Accommodation Near Bangkok

Hotel Accommodation Close to Bangkok

Information about hotel accommodation near the center of Bangkok including accommodation near Bangkok's famous landmarks such as the Phraya River.

About Bangkok or BKK as it is Known.

Bangkok is a teeming city of nearly 10 million Thais, with the pulsating Chao Phraya river running through Bangkok’s city centre.

On the Chao Phraya river you'll find everything from the fascinating river markets full of fresh produce to dinner cruises aboard quaint distinctly-Thai boats.
Chao Phraya River waterways near hotel accommodation, Bangkok
Photo from The Oriental Bangkok accommodation near Chao Phraya River

Most hotels will book a Chao Phraya River cruise to Ayutthaya for you. Bangkok is great value, with bargain prices for everything from fine accommodation to designer clothing.

Accommodation near the Chao Phraya River, which is Bangkok's nerve centre, is remarkably good and includes Bangkok's best resort hotels, notably the world-renowned Oriental Bangkok Hotel.  Whatever you do when you visit Bangkok, stay at The Oriental.

Why is Bangkok so good?  Bangkok’s tourism all started with The Oriental Hotel, founded by two Danish sea captains in 1865 who needed quality accommodation for their passengers as Thailand opened up for trade.

They didn't realise then that the hotel they started would one day be a celebrated luxury hotel graced by the rich and famous. The old wing built in 1876 is still standing.
Bangkok Oriental Authors Lounge
Bangkok Oriental Authors Wing

In 1923, famous English writer Somerset Maugham stayed at the Oriental Bangkok and wrote the children's tale, "Siamese Fairy Tale" while sitting in the river terrace gazing out at the Chao Phraya.

Other famous authors soon followed and even today you can stay in and marvel at the Authors’ Wing steeped in literary richness.

The Oriental’s General Manager Amanda Hyndman is frequently seen in the Authors’ Wing and around the hotel making sure guests have every need catered for in her warm, hands-on manner.

A visit to Bangkok isn’t complete without seeing the wonderful Authors' Wing (see above) at The Oriental Hotel, where many famous authors have stayed and written. They include Noel Coward, John le Carre and Barbara Cartland, with suites named after these authors with themes ranging from bold to romantic.

The Authors' Lounge is a memorable place to visit to admire the colonial furniture and ambience. If you close your eyes, you can almost image being there many years ago with the famous authors, as the strains of the violins being played in the nearby lobby drift in. You can take afternoon tea here, served by silk-clad waitresses with silky smooth manners.

The Oriental Hotel Bangkok has a classic colonial chic about it, and service that truly is the best in the world. For example if an airline loses your bags, they have emergency clothes ready - in your size.
Hotel Room Photo, The Oriental Bangkok
Room photo of The Oriental Hotel Bangkok

Just about every hotel staff member seems to know your name as soon as you check in. And when you go to dinner at their relaxed romantic riverside restaurant, they carefully watch everything you prefer, including the type of bread you favour from the varied bread basket that includes bread sticks and crunchy wafer bread. When it's refilled, your favourites dominate.

The rooms at The Oriental in Bangkok are also wonderful and as you would expect for Bangkok's top-rated 5 star hotel - stylish, roomy accommodation and with great views over the Chao Phraya River.

Opened by Thailand's King on December 5th 1999, the Skytrain has revolutionised travel in Bangkok and reduced the polluted traffic snarls Bangkok used to be renowned for.

These days a trip that used to take an hour in congested traffic in a taxi will take only a few minutes on the Skytrain, which is spotlessly clean, cheap and safe

Where to Go in Bangkok

When you get to the huge Bangkok city centre, it's shopping heaven, especially for clothes and electronics. Go to the busy MBK shopping centre where there's a whole floor dedicated to the latest mobile phones, TVs and Ipods.
You'll also find street stalls everywhere openly selling the latest release DVDs and CDs for only 90 Baht (approximately $3).
Revered Buddhist monks among busy Bangkok shopping
Revered Buddhist monks among busy Bangkok shopping

For really stylish clothes, go to the Paragon shopping centre where you can find clothes in which you'll look a million dollars back home without lightening your wallet or purse too much. And men, if your partner likes shoes, you're in for a long day.

Bangkok restaurants and cafes through the Thai capital also seem mostly good, although some ex-pats here advise wiping your cutlery before eating at some of the smaller establishments.

Beach resort hotel accommodation near Bangkok is at Pattaya  and  Hua Hin where you'll find many big brand hotels.

A visit to Bangkok isn’t complete without seeing the wonderful Authors' Wing (see above) at The Oriental Hotel, where many famous authors have stayed and written. They include Noel Coward, John le Carre and Barbara Cartland, with suites named after these authors with themes ranging from bold to romantic.

The Authors' Lounge is a memorable place to visit to admire the colonial furniture and ambience. If you close your eyes, you can almost image being there many years ago with the famous authors, as the strains of the violins being played in the nearby lobby drift in. You can take afternoon tea here, served by silk-clad waitresses with silky smooth manners.

Accommodation near Bangkok airport ranges from 2 to 5 star hotels with swimming pools and air-conditioning. The new Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi airport railway link makes it easy to get to and from accommodation near Bangkok's international airport.

VIDEOS OF BANGKOK'S STREET LIFE

Youtube Video of Bangkok. "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head

Google "Street View" of Bangkok near embassy of Australia

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