Category Archives: Culture

Parks in Bangkok

Bangkok City Hotel

With the arrival of the cool season, it is time to spend a pleasant day in a beautiful park.

Just a few steps from Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, you will find Chuvit Garden, a small and well-manicured park.

Still in the center of Sukhumvit, you can also discover Benjasiri Park. With its 12 contemporary art sculptures, it is the perfect destination for lovers of contemporary art. Referred as Queen’s Park, it was opened to commemorate the fifth cycle birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit.

If you wish to chill out in a bigger park, Lumphini Park, is an inner city haven and offers many activities such as walking, jogging, paddle boats, cycling … You can even get the chance to see some water monitor lizards or take part to free open-air aerobic sessions.

Try one of these green destinations to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and connect with nature.


Chuvit Garden

Open to public daily from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m

Benjasiri Park

Located next to Phrom Phong BTS station

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lumphini Park

Located next to Silom MRT station or Sala Daeng BTS station.

Open daily from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Loy Krathong in Bangkok

Loy Krathong in Bangkok

One of the most popular and beautiful annual festivals in Thailand, Loy Krathong, takes place on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, the 25th of November 2015. Lotus-shaped rafts are decorated with flowers, banana leaves and candles and launched on rivers, canals, lakes or pools.  Loy Krathong festival is held to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, for her bounty in providing water and to apologize for polluting it. According to tradition, this ritual also allows participants to float away their negative feelings and start a new year of good luck.

To mark the auspicious festival, Voilà!, our international gourmet restaurant, will host a special traditional Thai dinner buffet on November 25th featuring an array of dishes from the different regions of Thailand, and at a very special price for our LINE friends (@sofitelsukhumvit). After a magnifique dinner you can enjoy a romantic evening in Bangkok along Chao Phraya River, where thousands of people float their krathongs.

For more information, or reservation, call us on 02 126 9999 ext. Voila!


Sofitel Revealed

Embark on a seven-month tour of Asia-Pacific with an exhibition of images curated by Pablo Picasso’s grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso. Launching at Sofitel Wanda Beijing and showing at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, one of the best Bangkok city hotels, for the first time in Asia-Pacific.

Showcasing the compelling photo of the intimate world’s greatest modern artists at work, including Dali, Picasso and van Dongen, come to discover how they revealed themselves to the photographer at S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.

Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso and author of Picasso – Portrait Intime, has curated the exhibition, personally selecting 30 photographs from the archives of Paris Match, the famous French weekly magazine.

“Revealed” offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the artistic process as inspiration comes to life through expression and will be on exhibit in the following hotels in Asia-Pacific at:

 Sofitel Beijing Wanda – September 1, 2015 to September 20, 2015

 Sofitel Shanghai Hyland – October 13, 2015 to November 2, 2015

 Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich – November 13, 2015 to December 3, 2015

 Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit September 21 to December 5, 2015

 Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – September 15 – October 23, 2015

 Sofitel Sydney Wentworth – December 14, 2015 –January 29, 2016

 Sofitel Melbourne on Collins – 8th February – March 29, 2016

Chairman & CEO of ACCORHotels Asia-Pacific, Mr. Michael Issenberg said that as an international ambassador of French elegance, Sofitel links its collection of addresses with culture, and collaborates with celebrated artists, writers and photographers.

Don’t miss the chance to see this exceptional collection of rare images on display at S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit from September 21 to December 5, 2015.

S Gallery is open daily from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.



Artist house

Baan Silapin, known as the Artist House is a 200 year old wooden house along one of Bangkok’s ancient canals. More than just a creative space exhibiting sculptures and traditional art pieces, you can experience daily (except Wednesdays) a tradi-tional Thai puppet show.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (call ahead to confirm time of puppet show) 02-868-5279; 315 Wat Tong Salangam, Phet Kasem 28, Thanon Phet Kasem, Pa Si Charoen, Bangkok, Thai-land 10160


Bruno Tanquerel’s imagery is a celebration of fantasy. Humour and sad-ness coincide in his assemblages, a mixture of familiarity and imagination. His art bears eloquent witness to Tanquerel’s life experience and to his sensitive observation of human comedy. The unique iconography may be understood as a form of poetic metaphor expressed with a system of private signs while his fusion of abstraction and figuration result in a gesturing of line which transforms the ordinary and everyday into dramatic theatricality.

Bangkok Art Gallery

Living most of his adult life in Paris, Tanquerel has witnessed first hand the art of great masters like Marcel Duchamp, and a close affinity can be drawn with the art of Paul Klee. Tanquerel, like Klee, searches for a means to represent the essence of human relationships through his compelling abstract pictorial expressive lines and inventive spaces.

Unlike the sinister farce which prevails in much contemporary art, a childlike innocence is felt in this body of work. This characteristic should not be mistaken for simple art; this art evinces a high degree of intelligence and sophistication, a paradoxical quality. Tanquerel opts to celebrate human relationships and the relevance of small intimate encounters instead of focusing on mass society with its psychological isolation and its complex political, economic, and architectural structures. His imagination seeks positive answers at a time when man’s tragic predicament is explicitly spot-lighted.
Come and join us for the opening night on the 18th of June at 6 p.m. or visit the two month solo exhibition beginning on the 8th of June.
S Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.