This was our first visit to Bangkok for the wife and myself although not our first time in Thailand.
We have stayed in a number of Mandarin Oriental Hotels and this is the best. Located on the river near a public jetty for the river ferries all of the expected Mandarin standards of service and facilities were very much in evidence. We had a deluxe room with a river view incorporating a butler service. All the staff we encountered were pleasant, professional and helpful.
There is an extensive riverside terrace with a variety of dining options which is a great place for breakfast and dinner. The Hotel has it's own shuttle boats which take you across the river to the rest of the Hotel and also to a local shopping centre jetty, public ferry jetty and Skytrain station.
Throughout our stay we could not fault the quality of the accommodation, service and facilities. The King of Bahrain was there at the same time so if it is good enough for him what can you say.
We dined one night in the Hotel Sala Rim Naam which has a traditional Thai menu and entertainment and was just fantastic. Plenty of photo opportunities with the Thai performers after the show.
Through our local tour representative we booked a river cruise which included a snack buffet on a converted Rice Barge and this was a lovely relaxing afternoon on our first day in town. We also went to a Siam Niramit night comprising a buffet and show and tour of a replica Thai village. This is something we would normally avoid but the show on a huge theatre stage with special effects was brilliant.
A visit to the Grand Palace is a must but as everyone suggests go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. In our view the best parts of the city are located around the big Hotels, Shopping Malls and Temples. Many other areas are pretty decrepit, pavements are narrow, uneven and crowded and the traffic fumes and congestion are horrendous. If you travel anywhere by road you spend long periods stuck in traffic. Whenever you can use the Skytrain or the river ferries but be aware that you need to be agile to get on and off the latter.
We had a great stay in Bangkok and the Mandarin Oriental was a superb base.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1876 and ideally located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maughamto Wilbur Smith and John Le Carre. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok boasts an international reputation for splendid service, style and grace and facilities including eight restaurants. The hotel's private teakwood shuttle boats provide daily access to the world famous Thai Cooking School, the hotel's Thai restaurant, the award-winning Oriental Spa and Health Centre located across the River; as well as the nearest skytrain station (SaphanTaksin) and River City Shopping Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Oriental Bangkok
- Oriental Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Mandarin Oriental