Experience a refreshing retreat in the middle of Thailand’s bustling capital
By Pamela Chow; Photos: Courtesy of The Siam
Who knew that such a serene retreat existed in the busy city of Bangkok?
Many think of Bangkok as a busy city that never sleeps; few would associate it with a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. This hotel, however, is a surprise with its luxurious activities designed to recharge the mind and body.
Enjoy a luxurious and relaxing getaway in the heart of Thailand at The Siam.
Pamper your body
At The Siam, you can start your weekend by whipping up delicious Thai dishes under the guidance of Chef Damri at his intimate cookery classes, overlooking the Chao Phraya River.
Then, relax at The Opium Spa, an opulent sanctuary where guests are treated with natural treatments and chemical-free skincare products. Its signature Thai Herbal Compress massage improves circulation and soothes muscular pains with healing aromatic herbs and spices.
Located by the Chao Phraya River, The Siam is a picture of opulence.
After relaxing your muscles, it’s time to re-awaken and energise the senses in a Muay Thai session with Olympic trainer Kru Yim in The Siam’s luxury Muay Thai gym. But this combat activity of hooking and jabbing is not simply a fighting sport, as Muay Thai also helps to increase your fitness levels and emotional wellness.
For the long run, restore your energy at Sak Yant tattoo studio, where you can receive a sacred tattoo that originated in ancient Cambodia. Perceived to have the ability to bestow fortune, protection or good luck, these intricate tattoos can only be administered by special practitioners or Buddhist monks.
The Siam also has shuttle boat service between the hotel and Bangkok’s central Sathorn pier.
Enjoy the city
No visit to Bangkok is complete without exploring some of the city’s sights. The Siam has also introduced a new day trip, which includes a tour of the city’s cultural landmarks, old villages and night scene via private boat or on foot.
The hotel’s luxurious weekend package for two starts from THB 38,200 (about $1,467) and comes with a Pool Villa Courtyard or Pool Villa Riverview, early check-in at 12.00pm, daily breakfast, set dinner in Chon Restaurant, a 60-minute massage therapy at The Opium Spa, butler service and late check-out at 3.00pm.
The Siam, Khao Rd, Wachira Phayaban, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 155, June 24 – July 7, 2016, with the headline ‘A sanctuary in the heart of Bangkok’.