There’s nothing like a night out in Bangkok. Whether you’re admiring the city in all its glory from one of the many rooftop bars, or wining and dining at one of its most covetable restaurants, Bangkok is one of the world’s most exciting cities — especially after sunset. However, with every fall of dawn comes a bright rise of morning, and while our evenings ordering countless Bourbons and Bellinis may have seemed smart at the time, 9am the next day may present a very different picture.
Yet before you begin to begrudgingly snooze the alarms and prepare for a day indebted to your porcelain throne, have a look at our favourite five hangover cures and where to find them in the city. Whether you like to sweat it out or spa your troubles away, we’ve rounded up a soothing variety of hangover remedies — from delicate Japanese desserts to dynamic workouts at the gym. Some more conventional, others a little adventurous — so keep a mental bookmark of these for when the headache comes a-knocking this Sunday morning. (And if all else fails, do not fear — we’ve included a couple of exceptional Hair of the Dog locations for you too).
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A fresh brew
A strong kick of caffeine is what many people need to get out of bed in the morning, and if there’s a time when you may need those supportive sips more than ever, it’s bound to be the morning after the night before.
Set in a copper and exposed concrete industrial-style building, Red Diamond Café takes its coffee seriously. Like, very seriously. Run by South African head barista Nicholas Haw, the specialty coffee shop has the science of coffee-making down to a tee, with a selection of home blends from their very own coffee farm in Chiang Rai. Haw is known to measure the pH balance of the water used for his award-winning coffee every single day, and also offers customers a tailor-made coffee to suit your every need. Seated amongst imposing and impressive coffee machines, the attention to detail and technical presentation embody the exact kind of love and attention our souls need after a heavy night of drinking.
Red Diamond Café, 733 Sangkhom Songkhro Rd., Bangkok, +66850442662
Cold-pressed juice & smoothies
If caffeine is not your scene and you prefer to load up on more colourful nutrients, Bangkok has a number of raw juice and smoothie bars to quench your thirst.
Embracing the cold-pressed juice trend in full force is modern vegan restaurant Broccoli Revolution. Using an array of organic fruit and vegetables, the urban eatery features a fresh and fun setting, with their highly Instagrammable smoothie bowls quickly becoming a city favourite. Stack up on those handy vitamins and reboot your system at the cold-pressed juice bar, and sip your concoction delightfully under the restaurant’s high ceilings and dangly tropical plants.
Broccoli Revolution, 899 Sukhumvit Road, Klong-Nua, Bangkok, +6626625001
Aromatherapy & massage
If you do decide to brave the outdoors of your home for more than a few hours, a trip to the spa will have you returning deeply refreshed and revitalised.
A combination of boutique spa and garden café, Organika House Secret Spa draws its inspiration from ancient Ayurvedic philosophies. Treatments offered here include anything from ancient healing massages to crystal stone therapy, and aromatic milk baths to vigorous coffee body scrubs. Priding themselves on an experience based around healing and restoration, it’s the perfect location to rebalance and realign your spirits. For a post-massage treat, head on over to the airy café on the ground floor, and revel in its deeply serene vibe. Inhale the rich lavender aromatherapy — exhale the remains of last night’s long island ice tea.
Secret Spa at Organika House, 5-6/F, Building A, Piman 49, Sukhumvit 49, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 665 1898
Sweat it out at the gym
Now for the hardcore amongst us.
Where coffee and juice may be cute slurps to our sleepy systems, anyone who is a fitness fanatic will know that the most effective way to get rid of a hangover is to simply sweat it out at the gym.
Deeply invigorating and a great way to clear your mind, Sukhumvit and Silom’s The LAB gym offers a fun and intense workout, which has been described as a fitness playground for adults. And indeed, on closer look at the equipment (monkey bars, kettlebells, ceiling ropes, and big tyres amongst others), it’s easy to see why. Whether you join a strength and conditioning circuit class or book a private trainer session, almost all of the workouts here are high energy and high impact, allowing participants to break a good sweat and watch all of last night’s regrets evaporate into thin air.
And last but not least… Hair of the Dog.
It’s the oldest trick in the book, and probably the most compelling too. When you just don’t want to face the hangover at all, you can simply delay its arrival with a few more drinks and clinks.
For our final tip, sneak inside The Photo Booth — a hidden speakeasy crafted by the team behind the famed Locker Room. Whilst we’ll admit that the secret entrance is almost half the fun, the trendy bar provides a relaxed atmosphere in a jazzy setting, with subtle deep house tunes filling the space. Drinks are prepared by an Asian team of award-winning mixologists, and the cocktail menu manages a clever balance between the classic and the contemporary. We particularly love the good-humoured and Thai-inspired ‘Bangrak, You’ve Got Mail’ cocktail, and it’s exactly this light-hearted vibe that will always allow for a smooth transition from happy hour to hangover — no matter how you choose to ‘heal’ it.
The Photo Booth, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, +662 117 2636