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Exploring Bangkok

June 11, 2007 By: Judy Bernhardt Travel Agent

Two can't-miss properties in the bustling Thai capital

Thailand is known as the land of a thousand smiles, and nowhere is that more evident than Bangkok. From the vendors at the floating market to the expert Thai therapists at the luxurious spas and the waiters at the five-star restaurants, the famous Thai hospitality can be found throughout this energetic city. A Deluxe Suite at the Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

The Sukhothai
(800-223-6800), a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is in
the heart of Bangkok.
The property's Thai details, from the fabric used on the pillows and bed
coverings to the rich silks that cover the walls and the teak-wood finishings
found throughout the hotel, will immediately make visitors feel a sense of

A signature design element is the extra large
bathroom—complete with Jacuzzi bathtub, separate shower, double sinks and
changing area.

Recommend the Deluxe Suites for families; the corner suites
offer the best views and are the most spacious. For high-end travelers, look no
further than the Sukhothai Suite, which has hosted movie stars and diplomats
and features a baby grand piano, full kitchen, study, bedroom with spacious
dressing room and grand bathroom. This suite occupies the top floor of the main
building and commands sweeping views of the gardens and the city skyline. More
Bangkok Tips

Amenities of the hotel include a 25-meter infinity-edge
pool, a full-size health club, tennis courts and spa facilities including
Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

A must for food connoisseurs is the wonderful Thai
restaurant, Celadon. The variety of curries, coconut-milk dishes and Thai
stir-fry specialties are all served in the most tranquil setting—amid a
beautiful pond filled with lilies and lotus flowers. The hotel's bar overlooks
the beautiful courtyard garden.

What makes the hotel so unique is its landscape and setting.
Its six acres are an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle that is Bangkok. The tree-lined
property shunned the high-rise trend when it opened in 1991; instead, simple pitched
roofs cap an enclave of four- to nine-story buildings surrounded by flower
gardens and lily ponds. In brass lamp holders, terra-cotta frames, wall
hangings and the lobby's reflection-pond mirrors, the interiors repeat scenes
from some of the nation's past historic settings.

A treatment room at the Peninsula Bangkok's ESPA

The resort pays 10 percent commission. The agent liaison is
Wichai C. Mac ([email protected]),
the assistant director of sales and marketing.

For amazing views of the Chao Phraya River,
recommend the Peninsula Bangkok
(866-382 8388). Every room in the hotel has a panoramic river view, as well as
views of the city skyline. For families and VIPs, the duplex suite is the room
to book. The ceiling of its entrance hall is a magnificent two stories high and
the view of Bangkok
is breathtaking from either of the its two terraces.

Located on the top floors of the hotel and decorated with
traditional and contemporary Asian artwork, the suite features a personal
outdoor Jacuzzi surrounded by teak furniture and a terrace, two bedrooms, a
formal living room and dining room, plus a private study.

The hotel offers six different dining options, including the
Mei Jiang, a serene and elegant Cantonese restaurant with a resident Chinese
chef who has prepared banquets for royalty and heads of state. The Thiptara
restaurant is on the banks of the Chao

under a beautiful large banyan tree. This authentic Thai restaurant offers
great views of the gardens.

Spa goers will love the new three-story 19,000-foot Thai
colonial-style Peninsula Spa by ESPA, which opened in December 2006. Featuring
14 treatment rooms and four suites, there is also a tea lounge and various
relaxation rooms. Therapies layer European, Asian and ayurvedic philosophies
for an all-encompassing holistic experience.

Book the Purva Karma Four Hand Synchronized Massage, a
combination of multiple stretching and rolling movements with long deep strokes
that begins with a tri-doshic herbal tea infusion and foot cleansing ritual.
Polarity balancing and rock movements ground and destress and the mind switches
off as two therapists work in synchronized harmony. Request Thai therapists Ti
and Dom for any of the treatments. The spa director is Richard Williams ([email protected]).

The resort pays 10 percent commission. Agents can contact
General Manager Charles L. Morris ([email protected]) for VIP bookings.

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