charcuterie and imported cheeses from expat favorite Central Chidlom. Or, walk down Wireless to Soi Polo for what many consider some of Bangkok’s best street food: minimally battered and double-deep-fried chicken in a wok with garlic. If in town on a Sunday in winter, settle in for the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra’s free weekly concert (tip: claim your patch of lawn near the pavilion by 5 p.m.).
Lumphini Park is an easy five-minute walk south of the Conrad Bangkok on Wireless. Central Chidlom is just across Phloen Chit Road, and Soi Polo is down Wireless on the same side of the street as the hotel.

LUMPHINI PARK
Rama IV Road between Ratchadamri and Wireless

CENTRAL CHIDLOM
1027 Phloen Chit Rd.
+66-2793-7000
centralfoodhall.com
SOI POLO FRIED CHICKEN
3 Soi Polo, off Wireless Road, across from Lumphini Park
+66-2252-2252
BANGKOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
bangkoksymphony.org
Sundays at 6 p.m.
December through February; free

JIM THOMPSON HOUSE
1 Wang Mai
+66-2216-7368
jimthompsonhouse.com/
Open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily

STOCK UP ON THAI TREASURES

  • Make one stop for all your souvenir silks
  • Tour a historic Thai villa
  • Enjoy an aperitif by the reflecting pool

The man credited with putting coveted Thai silks on the map is Jim Thompson, an American spy-turned-entrepreneur. The Jim Thompson House, the villa he jigsawed together from historic Thai houses salvaged from the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Conrad Bangkok, and a prime place for a quick culture fix (not to mention a must-stop for the quintessential Siamese souvenirs). Load up at the gift shop on first-rate silk scarves, dresses, neckties, toys, and the softest cotton tees in town. Time permitting, snag a table in the café’s garden overlooking the reflecting pool. Snack on Thai-fusion fish tacos and cool off with a passionfruit and mint cocktail. Or, head upstairs to the wine bar with its floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the compound’s leafy grounds. It’s a meditative vantage point to mull over the circumstances of Thompson’s never-solved disappearance in the Malaysian highlands back in 1967.
Hail a taxi for the 10-minute drive, or take the SkyTrain BTS to National Stadium (which is faster if their traffic). Jim Thompson House runs free regular tuk tuk shuttles from the station to their property.

JIM THOMPSON HOUSE
1 Wang Mai
+66-2216-7368
jimthompsonhouse.com/
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

S.J. INTERNATIONAL JEWELRY
125/8 Sawankhalog Road
+66-2243-2446
sjjewelry.com/

DRAPE YOURSELF IN WORLD-CLASS BAUBLES

  • Shop for a sparkly souvenir
  • Choose from flawless Thai sapphires

Drawn to shiny, sparkly things? Then book an appointment at the highly regarded S.J. International Jewelr for a VIP shopping trip. The jeweler will send a car to collect you at the hotel and speed 15 minutes across town to their gem-packed manse. A personal attendant will guide you through prized bling and the provenance of each piece. Thailand is known for its flawless blue and yellow sapphires rubies, and an affinity for yellow gold. But you won’t be limited to those very fine choices—the collection ranges from classic gemstone earrings and bracelets to one-of-a-kind statement pieces and rings. Like a rapid return on your investment? S.J. specializes in designing set stones, which you can purchase and then claim a Tourist VAT Refund (loose gems do not qualify).
S.J. International Jewelry will send a complimentary car to the hotel for the 15-minute ride to their shop.

S.J. INTERNATIONAL JEWELRY
125/8 Sawankhalog Road
+66-2243-2446
sjjewelry.com/

PIZZA MASSILIA
15/1 Soi Ruam Ruedee
+66-2651-5091
pizzamassilia.com/

POP OUT FOR A PERFECT PIZZA PIE

  • Grab a seat at the finest pizza joint in town
  • Feast on coal-blackened pizzas and silky house-made pastas

If a craving for real deal Western fare hits, you’re in luck—the city’s finest pizza is just around the corner from the Conrad Bangkok. Pizza Massilia originally rolled into town as a food truck, but opened a brick and mortar restaurant to keep up with the demand for their popular pies. Italian chef Luca Appino bakes up Mediterranean-style creations in an imported brick oven with a wink and a smile (say ciao when he’s in-house). Try a classic spicy nduja pizza topped with smoky scamorza cheese or venture off script with the uni and yellow tomato pie. Perfectly roasted chicken and silky house-made pastas also make an appearance on the menu. Snag a table along the sidewalk outside, or opt for the French-accented dining room—all Damask wallpaper, white table-cloths and intricately patterned hardwood floors.
Duck out the back entrance of the hotel and slip through a little alley to Soi Ruam Rudee. Turn left and it’s two blocks up on your right.

PIZZA MASSILIA
15/1 Soi Ruam Ruedee
+66-2651-5091
pizzamassilia.com/