World's Greatest Places 2021
An exterior view of the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.
Courtesy Ken Seet—Four Seasons
July 20, 2021 6:35 AM EDT

Bangkok has always been known for its hustle and bustle. Soon the Thai capital will boast Southeast Asia’s largest railway terminal as well. In November, Bang Sue Grand Station, containing 26 platforms over four floors, is expected to open, shuttling passengers all over the country and the wider region. Replacing the iconic Hua Lamphong station’s former hub—which will become a railway museum—the new station will support intercity, underground, commuter and high-speed services. Two luxury hotels have also opened on Bangkok’s riverfront: Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson’s playful Capella Bangkok, where each room and suite has a river view, and the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, which offers open-air terraces, pools and a lobby art-­exhibition space. Recent restaurant openings include Aksorn—by legendary chef David Thompson, who creates dishes from vintage Thai cookbooks—and Charmgang, which opened before the pandemic shutdown, known for its curry. —Duncan Forgan

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