Southeast Asia is one of the most intoxicating places in the world. It's a place full of culture, where divine flavors, ancient traditions and tropical beauty collide.
Thailand is a favorite among travelers, and the bustling capital of Bangkok is the stuff of legend. If you're looking for a luxurious escape, give one of these top hotels a try.
Siam Bangkok's main house
3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit District / Website
Nestled on the bank of the beautiful Chao Phraya River, The Siam is a boutique hotel known to be a favorite of the Thai Princess. Offering 39 rooms from exquisite pool villas to sumptous suites, The Siam has every aspect of immersion covered. Enjoy expert lessons at the Muay Thai gym, buy your own produce at the local market and make your own supreme dish with a traditional cooking class, lounge by the infinity pool with a delicious cocktail, or take in the city's sights from The Siam's own wooden long boat.
Rosewood Bangkok's Lennon Lounge
1041 38 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District / Website
The architecture firm behind NYC’s High Line looked to the wai (Thailand’s hands-together greeting) for the sculptural 30-floor structure housing this five-star hotel in Bangkok’s CBD, open since spring of 2019. A trio of signature “houses” within it offer expansive digs—think private meditation areas and outdoor plunge pools—while four F&B outlets include the speakeasy Lennon’s, with Asia’s largest collection of vinyl.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok hotel lobby
48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak / Website
The 144-year-old treasure is Thailand’s very first luxury hotel. It reopened its River Wing in late 2019 after spending $90 million to update its rooms and suites, swimming pool and restaurants (Verandah now features a wraparound mural painted using traditional temple techniques), with design inspiration from the Chao Phraya reflected in bespoke local fabrics and hand-beaten brass boat sculptures.
300/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon / Website
Four Seasons’ second urban escape in Bangkok bowed in December 2020 with 299 airy rooms and suites, and an emphasis on wellness in the heart of the revitalized riverside. Art aficionados should book in for the collection curated by designer Jean-Michel Gathy, specially-made by local artists for the hotel, plus the gallery-like Art Space—a partnership with Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art—featuring Thai creators.
300/2 Charoen Krung Rd, Yannawa, Sathon / Website
Opened last October, this 101-accommodation retreat is a calm, contemporary sanctuary right on the Chao Phraya River’s east bank. Unobstructed views set the tranquil tone for a property with the gravitas of a grand dame and the intimacy and soul of a boutique hotel. Multiple eateries in the foodie haven include Côte by Mauro Colagreco, a three Michelin-star chef reinventing French and Italian Riviera cuisine.
Photography by: Courtesy The Siam; Rosewood Bangkok; Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River; Capella Bangkok