What to do for Valentine’s Day in Bangkok

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Remember when romantic nights out on the town were a spontaneous affair? When all you had to do was say, “Darling, I’ve heard of this fabulous new restaurant/wine bar/pub!”, fling on a pair of shoes, and head out with your hubby?

Me neither.

Alas, children, joyous little miracles though they are, can sometimes make romance a bit of a challenge. Between dirty diapers, cranky two-year-olds and rebellious teens, it can be hard to find time for “just the two of you” that doesn’t in some way revolve around the kids. Date nights now must be strategically coordinated in advance. Babysitters must be procured and preparations must be made.

Valentine's Day in Bangkok

Still, it’s important to keep making that effort. Grand romantic gestures may require a little extra work these days, but I like to think that my husband and I appreciate them all the more because of it. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to show partner that they’re still the love of your life.

Thankfully, Bangkok has plenty of spots for a hot date. Here are just a few of my favorites:

  • Toast the night with Champagne. Call me old-fashioned, but there’s nothing more celebratory than bubbly. If you’re feeling flush, head over to the newly opened Le Bar. It’s attached to Le Beaulieu, a stunning French restaurant worthy of a date night in and of itself. Unlike the restaurant though, Le Bar offers nibbles (the duck pâté is a must) and a decidedly sexy Champagne (it’s Thailand’s only Veuve Clicquot lounge) and cocktail menu.
  • Go out for a truly splurge-worthy dinner. Sensi is a splurge, but it’s worth it. This Italian restaurant is worlds away from your gaudy Thai-style dives serving spaghetti green curry and ketchup-topped pizzas. The food here is inspired by Puglia, the southern tip of Italy, where the chef originates. It’s a sun-drenched Mediterranean region known for some of the best produce in the country, a fact that this contemporary restaurant reflects.
  • Or cook one at home. Sometimes staying in can be even sexier… as long as you get the kids out of the house for a few hours. This may be tricky on Valentine’s Day itself, but see if you can talk a friend into hosting the kids for a slumber party (promise to do the same in return). The children will all be delighted and you’ll have the chance to impress your beau with your Top Chef skills.
  • Dance, dance, dance the night away. Retro is definitely in, and there’s nothing like a night of dancing to put you in the mood for romance. Even if you have two left feet, Bangkok Swing welcomes people of all experience levels. Those of you who prefer a sexy rumba or hot mambo, check out Salsa Bangkok for all the action. No matter your skill level, it’s fun to watch the experienced dancers tear up the floor.

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