A gorgeous hotel right by the royal river. With some 29 stories (the higher you go the better the view) it gives great views of the city.
The hotel is a proper 5* with a lovely large lobby, good resturants (although expensive by Bangkoj standrads but not by English city standards), fab pool overlooking the river and lovely rooms with remote control everything (even the curtains) and the comfiest bed ....ever!
The hotel operates a free shuttle boat (mock junk but with armchairs!) across the river to the main river pier where you can pick up the tourist river boat or the cehaper river bus up the river to the grand palace (20 mins). Right next to this pier, opposite the hotel is a skytrain station which iver thier equivalent of our Doclands Light Railway but with air conditioned carriages - bliss! Very easy to use and will get you to all the main shopping centres and more 'colourful' areas of the city.
The grand palace is amazing and well worth a visit but clsoes quite early (normally about 3.30) so go here first. It's only a straighforward 10 min walk from the pier - once on the main road - turn left, it's on your right 400yrds. after the palace head back the way you cam but go another 50 yrds past the turnign to the pier and you'll come across the temple of the reclinning buddha - also worth a visit. there's also a local cafe/ restuarant across from the road from the entrance that does lovely, cheap, local food - yum!
Back to the pier and take the very inexpensive (about 30p) shuttle boat across the river to the temple of dawn. Well worth an hour of anyone''s time with some amazing views from the top (be warned, soem very steep steps to get to the top so if you suffer from vertigo, it's not for you!).
As we were only in Bangkok for a day we hired a local guide (Orora) who was lovely and very much helped us get the the most out of our day (the hotel can sort this for you and expect to pay 1,400 baht). We learned some simple Thai from her, got in via the backs doors to some attractions (no queing) and she knew where to eat - fab! We're were all enjoying ourselves so much she was happy to stay wirth us into ther night to show us around but we sent her home to her family and explored Bangkok by night on our own including a ladyboy show - a must see!
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- Developed as one of the finest hotel properties in Bangkok, its riverside location inspired the wave- shaped design, capitalising on the uninterrupted panoramic views from every room and adding a distinctive architectural statement to the Bangkok skyline. The Peninsula Bangkok offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Peninsula Bangkok
- Peninsula Hotel Bangkok
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