If there’s ever a travel destination I had the wrong idea about, it’s Hong Kong. I expected a typical South East Asian glass and chrome city with more plastic, less character and even less to see and do. And I couldn’t have been further from the truth. There’s a beautiful balance of the old and the new when it comes to experiencing Hong Kong, and no matter what you do,
To say that we’re fans of the Mandarin Oriental group of hotels would be an understatement. It is by far our favourite luxury hotel chain, and we’ve experienced their hotels across the world. What began at the erstwhile Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi in Chiang Mai was then continued at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Prague and most recently the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.
We couldn’t look much further while looking for the ultimate Bangkok luxury hotel. The Mandarin Oriental is the oldest hotel in Thailand. La grande dame de Bangkok. Close to 140 years of elegant luxury. The hotel that has seen the likes of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham walk its hallways. And we were standing in its lobby, surrounded by smiles as large as ours, about to be checked in at an experience
The Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur definitely enjoys the best possible location from where to enjoy the sights and shopping that the city has to offer. By best location I mean it’s right next door to the Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC Mall. Easy access in Kuala Lumpur doesn’t get better than this. Pulling up to the lobby, we wondered what a business hotel in the city centre would be like
Chiang Mai really did surprise us. In part it was also due to the magical phenomenon that is the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Set in the outskirts of the city, the sprawling luxury resort has been modeled after the kingdom of Siam. They had successfully incorporated every cultural and historical element to render it authentic, all the while ensuring they never scrimped on luxury. Getting around the sprawling property could
When our Thailand frequenter friends who are foodies told us the street food in Thailand is so good you won’t want to eat in a restaurant, we didn’t believe them. Then we spent 3 days in Bangkok and 1 in Chiang Mai, and we understood what they meant. But that didn’t mean we weren’t curious to find out what a restaurant experience would be like. What would a gourmet Thai meal comprise?