For sooo many years I had been wanting to come to Thailand, I was always looking for a way to escape some days to such a fascinating culture country, with the most captivating traditions, food, landscapes, tropical weather… So after so much time dreaming about it, I had to do it the best way possible!! So when I decided to travel to Thailand with a first stop in Bangkok, the choice for the best hotel was easy; of course the Mandarin Oriental! Asian luxury at its finest! Let me tell you all about it:
HOW TO GET THERE: FLY NORWEGIAN
Lately I have just been flying with Norwegian,the airline with the most modern fleet of planes and wifi aboard! Yes they are the only ones flying through Europe with internet inside the planes! Well, I flew with Norwegian to NYC, then to Iceland and since I was really happy with the experience I decided to fly with them to Thailand as well.
The flight route is Barcelona-Copenhagen-Bangkok.
CPH-BKK 9h with the newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
I flew premium class, the seats are super comfortable and reclining to almost horizontal bed mode. They offer you a comfy blanket and meals plus drinks along the flight.
For breakfast we had scrambled eggs with sausage and lunch steak with puree with chocolate cake as dessert. They also served tea/coffee with chocolate cookies.
Inflight entertainment comes provided at the plane seats, all have personal screens on which you can play games, watch tv shows and the latest movies at the cinema right now ( I watched The Shape of Water totally recommend it), see the 3d map live with flight details and you can also order food and drinks directly from the screens.
Remember you can check in a 20kg suitcase !
Sit back relax and enjoy the flight!
THE HOTEL: MANDARIN ORIENTAL BANGKOK
When you go to such an exotic trip as it is Thailand, you have to do it with the best. And the best in Bangkok is without doubt the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
The luxury 5 star Mandarin Oriental hotel is located by the Chao Phraya river, ideal not only because it has the best views of the city, but also because it has its own stop on the river so you can explore Bangkok’s most famous temples on the boat shuttle.
If you want to stay in style I suggest you book one of their recently renovated suites, two floors facing the river with all the luxuries and comfort. You will see the suite tour on my youtube video coming up, I ensure you it’s another level!
Talking about the level of service, at the Mandarin they always have the extra touch, the difference that makes you always want to stay with them. Every time I would go back to the room I would find a different detail, chocolates, flowers, fruits, an envelope with white foils with my name engraved on it. So much attention to detail, makes you feel home even though you are miles away.
On the second day on my stay we didn’t even want to leave the hotel, because it is a paradise on its own. Head to the pool and lay on the sunbeds, drink a coconut, eat a burger, chicken wrap or shrimp nems. In the afternoon there is an ice cream chart that goes around the sunbeds giving coconut ice-cream. The perfect day by the pool tanning and getting on the Thai mood!
In the Mandarin you will find a wide gastronomy offer. For starters the breakfast buffet, served every morning at the Riverside Terrace, you will find all the tropical fruits you can imagine, juices, coconuts ready to drink, pastries, live cooking, a wide selection of teas, breads, Thai cuisine… best way to start the day!
For dinner I recommend you to go to the hotel’s restaurant located at the other side of the river, the terrace Rim Naam, authentic Thai cuisine with spectacular river views. To arrive here you will be transported with the Mandarin Oriental’s boat, such a beautiful experience! Here I recommend you try the Chef Prasert’s menu, some of my favourite dishes were the poached pork with spicy lime dressing and kale, the herbed crabmeat dumplings and the southern style beed curry.
Also on the Mandarin Oriental’s premises on other side of the river we find the Spa and the Gym. Of course you MUST have a Thai massage. Here I had the first real Thai massage of my life and to my surprise when you arrive to the massage room, they give you some clothes to put on, because this kind of massage does not require any oil! Really relaxing and beneficial for the body! Try and let me know 🙂
As I mentioned above, the hotel has its own boat stop called the Oriental, from there you can take the boat shuttle to the different stops and temples. I suggest you go to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, you can do that in one morning. To enter the temples you will need to dress respectfully to the Buddhist religion, that means you cannot show your legs, or shoulders etc. My best advice is that you bring with you a sarong (pareo) and put it over your shorts to go in the temples.
Some Rovitips to take into account, the first one is that you buy a 4G sim card in the airport as you land, they sell them in the same room where you get your luggage. This is important not only for being able to take some stories 😉 but also to be connected to the world and use google maps to move around, and to convert the currency etc.
Exactly you will need to change your currency into the local Bahts, do it there at the airport as well, you will need Bahts to pay for the boat shuttles, taxis etc they don’t take credit cards for this kind of transports.
So all the Bangkok adventures you will find them in my upcoming video on youtube coming up this week so make sure to subscribe to my channel Subscribe and let’s continue to explore the world together!
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Thank you for reading and see you in Bangkok amigos!