Tuesday, January 31, 2012
We visited many of them during our short stay in Bangkok and here is a rundown of our favorites.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Traditionalists call this grand dame The Oriental. Steeped in history, this hotel celebrated its 135th anniversary last year. The guests of the 193 room property are serviced by 1300 staff members, and that is what stands out about the Oriental: service, service, service. They have three buildings, and we like to recommend the River Wing. The entry level Superior rooms are quite spacious and have lovely marble baths, but my favorite has to be the Mandarin room. These rooms are corner junior suites, allowing for a terrace with both city and river views. They have a shuttle boat which will take you across the Chao Phraya river to their award-winning spa and fitness center. The famous Le Normandie restaurant is located in the Garden Wing of the Mandarin Oriental. It has long been considered the finest French restaurant in Asia. As befitting its formal atmosphere, reservations and dinner jackets (for gentlemen) are required.
The Peninsula Bangkok
Guests can arrive at the Peninsula, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, by either car, boat or helicopter. The 12-minute helicopter ride from the airport makes for a nice transfer if it's in the budget. All rooms and suites have river views and modern decor. The design is more contemporary than the Mandarin Oriental across the river. Service is a hallmark at the Peninsula and the rooms are fitted with bedside controls for lighting and curtains. Several restaurants, nice fitness center, beautiful spa and an outdoor garden pool area round out the offerings here at the Peninsula.
St. Regis Bangkok
The St. Regis is situated in the business district with many shops and restaurants nearby. It is a newer hotel to the Bangkok scene and it provides a welcome oasis in the big city. All of the beautifully decorated rooms and suites have the added amenity of the St. Regis Butler service. My tea was delivered promptly by my personal butler. I don't usually drink tea or coffee in the morning, but I had to test out the service! If there is such a thing as towels being too plush, this hotel had them. Huge, thick cotton bath towels and the most comfortable beds and bedding made for a great stay. There is a well-equipped fitness center with nice city views, outdoor rooftop pool, and requisite spa. The restaurant Viu serves a beautiful buffet breakfast and is open for lunch and dinner. There are several other dining options and the lobby bar is a great place to meet, relax and have a drink.
Coming soon! The Siam is a boutique luxury retreat scheduled to open in June 2012. It will provide a resort atmosphere within the city situated along the banks of the Chao Phraya river, in the historic Dusit area. The 39 rooms and suites are individually furnished with turn of the century oriental antiques and artwork. There are also Villas with private pools and courtyards. Stay tuned because The Siam is one to watch!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
We stopped at an overlook at the Golden Triangle, the area where three countries: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet, at the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers. If the border is open, you can take a day trip over the bridge to the town of Tachilek in Myanmar. Here you will see the market filled with a huge variety of stalls selling everything from fruits and vegetables to "designer" jeans and purses. You can also observe the local village life, and visit a golden pagoda reminiscent of the famous pagodas you would see in Bagan. It's easy to cross the border, you just need your passport and 500 baht for a tourist visa.
Elephant polo, visits to temples, gardens and the unique Hall of Opium museum round out the activities available in and around Chiang Rai.
Our top choices of where to stay in the Chiang Rai/Golden Triangle area:
A word of caution: you must be in fairly good physical condition and be able to navigate the many stairs involved in getting around this resort.
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