A POSTCARD FROM - Bangkok, Thailand
I first went to Bangkok in 2001 and immediately loved it. It has a crazy energy and back then it was like nowhere I'd ever seen before. For this recent trip, nearly 17 years on, I wanted to visit areas I'd not been to as a backpacker, and experience another side to the city. What happened instead is that I loved the hotels I stayed in so much that I barely left them!
HOTEL - Bangkok Publishing Residence
The first place I stayed was Bangkok Publishing Residence, a totally unique hotel in Old Bangkok. The space has been lovingly curated by the granddaughter of the original owner. As the name suggested, it used to be a publishing house. As a result there are so many artefacts and original editions of magazines around that the company used to print. It feels like staying in a musuem, but one in which you're allowed to rummage around in and sit amongst the treasures drinking coffee.
My room was lovely, with a beautiful bathroom, a comfy bed and a complimentary mini bar. There's a little roof garden that can be used by guests and I spent alot of time there. It's full of plants, has an indoor area where you can sit and write / draw / play games, and a jacuzzi that looks out over the city. The only food available is breakfast though, so a map of the area with some great places to eat would have been useful, especially as I arrived late at night (on that note, it's not easy to find so do get your taxi driver to call the Hotel for directions). I loved this place, it really was home from home and a beautiful space to spend time as a solo traveller.
HOTEL - Eastin Grand Hotel
The Eastin Grand is a large slick hotel in a busy area. The room was great and had a view, but was much like hotels I had stayed in around the world when travelling on business, so I wasn't immediately impressed. But as soon as I made it to the rooftop and saw the infinity pool overlooking the city I totally changed my mind. At this point in my trip I was travelling with friends, and we cancelled all of our sightseeing plans and spent the entire time sitting in the egg shapes pods, drinking delicious cocktails and marvelling at the skyscrapers.
Jim Thompson House
The former home of American Jim Thompson, who helped rebuild the Thai silk industry in the 1940s. It's such a beautiful place and the tour is brilliant. Inside the traditional house is an amazing collection of antiques and textiles, it was totally inspiring and I can't believe I hadn't made it there on a previous trip. Photos weren't permitted inside, another reason to go and see it for yourself.
This cosy cafe is located next to Bangkok Publishing House Hotel (above), so was a nice place to pop to. I think it you've been in Asia for ages and are craving western cakes, coffee and some good music then head on over to Eden's Cafe for a sweet treat.
Please note that this post is not sponsored and I stayed in both hotels as a paying guest.
I'd love to know what you think, and if you stay at either hotel then do let me know below what you think.