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    • The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok: The Mandarin Oriental houses more celebrities per square inch than a tabloid magazine. The hotel's elegant colonial style has made it the paragon of luxury for more than 140 years. Today, two resort-style swimming pools with private salas, the refurbished Sala Rim Nam and Verandah restaurants, the remodeled China House, and a stylish Ayurvedic Penthouse, put the final touches on this Thai hallmark of impeccable hospitality.

 

    • The Peninsula, Bangkok: This is a shining example of modern high-rise luxury. Expect all the courtesy and efficiency of a Thai five-star hotel with no pretentiousness. Great dining in a delightfully relaxed atmosphere is accompanied by dazzling riverside views of Bangkok, made memorable by flawless service. Built in a 1900s-style colonial villa, the spa tops off the facilities of this superb hotel.

 

  • 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai:: Anna Leonowens—the governess from the "King and I"—once lived here. Today, its opulence seems more geared to royalty. Every room has an indoor/outdoor showers, four poster beds, and lots of fine Thai silk in the decor. A very special place.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.