You’ve got to be fit for take-off these days. Long security queues at airports, even longer queues at customs halls and baggage carousels before tackling the taxi queue for the ride to your destination. For us, flying from Melbourne where just leaving the country can take almost 5 hours, long-haul flights to Europe invariably include a city stop-over for a couple of nights in Bangkok, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. It not only neatly breaks the trip but sets you up to hit the ground running in Europe from Day 1.
The Peninsula Bangkok – a Splendid Way to Start your Trip
A combination of classic style and contemporary service, with panoramic waterfront views from 370 luxuriously spacious guestrooms and suites, there’s so much to enjoy here you won’t want to get on the plane! Take an exhilarating ride in the Peninsula’s liveried tuk-tuk to Thabin Dang market then raid the hotel’s kitchen garden for a clutch of naturally grown herbs before sharpening your culinary arts with chef Chomnan at the waterfront Thiptara Thai restaurant.
There’s afternoon tea with jazz accompaniment in the lobby, aperitif-sipping, eye-dazzling sunsets at the River Café and Terrace overlooking all the action on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok’s aquatic highway that ferries everything from tourists to livestock. Adjacent to the hotel’s Fitness Centre, the Peninsula Spa has 14 treatment rooms and four suites, a Tea Lounge and relaxation rooms, the perfect antedote to the world-class shopping that’s just a short ferry ride away.
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