An Asian powerhouse in all its glory, Bangkok still mystifies the world as it has for centuries. With its pastoral and scenic beauty, bustling cityscapes and friendly populace it has become a staple in any Asian travel itinerary with an ease that puts others in the region to shame. Ever redefining its relevance and increasing with time in touristic value it is truly no surprise that it is also one of the most romantic cities on the continent.
Whether it’s the vibrant nature of this charming city or the resplendent wealth of cultural experiences on offer, lovers worldwide agree that Bangkok is the destination to beat when it comes to romance. Mainly due to the many attractive options on offer in this idyllic locale, during that all important holiday for the attached: Valentine’s Day.
Couples can treat themselves to a VIP movie experience in the city’s premier cinemas and theatres which even provide sofa-like inclinable massage chairs complete with blankets, socks and pillows in a five star movie experience like no other. Ideal for those who love to snuggle up in comfort while enjoying an equally wonderful cinematic offering courtesy of Hollywood, VIP tickets are available at almost all of Bangkok cinemas which are conveniently located within the city’s skyscraping shopping complexes. Popular choices include Major Cineplex, EGV or the SF Cinema City outlets at the Emporium and MBK. Krungsri IMAX and Century Movie Plaza are the other top theatres in addition to the Scala, Lido, House RCA and Siam theatres. The Paragon Cineplex’s Nokia Ultra Screens resemble a private screening room with its free treats, soft drinks, blankets and iSqueez massage chairs. The cinema is divided in to double-seater sections called ‘block seats’ which enhance privacy. Couples can also enjoy a complimentary preview massage at Pranali Wellness Spa before the movie starts for a truly relaxing and inspiring viewing experience.
For those who wish to combine an authentic Bangkok experience with their romantic pursuits look no further than the Mekhala Chao Praya overnight river cruise. Complete with breathtaking sights and sounds and a touch of history guests can enjoy a stunning sunrise surrounded by a backdrop complete with temples, castles and the scenic river. Setting off on the Chao Praya River the former rice barge consists of quaint rooms and comfortable viewing areas making for a perfectly romantic getaway on Thailand’s famed river. Another option is touring fascinating Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn which is quietly nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya. Also known as Wat Chaeng, it is the bejewelled home of the Emerald Buddha. Absolutely breathtaking at sunset, a visit to the Temple of Dawn is the perfect end to an evening as the area looks as if it’s inhabited by magical forces, once it’s lit up against the night sky.
Pairs who wish to have a laid back time in the lush surroundings of a picnic in the park will also have a number of options when in Bangkok, the best of which is sprawling Lumpini park. As the city’s most ancient and biggest parkland, the Lumpini covers over half a million square metres and is also one of the tranquil areas in Bangkok. Picnickers can relax on the grassy knolls of the park while sampling Thai treats or fresh fruits in the serene atmosphere.
More adventurous couples can sign up for the cycle tour to Ko Kret which commences at Wat Ko Kriang on the river banks of the Chao Phraya. Discover the natural splendour of Nonthaburi, paddy fields, country folk and fruit farms as you tread along merrily on vehicle free streets and enjoy lunch along the river or at a cosy riverside eatery.
Valentine’s Day celebrations can end with a night of dancing at Bangkok’s trendy nightclubs which offer everything from sultry salsa clubs to the best in electronic music, jazz, and techno fare. Known for their eclectic atmospheres and pulsating music, Bangkok’s clubs are a big hit among locals and seasoned guests. Popular venues include the Eavesdrop at Q Bar, Fogo Vivo, Club Culture, Twisted Republic, Bed Supperclub, RCA and Concept CM2 , all of which offer varied theme nights to keep the revellers guessing and the dance floors jam packed with partygoers.
President Solitaire Bangkok is the perfect choice if one’s in Thailand’s capital city on Valentine’s Day. Home to the renowned Ananda Spa which offers a wide range of soothing spa treatments especially for couples, this luxurious Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel near MRT facilities is a locale beyond compare. Stylish and cosy, it is undoubtedly one of the best hotel apartment Bangkok has on offer.