With our bags packed, the time had finally arrived – we were off to Thailand!
Our first stop when we finally landed after a very lengthy flight was the Hansar Hotel in Bangkok – a 5 star property situated very close to the shopping in the city centre, which Scarlett and I later made the most of. The hotel itself was very modern and instantly said ‘classy’ as soon as you saw the imposing exterior and walked through the grand double doors.
Clean and crisp, with a European feel to it yet still retaining its Thai roots, the property is expansive, with stylish decor and unique artwork from Jim Thompson.
The bedrooms themselves are smart and modern, with complimentary wifi throughout and a strong connection. We were given a studio suite for the duration of our stay, which featured a huge bathroom (which you could easily say was the size of another hotel room) and an amazing rainfall shower. We were informed that this room type was the most popular with guests, with your very own kitchen, desk and living area and washing machine – handy if you’re staying for a longer duration!
The mini bar is another distinguishing feature, since everything you see in the fridge and snack jars are included within the price of your room. It’s reassuring to know that you won’t go hungry during your stay (even if you feel a bit peckish during the night and too tired to order room service) – and if you’re feeling adventurous there’s even a strawberry Fanta!
Food wise, the hotel doesn’t disappoint with an array of choices on offer when choosing what to eat. There’s the elegant French-Mediterrnean Eve restaurant, in addition to a modern Thai cafe for snacks during the day and a bar with regular live jazz music.
If you fancy an unusual location for your lunch, you can order smoothies, cocktails and snacks to your sun lounger – while laying by the side of the pool, which is situated on the 7th floor – and has some rather amazing views of the Bangkok skyline.
Breakfast is a rather varied and exciting affair, catering for westerners or native guests. The food is cooked to order and there is also a range of pre-cooked or baked products which I tucked into both mornings of our stay. Eggs benedict was by far my favourite, cooked perfectly and very well presented, it was full of flavour and made me feel right at home – even though we were half way around the globe!
Ideally located within a short walk to the BTS Sky Train (Ratchadamri station) – which I highly recommend when it comes to travelling around Bangkok, since it’s both cheap and fast. You could also use it to get to the Grand Palace which is relatively close – 7km away.
However I would recommend you to travel by a tuk-tuk, you’ve probably heard the rumours if you’ve been talking to people who have been before or on other forums or blogs about Thailand – YES they are as crazy and as cheap as everyone says. Also you can’t really complain about how expensive the taxi’s are, multiple times we ended up in a taxi for long periods of time due to the famous traffic that ensues pretty much every square metre of Bangkok roads. Only to end up paying around £4-£5, but just be sure that they put the meter on as they will try to catch you out and use your little knowledge of the area as a way to make a quick extra bit of cash.