This was our first trip to Bangkok and we were undecided between staying at the Mandarin Oriental or The Siam. At the strong urging by our travel agent, we chose The Siam. We were certainly not disappointed. After flying a total of 22 hours from South Africa, we were looking for some peace and quiet. We found it at The Siam.
When our van arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by a smiling and bowing staff of 6-8 people. At this point we met our butler, "Mac" who quickly became our best friend. During our 4 days Mac always seemed to appear just when we needed him while never being intrusive. He seemed to be everywhere. He even came into the hotel to see us off at 4:30am, and provided us with a beautifully bagged continental breakfast to take with us in the taxi. If we could ever import anything from Thailand our first choice would be Mac.
Before arriving we had indicated that we would like to take part in a 1/2 day Thai cooking class. A month before our trip, we were sent an extensive list of dishes that we could chose from for our class. After spending an hour with the chef in a local market selecting ingredients, we were taken to a beautiful small indoor/outdoor room that was set up for our class. There were 3 identical cooking stations along with a beautiful table set for the two of us. We were given printed copies of the dishes selected. The chef described the first dish and then cooked it at her station. We tasted it so we would know the right way to do it. Then it was our turn to each prepare the same dish at our own stations. Of course, Mac was right there with us to answer any questions. He also likes to cook and had spent time in the US, so he was very helpful in recommending ingredient substitutions we could find at home. We repeated this process for our 3 chosen dishes. We have taken many cooking classes all over the world, but never have we had such an elegant and interesting experience.
Our River-view suite had river view, but only from quite a distance. If a river view is important, we would recommend springing for a villa. The room was huge and very comfortable with just about every amenity anyone might want, including many English TV stations and a large inventory of free in-room movies. The entire hotel is home to a very impressive collection of art. Just walking to our room or breakfast we really enjoyed the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. We used the complimentary boat transportation provided by the hotel to visit other parts of the city, including time spent at the Mandarin Oriental. In retrospect, we believe we make the right hotel choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 3 acres of verdant frontage along the city side of the Chao Praya River, The Siam is a private urban luxury resort located in Bangkok's Royal Dusit district. The Siam features 39 of the capital's most spacious suites and pool villas as well as a uniquely historical Thai House, Connie's Cottage. All rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite is individually designed with original turn of the century oriental artwork and antiquities and is catered for by a personal butler. Complimentary WiFi is available property-wide. Guests have an array of superlative amenities at their fingertips: restaurants, cooking school, bar, café, Opium Spa, gym, yoga terrace, Muay Thai boxing ring, beauty salon, library/cinema, infinity pool, gift/antiques gallery, conservatory and traditional Thai houses. The Siam is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. ... more less
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