Back from a small break over Christmas, it’s time to share with you the wonderful Bangkok stopover experience we had thanks to The Peninsula Bangkok.
Our trip started with a slight hiccup. New Zealand has changed their visa regulations. Anyone not having a NZ or Australian passport now needs to apply for an electronic visa prior to departing their home country. There are a few sites where this can be obtained but the best one is: ivisa.com.
Upon arrival we were met with a friendly hotel representative, who took us to our transfer car. A lovely 7 series BMW. I have since discovered this is the standard arrival service. The Peninsula Bangkok also offers transfers via their Rolls Royce or helicopter which takes you directly to the helipad on the top of the hotel…
Keep reading for a pictorial description of the best ever stopover – The Peninsula Bangkok. We had 12 hours between flights and really made the most of them.
Best Ever Stopover – The Peninsula Bangkok
Our arrival at The Peninsula Bangkok was amazing. Greeted at the door by staff and management, making us instantly feel like friends coming back home. We were both handed one of the beautiful flower garlands pictured above.
Thai people use garlands as an offering to shrines. You will find local vendors in the streets creating these beautiful pieces.
The lady above also used to be one of the local street vendors, now she is part of the Peninsula family. Sitting in the lobby each day creating beautiful garlands and showcasing her art to hotel guests.
Our room and checkin
As soon as we arrived we were ushered to our lovely suite with the most amazing river and Bangkok city view. Check in also took place in the privacy of our room. Such a nice detail after a long flight…
You can imagine, both hubby and I wished we were staying longer in this fabulous room…
Breakfast on the river
The Peninsula Bangkok is situated right along the River of Kings with it’s very own pier.
Above you see the boat we had all to ourselves for breakfast.
There was something very princess like about sitting on our private boat… Enjoying a picnic breakfast whilst floating down the River of Kings – the Chao Praya River.
Pictured above the Grand Palace (top) and signature Buddhist temple (bottom).
A river trip really is the perfect way to explore some of Bangkok’s most interesting sites. Plus you get to avoid traffic jams at the same time.
There are lots of canals leading off the main river. Next visit we plan to explore a little more including visiting the famous floating market.
Back at The Peninsula Bangkok
Once back at the hotel we walked a little around the property…
The pool area is really stunning. I was totally envious as I spoke to guests who were spending a week at the hotel. They told me about all the wonderful activities they had been doing each day from yoga to art to all sorts of spa treatments.
…making a new friend en-route…
Christmas vibes… I know we are now heading into he new year but still have to share the lovely Christmas decorations, especially the giant sized advent calendar…
Our 1.5 hours of mindfulness treatments at the spa were truly one of the most amazing experiences. We were both in a separate private spa room equipped with everything you could wish for in a spa room.
The treatment consisted of two different types of massages – one using special oils and the other used bowls to make special sounds. I could really feel my body melt away into a pre-relaxed mode. After this, I felt so energised it was amazing. Yet, I also slept better than usual on the next flight leg down to New Zealand. I am certainly going to do this again!
The finale to our wonderful stopover was a lovely healthy lunch in the lobby restaurant.
The Peninsula Bangkok has introduced an “Artist in Residence” programme, which enables guests to engage with contemporary art and talented Thai artists during their stay.
Currently Thai-born artist Wannaprapa Tungkasmith or Bua – is showcasing her paper cut-out art pieces entitled A Lacy Christmas. I was fascinated at the intricate detail.
Supporting the planet
Just a couple of days after our departure, the Peninsula Bangkok replaced their plastic water bottles with 100% usage of PLA biodegradable water bottles. A must for their support of the planet and sustainable ethics they promote.
Thank you so very much for our wonderful stopover,
next visit we will certainly stay longer!
THE PENINSULA BANGKOK
333 Charoennakorn Road
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