A Luxury Guide to Bangkok

by Karen Bournville
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Bangkok was the launching point of our month-long exploration of Thailand – we planned to visit the islands, enjoy the endless beaches, delicious food and well known hospitality of this stunning country. But first we wanted to spend a bit of time in the city.

Chatrium Riverside Bangkok was awarded the Best Hotel in Bangkok by TripAdvisor for 2012, so we decided we would give it a try. Its excellent location, overlooking the Chao Praya River, meant that we were within a short distance of all the major attractions. The hotel shuttle boat provides easy access to the BTS Skytrain station, so it really is easy to get around. 

Our room was huge; very comfortable, and blessed with stunning views of the river and skyline. We made the most of all the comforts on offer, as we were facing a month in wooden huts on the island – this break was all about luxury! On our first night, too tired to explore the delights of the city, we had a delicious dinner at Silver Waves, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, and finished with a nightcap in the Lobby Lounge. The following day, after sightseeing, we relaxed by the beautiful pool, dipping in and out of the jacuzzi, and I booked a massage to release the post-flight tension from my body. 

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok was an oasis of calm, allowing us to catch our breath and acclimatise before we set off on our island-hopping jaunt. The luxury, comfort and quality of service could not be faulted. 

It was our first holiday together – a relaxing month-long exploration of some of the many beautiful islands in Thailand. As I’d never been to this part of the world before, we decided to do Bangkok in luxury before giving in to the beach hut and sarong part of our holiday. 

The Chatrium Riverside is perfect for first-time visitors to the city. The hotel’s boat shuttle took us straight to the Skytrain, which is the best way to traverse the city. The staff recommended a leisurely boat trip too, which we loved – floating through the city, past river markets, glittering palaces and houses on stilts gave us a unique view of the city. 

A visit to Bangkok isn’t complete without a pilgrimage to Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. A glorious golden statue measuring 46m long and 15m high, he really must be seen to be believed. Nearby is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which was carved from a single block of green jade and was discovered in Chiang Rai in 1434. 

We spent our afternoons relaxing at the hotel – the lovely swimming pool has loungers dotted around its edges, and there is a Pool Bar serving cocktails and light snacks. We ate a couple of lovely meals – from Chinese food at Silver Waves to a wonderful buffet at Pier 28, the food was delicious. Facilities
  • Three restaurants – River Barge, Silver Waves and Pier 28; Treats Gourmet for pastries etc. 24-hour room service
  • Lobby Lounge, Pool Bar
  • Nemita Spa with a full menu of treatments
  • Gym, swimming pools
  • Free wi-fi throughout hotel

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