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New Year's Eve and New Year in Bangkok
Things to do

New Year's Eve and New Year in Bangkok

Here's our guide to everything you want to know about celebrating the New Year in Bangkok, now go make some plans and we’ll see you in 2020!

Where to see Christmas lights and decorations in Bangkok
Things to do

Where to see Christmas lights and decorations in Bangkok

This time of the year, Bangkok is transformed into a magical land with all the Christmas lights and installations. 

Best public parks in Bangkok
Attractions

Best public parks in Bangkok

The best green spaces to breathe in the fresh air in in the city

The best lunch deals at fine-dining restaurants in Bangkok
Restaurants

The best lunch deals at fine-dining restaurants in Bangkok

You don't always have to save up for your dream meal. A number of fine-dining restaurants in Bangkok offer business lunch deals that guarantee top-notch fare for less. Here are a few of our recommendations.

What's in the latest issue of Time Out Bangkok
Things to do

What's in the latest issue of Time Out Bangkok

- Ways to enjoy a memorable day without air-conditioning in Bangkok - Where to see Christmas lights and decorations - Soi Sukhumvit 36

Latest restaurants and cafés review

Shun by Yanagiya
Restaurants

Shun by Yanagiya

Japanese restaurant Yananiga, set in a hilly, tree-dense countryside near the city of Gifu, is known among well-traveled gastronomes for serving locally sourced game meats, such as wild boar, venison and bear, that are charcoal-grilled to perfection.

Carne
Restaurants

Carne

This meat-centric restaurant shows some love for secondary cuts and bold Latin flavors.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Kin by Eats Payao
Restaurants

Kin by Eats Payao

This new Eats Payao, now called Kin, has a more grown-up feel

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
OOOBkk
Restaurants

OOOBkk

OOOBkk is actually a playful acronym for One Ounce for Onion.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
[REVISIT] Thiptara
Restaurants

[REVISIT] Thiptara

Now that Thai fine-dining is on the rise in Bangkok, Thiptara is finding ways to transform itself, albeit slowly

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Latest bars review

Crimson Room
Bars

Crimson Room

A theater-themed jazz bar in Langsuan that’s set to wow

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Talk of The Town
Bars

Talk of The Town

You certainly won’t miss this newly opened bar at Phrakanong lifestyle complex W District

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Copper Bar
Bars

Copper Bar

Seating yourself on one of these gilded barstools allows a front-row view to owner Fabio Brugnolaro’s impressive mixology ministrations

Alonetogether
Bars

Alonetogether

The peeps behind Sugar Ray, the city’s coolest hidden gem, have collaborated with the owner of old town speakeasy Ku Bar to open a jazz bar

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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New movie releases

Frozen II
Movies

Frozen II

It’s pretty weird to think that Disney used to recycle its own animations to save a few bucks. So, Baloo from ‘The Jungle Book’ magically became Little John in ‘Robin Hood’ with a little sleight of hand by its toiling animators. Of course, that was long before the Mouse House became a world-conquering animation behemoth on the back of Pixar’s success and smash hits like 2013’s ‘Frozen’. That made $1.3 billion, so around one dollar for every time your kids have made you watch it. Happily, this long-anticipated sequel feels entirely fresh. The world it creates is charming, the wit sparkles and – one brief burst of ‘Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People’ aside – the songs are all new. So let go of ‘Let It Go’ and clear some room for a new batch of earworms. As you’d expect, the self-contained Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) remains at the heart of the story, but ‘Frozen 2’ also belongs to her exuberant sister Anna (Kristen Bell). She’s very much a co-conspirator here, sharing ‘When-Harry-Met-Sally’-ish tiffs with lovestruck Kristoff (Jonathan Groff, blessed with a genius ’80s-style power ballad from songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) and helping to guide the scene-stealing Olaf (Josh Gad) through a very funny coming-of-neige plotline. The hilarious ‘When I Am Older’ and some philosophical musings on the nature of existence are an absolute delight. If there’s a flaw, it’s the slightly fiddly plot that has more folky symbols and elemental runes than a Hoxton tattoo

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars

The latest Time Out interviews

Austin Bush
Restaurants

Austin Bush

Meet the James Beard Award-nominated author who is bringing Northern Thai cuisine to the world stage

Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich
Things to do

Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich

The Magic Eyes founder talks 36 years of her public services. 

