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Asia’s Best Awards 2022: Thailand’s Top Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and More

The votes have been counted for the first ever Asia’s Best Awards 2022 and here we reveal all your favorites in Thailand.

Grand Palace, Bangkok. Photo by Burachet/Getty Images Pro/Canva

Jun 27, 2022

VISITING THAILAND’S cities and beach towns today, it’s a joy to see that tourists have returned bearing excited smiles and genuine love for the country. And apparently you, our readers share the love, having voted Bangkok best city in Southeast Asia and Phuket your favorite island. With Thailand Pass entry requirements scaled back now and to be eliminated from July 1, it’s easy to revisit the Kingdom, and there are endless reasons to return. From exciting new resort openings to the food and beverage industry that’s miraculously survived and starting to thrive again, there’s no way like the Thai way. Get planning your trip to Thailand with this list of winners from our first-ever Asia’s Best Awards. Laurel Tuohy

ASIA’S BEST AWARDS 2022:
BEST OF THAILAND

Best City Hotels in Thailand

1. Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Courtesy of Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

This glossy hotel has been a buzzy center of life in Bangkok essentially since it opened in late 2020. With its central location, friendly vibe and upscale neighborhood appeal, this five-star quickly cemented itself as a top pick to stay, eat, drink, and — with its pet-friendly privileges — create content for your pup or cat’s Instagram. 

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok has hit an oft-cited but rarely achieved goal with its eclectic food and drink offerings: its outlets are populated by a vibrant mix of locals and travelers. Lobby bar/cafe Craft serves curated cocktails and locally sourced coffee with indoor and outdoor seating that one reader described as “Eden in the garden vibes.” Don’t forget to book your sunset-view banquette in advance at the tropical-themed rooftop Bar.Yard, where DJs always get the mood right. 

Its 362 sleek and modern rooms, packed with luxe touchpoints, glam furniture and custom-designed robes, offer clear views of Lumphini Park or the central business district. Yet, they’re certified LEED Silver, so you know they’re as serious about sustainability as they are style. Overall, one voter described the hotel as “utterly beautiful, [with] considered architecture and interior design,” while never losing its welcoming feeling. Another reader shared, “Basically the best lifestyle hotel in Bangkok. So chic. Best restaurants. Wonderful experience!” 

kimptonmaalaibangkok.com

Best Beach Resorts in Thailand

1. Cape Fahn

Cape Fahn Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Courtesy of Cape Fahn

For those who really want to get away from it all, but maybe also want the convenience of options on their vacation, boutique Cape Fahn is just the ticket. Situated on a sort-of private island off northern Samui, this serene escape can be accessed by boat when the water’s high or a big-wheeled truck at low-tide – though we find it more fun to wade over the sandbar when heading for those beach bars on the mainland. With just 22 villas, it is romantic, peaceful and exclusive, making it popular with VIPs and honeymooners. 

“Unbelievable property from the views, to the beach, to the food & beverage, to the exceptional staff and service,” said one voter of the luxe five-star. When evening arrives, visitors say that the southern Thai food at Long Dtai restaurant is unmatched. Created by Michelin-starred chef David Thompson, the menu is heavy on seafood, while always considering sustainability and protecting the marine ecosystem of Thailand’s southern islands.

Whether you go for the spacious private pool villas, the discreet and well-trained staff, or the sea views and gorgeous sunsets, Cape Fahn is literally a world away from other beach retreats. In the words of one voter, “The resort is luxurious, the service is impeccable, and the amenities are fantastic. The location on its own island is amazing.” 

capefahnhotel.com

Amanpuri, Phuket Asia’s Best Awards Thailand

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Amanpuri, Phuket

Best Upcountry Resorts in Thailand

1. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Elephants around the Jungle Bubble Lodge, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Elephants around the Jungle Bubble Lodge. Courtesy of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

It should be no surprise to find this global destination luxury camp and resort atop the list. From bonding with elephants to the main pool situated on a ridge that lets guests catch sight of three different countries at once — Thailand, Laos and Myanmar — this relaxing outpost is unmatched in amenities and guest admiration. The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort has long been one of those destinations that guests continue to rave about years after visiting. As one reader put it, “Completely insane hotel by design, and breakfast with elephants has no price.”

