Bangkok is back to its heady best. Straddling the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
is within easy reach of the city’s most compelling attractions, be they relaxed or refined. Take Pak Khlong Talat, or Bangkok Flower Market, for example. Just upstream of the hotel, it’s a perfumed sprawl of stalls stacked with brilliant blooms of orchids, jasmine, lilies and chrysanthemum.
Nearby, Iconsiam is a mammoth mall that has been curated with consideration, so alongside glamorous global stalwarts you’ll find emerging Thai brands. Should you return overladen with purchases, a restorative massage at the hotel’s Oriental Spa will make things better. Reached by Siamese barge, this fabled waterside retreat stands in a century-old teakwood house and is staffed by some of Thailand’s most skilled and empathetic therapists.