Known for its vibrant temples, rooftop bars, floating markets, and gigantic shopping malls, Bangkok is known as a city of contrasts. It is these contrasts, among others, that attract many visitors and business travelers to the city, making it the most visited international destination in the world.
With over 20 million visitors per year, it’s no surprise that Bangkok is a top meeting and event city and is filled with unique venues for planners to choose from. To help meeting and event planners find the best venues, places to stay, and things to do in Bangkok, we’ve created this guide. Check out our planner’s guide to Bangkok, Thailand for meeting and event professionals.
Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider
The Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, also known as QSNCC is the meeting and event venue in Thailand. Known for its hospitality, unique Thai Hi-Tech design and Thai architecture, QSNCC offers planners 65,000 sq. meters of event space, which can accommodate up to 5,000 guests and host up to 900 exhibition booths. QSNCC is equipped with the latest technology, is conveniently located in central Bangkok, 45 minutes from the Suvarnabhumi Airport, and offers attendees on-site facilities like a pharmacy, bookstore, beauty store, ATM, post office, banks, and more. If that wasn’t enough, QSNCC also is committed to green MICE and takes continual initiatives to promote green meetings and exhibitions. If you’re looking for a venue that has it all, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is the place for you.
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2. The Gardens
Transport your attendees to a peaceful oasis by hosting your next event in Bangkok’s Gardens. Surrounded by white peacocks, greenery, rivers, and gardens the Gardens is located in the center of the city. Planners can choose to host their event in one of the restaurant’s four zones: the Bakery & café, the Indoor Dining room, the Private room, which features a balcony, or in the Gardens. In addition to offering planners a beautiful backdrop and space to accommodate up to 300 guests, the Gardens also offers an extensive catering menu, which features dishes like passion fruit pancakes, smoked salmon carpaccio, 120-day beef tenderloin, spicy chorizo pizza, and more. Blend your next meeting or event with Bangkok’s natural surroundings, by hosting your event at the Gardens.
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The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, also known as BACC, is an ideal place to hold events related to art or culture like lectures, exhibitions, press conferences, workshops, and more. The Centre offers planners 17 venue spaces to choose from: the Main Galleries (3,500 sq. m.), the four meeting rooms (10-30 guests), Auditorium (220 guests), Studio (150-200 guests), Multi-function Room (250-300 guests), Library Hall (100-200 guests), 1stFloor Hall (100-200 guests), the People’s Gallery (three rooms), the café artHUB@bacc, and the outdoor Open Space Area (500-700 guests). Host your next meeting or event in the city’s center for cultural diversity and sustainable social development by choosing Bangkok’s Art & Culture Centre.
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Looking for an award-winning, intimate venue space with good food to host your next event? Then Babette’s steakhouse is for you. This 1920’s-style Chicago steakhouse features jazz music, leather armchairs, a sultry ambiance, and 170-day grain-fed award-winning Black Angus from New South Wales. Planners can host their private events in either the Campione or the O’Banion room or rent out the entire restaurant. With a dedicated event and culinary team to ensure no detail is overlooked, your meeting or event at Babette’s steakhouse is sure to be “cooked” to perfection.
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Located on the 25thfloor of Column Bangkok, Long Table is renown having the longest dining table in a restaurant, making it ideal for groups. The 25m (82 feet) table can seat up to 45 guests and will deliver Thai-inspired cuisine and drinks like grilled Chiang Mai sausage, the Bangkok Cosmopolitan, and more. In addition to city views, unique venue space, and delicious food, planners can choose to entertain attendees with a DJ, have drinks on the terrace, or utilize the video art projection. Whether you’re looking to host a product launch, corporate dinner, or another type of event, the Long Table will cater to all your needs.
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If you’re looking for a hotel that 5-star guest accommodations and an abundance of venue space, then the Centara Grand Hotel and Convention Center is the place for you. Located in Bangkok’s business and shopping district, the Centara features 505 guestrooms overlooking Bangkok’s city, nine restaurants and bars, an award-winning spa, fitness center, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. Planners can choose from 23 indoor spaces (10-7,000 guests) or two outdoor spaces (50-700 guests). Some of the Centara’s most sought-after venue spaces include the 960 m2 World Ballroom (1,000 guests) and the outdoor Lawn (50-100 guests), which features a putting green. The Centara is also connected to CentralWorld, a mega-shopping facility, which offers planners 15 movie theaters for venue hire. With an abundance of venue space, guest accommodations, and a convenient location, the Centara Grand Hotel and Convention Centre is an easy choice for any planner.
