These three cities are some of the top travel destinations in the world. And for those of us living in Thailand, well, aren’t we lucky? We don’t have to look any farther than our own backyard (aka ‘grassy lawn adjacent to your house’ for our fellow condo-dwelling Bangkokians). Whenever you feel the hustle and bustle of life wearing your down, treat yo’self to some quality time in these domestic destinations. Here’s our take on a perfect day in each:
Drink amazing coffee and listen to jazz in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is known for its quaint village atmosphere and scrumptious Lanna food. But one of our favorite ways to enjoy this northern gem is with a cup of single origin in our hand. Stop by Graph Cafe, a miniature-sized coffee shop in Old Town, for full-bodied espresso. The unique space seats only a few people, so we recommend trying your luck at off-peak times. With swaying trees, gleaming gold temples and bright white stucco walls around you, you’ll be transported to an altogether simpler time.
End the day with live jazz music at the funky North Gate Jazz Co-op. You’ll know you’re at the right spot when you see the crowd spilling from the open-air shophouse onto the street. Grab a drink and join the mix of local musicians, low-key tourists and expats bopping their heads to the beat.
Where to stay: Book a stay at one of the Dusit Thani Chiang Mai hotels. Dusit D2 is a sleek, modern oasis right in the vibrant heart of the city. The Dusit Princess Chiang Mai is the perfect spot to experience world famous Thai hospitality with Chiang Mai’s buzzing night market right at your doorstep.
Graph Café in Chiang Mai
Take a stroll through a seaside temple and feast on the beach in Pattaya.
We know what you’re thinking, but Pattaya has proved itself to be one of the best places in Thailand to enjoy the slow life. Start at the Sanctuary of Truth. This ornate structure is part temple, part work of art and full of breathtaking beauty. The wooden monument (not even one metal nail was used!) portrays scenes of Thai, Indian, Chinese and Khmer culture. Skip the questionable elephant and horse tours and explore on foot. Take your time along the wooden walkways, checking out the hand carved inlays and admiring the ocean view. Although not too old itself – building started in 1981 and continues today – the temple preserves an ancient style of wood carving.
Reflect on art and culture while relaxing on the sand, drink in hand, at Glass House Pattaya. This Jomtien restaurant is all whitewashed wood and relaxing beach vibes. Specializing in traditional Thai fare with a modern twist, it’s a great place to admire a blazing sunset.
Where to stay: Book a room with a view, a sea view of course, at Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel. The five-star hotel has panoramic views of the ocean and two private beachfronts thanks to its location on the curved bay. While you’re there indulge in a relaxing massage and body scrub at Dusit’s world class Devarana Spa.
Sanctuary of Truth on the shores of Pattaya
In Bangkok, cycle along jungle canals and have a cocktail in historic Chinatown.
Ah, the City of Angels. Every year, millions descend on our not-so-humble city, so it pays to take a moment and experience another side of Bangkok whenever possible. Go off the beaten path, grab a bike and head to Bang Namphueng. Cycle along winding waterways surrounded by jungle and a monitor lizard or two. Take a break from the wilderness to stroll through the floating market. Try spicy boat noodles, grilled pork with sticky rice and sweet crispy pancakes with coconut milk.
Spend the evening at Thep Bar near Chinatown. The so-called cultural bar is tucked away in a row of pastel shophouses far from the neon lights of Yaowarat. Sip super strong Thai spirits while listening to Thai instrumental music in this hip loft-style bar. Put your phone away and just take it all in.
Where to stay: The Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel is the stylish home away from home in Bangkok. The iconic hotel has been the epitome of luxury since it opened in 1970. Indeed, the classic locale features some of the most famous restaurants in town, not to mention a perfect location overlooking Lumpini Park, adjacent to both the subway and skytrain.
Book a stay at any of Dusit Thani’s properties across Thailand and live in the lap of luxury. You’ll experience world famous Thai hospitality, friendly personalized service, while relaxing spas and tempting gourmet food will be just a step away. It might make going back to real life a bit difficult, but it’s well worth it.