Haute Hangouts: Thailand

By  April 14, 2014

From the lush jungle in Chiang Mai to the sandy beaches across Krabi, you’re sure to be charmed by Thailand’s raw beauty. Whether you’re looking to explore like a tourist or party like a local, here are six scenes you’ll want to add to your savvy traveler bucket list.

James Bond Island James Bond Island Ao Phang, Off Khao Phing Kan Island

This is the island made famous by its role alongside 007 in The Man With the Golden Gun.  Boat to the beach and canoe into the lagoon to see this landmark up close and personal.

Maggie Choo’s Maggie Choo’s 320 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok

Maggie Choo’s is a hidden gem with a speakeasy vibe, live jazz music, and authentic Cantonese food. Plan to indulge in the creative cocktail menu—the cotton candy martini does not disappoint. Reservations are recommended.

Thongyang Seaview Restaurant Thongyang Seaview Restaurant Koh Phangan, 32/4 Moo 4, Ban Tai Subdistrict, Ko Phangan 84280

Go for the sunset, stay for the cocktails. Enjoy fresh Thai food, hang with the locals, and take in the stunning panoramic views.

Baan Chang Elephant Park Baan Chang Elephant Park 147/1 Rachadamnoen RD, Muang Chiang Mai 50200

Learn the behavior, lifestyle, and personality of elephants firsthand from English-speaking mahouts. Spend the day bathing, playing, and exploring with your elephant as you ride bareback through the jungle.

Flynow Flynow 106 and 107, Siam Paragon Shopping Center, 991 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330

Located in Siam Paragon (one of the biggest shopping centers in Asia), the Flynow boutique is a top name in Thailand, with one-of-a-kind pieces and catering to an international clientele.

Wat Rong Khun Wat Rong Khun Pa O Don Chai Road, A. Muang, Chiang Rai, 57000

Known among foreigners as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple—and perhaps the most unique in all of northern Thailand.