MH & I started our journey with an overnight at the incredible Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok. Decided to go for the full VIP treatment with top of the range BMW Transfers and a personalised meet and greet both at airport and on arrival at the hotel. Totally seamless luxury from start to finish, and the assistance on departure was worth every extra baht.
We only introduced this lovely little property a few weeks ago and it has already started selling well. It is very well located right by the Mae Ping river, and just 5 minutes walk to the lively night market.
We then visited the colonial 137 Pillars House, and the more contemporary Anantara. All very different with contrasting styles and price range, but each consistently good in their own way.
We just loved Chiang Mai. It has great charm, super hotels and restaurants, historical interest and some good eco-adventure options close by.
After Chiang Mai we travelled south to Kamphaeng Phet, a good 4 hour drive. Our visit here was to attend a friends wedding – see separate feature. I have never been to this city before and it is not exactly bursting with tourist interest. However, it does have a good UNESCO site on the city outskirts with some beautiful Buddha statues. The site was virtually empty. We could discover and just sit and take it all in without distraction.
After that we took the shorter transfer to Sukhothai, just 90 minutes and then flew straight to Bangkok. Here we stayed at the stunning new 137 Pillars House. Sister property to the hotel in Chiang Mai, this is a very different design style. 32 floors with the first 20 consisting of studios, Oe and two bedroom Residences, which are particularly good for families or long stay guests. We were on the top floors in one of the immaculate Heritage One Bedroom Suites. Top of the range luxury again, plus a rather large balcony where you could lounge or just observe the street chaos of Bangkok at rush hour.
We both liked the hotel and the introductory rates are excellent, so it will be appearing on our website soon. Good location for the elegant shopping malls of Sukhumvit Road.
Yes it is a hard life… More on that later.