One of Bangkok’s finest hotels where the facilities and service are second to none. Perfect for those who want to stay in central Bangkok but still enjoy a little peace and tranquillity.
A superbly designed boutique hotel, The Siam is one of the most exclusive properties in Bangkok. Step inside and you'll be met by a private butler who will guide you around the soaring central atrium lined with priceless art and antiques, Chinese pottery, Thai heirlooms and colonial-era curios.
The attention to detail is meticulous with everything carefully curated to evoke a sense of vintage grandeur. The rooms are generously laid out with high ceilings and large windows, while the pool villas offer river views and private plunge pools.
Traditional Thai food is served in a series of historic teakwood houses, while the jazzy bistro offers international fare in a bustling setting. On top of this you'll get a decadent spa, a large gym and a Muay Thai boxing ring. You can take lessons in the cookery school, watch a movie in the cinema, retreat to the library or do yoga on the terrace.
The Siam is set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is surrounded by lush gardens and a riverside infinity pool. Although set away from central Bangkok, it is right on the edge of the city's historic district and has its own private shuttle boat running up and down the river.
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Original artwork, historic photographs, dark woods and giant ceiling fans give the rooms and suites at The Siam a vintage feel with the black-and-white themed decor only interrupted by splashes of vibrant fabric. The high ceilings and spacious layout gives a sense of grandeur, while the fresh fruit baskets and individual design add a very personal touch. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and large bathrooms with bath and shower, but for sheer indulgence book a pool villa with river views, private plunge pool and roof terrace. For a special occasion Connie's Cottage, an antique teak house, offers the utmost in comfort and style.
Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the royal Dusit district, The Siam is a little further from downtown Bangkok than other hotels but has its own river pier and a private shuttle boat service to the central station. The historic part of the city is closer with the Vimanmek Teak Mansion just five minutes away and the Grand Palace, National Museum and Wat Pho just a 15 minute ride in a tuk-tuk.
Food and drink
The hotel's romantic Chon Thai Restaurant is set in a cluster of three, century-old teak houses and serves bold, authentic Thai cuisine. Breakfast and all-day international dining is offered in the Deco Bar & Bistro which has a lively, Art Deco interior with its walls covered in old gramophones, brass instruments and vintage French cocktail posters. Café Cha serves light snacks throughout the day, while the Bathers Bar is the spot for riverside cocktails.
The Siam has a dedicated children's pool, offers cooking and Thai kickboxing classes for kids and a children's treatment menu in the spa. A babysitter can be arranged to supervise in the in-house cinema.
Facilities and activities
The decadent Opium Spa is known as one of the finest in the city and offers a full range of treatments as well as yoga and meditation. The gym is worth a visit for its views alone and is staffed by personal trainers who also run boxing lessons in the Muay Thai ring. Daily cooking classes and market tours led by the chef are available, as well as a library and cinema, that is, if you can pull yourself away from the large, riverside infinity pool.
The Siam is a superb hotel which we love for its individual flair and distinctive style. It offers excellent facilities and a great setting but the location may not appeal to everyone. Please speak to your country specialist if you have any concerns.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Centrally located in Bangkok, Ariyasom Villa is set within charming tropical gardens and offers a quiet oasis in this lively city. Its location, along with its homely atmosphere, makes it the perfect place to relax after a long day spent exploring the city's vibrant streets and markets.
Set in a high-rise block and offering sweeping views of the river, the AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel offers good value for money. Along with a diverse choice of dining options it has a glorious rooftop infinity pool.
The Chatrium Riverside is an apartment-style hotel in an enviable position on the river front, with sweeping views over Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River.
Comfortable rooms, wide ranging facilities and good value for money make this conveniently located hotel a good Bangkok base. Along with easy access to the city's major attractions you'll get a largo pool, spa and gym.
Steeped in history, the Mandarin is a quiet, luxurious haven amidst the bustle and excitement of Bangkok. The river terrace is a perfect place for an evening meal.
Not far from Bangkok’s Khao San Road, the Riva Surya is a small boutique property with spacious rooms, contemporary design and a welcoming swimming pool on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
The Shangri La Hotel is a wonderful hotel in an excellent location with all the facilities you could ever ask for.
A great option with stylish rooms and excellent facilities ideal for couples and families who want to be in the heart of the city close to some of the best shopping in Bangkok and the convenient sky-train system.
The Peninsula hotels combine Eastern and Western hospitality to provide unmatched service and luxurious comfort.
An all-suite hotel offering generously-sized rooms and some of the city's finest bars and restaurants, the Tower Club at lebua makes a very convenient city base. It's also a good option for families with two and three bedroom suites and an outdoor pool.
A resort-like setting in the heart of the city, French-colonial elegance and gourmet food make this small hotel a surprising find. With a tranquil location and generous pool, it makes a welcome retreat from the city chaos.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Just across the Chao Praya River in Bangkok lies the city's secret garden — Bang Kra Jao. Only accessible by boat, you must cross the river on a small ferry to reach this beautiful area full of small villages, temples and tropical flora.
The Songkran Festival celebrates the New Year. They are colourful and lively celebrations, with music, traditional dance and, of course, water, which symbolically cleanses the body from the sins of the previous year.
You and your guide will walk you through the narrow streets to experience many local sights with various food tastings along the way. Try things like ‘kafae boran’, a classic Thai coffee, or the popular Thai dessert, 'Khanom Thua Paep' (mung bean rice crepe).
Jim Thompson's house is a real highlight of any trip to Bangkok. The house itself is beautifully decorated and preserved and provides a fascinating insight into the life of this mysterious man, who set up a huge empire trading in Thai silk before disappearing whilst walking in the Malaysian highlands in 1967.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual and avoid the crowds who arrive later.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. Later you will visit the temple grounds and the famous 45 metre Reclining Buddha, and The Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark.