The Guardian in Thailand this week

The Guardian is in town this week with over 200 of UK’s top travel agency representatives and industry specialists as well as a few celebrities in town.

The Guardian chose Thailand this year to hold its 23rd annual Guardian, Observer and Guardian Unlimited Travel Awards. This year Travel Counsellors bagged the award again with an impressive 99.7% scoring for its customer service.During the trip the Guardian has laid on an impressive array of activities, some pre-arranged and some days free electives for the group, on one such day last week, the group was given several choices for their day’s entertainment, the majority chose the Spice roads urban Bangkok Jungle bike tour ending in the afternoon at Face Bar for drinks.

The day started with the delegates being picked up by a boat that Spice roads had arranged and sailing down the Chao Phraya river through the heart of Bangkok to the point where the Spice roads bike ride was to start.

The Spice roads bike ride introduces an area of Bangkok many just don’t know exists, just across the river from the bustling trendy area of the Sukhumvit Road, is an area that gives a feeling of taking a journey back in time. You will find a peaceful place with lush vegetation, a maze of waterways, small villages, temples and real tropical jungle. If it wasn’t for Bangkok’s skyline, you would never believe you were so close to the city. And… there is no traffic! You ride through the local communities, passing villages, schools and temples (there are over thirty temples in this area) and a delightful floating market (unfortunately, open on weekends only).

Face Bar for drinks. Generally the standard Spice roads Bangkok Jungle bike tour would both start and end at Face, allowing the riders the option of a light lunch before the tours start and/or a drink at the end.

Face Bangkok is part of a small Pan-Asian chain of boutique restaurants, all offering more than one dining venue at each particular location. Face in Bangkok being no different, offers three of Asia’s most popular cuisines within its compound: Thai, Japanese and Northern Indian.

As the delegates arrived after their ride they were led to the Face’s stunning bar that is adorned with Asian artifacts, antiques and beautiful Chinese opium beds. They ended their fantastic day sipping Mojitos, Face’s signature cocktails and snacking on sample dishes form all of the Face’s restaurants. During the visit the delegates were given tours in small groups of the Face compound that rivals Jim Thomson’s house in its grandeur of old Thai houses.



Face boasts six Lan Na stile teak houses, some of which are very grand structures indeed with touring roofs adorned with half a million hand made roof tiles, made by two older ladies over a six month period during the construction. All the houses are joint together by decks interspersed with pools reminding the visitors of the importance the khlongs used to play in everyday life of the Thai people. In each of the buildings, Face offers something very special to experience visually and culinary.

Face Bar for drinks. Generally the standard Spice roads Bangkok Jungle bike tour would both start and end at Face, allowing the riders the option of a light lunch before the tours start and/or a drink at the end.

Face Bangkok is part of a small Pan-Asian chain of boutique restaurants, all offering more than one dining venue at each particular location. Face in Bangkok being no different, offers three of Asia’s most popular cuisines within its compound: Thai, Japanese and Northern Indian.

As the delegates arrived after their ride they were led to the Face’s stunning bar that is adorned with Asian artifacts, antiques and beautiful Chinese opium beds. They ended their fantastic day sipping Mojitos, Face’s signature cocktails and snacking on sample dishes form all of the Face’s restaurants. During the visit the delegates were given tours in small groups of the Face compound that rivals Jim Thomson’s house in its grandeur of old Thai houses.

Face boasts six Lan Na stile teak houses, some of which are very grand structures indeed with touring roofs adorned with half a million hand made roof tiles, made by two older ladies over a six month period during the construction. All the houses are joint together by decks interspersed with pools reminding the visitors of the importance the khlongs used to play in everyday life of the Thai people. In each of the buildings, Face offers something very special to experience visually and culinary.

Sender Name:                    pierre Drake

Sender E-mail:                  pierre@facebars.com

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