The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
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Singapore has the legendary Raffles Hotel and Bangkok has the Mandarin Oriental. (Wish we had the same kind of old world elegance in Manila, but we don’t.) Just take a look at the awards won by the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok in 2012:

DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2012:
Best Hotel in Bangkok

The Gallivanter’s Guide 2012
3rd Best City Hotel Worldwide
2nd Best City Hotel in Southeast Asia
Editor’s Choice Award for O-Zone: Commitment to Staff

Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2012
Best for Food
Best for Service

I was lucky to be a guest of Louis Vuitton in one of the world’s best hotels.
Right in front of the entrance is a little Louis Vuitton shop.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Grand flower arrangements will greet you at the lobby

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Everyday there are bodyguards all around as royalty goes in and out of the hotel. It’s my first time to encounter many sheiks in white robes. This hotel seriously reeks of wealth. I feel like a peasant in CDG.
They handed me this fragrant sampaguita thingy upon arrival. I super love sampaguita.

Louis Vuitton invite

After checking in, we were led to the old wing of the hotel, down this hallway and all the way to the end

The Author's Wing

So excited to go up this loft

The Author's Wing

The door opens to a living room and study

Room 160

And this old TV with a wonky remote control that needs updating 🙂

Our room

They bring up our bags

Room 160
Room 160

I check out the bathroom. It needs updating too, and certain corners need to be seriously cleaned. But for four nights, I can take it.


I just have to close my eyes or look away when showering and try not to see the black mildew formed at the bottom of the glass enclosure

The bathroom

The toilet is really clean

The loo

and the amenities really classy


The airconditioner needs to be checked as its temperature was inconsistent—cold in the living room and hot in the loft bedroom. Maybe the beds need lighter sheets?


The best thing about this place is really the room service. Because I don’t eat on the plane, I was starving by the time we checked in. I was excited to eat because I know that my favorite Thai chef in the world, Chef Sumet Sumpachanyanont, is based here.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s Thai master chef and TV culinary show host  Sumet Sumpachanyanont
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s Thai master chef and TV culinary show host Sumet Sumpachanyanont was a guest chef at the Mandarin Oriental Manila earlier this year

Room service was quick and served in a breakfast nook facing the poolside

Breakfast nook

Room service date with Jeroen

Jeroen and I shared the Thai pomelo salad with chicken, shrimp, crisp-fried shallots and herbs

Yaam Som-O

The grilled beef sirloin salad with onions, tomatoes, celery, chillies, lime juice was our favorite. Ate this everyday with Hom Mali rice

Yaam Nuea Yaang

The mango sticky rice at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is the best in the world. Ate this twice a day and gained 2 lbs.

Mango with sticky rice

Overall we had the best time and will be back with the kids. More on Bangkok in a few.

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