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By Elite Traveler | January 13 2020
Few changes have been made to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s grand yet charming facade since it opened in 1876 as the city’s first luxury hotel, The Oriental. The green oasis along the Chao Phraya River is unlike anything else in the city: It’s dominated by expansive manicured lawns and towering palm trees. But within its centuries-old walls, the hotel boasts a colorful Thai aesthetic (complete with indoor fountains and bright-colored furniture) in its 11 restaurants and lounges, including the jazzy Bamboo Bar. The Oriental Two-bedroom Suite is built for royalty; it’s typically reserved for diplomats and heads of state. The room features Thai silks and antiques, colorful Persian carpets and opulent chandeliers. There’s also a full kitchen, dining room for 12, entertainment room and a wraparound terrace from which you can enjoy views over the lively city.