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Sompob Suriya

Sompob Suriya leads guests through a journey of discovery in Bangkok, backed up by some killer local knowledge.

Navigator Biography

Sompob Suriya seeks out discovery at every turn – and enjoys passing on the results of his exploits with guests at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel. He has been working in the hotel industry for close to fifteen years and enjoys the responsibility of being a Navigator. The key, he says, is to “help guests discover things in Bangkok they most likely would not be able to find on their own”. His honed itinerary requires constant revision, with new hotspots sprouting up all the time. To stay ahead, he asks his team to visit as many places as possible and report back in meetings held at one of his favorite discoveries – a craft beer joint found on Coco Walk. (Now that’s a team meeting we can all get behind.) If his expert advice regularly results in experiences not found in the pages of guidebooks, then it is this same sense of adventure that drives Sompob’s forays outside of work. A keen photographer, he frequently tours Thailand’s mountainous regions, collecting memories and pictures along the way, and plans to complete all five of the world’s major marathons over the next few years – a grand ambition considering he is yet to run his first! Back in the capital, his days off are spent shopping in the labyrinthine markets and tucking into lip-smacking street food in Chinatown. A self-confessed “coffee maniac”, he gets his fix of the good stuff at Gallery Coffee, recalling his many visits there with immense affection: “You can watch the baristas drip your coffee and the smell is divine”.


Bangkok Sea Life Ocean World

Get a chance to swim with sharks & sting rays, see deadly ocean predators in the 270-degree tunnel & peek at over 30,000 aquatic species.
Honored as the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, Siam Ocean World is especially popular with tourists and school groups. Visitors enjoy seven different areas including open ocean, which has a walk-through viewing tunnel to spot sharks and rays. Additional attractions include daily activities like feeding times, diving or walking with sharks, a glass bottom boat ride, and a 4D Xventure theatre, most of which require additional payment over the basic entrance fee. The place tries to be informative and educational, and is a good way to occupy children bored by shopping at the Siam Paragon.
Address: 991 Rama 1 Road, Siam Paragon Shopping Center, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 687 2000
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 1.2 km

Wat Pathum Wanaram

An architectural masterpiece, this temple has multiple statues of Buddha, various sacred murals, a large pavilion & a peaceful garden area.
Founded in 1857, this Buddhist temple is located today between two popular malls. A beautiful example of ancient craftsmanship, the temple has a crematorium featuring ornate stencils and lacquered sculptures. The 'ubosot' has various principal images of Buddha, known as Phra Sai and Phra Saen and another image, Phra Soerm is established in the assembly hall. The temple is a fascinating contrast to the urban surroundings of the town, and a peaceful stroll through the green garden lined with sculptures and statues of various deities is a fresh change.
Address: 969 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 251 6469
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 0.9 km

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

A modern museum-like space preserving art of any medium. Visit one of its exhibitions or events & interact with artists & art-lovers alike.
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre opened its doors in 2008. This modern, eleven-story art center offers exhibition and performance space in the form of galleries and studios, as well as an auditorium and meeting rooms. The center also houses a library. Not only does it showcase the visual arts and design movements, but theater and musical performances also take place here, as well as planned film screenings.
Address: 939 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 214 6630
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 1.5 km
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Lofty Bamboo

The collection of traditional Thai handicrafts at this store are fascinating. All of it is fair trade and your spend could save a dying art.
Among the cheap stalls and fake goods on the Khao San Road, this shop stands out for promoting traditional handicrafts for the tourist market. Souvenirs bought here will benefit groups such as hill tribe communities, tsunami survivors, and a Laotian farmers cooperative. The aim of the shop is to promote self-reliance and preserve traditions while ensuring these groups receive a fair return. Lofty Bamboo offers beautiful woven fabrics, clothing, embroideries, silver goods, and coffees. Shopping for souvenirs here will ensure the producer benefits rather than the middleman.
Address: 265 Khaosan Road, G-10, 1st Floor, Buddy Hotel, Talatyot, Phranakorn, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 629 4716
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 5.6 km

Almeta

Have a bespoke garment handwoven from your choice of 1,000 colors of exquisite Thai silk.
Since 1992, ALMETA has been manufacturing highest quality silk in our own workshop in the Northeast of Thailand, combining traditional Thai hand weaving methods with contemporary colors and designs. The use of vibrant colors, embroidery techniques or natural materials such as seashells or peacock's hair integrated with silk-weaving, creating a totally new dimension for Thai Silk Industry.
Address: 20/3 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 258 4227
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 2.9 km

