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Planning honeymoon in Bangkok? The city has thousands of hotel rooms but only a handful fit the bill for a romantic getaway. Whether you want something upscale and modern or old-fashioned and luxurious, you’ll find the perfect place to stay here.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to honeymoon in Bangkok, you cannot go wrong with the Oriental. The hotel has been around for more than a century and everything about it telegraphs a feeling of luxury and indulgence, including the tony riverside location on the edge of Bangkok’s Chinatown. The riverside view from most of the rooms is lovely (the Chao Phraya is quite busy around the hotel so there’s plenty to watch) and the hotel is very convenient to downtown Bangkok (just a quick Skytrain ride away) or bustling Chinatown (just a quick taxi ride away). There are plenty of excellent, though expensive, restaurants on the premises. Le Normandie, the Oriental’s French restaurant, is one of the best in Southeast Asia, though it may be one of the most expensive, too
Looking for a beautiful, unique property that will make you and your new husband or wife feel like you’ve walked into the pages of a Vogue photo shoot? The Siam, which just opened in 2012, is the perfect place for an indulgent, stylish Bangkok honeymoon. The mix of art deco and traditional Thai architecture make the common areas and grounds elegant and chic but not overdone. Rooms are huge and designed with comfort and style in mind and the pool villas (on the banks of the river!) have indoor and outdoor sitting areas. The location, in Bangkok’s Old City, means that you’ll be close to sightseeing and some of the city’s best eating and there’s a private shuttle boat to take you from the hotel’s dock to the city.
If a riverside hotel appeals to you but you want to honeymoon somewhere quiet and exclusive, Chakrabongse Villas, which offers guests a choice of small teak houses right on the river, is a good choice. The villas aren’t totally modern but do offer guests all the basic comforts they’ll need to enjoy themselves. Aside from the property’s history (it was once a royal residence), the other appeal is the extreme privacy. The surrounding neighborhood is very local, which gives guests the opportunity to explore the “real” Bangkok.
The Eugenia, built in 2006, is an idealized replica of a 19th-century colonial mansion, set right in the midst of busy, modern, downtown Bangkok. The small hotel is full of period charm, including lots of antiques and even some old cars to complete the fantasy. Though the hotel has all the amenities you’ll need for a romantic getaway (including a small swimming pool), it’s a very small property. With just 12 rooms, you’re guaranteed lots of personal attention and pampering.
Lebua at State Tower
Want to have a jet-setting, modern Bangkok honeymoon? Lebua, one of the city’s newer luxury hotels, is an excellent choice. This high-rise property has beautiful balconies attached to every room and as guest rooms are on the 51st to 59th floors, the views are stunning (or downright scary if you’re afraid of heights!). Inside the rooms, décor is clean and simple and while there aren’t many Thai or Asian touches, if your aesthetic is modern you probably won’t miss them. And as service is so good and staff so friendly, you won’t be able to forget that you’re in Thailand. Another benefit of Lebua is that all rooms have at least a small sitting area in addition to the bedroom, so those on extended stays won’t feel claustrophobic. Scirocco, on the roof, is one of Bangkok’s most romantic restaurants and an excellent place for a special honeymoon dinner. It’s quite expensive, though and if you don’t feel like spending hundreds on a meal you can have a drink at the bar and enjoy the view with your honey instead.
This Bangkok riverside hotel on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya is right across the water from the Shangri-La and the Oriental. Like the most famous of the Peninsula properties in Hong Kong, this hotel is known for elegant, old-fashioned luxury. Amenities and rooms, however, are very up-to-date, so guests won’t be missing out on modern necessities such as Wi-Fi. Rooms are opulent and have a subtle Asian theme to them. The pools and lush common areas on the banks of the river are perfect for strolling around. The hotel isn’t quite central as you’ll have to cross the river from Bangkok to get there, but if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic spot, the added seclusion is perfect. There’s also an indulgent spa with couples’ treatments available.
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This lovely small hotel is hidden away in an otherwise busy part of central Bangkok and offers guests a real oasis of peace, quiet and charm. The property is located a totally renovated old Thai compound. Though the style remains as it was decades ago, everything has been updated with an amazing amount of care and looks beautiful. Rooms are airy and comfortably sized; there’s even a small swimming pool. The property’s restaurant, which is vegetarian, is airy and elegant, with lots of wood and glass.