The hotel has two parts and I wanted share a tour of a Deluxe Suite in their other building, known as the Krungthep Wing.
Krungthep, the Thai word for Bangkok, is the newer of the two wings. The rooms and suites all boast private balconies. The rooms and suites in the other building are slightly larger, but lack this outdoor feature (I’m not sure how much use you would get out of the balcony, as the weather here is oppressively hot for most of the year).
The hotel is a large resort property located right along the city’s Chao Phraya River. There are river taxis which can take you up and and down the river as well as across it. There is also an MTR elevated train line station right in front of the hotel, adding to the ease of travel for hotel guests. That ease of travel includes the airport, where the luxury hotel has an employee on site during prime flight times to greet guests there and begin the luxury experience the hotel offers right at the airport.
The Shangri-La has a large spa, several swimming pools and a wide range of dining options. Something unique for Bangkok luxury hotels, the Shangri-La has its own dinner cruise and cruise ship for river cruises. The Horizon Cruise is a evening tour of Bangkok by river, featuring a fine dining meal prepared by the hotel’s chef and his team. The cruise name relates to the hotel brand’s Horizon Club, the name for the club lounge at all Shangri-La hotels and resorts. Of course it all relates to the famous adventure novel “Lost Horizon,” the origin of the phrase Shangri-La.
I flew to Bangkok on China Eastern Airlines via their hub in Shanghai. Their Business Class experience is excellent with new planes, flat-bed, pod-style leather seats, a spacious 2-2-2 cabin and great food and wine. Pricing is excellent too with Business Class fares on the SkyTeam-affiliated carrier from the US to their Asian destinations running around $3,000 roudtrip.
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