As we walked in the lobby of Mandarin Oriental Hotel, after our long flight from Europe to Bangkok, the sense of heritage was obvious. This was the first luxury hotel in Thailand, established in 1876 at the banks of the River of King, and known all over the world as one of the best luxury hotels ever. The Oriental Hotel has hosted many of the most famous people, the best authors and royalty from many different counties. Voted the worlds best hotel by readers of influential magazines, Mandarin Oriental boasts an international reputation. So, needless to say, we had quite high expectations for this stay.
Located in at the river, the hotel is a little away from the center of the city. There is a shuttle boat sailing from the hotel to the other side of the river, where Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, the cooking school and the traditional spa is located. There is also a shuttle several times each hour going to the nearest sky train station, Saphan Taksin, so if you want to go to the Siam station e.g., you can easily be here within 30 minutes from leaving your room. Otherwise you can grab one of the cheap taxies instead, if you are off the rushhours. These will take you around for almost no cost, compared to europe. In the evening the shuttle boats can sail you up-river to the Asiatique The Riverfront night market, a trip which can be made in 15 minutes.