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”.