Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Year of the Rooster! With Chinese New Year 2017 approaching on 28 January, metropolitan Bangkok – a bustling eating and shopping hub – is set to take its reputation as a foodie wonderland to the next level. Restaurants around the City of Angels have been busy putting together special menus and themed spreads in preparation for the impending Chinese New Year celebrations, while a number of local shopping malls are offering festive promotional offers.
With so many options for leisurely indulgence at your disposal, it’s easy to get overwhelmed! We’ve scoured the city’s highest value offers to come up with a tailored list of establishments you should visit to indulge in this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Here’s where to shop, get your fill of Chinese eats and enjoy free flow beverages at discounted prices this holiday season!
Dining deals galore
The Square – Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit
Treat yourself to a Chinese New Year seafood and dim sum dinner buffet, including free flow soft drinks, draught beer and white or red wine for THB 1,499++ per person. As if that price wasn’t already a steal, Citibank, KTC, KBank and SCB credit cardholders are eligible for a 50% discount!
The Square offers one of the highest-value Chinese New Year buffets in Bangkok, with highlights including a live Chinese wok counter, assorted dim sum and xiao lum bao, Peking duck, Hainan chicken and other Chinese delicacies. The seafood buffet isn’t too skimpy either and makes for a great deal considering it’s included in the price.
When: 29 January 2017 from 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm.
Where: BTS Ploenchit station
Reservations: +66(0) 2305 6000
Liu – Conrad Bangkok
Choose from a selection of Chinese New Year set menus priced at THB 13,800++, THB 18,800++ and THB 28,800++ for tables of up to 10 people and an all you can eat Dim Sum buffet priced at THB 1,380++ per person (price does not include drinks). Citibank and Krungsri Platinum cardholders enjoy a 20% discount off their bills!
Liu restaurant offers a neoclassical vibe evoked by its stark, modern interiors. Many of Bangkok’s residents are regulars here for the all you can eat dim sum buffet on offer. Be sure to sample the deep-fried lava buns for dessert!
When: 27 January – 3 February 2017 (Liu is open for lunch from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm and dinner from 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm daily).
Where: BTS Ploenchit
Reservations: +66(0) 2690 9299
Silk Road – Plaza Athénée
Tuck into a Chinese New Year set menu of barbecued suckling pig, Japanese abalones and oysters at Silk Road for THB 19,000++ for a 10 person table – priced at just under THB 2,000 per person! A similar, larger set menu is offered at 2,800++ THB per person.
Plaza Athénée Bangkok recently underwent a renovation to reflect its palatial Thai roots. Visitors will enjoy the carefully thought out interiors that combine traditional luxury with a modern twist. Its easily accessible location at Ploenchit BTS makes this hotel a preferred fine dining option for both locals and visitors alike.
When: 27 January – 2 February 2017 (The Silk Road serves lunch from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm and dinner from 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm daily).
Where: BTS Ploenchit
Reservations: +66 (0) 2650 8800
Bai Yun – Banyan Tree
Bai Yun restaurant at the Banyan Tree hotel is offering a dim sum lunch and dinner buffet at THB 1,766 net per person, with a special Chinese New Year gift of 2 slices of complimentary Peking duck per person.
One of the highest Chinese restaurants in Bangkok, Bai Yun is located on the 60th floor of the Banyan Tree hotel, which is famed for its sweeping city views. Reservations are strongly advised. Note that the restaurant enforces a formal dress code – casual attire, flip-flops and athletic apparel are not permitted, so come prepared to dine in style!
When: 27 – 29 January 2017 (Bai Yun opens for lunch from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm and for dinner from 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm daily).
Where: Sathorn Road
Reservations: +66 (0) 2679-1200
Shang Palace – The Shangri La
This riverside destination is Bangkok’s most iconic Chinese hotel and an ideal setting for a Chinese New Year feast! Indulge in your choice of two special set menus for a table of 10 persons at its restaurant, the Shang Palace. Options include a THB 25,888 net package for the Prosperity set or a THB 28,888 net package for the Longevity set.
If you’re in the mood for a Lo Hei meal, Shang Palace also offers special sets for the auspicious “prosperity tossing” ritual at the following prices:
Lo Hei with salmon – THB 1,288 for 2-4 people (small portion), THB 1,988 for 5-10 people (large portion)
Lo Hei with abalone and salmon – THB 1,688 for 2-4 people (small portion), THB 2,888 for 5-10 people (large portion)
When: 27 – 30 January 2017 (Shang Palace serves lunch from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm from Monday through Saturday and 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Sundays. Dinner is served from 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm daily).
Where: BTS Saphan Taksin
Reservations: +66 (0) 2236-7777
Lucky 8 shopping deals at Emporium and Emquartier malls – HEADER 2
Spend THB 888 or more at participating shopping and dining venues from 16 January – 15 March at Emporium and EmQuartier malls to receive a prize of one hong bao per receipt! Each hong bao is worth either THB 88 or THB 888 and is applicable towards your next purchase at both shopping malls.
From 23 to 31 January, shoppers will receive a complimentary gift for every receipt of THB 1,500 or more: a lush, imported Cara Cara Navel orange valued at THB 180. Searching for inspiration as to which participating restaurant you should visit for a meal? Consider opting for Man Fu Yuan Kitchen – a Cantonese favorite on the 8th floor of Helix Quartier in EmQuartier mall.
When: Both malls are open from 10.00 am – 10.00 pm daily.
Where: BTS Phrom Phong
Sip your favourite beverages at hipster hangouts – HEADER 2
One of Bangkok’s newest hotspots is a tiny bar offering a laidback, fun atmosphere. Drop by Dim Dim for Chinese-themed drinks and to mingle with its expat, young professional crowd while sampling modern twists on traditional Cantonese snacks. Make sure to ask for their Chinese New Year drink promotion!
When: 6.30 pm – 1.30 am, Mon – Sat
Where: Sukhumvit Soi 33
Alternatively, finish your night off with some cocktails at the atmospheric, classy Shanghai Terrace under Shanghai Mansion hotel – Bangkok Chinatown’s most upbeat lounge and jazz bar! Enjoy a buy 1, get 1 free special on their signature cocktails, house wines and draft beer from 17.30 pm – 18:30 pm daily.
When: Opens 11.00 am, last order 11.00 pm – live music from 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm daily
Where: Yaowaraj Road, Chinatown