Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

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“Bangkok is pure paradise when you are a guest at the Mandarin Oriental.”

Hotel Essence Photography

This hotel opened in the Thai capital in 1876. It is, without doubt, one of the world’s most unforgettable establishments – ask any guest about this hotel and they will describe their afternoon tea at the Author’s Lounge with the rooms dedicated to famous writers, the impeccable service or the location of the hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. This river is known in English as “the River of Kings” – it’s the very life-blood of Bangkok. They might also mention the private cosy cabañas by the pool, the Colonial history, the renowned ayurveda treatments in the spa, the floating lotus flowers, their soft, homely furnishings in their rooms or the teak boats that transport you across the river. All Essence details that portray the heart of this wonderful hotel.

The Most Famous Hotels in the World have produced a fascinating book on the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok wriiten by Andreas Augustin and Andrew Williamson. A selection of contemporary photographs by Michelle Chaplow are Incorporated into the book