BY TOM MCLEAN
As we close the book on 2019, we find out what’s next in store for the city of Bangkok.
A sense of anticipation fills the streets as we eagerly await the new attractions and exciting innovations of the rapidly-approaching roaring 20s. A fresh start for the city, its people, and its businesses, opportunity and excitement abounds as electrifying new ventures pop up across Thailand. From lavish hotels to exhilarating theme parks, join us as we look at the wealth of new openings scheduled for 2020.
SRT Dark Red Line
A project seven years in the making, this groundbreaking new railway system will offer commuters convenient new alternatives for travelling around the Bangkok area. or years, city commuters have been limited to cars and motorcycles when travelling to certain locations around and beyond Bangkok, such as Rangsit and Don Mueang Airport. Well, not anymore! As Bangkok’s rail options continue to become ever more expansive and encompassing, the handy new SRT Dark Red Line will ferry travellers all the way from Bang Sue to Thammasat University, further enabling transport between the Bangkok region and Pathum Thani Province. This superb development will save travellers money, aid accessibility and, hopefully, ease traffic congestion between these locations, making life easier for everyone.
VERSO International School
With a pioneering philosophy towards learning, VERSO is the extraordinary new international school soon to be arriving in Bangna. A 5-minute drive away from Suvarnabhumi Airport, this ultramodern enterprise is already turning heads with its magnificent design and expert faculty. Featuring incredible educational resources and amenities, VERSO boasts lavish athletic facilities, including a 50m, climate-controlled, Olympic-standard indoor swimming pool; a 1278-seat competition gymnasium for indoor sports such as basketball and a fully-equipped, 1,000-seat athletic stadium for outdoor sports such as football, making VERSO the perfect location for budding athletes. For more imaginative students, VERSO offers jaw-dropping art and creative spaces, including three multimedia production and recording studios; a black-box theatre; and even a game design studio. This gobsmacking project is the result of a 5 billion baht investment and truly raises the standard for excellence in education.
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
Comfortably situated on the banks of the serene Chao Phraya River, this mammoth waterside property is gearing up to be an enchanting new option for relaxing trips and sumptuous weekend getaways. Dreamily overlooking the water, the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will offer tranquil views and deluxe amenities for its 299 guestrooms. The distinctive character and charms of the Chao Phraya area, with its vibrant waterfront and bustling local streets, are a perfect addition to any Bangkok getaway, and will no doubt elevate the Four Seasons’ hallmark style to a whole new level. The hotel, with its specially curated art, stunning gardens, infinity pools, private boat dock, extensive event spaces, and mouth-watering culinary offerings, is designed to echo the flow and motion of the river.
Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok
Likewise, on the topic of luxurious hotels, the debut of the Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok has already attracted a great deal of attention and excitement. This ultra-chic hotel, with its eclectic and evocative architecture, blends edgy, contemporary designs with more old-school stylistic choices. The result is an exceptionally elegant property that channels Bangkok’s richly cultured, metropolitan soul. The Kimpton Maa- Lai Bangkok exhibits a profound understanding of their customers’ point of view, and the hotel’s assortment of well- thought out and attentive conveniences are testament to this. Their inspired Forgot It, We’ve Got It’ amenities package, for example, provides almost anything a traveller might forget to pack on the go. Incredible designs, coupled with a resourceful understanding of their clientele, are sure to make a stay at this forthcoming hotel an unforgettable Bangkok break.
An extraordinary addition to Bangkok’s ever-expanding range of outstanding shopping malls, EmSphere is reportedly the Em District’s most ambitious retail plaza to date, on top of EmQuartier and Emporium, and completes the trio of m malls in the Phrom Phong area. At around 193,000 sqm in size, you can expect this ambitious project to contain all of the lavish amenities seen in Emporium and EmQuartier, including the high- end fashion boutiques and first-class restaurants that make every Phrom Phong shopping outing a sensational experience. The designs of this grand endeavor are a closely guarded secret but will slowly be revealed as work progresses.
Bonus: Carnival Magic Theme Park, Phuket
If you’re in the mood for fun and thrills outside of the city limits, the brand new theme park Carnival Magic is an enthralling landmark for Phuket’s Kamala Beach. Situated adjacent to Phuket FantaSea, Carnival Magic is billed as the world’s first Thai carnival theme park and promises to be a mesmerising wonderland with a uniquely local aesthetic. Adorned with rich, culturally inspired designs, this fun-filled playground will feature superb parades, exhilarating games, and a range of bars and restaurants, making it a fantastic destination for people of all ages.