After spending nearly two years traveling around Southeast Asia, it was now time to say goodbye. It was a manic few days leaving Chiang Mai but luckily, we had a few days to unwind in Bangkok. Located right by the river banks of the iconic Chao Phraya River is the Royal Orchid Sheraton. With each room featuring unparalleled views of the river due to its ingenious design, staying at the Royal Orchid was the perfect way to say goodbye to Asia.
As soon as we walked in, we were instantly drawn into the large bay window featuring fantastic views of the river. Having stayed in many hotels in Bangkok over the years, this has got to be one of the most scenic views we’ve had. Admittedly, Bangkok for us has always been unanimous to busy and chaotic however there is something peaceful about staying near the water.
The rooms are elegantly decorated with timeless classics. Soft beddings, a work desk with a view, as well as a well-designed bath and toilet area. Small touches make the room extra homey as staff brings in a platter of chocolates or some fruit which definitely adds character to the hotel.
Amidst all the modern amenities of the room, I have to admit that it was the simple things which I enjoyed the most. Nothing beats a warm cup of tea while wearing a bathrobe as I gazed out at the window during sunset.
Sheraton Club Lounge
For those that want to splash out a little, you can opt to book rooms which grant you club access to the exclusive Sheraton Club Lounge. Every afternoon, you can head up to the Club Lounge to enjoy beautiful sunset alongside with complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and drinks.
For those traveling on business, the Club Lounge is a perfect place to get some work done as the place is full of intimate seating, a board meeting room, and a bar/lounge area. We admit to making the most out of this by making sure we spent our fair amount of time enjoying the bar area during sunset. The stunning views of the river made it so much easier as we watch the sun go down across one of the busiest cities in the world.
Royal Orchid Sheraton Experience
One of the great things about that we found out about this hotel is that you cannot run out of things to do. Featuring multiple restaurants (some of which are renowned in Bangkok’s vibrant food scene), two pools, a fitness center, a jogging track and a tennis court, you can definitely spend a few days relaxing just within the hotel premises.
After spending a busy few days packing up in Chiang Mai, we wanted to relax for a while before we headed off to Nepal so we definitely made the most out of our time in the hotel. I personally made it my mission to wake up early and go to the gym. Afterall I was climbing Everest Basecamp in a couple of days. That combined with a swim in one of their two pools made one of my favorite mornings in Bangkok.
As an icing to the cake, their breakfast buffet is made up of a wide array of items, spoiling you with choices. From traditional continental items to local Asian cuisine, trust me, you won’t go hungry!
If you fancy seeing a bit of Bangkok without having to venture very far, the Royal Orchid Sheraton features a 1 hour Tour featuring local gems within their neighborhood. You can inquire about this tour in the concierge desk and they will gladly give you information on how to book it. Taking you through a local talad noi (local market) near China Town, you can walk through stalls of local crafts, street eats, and old churches.
If you’re looking at seeing some contemporary sights, the tour also includes a walk through the creative district featuring the Thai-Chinese-Portuguese historical path which features street art, galleries, and a ferry ride through the river.
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Thara Thong Restaurant
As Thailand is home to one of the best cuisines in the world, while staying at the Royal Orchid Sheraton, we didn’t have to venture far to get a taste of some of its best its gastronomical delights. Included in Trip Advisor’s Top 10 restaurants in Bangkok (which I have to say is a pretty impressive feat), a meal in Thara Thong is highly recommended.
This traditional Thai restaurant featuring royal Thai cuisine serves authentic Bangkok fare in a grand setting. Located on the ground floor overlooking the river, guests can get a taste of traditional Thai dishes like Thai pomelo salad, Som Tum, Roasted duck curry, fried river fish, Pad thai and more.
We had the pleasure of dining here for an evening and left absolutely stuffed. The price is fairly reasonable with dishes ranging from 270-500 THB. It was honestly a perfect way to say goodbye to Thai food which both Tom and I love to bits. The food was well prepared, delicious, and was the perfect setting for one of our last meals in Thailand. I highly recommend trying their roasted red duck curry and prawn Tom Yum soup.
At the end of our two-night stay, we left Bangkok relaxed and ready for our next adventure. The Royal Orchid Sheraton is the perfect place to stay for those who are looking to get some work done while still being in the heart of the city. The location makes for a peaceful atmosphere as you’re constantly surrounded by bodies of water.
Between the comfortable rooms, the picturesque happy hour areas, and the indulgent restaurant options and amenities, a stay here in Royal Orchid Sheraton is something we highly recommend. As for us, we left Thailand with nothing but fantastic memories, excited for the things in store.
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