Luxury Stays in Thailand: Top Spots to Get Pampered in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of those places where the opportunity to be pampered just begs itself, and with some great deals available at some of the world's most opulent and service minded spots, why not take advantage of some truly great stays. For many, the most romantic place to be in Bangkok is along the Chao Phraya River, and choices abound here, like the classic and still setting the five-star standard Mandarin Oriental, alongside other classic players like the Peninsula and Shangri La. Perhaps Bangkok's most exclusive property, certainly its most expensive, The Siam Hotel, lies further up river, offering plenty of private pampering.  The luxury hotel scene is not confined to the water though by any means. The classy and exclusive 137 Pillars Bangkok offers luxurious suites, gourmet dining, and rooftop infinity pools for the ultimate in city romance. Smack in the heart of downtown you will find the extravagant St. Regis as well as the truly ritzy Siam Kempinski and its award winning Sra Bua restaurant. Also downtown yet with the city's best views over Lumphini Park, the Sofitel So sets itself apart with some amazingly creative design, and the Okura Prestige is another elegant possibility in this area, with a combo of great dining, drinking, and spa options to complement its fancy rooms. Older but still great classic spots include the Grand Hyatt Erawan and the elegant Sukhothai along Sathorn Road. Bangkok truly has one of the most comprehensive list of luxury stay possibilities that you will ever come across, so many that you might just have to come back!

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 Shangri La is a mainstay of Bangkok luxury hotels. This classic Chao Phraya riverside lodging is one of Bangkok's most well known and notable place five star places to stay. From its awe inspiring lobby to the luxury rooms in the Krungthep...  Read More



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 Okura Prestiges occupies a high end spot, starting from the 24th floor of the Park Ventures Ecoplex Building, where the beautiful lobby looks out at the Bangkok skyline. The Okura offers 240 5 star rooms and suites to choose from; all of...  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



For upscale luxury on Bangkok's east side, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is unrivalled. The elegant hotel's sister property in Chiang Mai has received worldwide acclaim for its design and detail evoking Thailand's storied past, and...  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

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


The St. Regis has established itself as Bangkok's classiest downtown digs. With a location set right in the heart of central Bangkok, overlooking the Royal Sports Club, the St Regis Hotel sets a new mark in elegance. This ultra fashionable...  Read More



This hotel on the Chao Phraya River, popular with visiting celebrities, still sets the bar for high-end Bangkok accommodations with legendary personalised service and every aspect of the beautifully situated classic old hotel bordering on...  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. Tucked away in...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave