There are a lot of reasons to visit the LGBT-friendly destination of Bangkok, including its rich culture, yearlong warm weather, delicious food, and a quickly modernizing, cosmopolitan landscape. When the luxurious, 238-room SO Sofitel Bangkok (2 North Sathorn Rd. Tel: +66-2624-0000. www.so-sofitelbangkok.com) opened its doors in 2013 across from lush Lumphini Park, it became part of that new landscape, offering a design, fashion, and tech-forward haven. Staff uniforms and a 25thfloor lounge are designed by Christian Lacroix, and five different room styles, themed after the elements, are the work of, respectively, five Thai designers.
The tenth floor boasts a 32-meter infinity pool that overlooks the park, as does the stunning 29th floor’s rooftop Terrace and HI-SO bar. The property also boasts an excellent spa, restaurants, and SO Fit gym. Of course, the hotel’s services are top notch, which includes expert guidance and assist from openly gay Just Say SO Manager Paul Boonrungreung. Boasting a sassy fashion sense and style for days, he spent many years living in England and managing a London lifestyle and fashion boutique. He sees plenty of parallels between his work at the boutique and at the SO Sofitel Bangkok.
“You get to meet cool and funky clients every day,” he shares. “One affluent guest from England privatized our penthouse SO VIP Suite and requested I be his 24-hour personal assistant. I was on a mission to tag along with him to amazing clubs and invite clubbers to come and have complimentary Champagne in his suite; almost every night we invited up to 400, with complimentary drink and food! The largest free party that I have even seen in my life!”
Here, Paul shares his Bangkok musts with Passport.