One Night In Bangkok

Today, we explored the vibrant city of Bangkok, Thailand with Viking River Cruises. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Friday, November 20, 2015
My alarm went off all too soon this morning in my room at the gorgeous Shangri-La Bangkok. I’d turned in at about 3am this morning after having arrived late from North America, and 7:30 a.m. rolled around with surprising speed. But I was greeted with a gorgeous view from my room; one that I had never known existed in the darkness of night when I had arrived.

The Shangri-La Bangkok is a superb base. Viking primarily utilises Shangri-La hotels on their Myanmar itinerary. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The Shangri-La Bangkok is a superb base. Viking primarily utilises Shangri-La hotels on their Myanmar itinerary. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The Shangri-La Bangkok is used by Viking River Cruises as the starting point for their 15-night Myanmar Explorer river cruise itineraries. This is primarily due to the fact that more international airlines fly into Bangkok than Yangon, Myanmar, but it also serves the dual function of allowing guests to briefly see and experience Thailand. I, for one, am all for that.
The Shangri-La Bangkok is a massive landmark on the Bangkok landscape. With 802 guestrooms and suites on-site, it’s one of the largest hotels in the city. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel is situated close to the city’s major shopping and business districts. To explore further afar, a nearby Sky Train station gives guests the ability to zip all around this sprawling metropolis.

Even the main elevator banks at the Shangri-La Bangkok are elegantly decorated. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Even the main elevator banks at the Shangri-La Bangkok are elegantly decorated. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

My room is cozy and comfortable, and boasts an impressive amount of personal space. I particularly like the loveseat nestled underneath the bay windows that look out over the Chao Phraya River, as well as the North American-style plugs in the room. Of course, Shangri-La’s excellent amenities don’t hurt, either.
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