Bangkok Journals

Live the High Life in Bangkok

A March 2003 trip to Bangkok by thebigfella

The Imperial Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: We had a short 48 hour stopover in Bangkok and stayed at Le Royal Meridien Hotel, where we were treated like royalty--even the kids!

Live the High Life in Bangkok

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Overview

The Imperial Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Grand Palace is always a "must-do" in Bangkok; the Grand Palace complex was built in 1782 and houses not only the Royal residence and throne halls, but also the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Prior to the building of this complex the centre of Bangkok was at Thonburi, situated on the other side of the river. Before visiting the Grand Palace complex be sure you are suitably attired as there is a strict dress code. Men should wear trousers or at least very long shorts. Women should not wear anything too revealing and if possible a long skirt. The Thai are a very shy people and have difficulty confronting you about your clothes, but this does not mean that they are not easily offended. ...Read More

Amari Atrium Hotel

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Hotel | "The Amari Atrium"

Amari Atrium Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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We stayed at the Amari Atrium for 5 nights on our second visit to Bangkok. You are greeted politely by the ever-helpful concierge and directed through the front doors and into a very airy and understated lobby -- unusual for a Thai hotel. The airiness is due to a five-story atrium directly above your head -- each level overflowing with flowers. As you sign the register and informed of your room number you cannot help yourself looking up. I think the reception staff are quite used to talking to people's necks! The atrium is not the only attraction here -- as this hotel is further out of town than many, the view from your room is better as there is less air pollution. The rooms are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2003

Amari Atrium Hotel
1880 NEW PETCHBURI ROAD
Bangkok, Thailand 10320
66-27182000

Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel

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Hotel | "Le Royal Meridien"

Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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We stayed here at the Royal Meridien for two nights (originally) on our third visit to Bangkok. Entry to the Royal Meridien is via a central courtyard which is shared with it's sister Hotel - Le Meridien President. At the steps, you are greeted by one of the many well-spoken and polite porters who immediately relieve you of your luggage, and in our case, our children! The Thai people have a childlike sense of fun and are perfect companions for children. From the moment we entered the hotel we were treated with utmost respect at all times and our children were given presidential treatment, with the porters and waiting staff lining up to fuss them!! This was a great help particular...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2003

Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel
61 Wireless Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
662-650-8800

Asia Hotel Bangkok

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Hotel | "Asia Bangkok"

Asia Hotel Bangkok Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Considering the Asia is a hotel on the lower end of the luxury scale, when you walk into the lobby, you would never know it! The Asia was the first hotel I had ever stayed at in Bangkok and was therefore bowled over by the sheer opulence. I had always thought that you had to spend three or four times what I was paying to get this kind of decor. Huge chandeliers hung like sparkling fireballs reflected brilliantly against the polished marble floors. Smiling staff members hurriedly buzzed around, ensuring baggage was portered off and that waiting guests were being seen to promptly enough. Such efficiency and all done with a minimum of fuss. This was only the lobby -- if the rest of the hotel was th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2003

Asia Hotel Bangkok
296 Phayathai Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10400
+66 (2) 215-0808

Cabbages and Condoms

Restaurant | "Cabbages & Condoms"

Cabbages and Condoms Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Affiliated to the Population and Community Development Association, Cabbages and Condoms offers a unique dining experience whether you choose to eat indoors or outside under the trees illuminated by thousands of tiny fairy lights. The setting is not the only thing which is breathtaking here -- the meals are always cooked to perfection and the service is prompt and cheerful on even the busiest night! Why not try the Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken Wrapped in Pandanas Leaves served with an ice cold Singha Beer - to finish perhaps a Thai Whiskey and Cola. The choice is yours, though I am sure whatever you choose an evening at C and C will be one of those lasting memories you will always trea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2003

Cabbages and Condoms
6 Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 229 4611

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Attraction | "Floating Markets"

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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You need to reach Damnoen Saduak early in the morning (before 9am) to take part in the floating markets. We went by tour bus from Bangkok and endured the hour-and-a-half journey over bumpy roads, driven by an ex-stock-car driver having a bad day! The more pleasurable way of travelling would have been by water-taxi or water-bus. They are called "floating" markets as many of the stallholders ply their wares from wooden canoes or sampans. In addition to this, many of the buying public are transported in a procession of sampans up and down the canals. The markets are very hectic, with hordes of tourists making the pilgrimage every day. This said, the markets still give you a good idea of what t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2003

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
Damnoen Saduak, Thailand 70120
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour

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You may think it odd to find a listing of a hospital in the Journal of a fellow traveler but believe me this place deserves all the recognition it can get. Situated right in the centre of Bangkok, near Sukhamvit, Bumrungrad Hospital is the ultimate in healthcare luxury. A variety of treatment wards exist with one to suit every insurance bracket. Wards start with four beds and move up to two bedrooms before moving on to single rooms. Single rooms start at basic, which include private bathroom, refrigerator and mini-bar to Deluxe which also has full self-catering kitchen facilities and dining room. The next room category is VIP Suite, which has a guest's bedroom and bathroom and finally there ...Read More