The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok on the riverside is up there with the most spectacular places to stay the Thai capital, which certainly has its fair share of luxury hotels to choose from. Firstly, the location of the Shangri-La Bangkok is difficult to beat, both in terms of practicality and scenery. Nestled on the east bank of the majestic Chao Phraya River, the views from your window or balcony will be enough to take your breath away.
However, the Shangri-La Bangkok experience is much more than just great views. This hotel boasts six dining venues, a riverside swimming pool, 802 stylish Thai-themed rooms and even has its own river cruise which glides past some of Bangkok’s best-loved cultural jewels. We’ve stayed at the Shangri-La Bangkok and bring you 10 reasons why you need to stay at this remarkable five-star hotel.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Unlike other Shangri-La hotels across the world where a room for the night can be as much as your return air ticket, the Shangri-La Bangkok is surprisingly affordable. Hotel prices in Bangkok are famously low, and a luxurious night’s stay at the Shangri-La is around the same price as what you’d pay for an average three or four-star hotel in many other major cities.
Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River is always active and is undeniably one of the best attractions in Bangkok. Perhaps the finest way to experience it is by dining on a river cruise, and Shangri-La Bangkok run their own. The ‘Horizon’ cruise boat leaves directly from the hotel at 19:00 every night and glides past all the beautiful sights whilst diners feast on the excellent Thai buffet.
At Shangri-La Bangkok you’ll find a distinctly Thai-theme throughout, with everything from the attire of the staff to the decor in the rooms. Their Salahip restaurant is no exception; come here in the evening to experience traditional cuisine and some exotic Thai dancing that will leave a lasting impression.
With the popular Saphan Taksin pier just metres away, it’s easy to hop on a cheap river ferry and head up stream to the nearby Grand Palace and Wat Pho, two of Bangkok’s most prized cultural treasures. Alternatively, hire a long tail boat from the hotel (600 baht per hour with driver) to explore the jewels of the Chao Phraya River in more exclusivity and comfort.
Even if you booked a room for a whole week at the Shangri-La Bangkok, you could practically eat at a different restaurant here every night (not that you should miss out on Bangkok’s famous street food though!) Highlights include Angelini, an award-winning Italian restaurant, the previously mentioned Salahip Thai restaurant, and Shang Palace for refined Chinese cuisine.
Shangri-La Bangkok offers a free shuttle service to the popular Asiatique, a buzzing nigh market with plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment. As well as this, the nearest BTS Skytrain Station (Saphan Taksin) is just metres away, meaning you can hop on a train and connect to the rest of the city in minutes.
One of the key concepts of the Shangri-La hotel is to create continuity throughout its dozens of branches across the word. Guests who have stayed at the Shangri-La before will instantly recognise the ‘Essence of Shangri-La’ fragrance which is used in every one of their hotels worldwide, as well as be impressed by the warm, relaxed and personal service that this hotel consistently delivers.