This week is dedicated to all Mothers as Thailand marks Mother’s Day on August 12. The moment to reflect on our Mothers and the sacrifices she made for us, to be where we are today. As the saying also goes, Mothers are our first love.
If you are looking for some ideas on what to do and where to go with your special first love, here’s our take on what is refreshing and new and some of the local established favourites. Clustered in broad groups, they are not in any particular order.
1. If your Mum loves tea, then an afternoon tea is the way to go. Check out the latest offerings in Tuxedo Espresso Bar in the recently opened Carlton Bangkok. Located in between Asok and Phrom Phong stations, you cannot miss the exterior facade of the hotel. An excellent choice because for one, it is new and if coffee is more your thing, you can always try their signature coffee
2. Afternoon tea at 137 Pillars Bangkok – in Thonglo. They have a special set to celebrate Mother’s Day and is ongoing for the entire month. There’s buttermilk scones, chocolates and more…
3. To scale higher heights and to make an afternoon out of it, head to the tallest tower in Bangkok for mocktails. Mahanakorn Skywalk will have live music too in 2 time slots (noon and early evening) on Mother’s Day. Mothers enter for free only on August 12. We visited recently – and here is our experience
4. This weekend, The Sukhothai Bangkok will roll out their classic chocolate brunch. Let us state it out loud – this is a journey around the world to sample various hot/cold chocolate drinks,wonderful cakes, a medley of light bites and more. We recall their sandwiches fondly and look forward to coming again as they relaunch (in line with the hotel’s reopening) on Saturday, 15 August. Chocolate buffet is open every Saturday and Sunday at 14:00-17:00 for only 990 ++ Baht per person.
5. After your waltz with chocolate and a special afternoon with your Mum, bring her for a concert, either to try something new or more so if she loves classical music. The Bangkok Symphony performs on Saturday at 7.30PM at the Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Centre. Program for The Queen Mother Concert includes the timeless Prince Igor Overture from Borodin and Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1 in C Major.
6. If your Mum loves Chinese food, bring her for Dim Sum at the many restaurants in Bangkok. Discuss the latest Chinese series to watch or revisit the highlights (fans of Untamed, smiles to you) The three restaurants that we recommend are:
a. Dynasty at Centara Grand at Centralworld – for the view from up above. Their dim sum stays true to the Cantonese style, authentic flavours
b. Yao Restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse – their Peking Duck makes all the difference – served with caviar and lychee jam. The duck soup is also one class above. On Sat/Sun, you can opt for their Chinese Afternoon Tea
c. Chef Pom Cuisine by TODD uses his own XO Sauce and their dimsum is really pretty and a work of art. Ample parking, insta-perfect dishes
7. Chef Bharath and his team at Punjab Grill will have a special Mother’s Day brunch on August 12, where Mothers dine free. Book early, as their weekly brunch gets booked out rather fast. Free flowing chai, here we come!