The Siam: Bangkok’s riverside sanctuary of luxury and culture

ByAndrea Thompson

June 21, 2024

Nestled in the historic heart of Bangkok’s Royal Dusit district, The Siam Hotel stands as a testament to timeless elegance and luxury. This urban sanctuary, set along the serene Chao Praya River, offers a unique blend of classic Thai heritage and Art Deco chic.

History & Ownership

The Siam is the brainchild of creative director is actor/musician Krissada Sukosol Clapp, who, along with globally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, has crafted an intimate retreat that pays homage to Thailand’s storied past. The hotel’s design incorporates a rich collection of vintage art, antiques, and general knick-knacks,  making it not just a place to stay but a cultural experience.

Service

The hotel boasts a private barge that collects guests from the main pier along the Chao Phraya River. Welcomed by butlers clad in waistcoats and black sarongs, guests experience a seamless check-in process as they are smoothly escorted to the hotel.

Design & Decoration

Each of the 39 suites and villas is a masterpiece of design.  On either side of the plant filled glass atrium, featuring plush furnishings, super-sized king beds, lofty ceilings, and individual themes adorned with oriental Buddhist artwork and antiquities.

The Villas on the riverfront have black tiled swimming pools and rooftop sundecks reached via wrought iron stairs onto a private courtyard.  The attention to detail extends to Connie’s Cottage, a historical Thai house within the grounds that adds to the hotel’s charm.

Amenities

The Siam boasts a variety of amenities designed for travellers. The personal butler service ensures that every need is addressed with precision and elegance. The Opium Spa offers a serene retreat for rejuvenation, including the renowned Thai massages. Fitness enthusiasts  can take advantage of the gym, yoga terrace, or even train in the Muay Thai boxing ring, as well as the outdoor pool with its loungers and zebra-striped umbrellas.

Or visit The Siam’s private Sak Yant (sacred Thai tattoo) studio which has become famous throughout Bangkok’s hospitality scene. It is one of the many carefully crafted experiences available to guests.

Dining

Culinary delights await at the hotel’s two restaurants, Chon, housed in a century old teak house on the river and serving Thai specialities and Story House under chef Blair Mathieson service global comfort classic in the antique adorned greenhouse.  Whether you’re looking for an elegant dining experience or casual fare, The Siam caters to all palates. The cooking school offers guests a chance to delve into Thai cuisine’s intricacies.

Activities & Attractions

The hotel has a resort feel but beyond its walls, The Siam is perfectly positioned for guests to explore Bangkok’s rich  history and culture. You can use The Siam’s boat which can drop travellers off on most of the piers along the river.  The nearby Grand Palace and Wat Pho provide glimpses into the city’s royal heritage.

Sustainability:

Every guest will find a refillable water bottle in their room (which is theirs to take home), which can be refilled from water dispensers around the hotel.  Single used plastics are banned throughout the hotel and waste is sorted for recycling. Bill Bensley’s gallery, on the second floor of a stilted wooden house, has a rotating collection of art for sale – with proceeds going to preservation projects around Asia.

Accessibility

The hotel is fully accessible on the ground floor All suites on the second floor come without steps and barriers and spacious bathrooms but not specifically adapted with accessibility features.

Why Stay Here

Staying at The Siam is more than just indulgence – it’s an immersive journey into Thailand’s soul. For those seeking an oasis of calm amidst Bangkok’s vibrant chaos.