As much as we like the same shiny new hotels and looking for the latest places to help put our heads as we're traveling, there's something about hotels that contain visas are provided and the years go, resisted running and passing trends just as quickly and over time were woven into the very fabric of their city.
That is why we have sought Mandarin Oriental Bangkok recently, one of the oldest deluxe hotels in the city, having had his post on the banks of the Chao Phraya River seeing that 1876 - which is about one hundred and thirty green many years of history. Specifically, we went to the hall of its author, named honoring the many great writers that contain walked through the doors to the hotel (Somerset Maugham to help you to John Le Carre Joseph Conrad and Barbara Cartland).
Then, within its whitewashed walls, sitting on white wicker furniture and potted between hands and bamboo, is a window into a different time, a trip steam trunk, gentle wasted leisurely afternoons between cricket matches (or so we imagine), actually - having high green teas.
Being in Bangkok, we have chosen the set of Thai tea, which brings a local twist on the traditional Portuguese. Three levels of sweet and savory treats are enough for two people and include things like a Thai curry besides blowing lotus seeds and honey crispy vermicelli inside shells of rice flour.
Green teas is by Mariage Frères, a French maison tea that has been with us since 1854. One option is a mixture of Asian - call hotel once of course - a black tea using lime jasmine and mandarin, which we found delicious.
Arrival and departure from the hotel may be possible in choosing the style of complimentary water taxi and through the Taksin pier nearby. This also allows you to enter through the gardens by the river and then determine the original signal from the hotel to the historic facade. Worth while taking the time to wander the main receiving area, where huge flower displays rotate based on the seasons. In Taksin boat deck, you can easily connect with process metropolitan Bangkok (BTS) at the station of Saphan Taksin, by far the fastest way to get around the Community oft choked traffic.
I enjoyed Laos alot2005-03-04 10:48:03 by wat2dowat2do
I went in 2001. Bought a "package" from a Bangkok travel agent that included visa for crossing Thai Laos border up at Chang Rai, a boat trip down the Mekong for a few days, overnight accomodation at a french owned riverbank hotel, meals and dropped us off at Luang Prabang. The travel agent also included air tickets from Luang Prabang back to BKK. Not really an organised package tour, so to speak... wonderful experience, but I would warn against hiking or travelling in the back country or in a small group. Read warnings about land crossings. Stick with an organised tour in a mainstream area.
If you're in the region anyways, tack on a few days in Siam Reap in Cambodia. You can fly in and out of BKK. It was as memorable as Laos for different reasons. (architechure vs the people)
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