Bangkok is a chic and modern city that is fast-paced and filled with places that are sure to entertain any traveler. From rooftop bars to local markets lined with street food vendors, tuk-tuks, and endless shopping galore, I absolutely love going back here.
But if you just want to get away from the city without really going away too far, I chose Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort as my home after my trip in Myanmar. I prefer having an overnight stay here because I just wanted to relax and feel luxurious for a day. It feels like I’m in another part of Thailand as it is strategically located along the banks of Chao Phraya river. This gives me the best view of the sunrise that’s sure to put me in a good mood throughout the day.
As soon as I arrive the hotel, I was warmly greeted by their uber friendly staff. In just less than 15 minutes, my room was ready and I'm feeling very excited, especially after working and traveling a lot.
I stayed at the very spacious Deluxe Premier River View Room and it is just amazing! I love the décor that is themed with elegant touches of Thailand designs and culture. You can also see a desk if you need to work or write, a lounge seat where you can relax and read, a power shower for quick showers, and a deep bath tub for when you just want to relax. I noticed that they also give you a mobile phone that is loaded up with credit to make free local calls as well as unlimited data and apps to guide you as you navigate your way through the city. This is super convenient as I am just doing an overnight stay.
Here are some key attractions near Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel:
Lumpini Park (Bangkok's largest park and recreational area)
Grand Palace/Reclining Buddha/Wat Arun Temple of Dawn
Jim Thompson's House
Pak Khlong Talat Wholesale Flower Market
In case you find yourself traveling downtown during rush hour, the free shuttle boat can come in handy. It runs from the hotel to the Saphan Taksin or Central Pier every 30 minutes. The shuttle boat ride takes around 15 minutes one way so it really is one of the fastest way to beat traffic. On top of that, you get to enjoy the nice breeze and sights as you cruise down the river.
But personally, I found it very difficult to leave the hotel because come on, the hotel has awesome amenities as it is. I was lounging all day at their outdoor swimming pool that gives you a taste of sanctuary found in the islands of Thailand. I also adored the jacuzzi found in another section of the pool area.
To add to this exquisite and glamorous experience is a full-out dinner and drinks at the SEEN bar and restaurant in Avani Hotel. I love that I get to have the best view of the Chao Phraya river and the bridge that changes colors at night. Aside from this, the ambiance from the soulful DJ plus very attentive staff surely makes this one of my best nights in Bangkok. I was feeling very sinful as I drink their well-curated cocktails: Sin to be Seen, Forbidden River, Agua de Coco, and Ants in the Pants. These are all made with the best quality ingredients and I just love the creativity put behind these awesome concoctions.
I recommend the following must-try food in their restaurant: Cob Cake, Truffle Gunkan, and Truffle Lobster Salad for appetizers, Wagyu Steak with Truffle Spaghetti for main course, and chocolate donut balls for dessert. I was so full by the end of the night but definitely satisfied.
Waking up the next day is such an experience as the sun’s rays peeked through the curtains. And when I opened the glass door of my balcony, there it is. The sun was glorious! Its warm color slowly enveloping the skies as it rises. I was in awe of its magnificence, I couldn’t help but sit there and be thankful for a beautiful day that has been and is yet to come.
As I head down to have by breakfast (as if I’m still not full from last night), I am in awe once again as the breakfast buffet is directly positioned in front of the river too. The wide selection of food inspired from different parts of the world is seriously impressive. I honestly wanted to try everything but I just can’t. The spread starts from the Market Restaurant and extends outside where the live cooking stations are found. Of course, there’s an egg station where chefs prepare omelettes and other mixes of your choice, Thai dishes, as well Chinese, and Indian cuisines too. Seems like they have all kinds of breakfasts from noodles, dumplings, dim sum, pancakes, waffles, bread pudding, pastries, muffins, bacon, cereals, yoghurts, fruits, etc. You name it, they have it.
I hate to bid farewell to this amazing experience and I’m sure to go back once I get the chance to be in Bangkok. It truly is an exquisite staycation that is surely extraordinary.
For Future Reservations, check out their website and Instagram page.
Address: 155 Ratchadamri Road, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, 10330, Thailand
Telephone Number: +66 2 126 8866
Until then, see you anywhere in the world!