La Table de Tee

Join Bangkok’s in-the-know foodies at the chef’s table of Le Table de Tee to watch a French-trained visionary at work.
La Table de Tee is Bangkok's first 'Chef's Table', where Tee Kachonklin creates a daily changing Tasting Menu. Chatree (Tee) was born in Bangkok in 1985. After six years training in London, Tee felt that there was a real similarity of approach towards gastronomy in the west as much as in Thailand and decided to return home to open his eponymous restaurant in Bangkok at just twenty-five
Address: 69/5 Saladaeng Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 636 3220
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 2.3 km

Issaya Siamese Club

Indulge in masterful modern Thai dishes made with produce from the garden of this 1920’s-era colonial mansion.
Issaya Siamese Club is the flagship home for internationally renown Chef Ian Kittichai and incorporates Chef Kittichai’s Thai cuisine and style in a relaxed atmosphere of dining and a lounge with a hip garden party vibe – all in an historical 100-year-old Thai villa with tropical gardens in central Bangkok. In 2014 Issaya Siamese Club was honored as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants.
Address: 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Road, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 672 9040 1
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 3.8 km

Gaggan

Indian cuisine, prepared with traditional spices, liquid nitrogen and Hungarian foie gras in a sprawling villa.
Set in a stunning whitewashed colonial-style wooden house in the heart of downtown Bangkok, the award-winning Gaggan offers a culinary experience like no other. Drawing on his memories of the amazing street food and diversity of India's different regional cuisines, Chef Gaggan Anand uses science and modern technology to create modernist and progressive Indian dishes.
Address: 68/1 Langsuan Road, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 652 1700
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 1.1 km
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Ban Khun Mae

At this authentic Thai restaurant, enjoy the exotic Thai dishes like 'pla rad pig' and watch live traditional Thai musical performances.
If you're craving authentic Thai food, then Ban Khun Mae is your destination. Managed by professional Thai restaurateurs, this restaurant is conveniently located right near Siam Square. Traditional dishes like the 'Pla rad pig' - deep-fried grouper with sweet-and-sour hot sauce and chicken panang are some of the delicious crowd favorites. This renowned restaurant also hosts live Thai music acts every evening.
Address: 7 Pathum Wan, Siam Square, Bangkok, 10300, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 250 1953
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 1.2 km
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Suan Pakkad Palace

Ancient Thai antiques & 4000 year old pottery are on display, along with gold paintings on the walls & artwork in the Marsi gallery.
The well-tended grounds, known literally as Lettuce Garden Palace, are a beautiful lush contrast to the noisy concrete jungle outside the perimeter. The traditional wooden Thai buildings were built in common rather than royal style on the orders of a granddaughter of King Rama IV. Today they contain her substantial collection of historical artifacts. The rear Lacquer Pavilion was moved from the former capital, Ayutthaya. While the artwork and architecture are noteworthy, you may find yourself simply lingering throughout the wonderful gardens.
Address: 352 Si Ayutthaya Road, Rajathevi, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 245 4934
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 2.3 km
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Seven Spoons

Don’t miss the door to this small-but-potent gastrobar built in a canaga-wood-covered former Chinese shop house.
In a city with as many incredible restaurants as Bangkok, when a new one opens and immediately becomes a foodie favorite, one should take notice. So it is at Seven Spoons, a small beautiful little gem of a restaurant that serves Mediterranean-influenced American cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients from Thai farms. It’s only open for dinner, but stays open late.
Address: 211 Chakkrapatipong Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 845391819 or +66 26299214
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 06:00 PM to 01:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 4.5 km

Gallery Drip Coffee

It’s all about the drip brew method here.
The standout cup (B75) uses beans sourced from Lee Ayu Chuepa, of the Akha hill tribe community in Chiang Rai. The owners roast the beans themselves here in Bangkok and the menu is short as they are advocates of single-origin beans, sourced from places like Yemen and Kenya. They’re also big believers in empowering their baristas, who we’ve noticed are really knowledgeable, friendly and passionate.
Address: 939 Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Phone: +66 819895244, +66 819172131
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Distance: 1.6 km