RiRi won’t be the only one in need of an umbrella when Bangkok’s rainy season kicks in. But fret not, this city has plenty of wet-weather distractions up its (waterproof) sleeve, so you can stay dry and entertained.
Forget selfies – remind yourself what proper photography looks like at box-fresh art space House of Lucie, sitting pretty in trendsetting Ekamai. HoL has a three-pronged mission: to promote the appreciation of photography, to honour master photographers, and to discover and cultivate emerging talent. Admire the latest exhibition, and pick up a Lucie Limited Edition print for your own living room wall.
Across the river, Charoenkrung continues to cement its position as Bangkok's creative district as the TCDC (Thailand Creative & Design Center) relocates to the area’s impressive Grand Postal Building. Rub shoulders with the city’s offbeat design crew at one of TCDC’s envelope-pushing exhibitions, which currently include: Creative Seating: From Conceptualization to Production and Creativity Onwards. (Geek-chic glasses, black duds and artfully puzzled expression: highly recommended.)
Equally boundary-prodding is Warehouse 30, the latest multi-concept project by Duangrit Bunnag of Jam Factory fame. This art, retail, events and coworking space sprawls across seven warehouses, with lures including foodie pop-ups, new-trend labels, coffee bar, bookshop, events and exhibitions. Catnip for millennials.
Looking for something that’ll keep the rain-addled nippers from whining? You’ll hear zero cries of ‘I’m bored’ at KidZania, a mini kid-city housed inside Siam Paragon. Designed for four- to 14-year-olds, progressive KidZania gives little ‘uns a chance to test-drive future careers (in a fun way, promise), with loads of real life ‘jobs’ to choose from, plus the chance to develop handy life skills like teamwork, decision-making, and money-management.
You can’t come to Bangkok without hitting the shops – and malls, which Bangkok boasts in spades, offer the perfect respite from the downpour. Long-standing landmark Emporium has an upscale indoor market that's ace for souvenirs, while adjoining EmQuartier is an absolute must for hot-right-now Thai fashion, including Asava and concept crib Another Story. Swoop in quick and you may bag some fab deals courtesy of Amazing Thailand Grand Sale. Both malls are the bomb for food too.
If all of this sounds like far too much effort, you’re never far away from the sumptuous Peninsula Spa. This dim-lit colonial-style riverside bunker of zen offers every pamper and pummel imaginable, from Himalayan crystal salt scrub and Royal Thai massage with herb compress to skin-brightening facials and bod-firming treats. Spa-aaah.
House of Lucie / 17/1 Ekamai Soi 8 / +66 95 478 9987 / 11am-6pm Tue-Fri, noon-5pm Sat / luciefoundation.org
TCDC / The Grand Postal Building / 1160 Charoenkrung Rd / +66 2 105 7400 / 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri / tcdc.or.th
Warehouse 30 / 52-60 Charoenkrung Rd
Emporium / 622 Sukhumvit Rd / 10am-10pm daily / emporium.co.th
EmQuartier / 637 Sukhumvit Rd / 10am-10pm daily / theemdistrict.com
Peninsula Spa / Garden Level / +66 2020 2888 / 9am-11pm daily / peninsula.com