Bangkok Travelogue: Mandarin Oriental

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I brought my family to Mandarin Oriental’s renowned Author’s Lounge to celebrate Mother’s Day (view my review on the afternoon tea here). This blog post features pictures of the stunning property.

To get to Mandarin Oriental, take the BTS to Saphan Taskin, then the free water shuttle to the hotel. By the way, if you intend to have afternoon tea at the Author’s Lounge, I suggest visiting Asiatique The Riverfront in the evening, because its close-by. Catch the free chartered boat from Saphan Taskin BTS to the bustling destination packed with boutiques and restaurants. If you would like to experience Thailand’s famous ladyboy shows, Calypso Cabaret performs daily.

Here comes the boat!

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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is one of the top 20 Hotels Worldwide (Travel + Leisure Annual World Best Awards 2009). It was the first hotel that opened in Thailand in 1876, and is the oldest hotel in Asia.

So yeah, this hotel is ancient. From afar, the building looks dated and rather bland. But when you step into the premises, whoa, everything changes and you will be amazed!

Alight from the boat and walk through a garden to the side entrance.

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The side entrance has a beautiful colonial facade

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Old world charm!

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Ladies room is spotless, with a pretty power room decorated with lotus.

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We had a great time shopping at Jim Thompson Boutique.  The legendary Thai silk tycoon who helped revitalize Thailand’s silk industry was a one-time owner of Mandarin Oriental along with his business partners.

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Happy with my shopping XD. 100% cotton hat with elephant prints in a flattering sand shade (1050 baht). The material is slightly stiff so it can be adjusted in various ways to give different looks.

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We wandered to the lobby, which was spectacular. Masses of colorful oriental flowers brightened up the earth-toned lobby, which exuded traditional Thai charm.

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Time to leave 🙁

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One thought on “Bangkok Travelogue: Mandarin Oriental

  1. Fon

    The Mandarin Oriental hotel looks pretty amazing for a hotel that has been around since 1876. It seems that the hotel has been well maintained over the years. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

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