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Wow your guests with panoramic city views, Asian-fusion dining, 40 varieties of gin, and a sky garden by hosting your next event at the Speakeasy Rooftop Bar in Bangkok. Located on the rooftop of Hotel Muse, the award-winning, multi-level Speakeasy Rooftop Bar offers more than just creative cocktails like the signature Cuban-style Mojito, Caipirinha, and the Caipiroska. Planners can spoil attendees with jazz music, DJ’s, cigars, and a Michelin cook. Whether you choose to host your event on the rooftop or the 24thfloor, the Speakeasy Rooftop Bar will ensure it’s a hit.
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Built specifically to inspire visitors and locals with new ideas, Bangkok’s Creative Park is known as a one-stop-shop for all things Thailand and for the old airplane located in the center of the park. Planners can choose from eight spaces: Arnek Pasong Auditorium (300-1,000 guests), ChangChuem Live House (150-300 guests), Doojit (150-300 guests), Changchui Gallery (70 sqm.), the Playground (150-400 guests), Chui Samosorn Private Museum (50-90 guests), Dak Din (300-1,000 guests), or the Chui Party House (50-80 guests). One of the most sought-after spaces in the Park is the Chui Samosorn Private Museum and Lounge, which is decorated with priceless antiques and features an English-style garden. No matter what venue you choose, the Creative Park is sure to keep your attendees talking even after your event is over.
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Give your guests a venue that combines Thai culture, modernity, and history, by hosting your next event at the United Nations Conference Centre. Located on 18,600 sq. meters of land by Bangkok’s other government buildings, the United Nations Conference Centre offers planners 16 spaces: ESCAP Hall (902 guests), four conference rooms (152-426 guests), eight meeting rooms (20-60 guests), the Theatre (110 guests), the Public Foyer (70 guests), and Reception Hall (2,214 m2). The Centre also offers planners offices for event organizers, registration areas, information counters, a coffee bar, a post office, an accessibility center, and much more. If that wasn’t enough, the Centre also provides catering services in the Dining Room (300 guests), Reception Hall Rajapruel Lounge, and the Delegates’ Lounge. By hosting your event at the United Nations Conference, the events team will ensure your event is nothing short of stately.
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Located in the city’s major entertainment, shopping, and business center, Grand Sukhumvit Hotel is a convenient place to host your next meeting or event. The five-star hotel offers planners six meeting and event rooms to choose from that can accommodate 12 to 180 guests. One of the most popular on-site venue spaces is the elegant Lafitte, which can accommodate 180 guests and is equipped with an LCD projector, audio system, whiteboard, and more, making it ideal for corporate events. The Grand Sukhumvit Hotel also features 386 guestrooms, four restaurants and bars, an ice cream buffet, a fitness center and spa, and a complimentary shuttle service to the sky train station. With flexible venue space, five-star accommodations, and a central location, the Grand Sukhumvit Hotel is an ideal place to host your next meeting or event.
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Top 3 Things to Do in Bangkok, Thailand
Regarded as one of the top three things to do in Bangkok and known as the most famous landmark in the city, the Grand Palace is a must-see for all visitors. In addition to being the home of multiple Thai kings, royal courts, and branches of government like the Thai war ministry, the Grand Palace also attracts tourists because it is regarded as the spiritual center of Thailand. Be sure to see the Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Tickets are sold from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Grand Palace.
Pro Tip: The Grand Palace enforces a strict dress code. Men are required to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and no open-toe shoes. Women are required to dress similarly: long-sleeved shirts, no see-through clothing, etc.
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2. Wat Arun
The landmark temple, also known as Wat Chaeng, the Temple of Dawn, is located on the Chao Phraya River and is regarded as one of Bangkok’s most stunning sites. Visitors can climb the central prang to enjoy views of the river, the Grand Palace, and Wat Pho, marvel at the murals in the ordination hall, and more.
Pro Tip: If you can, visit the Wat Arun at sunset to enjoy the beautiful views along the river.
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With 8,000 market stalls and over 200,000 visitors per weekend, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is regarded as one of the largest street markets in the world. Spread out over 14 hectares (35 acres), the Market features local wholesalers and traders that sell everything from clothing and accessories to antiques and collectibles to plants to art, books, fruit, puppies and more.
Pro Tip: If you can, visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market in the morning to avoid the larger crowds and the heat.
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Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Bangkok, Thailandvenues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Bangkok? Let us know by commenting below!
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