Eastern & Oriental Express, Thailand & Malaysia
The classic Eastern & Oriental Express itineraries are the two-night journey between Singapore and Bangkok and the three-night journey between Bangkok and Singapore through the Malay Peninsula. The southbound itinerary passes over the famous wooden trestle viaduct at Tham Kasae, one of Thailand’s most scenic stretches of railway.
Orient-Express recently launched a new series of exciting rail voyages through Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, and Singapore aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, entitled, “Chronicles of South-East Asia.” These new itineraries will be offered alongside the year-round schedule of classic departures. All of the new journeys feature an extensive program of excursions, guest lecturers, and overnight off-train experiences, such as visits to traditional villages to view local ceremonies, guided tours of the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur, and a day to explore the French colonial and Lao architecture of Vientiane. There is no better way to see the region as tracks weave through rice paddies and verdant vineyards, pass through bustling cities, and traverse over stunning bridges, all in the lap of luxury on the fabled train.
Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok
From the modernist facade to the staff's Comme des Garcons uniforms to DJs spinning tracks at the trendy Met Bar, this is a hotel with serious style. Bangkok is a sultry city that's become a go-to getaway for hip international business and leisure travelers, and the Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok is ground zero. The rooms at the Metropolitan are an oasis of calm in the sprawling metropolis where temperatures rarely dip below 70 degrees. Clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows, a chic black-and-white color scheme, and moody lighting are hallmarks of the COMO brand, and in-room extras like a yoga mat and meditation chair are standard.
Just opened in late 2010 is Nahm, an upmarket spin on Bangkok street food from the acclaimed David Thompson. Finish an evening at the swinging Met Bar, sister to the legendary London outpost at COMO's Metropolitan London. Specially trained mixologists can whip up anything the heart desires, from the signature 'Tom Yumtini" to cocktails incorporating regional delicacies. Our favorite spot for recovering from too many 'tinis or too long of a flight is Glow, an organic, healthful restaurant that still feels decadent.
The Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok understands that its guests are on high-octane schedules, so for those who need perhaps a little more TLC than just healthy eating, the hotel's COMO Shambhala Urban Escape - the COMO brand's largest city retreat yet - is dedicated to providing complete wellbeing in short order.
Anantara Bangkok Sathorn
Anantara Bangkok Sathorn is the perfect starting place to explore all the street food, shopping, and nightlife that Bangkok has to offer. Sensory overload from all the exploring may just have the heads of even the most seasoned travelers spinning. Our advice? Just look up! Sathorn's unique 37-floor twin tower makes for an easy marker. After a night out on the town, the best way to recover is to sprawl poolside on the pool deck, or enjoy a revitalizing detox treatment at the spa. And if guests have perhaps overdone it on the street food and are dying for a meal fresh from the kitchen rather than a cart... Not to worry, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn's restaurant, 100 Degrees East, offers both local and international cuisine. Those planning Bangkok business meetings will want to take advantage of the property's "Art Attack" meeting package and swap suits and Blackberrys for canvasses, brushes, and bright paints.
Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites
Business travelers, whose ever-increasing collection of room keys has them missing the quiet comforts of home, should consider a stay at Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites for their next trip to Bangkok. The hotel offers a sophisticated solution to short- and long-term stays in the city's most exclusive neighborhood. With a fully-equipped kitchen, two flat screen TVs, a Nespresso machine, and a mini Compo entertainment system, road warriors might just have their fingers crossed that those meetings do stretch on for another day! The outdoor swimming pool deck, lined wit hchic sala lounges and lush greenery, is the perfect antidote to days filled with meetings and upscale shopping alike. (Travelers whose jobs don't take them to Thailand shouldn't dismay, Anantara Baan Rajprasong also welcomes leisure guests.)