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Lavish accommodations and a rich history linger on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
A legendary lodging for more than 100 years, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is a beloved institution. Riverfront guest rooms and suites provide a tranquil base for travelers, and the historic Garden and Authors' wings have been fully restored, breathing new life into the hotel's storied past. In addition, there is plenty to do without ever leaving the property. Take a yoga, Pilates or tai chi class, or enjoy a swim in the mosaic outdoor pool. Those seeking a greater level of relaxation can stake out a poolside cabana or book an appointment at The Oriental Spa. The hotel accommodates younger visitors with the “Sanook” Oriental Kids Club, which provides daycare for children ages three to 14 during which they participate in outdoor activities, arts and crafts projects and educational and culturally enriching games, all under the care of the hotel’s Kids Coordinators.
Of note are the many house restaurants, each offering its own unique experience. Le Normandie showcases sophisticated French cuisine, Sala Rim Naam serves buffet lunches and set Thai dinners accompanied by traditional Thai dance shows, Riverside Terrace features a grilled seafood and meat dinner buffet, and Ciao Terrazza dishes up wood-fired pizza and Italian ice cream riverside. If that isn't enough to satisfy a diverse palate, Lord Jim’s is a quintessential seafood venue with a popular international lunch buffet, and the China House offers 1930s Shanghai Art Deco design and contemporary Cantonese cuisine. For those planning business or social events, each of these venues is available for private functions; there is also a variety of flexible meeting and event space able to accommodate groups from four to 1,000.