Here we go again! We are in the month of love and if you are still looking for an idea of how to celebrate with your significant other, fear not – just follow our programme. Of course, this full-day trip could also appeal to your circle of friends, so spread the word!
Our check list
1. Breakfast at Jok Prince, a Chinese congee shop on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand’s list.
2. Seek blessings for successful love from the Goddesses at the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple.
3. Enjoy the gift of love and visit Bangkok’s most beautiful library, Neilson Hays.
4. Escape to the underworld at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, Siam Paragon.
5. Play with lights and colours at the House of Illumination digital art show, Central World.
6. Romantic dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River.
Jok Prince Chinese Congee of Bang Rak
It’s only appropriate that we start our trip in this district of love. Bang Rak is the most popular choice when the residents of Bangkok want to register their marriages, simply because the word “rak” in Thai means love. And having a delicious breakfast is also very important!
The congee at Jok Prince has been satisfying customers’ tummies for more than half a century. There’s always a line of locals at this Michelin Bib Gourmand-listed shop waiting patiently to eat the signature smoky flavoured congee cooked over charcoal. You can choose various toppings; such as, eggs and minced pork balls.
1391 Charoen Krung Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok.
Open daily from 6:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 – 10:00 p.m.
How to get there
– Chao Phraya Express Boat – get off at Sathon Pier and walk 550 metres.
– BTS – get off at Saphan Taksin Station and walk 550 metres.
– Bus Nos. 1, 15, 35, 75, 77, 115, 504, and 547.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Also known as the Maha Uma Devi Temple, this South Indian place of worship was built in the 1860s by Tamil immigrants in Bangkok.
It features a colourful display of various Hindu deities with Mariamman as the principal one.
A number of Thai believers visit the temple to seek the Shakti’s blessings for their success in matters of love. This temple is an interesting place full of sights, sounds, and smells.
Pan Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok.
Open daily: Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
How to get there
– BTS – get off at Surasak Station and walk some 650 metres.
– Bus Nos. 15, 77, 504, and 547.
Neilson Hays Library
The library is about a 10-minute walk from the Hindu temple.
Designed by Italian architect Mario Tamagno, who was also responsible for the prestigious Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, this elegant neo-classical building dates back to 1922 and is the oldest English-language library in the country.
The Library houses many rare book collections. A donation of 100 Baht is required per person from non-members using the library’s facilities.
The Library started life as the Bangkok Ladies’ Library Association in 1869 with no permanent address. It was housed in various private homes and later in a chapel.
Jennie Neilson Hays, a Danish protestant missionary, was an active board member of the organisation for 20 years, serving as its president 3 times. American physician Dr. Hays, Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Hospital and the first professor of medicine of Siriraj hospital, commissioned a new library to be built in his wife’s memory. The library was later renamed after the couple.
The building was awarded the status of “Historic Landmark” in 1986 by the Association of Siamese Architects.
A café called “Palam Palam Bangkok” within its grounds is also an ideal place to relax and get away from the hectic traffic outside.
195 Surawong Road, Suriyawong, Bang Rak, Bangkok
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed Monday)
Tel. 0 2233 1731
How to get there
– Bus Nos. 1, 16, 18, 35, 36, 75, 93
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
Be inspired! The aquarium has witnessed several marriage proposals and some couples even got married here.
The underground aquarium features more than 100 species of aquatic animals displayed in 11 zones. Among the highlights are its underwater tunnel and a massive 7-metre-high aquarium containing creatures of the tropical oceans.
Siam Paragon B1-B2. Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
open daily from 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Online ticket: https://www.visitsealife.com/bangkok/tickets/
Tel. 0 2687 2000
How to get there
– BTS – get off at Siam Station
– Bus Nos. 15, 16, 25, 40, 48, 54, 73, 73ก, 79, 204, and 508.
House of Illumination
If you want to discover what a digital art exhibition looks like, visit the House of Illumination, a light installation spread over 1,800 sq.m. at CentralWorld.
You’ll have a great time taking pictures and being part of the displays, or even creating your own piece of art.
The space is divided into 8 rooms featuring various techniques; such as, projection mapping, LED strip, laser heads and 3D LED Pixel.
In the “From Forest to Space” room, simply shine the light on any animal picture, and it will come to life and greet you. There is also a pool of balls that you can use to fight an alien. And when you are in the Boundless Room, the projection mapping technique will surround you with changing colours. It’s a fun and creative exhibition that engages and inspire visitors.
The exhibition will run until October 2022, with the concept changing every 3 months.
CentralWorld Department Store, 8th floor, Central Gallery, Ratchadamri Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
open daily: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (last entrance 6:00 p.m.) Friday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (last admission 7:00 p.m.)
Online ticket: https://www.houseofillumination.com/ticketonline.html
How to get there:
– BTS – get off at Siam or Chidlom station
– Bus Nos. 2, 73, 79, 204, 504, and 505.
Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River is the finale of the trip. Spending time with your loved one while sailing slowly along the river in the evening is a wonderful experience and one we highly recommend.
The cruise usually takes around 2 hours and passes numerous illuminated landmarks of Bangkok, including Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaeo, the Holy Rosary Church, and Rama VIII Bridge. It’s the perfect time to pop the question!
There are many cruise operators to choose and you can get on the boat at Asiatique the riverfront pier, River City pier and Icon Siam pier.