With 45 rooms and suites set in the middle of lush, green rice paddies and see-through glamping tents that allow you to slumber among elephants and directly under the stars, a deeply tranquil stay is guaranteed. “Unbelievably magical surroundings and the new jungle bubbles are a true gem,” said one voter. Guests also recommend the morning walk with the mahouts and their charges, calling it a rare and spectacular experience. Drive, or better, hop in a Royal Enfield sidecar, up to the northernmost reaches of Chiang Rai for what one voter called, “An amazing hotel with very good services. The breakfast is exceptional with fresh ingredients. In the Golden Triangle in the middle of the forest — waouhhhh!”

goldentriangle.anantara.com

Best Hotel Pools in Thailand

1. Six Senses Yao Noi

Hilltop pool overlooking Phang Nga Bay. Courtesy of Six Senses

Voters said: 

“Infinity pool with amazing Phang Nga Bay views”

“Where the sea meets the sky”

Best Hotel Bars in Thailand

1. BKK Social Club, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, BKK Social Club Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Philip Bischoff (center) at BKK Social Club. Courtesy of Four Seasons

Voters said: 

“Philip Bischoff understands the art of bartending better than anybody else in the city.”

“One of the best bars in the world at the moment—stunning drinks, gorgeous Buenos Aires-inspired interiors and stellar in-class service.”

2. The Bamboo Bar, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

3. Bar.Yard, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

4. Aqua, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

5. The Loft, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

6. Stella, Capella Bangkok

7. SEEN Restaurant & Bar, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok 

8. HI-SO, So/Bangkok

9. A Bar Rooftop, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

10. The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar, Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan – MGallery Collection

Best Hotel Spas in Thailand

1. Banyan Tree Phuket

Spa Sanctuary Villa Spa Pavillion, Banyan Tree Phuket
Spa Sanctuary Villa Spa Pavillion. Courtesy of Banyan Tree Phuket

Voters said:

“Tropical spa rooms and ambience, great therapists.”

“The famous Banyan spa retreat in a luxurious environment.”

Favorite Hotel General Managers in Thailand

*write-in category

1. Nick Downing, The Siam

Asia’s Best Awards Thailand Nick Downing The Siam Hotel
Nick Downing, General Manager of The Siam. Courtesy of The Siam

Voters said:

“Because no request is too difficult for him and his staff”

“One of the best GMs in the world. Attention to detail and hands on approach is second to none. Builds amazing rapport with staff and guests alike”

2. Patrick Both, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

3. Nopparat Ampa, Banyan Tree Bangkok

Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Thailand

1. PRU, Trisara Phuket

PRU Restaurant, Trisara Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Courtesy of PRU

Voters said:

“Chef Jimmy has passion to make sure that every bite that you take will be memorable”

“The local, organic ingredients from each part of Thailand [presented] in a fine-dining way is very impressive. The taste is great too”

2. Suhring, Bangkok

3. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Siam Kempinski

4. Le Normandie by Alain Roux, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

5. Sorn, Bangkok

6. Chef’s Table, lebua at State Tower

7. Eat Me, Bangkok

8. Yu Ting Yuan, Four Seasons Bangkok

9. Nahm, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

10. Black Ginger, The Slate Phuket

Best Go-To Restaurants in Thailand

1. El Mercado, Bangkok

Seafood Plate at El Mercado Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Courtesy of El Mercado

Voters said:

“Delicious food and good ambience”

“Best oysters and wine in BKK!”

2. CRAFT, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

3. Brasserie Palmier, Four Seasons Bangkok

4. 100 Mahaseth, Bangkok

5. Akira Back, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park 

6. Sri Trat, Bangkok

7. Smokin’ Pug, Bangkok

8. Lenzi, Bangkok

9. Appia, Bangkok

*Tie – 10. Riva del Fiume, Four Seasons Bangkok

*Tie – 10. 80/20, Bangkok

Best Plant-Based Menus in Thailand

1. Broccoli Revolution, Bangkok

Charcoal Broccoli Quinoa Burger at Broccoli Revolution Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Charcoal Broccoli Quinoa Burger. Courtesy of Broccoli Revolution

Voters said: 

“Central location with an awesome, green atmosphere.”

“Good mix of both Thai and Western dishes, all 100% plant-based, all 100% delicious.”

2. Jampa, Phuket

3. Veganerie, Bangkok

4. Barefood Bangkok

5. Vistro, Bangkok

Best Bars in Bangkok (non-hotel)

1. Vesper, Bangkok

Vesper Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Courtesy of Vesper

Voters said:

“Vesper has the most creative menu list and always is active in collaborations. Never a dull moment here.”

“Best martini in town.”

Best Beach Clubs in Thailand

1. CoCo Tam’s, Koh Samui

Courtesy of CoCo Tam’s (2)

Voters said:

“Wine + fire show = good time.”

“Very chill place, great staff, great food.”

Best Pizza in Thailand

*write-in category

1. Peppina

Pizza Caprese at Peppina Asia’s Best Awards Thailand
Courtesy of Peppina

2. Riva del Fiume, Four Seasons Bangkok

3. Pizza Mania, Bangkok

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