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The Oriental, Bangkok
48 Oriental Ave Alley, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand
02 659 9000
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NileGuide Expert tip:
Check out the suites in the Author's Wing to see how the literary world viewed Bangkok from their suites.
Here is the classic historical hotel of the Eastern world. The Mandarin Oriental sits alongside the Chao Phraya River where it has served guests for over 130 years. Check in at the Author's Wing where all suites look to the water and are named after famous literary guests who have stayed here. But there is also a more modern high-rise wing. The hotel shows exquisite class in its decor and the rooms have an old school charm with the touches of modern amenities, such as the flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet connections. All of The Oriental's 393 rooms and suites offer river views. Conference facilities are also popular and fine dining is recommended on site. Not far away, however, is the down-to-earth of century-old Thai neighborhoods and local food. Expect at least a half hour trip from the airport. The BTS Skytrain Saphan Taksin station is at a walkable distance and the river ferries can take you to other touristic points up river.