Swissotel Le Concorde, Bangkok: At the crossroads of business and leisure

THERE’S no surprise that Bangkok is the most-visited city in the world – it’s a city that oozes energy, mood, and life at every corner.

Whether you’re taking snaps at a Buddhist temple site, tucking into a bowl of spicy noodles at a rickety roadside stall, or swiping your credit card for a new designer bag, Bangkok is often the Southeast Asian destination of choice for every breed of traveler.

An upcoming region to watch is Rachadapisek Road, the north of the metropolitan area that runs parallel to Viphavadi Rangsit Road from Lad Prao to Sukhumvit’s Soi Asoke 21. One of the most reliable hotels in the area is Swissotel Le Concorde, Bangkok, a five-star property just two minutes from the Huai Kwang Subway (MRT) station, and a few train stops away from popular tourist attractions.

Arguably the best thing about the hotel is its vicinity to popular shopping hotspots; shopping is a main draw in Bangkok with stores hawking scores of reasonably-priced souvenir knick-knacks while others display luxury goods beneath spotlights. A popular mall nearby the hotel is Central Plaza Grand Rama IX – a sprawling seven-storey building with some 300-odd stores, restaurants, a cinema, and ice rink.

Other must-see shopping spots include the Street Ratchada shopping mall; a sanctuary for apparel, beauty, spa treatments, technology and restaurants. The lower floors of the mall are open 24 hours a day and shoppers can pick up many trendy bargains for around US$7 (200Baht).

If you’re wanting to experience the most of the warm Thai nights, then Ratchada’s Train Night Market is the place for you. Located behind Esplanade Cineplex, the market promises to delight goers with vibrant stalls, selling everything from irresistible food, vintage clothes, jewelry, plants and even haircuts. The maze of stalls is open Thursday to Sunday.

For something a little more cultural, the Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre is the country’s first Broadway-standard theater, and has seen its days of plays and performances from around the world. While the site first launched to expose the world of Broadway to local Thais, it’s now become an international center of cultural exchange.

Golf enthusiasts can revel in the hotel’s access to many courses, including iSWING Golf School and the All Star Golf Complex. The latter has an excellent driving range and is one of the best places in the city to put in some training if you’re a beginner. You can also book golf lanes attached to electronic ball delivery machines to practise your swing.

After a long day out and about, unwind in the hotel’s comfortable rooms complete with WiFi, a large working desk with ergonomic chair, tea- and coffee-making facilities, an electronic safe, and a range of international channels. If you’re in town for work, rest assured the property will have you sorted as you run in and out of meetings.

If you’re looking to plan an event within the hotel premises, there’s over 4,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting space within Swissotel that can be customized to your purpose. Available for hire are 23 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, suitable for any gathering small or large, from conferences and incentive events to cocktail receptions.

The largest space is the Le Concorde Ballroom, a sprawling column-free ballroom that can fit up to 800 guests and is equipped with laser and sound technology. The hall has been used for just about every manner of event including grand launches, banquets, trade shows and weddings. A dedicated meetings specialist will be on hand to assist you throughout the planning and execution process.

On top of that, the hotel boasts a container elevator capable of lifting heavy weights – anything from cars to elephants – so if you are exhibiting at a large-scale exhibition in one of the hotels ballrooms, or making a grand entrance to a special occasion, your every need will be accommodated.

Whether you’re knuckling down for business or taking a shopping break in the city, Swissotel Le Concorde, Bangkok, will ensure your trip is smooth sailing from start to finish.

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