Handily located, but with plenty of leisure attractions and green space, Ramindra is one of Bangkok’s hottest emerging ‘hoods’
One of the most buzzed-about subdistricts in east-central Bangkok, Ramindra is now considered one of the Big Mango’s prime residential locations. Its attributes include favourable air quality away from industrial zones, shopping, a lively restaurant scene, and proximity to transport links. The quality of family life here is further augmented by an abundance of green spaces including several golf courses, urban parks, and theme parks including Siam Amazing Park, Seri Thai Garden, and Safari World. It’s little surprise that developers now covet this highly liveable area for key condominium projects, which are scooping awards and attracting residents.
Providence Lane Ekkamai-Ramintra by Sammakorn Plus Company Limited
Aimed at young, successful homebuyers, this luxury 12-unit residence completed earlier this year is all about über-stylish design touches, with the interiors in particular exuding that coveted “wow” factor. Providence Lane aims for an artistic synthesis of outdoor and indoor architectural prowess, with a focus on both craftsmanship and functionality. Landscape design by the local Sanitas Studio Company is equally important, with each house conceived as having a small garden within a larger courtyard. Guest bedrooms (each house contains three or four bedrooms across three floors) are adaptable spaces that can either be used as storage or contain a king-sized bed.
Grand Britania Wongwaen Ramintra by Britania Public Company Limited
Scheduled for completion by the end of 2024, this villa-style development courts an upmarket clientele for its aesthetic that brings to mind the grand public edifices of the Beaux Arts period. Grand Britania’s elegant building style combines such European-derived architectural tropes with landscape design from the 1819 Company, evoking classic English gardens (including a pavilion and fountains), and shaded areas such as porticos that help mitigate the heat. Within the complex, leisure options include a basketball court, clubhouse, games room, and an eye-catching swimming pool. In the two-storey villas, meanwhile, the interiors’ streamlined simplicity—full of light shades of blue, brown, and cream—contrasts with the grandeur outside, with the overall effect emphasising spaciousness above all.
Greyhound Café started as a spinoff from a fashion line and has been a remarkable success story not just in Asia—where after launching in Bangkok in 1997 it spread to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia—but also in London where it has opened in the Fitzrovia district. One of its many Big Mango outposts is at The Promenade mall, where it serves its familiar international flavours in the brand’s dramatically designed monochrome surroundings. The extensive all-day brunch menu caters to all tastes, with salads, appetisers, burgers, pasta, noodles, and European fusion and vegetarian food all making an appearance. More eye-opening menu items include spicy salmon sashimi, fried squid eggs with Thai spicy sauce, beef shank with chocolate melt stew, and fried noodles with eggs, tofu, and gravy.
Siam Amazing Park
Southeast Asia’s largest water park first opened way back in 1980 but is now just one component of the six-zone, 118-acre Siam Amazing Park (formerly Suansiam). The most pulse-racing rides are collected at Extreme World, such as the Vortex spiral rollercoaster; Adventure World has a dinosaur theme and other hair-raising amusements. Visitors of all ages can enjoy Family World’s simulation of the African jungle, while Si-Am Tower is one of the region’s highest observation decks. Small World scales things down with activities such as rides on miniature motorbikes, and Bangkok World recreates the city’s old landmarks while selling products from around the country. The Water Park secured a place in Guinness World Records for its wave pool, certified as the world’s largest in 2009.
In a city spilling over with gargantuan retail complexes, Fashion Island is one of the world’s 30 largest malls, with around 600 stores occupying 3.5 million square metres. Experience the epitome of fashion as you browse through an extensive collection of stores, showcasing a harmonious blend of international brands and local designers. From trendy apparel to exquisite accessories and footwear, Fashion Island presents a diverse range of options to cater to your style. Delight in discovering the latest fashion trends, timeless classics, and unique pieces that will elevate your wardrobe. Fashion Island is more than just a shopping destination—it’s a sanctuary where you can embrace relaxation and rejuvenation. Take a leisurely break at charming cafés, or indulge in a culinary journey at a selection of trendy restaurants, offering a tantalising array of global cuisines.
Seri Thai Garden
Formerly known as Bueng Kum Water Park, Seri Thai Garden underwent restoration in the mid-1980s following King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s initiative to create a floodcontrol reservoir for Bangkok, and was later expanded into a larger public park and reopened in 1997. In the middle of the pond, there is a large fountain and a manmade island, as well as pavilions for relaxation. Several species of Thai and foreign palm trees flourish here, including the rare Carpentaria and Bismarckia palms, and perennials such as banyans, flame trees, and cassod trees. There are also fruit trees like pomelo, santol, custard apple, and jackfruit. Seri Thai Memorial Building, with its two small museums carrying memorabilia from the park’s early days, marks a focal point in this serene urban idyll.
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