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 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.
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.
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.
One of life's pleasures in Bangkok is taking the complimentary river boat
from your resort hotel to the nearest Skytrain station for a quick trip
into the busy commercial centre of Bangkok.
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
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.
And when in Bangkok, you have to try a Thai massage to finish the day perfectly.
The Oriental Hotel has the perfect venue. You sail lazily across the river
in their complimentary Thai river boat to The Oriental's Spa pavilion, a
traditional Thai-style house of beautifully carved, golden teak wood.
It's described as "a transcendent spa experience in an oasis of tranquility"
- with 14 suites, ancient remedies and soothing aromas.
The first of its kind in Asia, the Oriental Spa has been recognised as one
of the best spas in the world, winning awards and rave reviews since its
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. Photo of The Oriental Hotel outdoor restaurant near Bangkok's Chao
Accommodation near Bangkok airport ranges from 2 to 5 star hotels with
swimming pools and air-conditioning. The new Bangkok to
railway link makes it easy to get to and from accommodation near Bangkok's
For a memorable dining experience, The Oriental Hotel’s Riverside Terrace
should be your first choice.
Dinner at The Oriental Hotel is one of life's pleasures for a number of
reasons, but mainly because of the superb food prepared by French chef
- especially the authentic Thai dishes including what must be the world's
tastiest stir fried chicken and cashew nuts, as well as the Padh Thai noodles.
The Oriental has just opened a new Italian restaurant named
a beautiful riverside setting. It features classic Italian cuisine
uncder the watchful eye of Bangkok’s legendary chef
Norbert Kostner . Ciao
offers spuntino - Italian style tapas - as well as an extensive a la carte
menu of Italian classics and imaginative dishes.
There is a trendy bar and café in Silom called Opus that has very good
pasta and meat dishes such as osso buco. Or try
Café Enotica in Bangkok
city for another taste of Italy.
The Oasis Lounge in Patpong is also a good place to eat before venturing
out to see the kilometres and kilometres of open air clothing stalls in
Patpong’s famous night markets.
Antonio’s in another popular café that gets good reviews in the