Street food is an essential part of an authentic journey in Thailand and Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the best places to try unique local delicacies.

Designed with the independent traveller in mind, SALA Hospitality launches SALA Journeys – neighourhood guides to age old traditions, authentic dining establishments and lesser-known sights, offering a window to the true heart of the destination.

SALA Journeys invite guests to explore the locale of three sala boutique destinations – Wat Ket in Chiang Mai, Rattanakos in in Bangkok, and Ayutthaya – in a “12 hours in …” experiential series compiled by the SALA team.

“The sala boutique experience is reflected in SALA Journeys which showcase the destination through personal recommendations,” said Volkert Geertsen, Cluster General Manager of sala boutique.

Explore the flower market in Thailand, open around the clock and situated just 10 minutes from sala rattanakosin Bangkok.

All three guides have been tried and tested by team members of the respective properties, many of whom are local to the area.

Starting in the current capital city, 12 hours in Rattanakosin explores Bangkok’s old town, inviting guests on a self-guided walking tour starting from sala rattanakosin Bangkok.

The itinerary includes some of the classics – such as Wat Po, Wat Arun, and the legend behind their respective giants – as well as some local secrets including an unassuming roadside cart which has been selling soy milk pudding and grass jelly desserts for over 50 years.

Best kept secret: hungry visitors jostle for a seat on plastic chairs to try this uncle’s desserts which he has been selling for more than half a century.

SALA Journeys continues upstream and back in time to an ancient capital. In addition to highlighting the must-sees of the historic town’s 500-plus temples, the 12 hours in Ayutthaya guide starts at sala ayutthaya and includes a stop at the quirky Million Toys Museum, as well as providing helpful suggestions on Ayutthaya’s culinary symbols – roti saimai, boat noodles, and giant river prawns.

Further north still, 12 hours in Wat Ket unearths cultural and culinary treasures in sala lanna Chiang Mai’s riverside neighbourhood. From dinosaur-shaped dough sticks and herb-packed sai oua northern sausages to a famed young coconut pie and khao soi chicken noodle curry, travellers are in for a delicious adventure. Guests will also learn about the love story that built a bridge, as well as have the opportunity to delve into the local arts scene.

“We are excited to let our guests experience the destination as we do – SALA Journeys are designed by our team for guests to see, hear, smell, and taste the best of the destination,” said Nicolas Reschke, Group Director of Business Development, SALA Hospitality Group.

Travellers may be more familiar with the ruins of UNESCO Historic City of Ayutthaya, but a toys museum promises a journey back in time, through borders and across galaxies.

An art collector and a great source of information on the local art scene uses his café, located steps from sala lanna Chiang Mai, as a platform to showcase local talents.

Plans are underway to expand the SALA Journeys series to include interviews of local personalities, detailed reviews of local shops, and curated lists of recommended activities for different travellers.

The launch of SALA Journeys follows the hospitality group’s efforts to bring guests closer to the destination, allowing them to discover the cultural and culinary nuances that surround them. Last year, signature bicycle tours were launched at sala rattanakosin Bangkok, sala ayutthaya, and sala lanna Chiang Mai. In addition, a “Taste of Place” culinary programme across SALA properties celebrates the unique flavours and cultural heritage accompanying the dishes.

To stay updated with SALA news, as well as to download the SALA Journeys, visit http://www.salahospitality.com/en/blog-sala

For more information, email info@salahospitality.com or visit http://www.salahospitality.com

Taeki's hobby is to write lifestyle pieces according to his own style. He loves foods and tech stuffs! If there is any foods or tech reviews, you can count Taeki in!

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