Valentina Ploy
Music

Valentina Ploy

Who’s Valentina Ploy?

Patchara “Pom” Pirapak
Restaurants

Patchara “Pom” Pirapak

“The food I serve now reflects 100 percent who I am,” says Chef Patchara “Pom” Pirapak

Best hotels in Bangkok

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

The stunning, brand-new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok shoots up from the bustling Rachaprasong intersection like a flower; in fact, it was designed to look like one—a magnolia, to be exact. Inside, design elements by Hong Kong-based architect Andre Fu—such as wrought iron sculptural panels and an assortment of intricate chandeliers—pay homage to local Thai culture as well as the Waldorf legacy. The property boasts 171 rooms and suites, each with interactive entertainment systems, well-stocked mini bars and sprawling bathrooms with rainfall showers, high-tech toilets and toiletries by Salvatore Ferragamo. Guests have access to three restaurants, two bars and a tea room lounge; our favorites are the Front Room, a lobby-level eatery serving innovative Nordic-Thai fare, and the top floor Champagne Bar, offering flutes of bubbly to be enjoyed on plush green velvet couches overlooking the city below. A small (three rooms) but lovely spa sits next to the open air, rooftop pool, scattered with giant wicker chairs and affording one of the best views from the property. There's also a 24-hour fitness center, as well as the aforementioned lounge, Peacock Alley, perfect for whiling away the hours between city exploration and dinner—look for the clock behind the bar, a quiet nod to the storied hotel brand's first property in Manhattan (every Waldorf Astoria has a version of the first location's beautiful wall clock).  Time Out tip: Book ahead at the spa and the Front Room, both popular must-d

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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W Bangkok
Hotels

W Bangkok

W Bangkok integrates twisted Thai culture with quirky Western motifs

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Hotels

The Okura Prestige Bangkok

The Okura Prestige Bangkok has set a new standard for luxury hotels

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
SO Sofitel Bangkok
Hotels

SO Sofitel Bangkok

Gorgeous views and unique designs are the key reasons you’ll love SO Sofitel Bangkok. Located a few blocks away from Lumpini Park, the enclaves lush greenery can be spotted from most rooms. Room styles are crafted around four different themes: earth, water, wood and metal. The Earth rooms are embellished with playful, curvy walls inspired by prehistoric cave paintings found in Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani. Metal rooms are decked out like an urban refuge with minimal, modern decor and pristine white furniture. The Wood room, on the other hand, is inspired by a traditional Northern Thai wooden house, while the Water room—the sexiest room of all—features concrete walls and semi-transparent glasses partitions.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars

Out of town

Three things to do at Inle Lake
Travel

Three things to do at Inle Lake

Shan State freshwater lake awaits your exploration

Siem Reap through new eyes
Travel

Siem Reap through new eyes

Here are are new places you have to visit when you’re in Siem Reap

Unconventional museums around the world
Travel

Unconventional museums around the world

Check-in: Renaissance Koh Samui
Travel

Check-in: Renaissance Koh Samui

If you’re looking to experience an extraordinary holiday, Renaissance Koh Samui might just be the place for you. Though you have the option to indulge in your usual tropical holiday activities, like sunbathing or chilling by the pool, Renaissance’s new global marketing campaign, titled “Discover This Way,” may just convince you to venture outside of your comfort zone—and even outside of the hotel—for an entirely unique travel experience. The Discover This Way program features activities within and beyond the hotel led by a Samui-born and raised navigator who knows every best bit of the island. Renaissance Koh Samui, located on the picturesque Lamai beach, has been a staple for many travelers for decades—not so surprising since the accommodations, facilities and impeccable service have never failed to impress. Deluxe rooms offer views of the 50-meter Leelawadee lap pool (said to be the longest pool on the island) and the resort’s lush grounds, while pool villas offer the ultimate privacy and spacious rooms consisting of 4-poster king-size bed. Your Renaissance journey starts soon as you check in, with Punchbowl Rituals, a cocktail-making session by the beach. A mixologist will guide you through the process of making a unique drink using only Thai ingredients —we’re talking lemongrass, galangal, Thai chili, hot basil, kaffir lime, and fresh cane syrup, all of which are mixed with renowned Phuket spirit, Chalong Bay Rum. After the session, you’ll be seated at the Navigator’s