June: Travel & Dining Highlights in Bangkok & Beyond

We bid farewell to the month of May and we are optimistic that with more easing of restrictions, June will see us exploring the outdoors more. June is also the month to mark the summer solstice, less than 3 weeks away.

And in Thailand, we will see more rain in the evenings as we glide away from the height of summer. For those of us planning dinner outings, check out the Japanese-American ToKio Jo in Samyan Mitrtown for some fried chicken and healthy poke bowls. Chope Exclusives (500 off a minimum 1000 Baht spend) now include the renowned Aesop’s for Greek food and also dining perks at Shang Palace for Chinese, among others. Check out the full list here

Of course, the newest opening in town goes to % Arabica. Their Instagram-ready location has coffee lovers queuing for a good cup of coffee. Head to Iconsiam for it.  When in Sathorn, make a detour to the newly opened Flash Coffee, originally from Indonesia. A tech-enabled coffee chain, they started in Jakarta with funding from tech players – and their prices are very affordable (from 40 Baht).  Art enthusiasts – head to Rivercity Bangkok and immerse yourself in Van Gogh in a new show where art comes to life. Opening from 4th June onwards…

Fans of Indian food, take note – Patiaala House in Amari Watergate Hotel (on Petchaburi Road) is ready to welcome guests back for a hearty dinner of curries and more, with offerings up to 50% discount for dine-in, Eatigo and also delivery apps. We are also anticipating the reopening for Punjab Grill – with takeaway and delivery to come shortly. Mia on Sukhumvit 26 reopens with an 8-course tasting menu (2550 Baht). Expect dishes from their formal training in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe and Asia, as well as their Thai and Malaysian upbringings. Wine pairing packages are available. Come early and have pre-dinner chillax in their lively cocktail bar on the ground floor.

Pippa, a rooftop destination in Pattaya is now delivering within Bangkok. Their fusion culinary take has caught the attention of BK’s Top Tables too. Read more about their offer here

After rolling out Big Boy burgers, the group is now launching a feast of wings. Delivering flavours to your door –  ‘Wing It’ is available daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for delivery only and price starts from THB 149 for 6 pieces/wings. Call 064 197 4457, visit their website for more details wingit-bkk

On a bittersweet note, lovers of southern Thai food, do visit Klangsuan when you can, located off a sub-soi on Sukhumvit 22. They will be closing permanently in a few weeks. The chef’s authentic take and fiery dishes will be missed. Many have reminisced of their grandma’s cooking here and many editors and international media have heaped accolades.

Staycations & Escapades Beyond

Holiday makers, keep an eye for deals galore across the provinces. The offer in The Ritz Carlton Samui is one. Unwind with their all inclusive 3-meals a day vacay and bask in the island sunlight and island time. Vouchers from 3,000 Baht also on sale – and they will top up another 50% for you to spend further.

Chiva-Som in Hua HIn is offering healthy retreats and discounts plus vouchers up for grabs. Plan your holistic getaway and head out. Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin is also reopening in July. Book now on their welcoming offer from 4,300 Baht net.

Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is offering a 500 Baht cash voucher for your petrol, which is an excellent touch. Packages here start from 3,300 net for their garden rooms, with more discounts for consecutive stays.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin is a grand dame of the province. Welcoming guests since the 1920s, they are preparing to welcome you back. Also check out their Help the Heroes campaign – purchase vouchers for future stays and they will donate 50% more. From which 25% goes back to us and 25% is donated to the heroes and frontliners working to protect us during this time.

The Pack Light & Pay Light package from Inter Continental Hua HinResort caught our eye. 2 nights stay for 10,499 net and it comes with 24 hours check-in/check-out to maximise your stay. It also comes with a complimentary parking space and a 3-course set dinner for 2. Travelers who are eyeing realms further north can check out 137 Pillars and their suite offers (their Bangkok property has staycation offers too). We covered Chiangrai before the pandemic and listed out our suggestions.