A decent sleep after our two-week Nepal sojourn, that’s all I wanted. We left Kathmandu at around five in the afternoon, arrived in Kuala Lumpur at night,
slept waited at the airport for our early morning flight to
Bangkok and then took the train to our home for two days – Chatrium Hotel
Riverside Bangkok. Whew!
It took us almost a day to commence the second leg of our Nepal-Southeast Asia trip. The plan was to check out Bangkok, Pattaya, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh for two weeks.
|LCCT airport in Kuala Lumpur|
|Bangkok trains are so efficient|
For this leg, me and my buddy traveled together with my two cousins (both guys) and just as we thought that we’ll be reunited at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, their flight was moved a day later, just after we booked a huge two-bedroom suite in riverside Bangkok. So me and my buddy will be jumping and running around our huge suite for two days. We can play hide and seek, I swear.
From the airport, we hopped on the train (which is totally convenient) and got off at Saphan Taksin Bangkok Mass Transit Station, the green line (plan ahead, study the train maps beforehand, almost all the trains are interconnected). From there, we waited for the scheduled complimentary boat shuttle to and fro the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok. We navigated the Chao Phraya River and in five minutes we arrived at the hotel.
Checking in was a breeze. We were given welcome drinks and was assisted in no time. We were ushered to our appointed room and upon checking it out we were lost for words.
|The lobby of Chatrium Hotel Riverside|
We were assigned at a Grand Suite Two-Bedroom River View (supposedly with my two cousins) and were stunned at how big the room was; it’s like we owned the whole floor. Our 120-sq.m. suite was enormous (check rates). We didn’t know where to start bouncing and jumping.
|The spacious living room and dining area|
The spacious living room greeted us as we entered the suite. Comfy couches, sitting areas, lamps and a huge cable television with DVD embraced the whole area. A sliding glass door revealed a private veranda that provided a nice view of the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok skyline.
A dining area and a kitchenette with an oven, fridge and all the kitchen and dining utensils you could think of was there. It’s really a working kitchen, not the showroom display-type.
There were two bedrooms in our suite (sweet). The master bedroom is huge (Sorry, I still can’t get over it) and houses a king-size bed (100% cotton linen and 300 thread down duvets), a work station, dresser, cable television and a DVD player. The huge draperies provided a comfy feel to it.
The master bedroom has en suite luxurious bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub. It also has its own vanity table complete with eco-friendly and biodegradable amenities. Towels, bathrobes, hairdryer and weighing scale were also provided.
Moving on, the second bedroom is more cozy and homey. It also has a king-size bed and the same comfy mattress toppers as the other room. There’s also a work station, dresser, a cable television and a DVD player (we’ve got three televisions inside our suite). I love this room so much that I said mine right away at first sight.
|Work station at the second bedroom|
The second bathroom is right outside the second bedroom approaching the living room. It may not be as lavish as the master’s en suite bathroom but I liked it better, it’s more comfy.
After checking the suite, we were contemplating on whether to ask for a smaller suite or not. So we asked for an ocular of the other room type to check out if we’d want to modify our reservations. And so we did.
The Grand Suite One-Bedroom River View was equally nice. It’s still huge for the two of us (70-sq.m.) and has the same appeal as the two-bedroom suite but I loved the first one more. It was really love at first sight. And so we moved back and called it our home.
|Grand Suite One-Bedroom|
It was scorching hot that afternoon. We checked out some dining options around the area where we bought some canned beers and went back to our suite afterwards. We spent the rest of the afternoon downing some Chang (local beer).
|View of the river and pool from our veranda|
And then siesta. We dozed off at the living room forgetting about the heat outside that was piercing our skins and slumbered all afternoon. And then we woke up realizing that we needed to check out the pool area.
We immediately stripped off and headed to the pool where dozens of guests were enjoying a cool dip that day.
The 35-m. infinity pool stretches out into the Chao Phraya River providing a nice view of Bangkok. After our outdoor Jacuzzi stint, we headed straight to the pool to cool down. And then we waited for that glorious sunset to commence.
We went back to our suite, stayed there and just chilled. We bought some stuff from the convenience store and cooked up some nice dinner and finished the remaining beers on the fridge. We requested for a glass of ice cubes from the 24-hour room service and they brought us a huge bucket and a couple more of Chang bottled waters; full service at its best.
The rest of the evening was spent at the veranda overlooking the Bangkok’s glimmering skyline. The view was just perfect. We didn’t wanna leave the comforts of the suite so we decided to call it a day (we were dead tired and just wanna slumber).
|View of Bangkok skyline from our room|
The morning after was great. We headed to the River Barge Restaurant for the complimentary buffet breakfast that serves a wide array of dishes; Chinese, Indian, Thai and Continental. We had a few strips of bacon, sausages and some waffles and lounged at the restaurant’s area overlooking the pier.
|River barge Restaurant outside dining|
We dipped into the pool after the filling breakfast and just lounged the whole morning before leaving.
Leaving our Grand Suite Two-Bedroom River View was tough. I wanted to stay behind and forget about exploring the city but then again we needed to meet up with the rest of the group at the airport.
|Silver Waves Restaurant|
We bid farewell to the helpful staff and promised to be back again soon, somehow. The Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok remains to be one of the best hotel experiences for me in Thailand. The great staff and the comforts of our suite complemented our much needed break; it feels more like returning home after a long trip. And now, we’re ready to launch the second leg of the trip.
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok (book online)
26 Charoenkrung Soi 70, Bangkholame,
Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Contact Number: (+66) 0.2307.8888
Email Address: email@example.com