There isn’t a more befitting city for this blog series than Bangkok. After all, it inspired Murray Head to sing and synth in the first place.
I must have been to Bangkok at least half a dozen times over the last 10 years and I always like coming back, even if only for one night. The city’s unique smell, flavored by millions of incense sticks, food hawkers and Tuk Tuk exhausts is a unique blend of which I need my regular fix.
The legendary Oriental, nowadays known as the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is still one of my all-time favorites for its amazingly attentive service—it is one of the handful of hotels around the world I would return to again and again, just as Somerset Maugham and Oscar Wilde have done in the past.
On this occasion however, a recently opened boutique hotel had caught my attention: with only 39 rooms, The Siam isn’t your typical Bangkok hotel. Instead, it’s your wealthy friend’s resplendent residence, tastefully decorated with an extensive collection of vintage artifacts and collectibles.
Its slightly remote riverside location in Dusit makes it the perfect hideaway. Having said that, it takes good navigation skills to find it in the first place, something most taxi and tuk tuk drivers sadly don’t seem to have. Once you are there though, there is no reason to leave again thanks to a colonial style bar, Thai restaurant set in a traditional stilt house, refreshing outdoor swimming pool, as well as an extensive spa and gym complete with its own boxing ring where you can take private lesson’s in traditional Muay Thai kickboxing.
The Siam is a great alternative in Bangkok, and just like the kingdom’s favorite sport, it packs quite a punch. Oscar Wilde would have approved.