The Bangkok layover


Layover in Bangkok coming up? I've got just the thing for it . . .




About a ten-minute train ride out of the CBD is the loveliest of the lovelies, The Cabochon Hotel.

An art-deco masterpiece showcasing old-world colonial charm, The Cabochon boasts all the creature comforts of the larger luxury resorts - yet with that unmistakable wow-factor, that you just don't get from the bigger guys. 

The boutique hotel's attention to detail is second-to-none and the staff are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Don't miss their breakfast (so many amazing eggy options!) and their rooftop pool. Highly recommend.

Cabochon Hotel Bangkok Jo Lorenz travel blog
Cabochon Hotel Bangkok Thailand rooftop pool Jo Lorenz travel blog blogger
Cabochon Hotel Bangkok Jo Lorenz travel blog blogger
Cabochon Hotel Bangkok Jo Lorenz travel blog



If Bangkok stopped producing quality food as of right this second, they'd still have enough on hand to feed the population for half a year. An abundance of good food! Almost every street corner will turn out some of the most amazing local dishes you've ever had.

Staying at the Cabochon, however, you needn't look much further than the Thai Lao Yeh Restaurant downstairs, which boasts some award-winning ethnic dishes. Serving classic Thai cuisine and a selection of the less well-known Isan and regional Thai and Laotian food, the menu features original recipes that combine the very best of local Thai cuisines. Wash it all down with a cold Thai beer and congratulate yourself on winning at life.

However, odd as it may sound, no visit to Bangkok is complete for me without a visit to one of the best French restaurants in all of Asia, Le Normandie. Le Normandie is located in the Mandarin Oriental, overlooking the famous Chao Phraya River. It is super posh, yet also very inviting - but more to the point, THE FOOD! Gah! So good!!

My tip? Go at lunch time to enjoy the amazing views with their set lunch (complete with generous wine pouring!).

Le Normandie Bangkok food fine dining
Le Normandie Bangkok food fine dining
Le Normandie Bangkok food fine dining



When all the hectic hustle gets too much for your nerves (i.e. when you nearly get run over by a Tuk Tuk), head to the Chao Phraya River and jump on a boat.

There are some amazing day trips to open air markets on the water and also some really funky things like The Ferry Gallery, which exhibits some cool, contemporary pieces (not open all year round). A perfect way to get a minute or two away from the honking horns.

Bangkok travel blog Jo Lorenz Chao Phraya River



Bangkok loves a good rooftop bar - and I am with them on this! There's nothing better than slurping on a swish cocktail while watching the sunset over a spectacular cityscape. Apart from slurping on two cocktails . . .

I recommend CRU Champagne Bar at the top of the Centara Grand Hotel. 360 degree views of the city, amazing champagne cocktails (as well as normal cocktails, etc), and a gorgeous restaurant downstairs. Worth the trip.

Champagne Cru Rooftop Bar Bangkok Jo Lorenz travel blog
Champagne Cru Rooftop Bar Bangkok Jo Lorenz travel blog

Bangkok is a city that is brimming with soul, guts and authenticity. Truly one of the most amazing cities on the planet for a quick layover. 




The Cabochon Hotel
+66 2 259 2871

CRU Champagne Bar
+ 66 2 100 6255


Le Normandie
+66 2 659 9000


The Ferry Gallery

Cabochon Bangkok Thailand Jo Lorenz travel blogger