Bangkok's most popular hotels each offer something different, as riverside resorts and shiny downtown high rises offer their own special charms. This list changes throughout the year, so you can be confident that all of these properties are leading contenders for the best hotel in Bangkok.
The 396-room Chatrium Riverside Hotel offers a relaxed and luxurious stay in Bangkok with all the facilities you would expect of five-star premises: penthouse-style business centre, sparklingly clean gym and the Nemita Spa for some professional pampering.All fine so far, but what makes this towering hotel stand out is its riverside location and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the vibrant Chao Praya River as a backdrop.There are two on-site restaurants offering dim-sum on the 36th floor and world cuisine on the ground floor with seating inside and out.
Guests enter the Sukhothai hotel via a tree-lined driveway, a short distance that takes you away from the noise of busy Bangkok streets, and into the manicured gardens that surround the hotel.Although Sukhothai Hotel may be only 13 stories high, it does not feel overlooked, and all of the 210 rooms look out onto the verdant grounds, water features and trees that surround it..
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Bangkok and its Riverside location offers the best in terms of convenience and beauty.Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, the hotel has simply stunning views of the river, both from the guestrooms and the lovely poolside area.The location also offers easy access to Bangkok leading shopping, sightseeing and business districts thanks to the adjacent Sky Train at Saphan Taksin BTS Station which enables guests to travel throughout the city with ease.Suvarnabhumi international Airport is only just 30-35 minutes away by car.
Guests to the 37 storey Peninsula Hotel will be impressed by the palatial colonial charm but its the faultless service and attention to detail that really awes and sets the benchmark for premium luxury hotels to strive towards.Shoes are polished at the touch of a button; your preferred newspaper is noted and delivered each morning, and your favourite breakfast spot is remembered for the duration of your stay.Every request is fulfilled and nothing needs to be asked for twice.
Just when you think there is nothing more to delight you, the Siam Kempinski pulls another trick out of the bag, raising the bar for five star hotels in Bangkok.Everything is designed to wow here: throughout the corridors and communal spaces you will find beautiful artwork and antiques, displayed without the feel of a stuffy museum.
Located on a leafy street close to the American Embassy, Oriental Residence is the perfect place to stay if you want a peaceful and refined vacation close to both the shopping haven of Siam and Silom business district.The lobby is bright and filled with the scent of fresh flowers; the pool area is a chic and welcoming space, with a friendly Deck Bar and romantic cabanas, and the fitness centre, although small, is excellently equipped with TechnoGym machines and weights.
What To Eat?
Thailand’s food needs little introduction. From San Francisco to Sukhothai, its profusion of exotic flavours and fragrances make it among the most coveted of international cuisines. As a walk through Bangkok forcefully reminds, these flavours and fragrances are seemingly inexhaustible. However, whether it be juicy pieces of grilled pork on a stick or a fiery bowl of ‘Tom Yum’ soup, we all have to start somewhere. And what better place than our carefully selected Top 10 of Thai Food, which spans everything from staple backpacker favourites to Thai classics. Once you’ve tried them all, please vote for the one that really thrilled your taste buds.
The quintessential Thai aroma! A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce shapes this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick. Succulent fresh prawns and straw mushrooms lend it body. A versatile dish that can fit within virtually any meal, the distinctive smell reminds you of exotic perfume, while it's invigorating sour-spicy-hot taste just screams 'Thailand'!
Hailing from the Northeast state of Isaan, this outlandish dish is both great divider - some can't get enough of its bite, some can't handle it - and greatly distinctive. Garlic, chilies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya get dramatically pulverized in a pestle and mortar, so releasing a rounded sweet-sour-spicy flavour that's not easily forgotten. Regional variations throw peanuts, dry shrimp or salted crab into the mix, the latter having a gut-cleansing talent that catches many newcomers by surprise!
A mild, tamer twist on Tom Yum, this iconic soup infuses fiery chilies, thinly sliced young galangal, crushed shallots, stalks of lemongrass and tender strips of chicken. However unlike its more watery cousin, lashings of coconut milk soften its spicy blow. Topped off with fresh lime leaves, it's a sweet-smelling concoction, both creamy and compelling.
Made with morsels of meat, red curry paste, smooth coconut milk and topped off with a sprinkling of finely sliced kaffir lime leaves, this rich, aromatic curry always gets those taste buds tingling. At its best when the meat is stunningly tender, it could be likened to a beautiful woman: it's mild, sweet and delicately fragrant. And like all true love affairs, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
From Cape Town to Khao San Road, the default international Thai dish! Dropped in a searing hot wok, fistfuls of small, thin or wide noodles (you choose) do a steamy minute-long dance alongside crunchy beansprouts, onion and egg, before disembarking for the nearest plate. A truly interactive eating experience, half its fun (and flavour) lies in then using a quartet of accompanying condiments - fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder and finely ground peanuts - to wake it from its slumbers.