Get Pampered in Bangkok: The City's Most Luxurious Stays

One of the delights of visiting Bangkok is choosing a hotel, as the city offers some of the most luxurious and pampering sleeps in all Asia. There are great deals to be found here, and Bangkok is also one of the greatest spots in the world to splurge on luxury accommodation due to the quality and service available. You can opt for historical and long famed spots along the Chao Phraya River like the Mandarin Oriental or the Shangri La, which are iconic Bangkok lodgings, or try staying on the other side of the river at the Peninsula, or even further afield at the most exclusive of all Bangkok resorts, The Siam Hotel.

If staying downtown is more your thing, the prestigious St. Regis will pamper you silly, and you will also be well taken care of at the new urban chic resorts that represent the new young Bangkok, the Sofitel So and the W Bangkok, both of which feature cutting edge urban design. For a resort within the downtown, try the opulent Siam Kempinski, where all rooms cluster around a series of pools and yet one is literally inside of a shopping mall, as the prestigious hotel sits at the back of the glamorous Siam Paragon Mall. The Sukhothai sits in the business district along Sathorn Road, yet it is an elegant artistic and traditional Thai haven tucked in amongst the high-rises. There are an endless array of choices and they are all truly 5-star.

Taking its cue from the royal former Thai capital of Sukhothai, this hotel of the same name outdoes itself with pampering and pleasing design and service. Everything from the architecture to the replicated pagodas or statues found throughout the...  Read More

The Shangri La rivals the Oriental as Bangkok's most well known and notable place to stay, also located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. From its awe inspiring lobby to the luxury rooms in the Krungthep Wing with balconies overlooking the...  Read More

Hansar Bangkok
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Hansar, Bangkok

The Hansar prides itself as an urban boutique oasis. Set right in the heart of Bangkok, just steps away from the shopping meccas of Siam Paragon and Central World, and easily accessed by the Skytrain, the hotel is awash with convenience. Chic...  Read More

The Peninsula Bangkok
Photo courtesy of Peninsula Bangkok

Some argue that the Peninsula sits on the wrong side of the Chao Phraya River, across from the downtown sprawl. But the views from the west bank are actually far superior, taking in all of Bangkok's old "Venice of the East" grandeur and its best...  Read More

The newest of Bangkok's finest lodgings, the W is all about fashion. Traditional Thai is combined with cutting edge art and architecture to create a very trendy and chic establishment that features a stylish cocktail bar just next to the lobby...  Read More

Just perfect for an urban romantic weekend, the Sofitel So Bangkok is an elegant urban oasis that sets out to combine every aspect of the Bangkok experience. Designed by an elite group of Thai architects and interior designers, overseen by...  Read More

For the ultimate in luxury pampering, try a romantic splurge at the Siam Hotel. Paying homage to the post-colonial early 1900's era of King Rama V, this ultra-luxurious boutique hotel is a design-lover's dream, and Bangkok's newest spot to lodge...  Read More

The St. Regis Bangkok
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of the St Regis, Bangkok

With a location set right in the heart of central Bangkok, overlooking the Royal Sports Club, the Starwood's St Regis Hotel sets a new mark in elegance. This ultra fashionable player in the Bangkok boutique hotel scene offers 227 guest rooms and...  Read More

Where else in Bangkok can one have a direct entrance into the swimming pool from one's terrace? Only at the Siam Kempinski, located just steps from Bangkok's most fashionable mall, Siam Paragon, yet a hidden away world of its own, and a great...  Read More

This hotel on the Chao Phraya River, popular with visiting celebrities, still sets the bar for high-end Bangkok accommodations. The Author's Residence suites, made famous by visiting luminaries such as Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, and James...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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