sheraton-logoThe Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok coined the phrase Urban Resort for its property. Very definitely it is an oasis away from the bustle and excitement of the City but offers so much more. Undoubtedly Thailand is famous for its tropical islands, amazing beaches, towering sandstone pillars and azure seas and that’s where most are heading. It is nevertheless common for visitors to sample the excitement of Bangkok’s pulsating nightlife, shopping opportunities and historical tourist attractions for a few days on arrival.

Siam ParagonFor the discerning travelling golfer, who has discovered the secret that Thailand is host to world class golfing facilities, a 5-star hotel such as the Sheraton ticks all the boxes. Located on the banks of the majestic Chao Phrya River the Sheraton is a mere 25 minutes by shuttle boat and Metro from premium shopping at Siam Paragon and the expansive gastronomy precinct of Sukhumvit Road where one can relax in modern bars and enjoy fine dining from across the world. Conversely, sample the total contrast that is delicious Thai street food.

Only a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom of the 15th century, Bangkok was at the heart of Siam’s modernization during the late nineteenth century and the Chao Phrya River became Bangkok’s original super highway and main artery for commerce.   On the Sheraton’s doorstep, from the adjacent Si Phrya pier, a trip on wat arunthe river either by personal longboat or tourist express boat can take in the Grand Palace which houses the Emerald Buddha. Among other river attractions is Wat Arun, whose main feature is a breathtaking porcelain-encrusted Prang or Khmer-style spire. For the true explorer the longboat has the advantage of being able to delve into the Chao Phyra’s sub-canals to glimpse how Bangkokians might have lived a century ago.

 

Thai market

Next door to the hotel is River City, a complex famous for its antiques and silk, but also containing modern bistros, tapas bars and coffee shops. If a real Thai experience is what you seek go no further than Klongsan Plaza and Talad Noi, both market areas close by with hundreds of stalls meeting the needs of locals who like nothing better than to browse, barter and pass the evening away with friends and family.

 

sambalFinally, when the intensity of city life becomes overwhelming, return to the tranquility of the Royal Orchid Sheraton, whose bars, restaurants, pool area and spa will transport you to a world of opulence and comfort, preparing you for another sensory explosion that is Amazing Thailand.