The Siam, Bangkok

Bangkok is a bustling energy filled raucous city and a visit requires a hotel property that is a tranquil oasis – which you will discover at our favorite boutique property known as The Siam. Step into your private urban sanctuary; a stunning, luxury hotel, replete with exquisite art and antiques and set amidst three acres of lush gardens on the Chao Phraya River, adjoining Bangkok’s must-see historical and cultural attractions.

Sightseeing can begin on the banks of the river by stepping off the pier onto The Siam private boat – avoid the crowded streets and begin your sightseeing from the comfort of the private boat.

The Siam Hotel Pier and Private Dock Bangkok

Silent marble corridors flank a central glass covered atrium courtyard, lush with towering tropical plants and reflection pool. Suites and Villas are spacious and each uniquely decorated Art Deco inspired rooms with Thai heritage antiques. Only 39 rooms, set amid three acres of tropical waterfront beside the Chao Phraya River, The Siam was designed by noted architect and hotel guru Bill Bensley. The standard rooms are actually large suites with high wooden ceilings and massive bathrooms. The luxury hotel is decorated with the owner’s personal collection of stunning antiques, the quiet here will make you wonder if you are really in bustling Bangkok! So many choices: in the main residence, the light-drenched Riverview Suites offer dreamy Chao Phraya vistas and a stylish salon for lazy breakfasts. For your own plunge pool, retreat to the separate river view Pool Villas, which boast private lush courtyard gardens and an open-air roof terrace. Crave extra space? The Jim Thompson relocated antique teak house Connie’s Cottage, has a bedroom upstairs and lavish living area below, it was shipped downriver from Ayutthaya by curio collector and good friend of silk legend Jim Thompson, Connie Mangskau. Local history and quaint Thai cottage combination, cue the music and order the frosty cocktails!

The Siam, Bangkok
The Siam Hotel Lobby, Bangkok

Picture perfect pool Villas are private and spacious, each individually decorated.

Grand and elegant Opium Spa – full service Thai massage, hair and nail salon, gym and if inclined, a tattoo parlor, Sak Yant tattoos are a sacred Thai tradition.

Sak Yant – Increasingly well-known throughout the world, Sak Yant tattoos are a sacred Thai tradition, available in an authentic small salon decorated with stunning ancient art pens.

The Opium Spa at The Siam Bangkok

Muay Thai kick boxing. Train for a day under the expert coach as a “Muay Thai” fighter with a tailored program to fit your skill and fitness level and gain a deeper understanding of Thailand’s national sport. The gym is frequented by Thailand’s Royal family, the Palace is right down the road! Look for the little Yorkie dog’s and Royalty is nearby! Yoga classes and meditation also offered.

The Siam guest atrium Bangkok

Dining – The Chon Restaurant serves classic Thai cuisine in a garden setting on the Chao Praya River, I loved the Pomelo prawn salad, Chef is happy to share the recipe! The pier located directly in front of the restaurant is the perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail or after dinner cognac. A small chef table area can also be reserved for private cooking class.

Chon Thai Restaurant The Siam Bangkok

Riverside Infinity pool overlooking the Chao Phraya River, a small private movie theatre and a quiet book filled library round out the amenities. Just like home, come relax and enjoy the spirit of The Siam.

Riverside Infinity pool The Siam, Bangkok
Outdoor Cooking class or Chef Table Dining, The Siam Bangkok

Personal service abounds – the inside hotel team can arrange impossible to reserve dinners at Gaggan and all the top Bangkok restaurants. Private taxi hires insure safety and comfort- they know everyone and provide seamless personal service.

The Siam Bangkok
Marble lined halls above the glass atrium The Siam Bangkok

Highly recommend and our clients agree!

Traditional Hot Stone Soak Amankora Gangtey

Traditional greetings are de rigueur at all Amankora arrivals – whether it be lodge, spa appointment, potato shed dinner or a wooden soaking tub in a field! 

An 85 year old Bhutanese man heats the hot stones for the soaking tub

Amankora Gangtey Hot Stone Bath is situated in a candlelit stone hut on a hill, a ten minute walk from the lodge on a dusty path. Led by a pack of exuberant dogs, a short trek through a winter potato and turnip patch; one is first aware of the hut by smoke billowing up from an open fire, it turns out, a fire tended by an 85 year old man who is roasting large stones for heating the tub. An age old practice in Bhutan, hot stone bath.

A unique opportunity to soak in a handmade wooden tub out in the open and enjoy a traditional Bhutanese healing experience. The sliding bamboo doors afford full privacy, yet are open to the dramatic views of the Phobjikha Valley and a soothing breeze. In the distance, you may hear the honking of the rare Black-Necked Cranes who roost in Gangtey in the fall and winter months. 

Benefits from the bath are derived from the minerals in the heated stones and the healing effects of the local Khempa herb floating in the tub. Sit back and unwind in the bath for as long as you like and watch the sunset slip behind the Himalayas.

Sip a cup of hot apple cider or wine, snack on popcorn and wonder what Amankora Gangtey will offer for your pleasure tomorrow!  

Healing minerals are imparted by the hot stones Candlelit Hot Stone Tub at Amankora Gangtey Views to soak by Amankora Gangtey!