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TRAVEL DIARIES: THE SIAM HOTEL, BANGKOK
On today's travel edition, we visit a beautiful gem tucked on the edge of the historic heart of Bangkok. In it are treasures of nature and beauty of art deco furniture pieces that will help you immerse in tranquility.
The Siam is a long way from downtown, but for those who are into sightseeing, the location offers easy access to the city’s main temples and museums and guests can get just about anywhere in the area by hopping on the hotel’s river boat.
An exquisite luxury hotel, the building seamlessly marries classic Thai influences with Art Deco aesthetics, and its interior is decorated with beautiful antiques and exudes sumptuous serenity. You get an impression upon check in that huge efforts are made to offer guests complete privacy and a unique experience.
Just a quick forty minutes from the international airport, this urban resort is a haven and escape from the hustle and bustle, including Bangkok’s galling crowds and infamous traffic.
Founded in 2012 by Krissada Sukoso Clapp and designed by celebrated hotel guru Bill Bensley, The Siam offers plenty of panache — silent marble corridors ooze Art Deco and classic colonial-style aesthetics, making this hotel a one-off experience. It’s a perfect synergy between east and west and the grounds are so spacious that the property feels like one’s luxury home, even when it’s booked out.
Elements of colonial-style aesthetics immediately transports you to a time where old world glamour reigned supreme.
The 28 standard rooms are in fact suites with high wooden ceilings, massive beds and large bathrooms with stylish tubs. Plenty of original artwork and 19th and early 20th-century documents and photographs grace the walls, complemented by heavy dark wood furniture and giant bronze ceiling fans, all of which creates a near-silent, luxurious ambience. Modern amenities aren’t lacking either, but they blend in with grace.
At the end of the day, take the time to enjoy the majestic Chao Phara sunset view with a cold drink in hand.
The Siam has three restaurants - the Chon Restaurant serves classic Thai haute cuisine by the banks of the Chao Praya – the pomelo prawn salad is excellent. The Deco Bar and Bistro, its walls covered in brass instruments, offers a great selection of western dishes. The Café Cha is a classic patisserie, ideal for afternoon tea. The perfect pre-dinner drink location is the Bather’s Bar by the pool.
3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
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