Thailand: Kingdom of Earthly Wonders
Half a century ago, a trip to this distant country of Southeast Asia seemed a pipe dream, but today it is quite feasible.
You are waiting for beautiful beaches on the islands, exotic cuisine, Thai massage, immersion in nirvana and not only that! To discover the secrets of the country and see the true beauty, you need to choose the right route. After all, Thailand is not only beaches, but also historical cities, and Buddhist monasteries, and nature reserves.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, is located on two banks of the river, between which special hotel ferries run.
City of Angels
Acquaintance with the country must begin with the capital - Bangkok, the Thais themselves call it the City of Angels. Standing on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the city is riddled with canals. There are hotels for every taste and budget. On the river bank is one of the best - a five-star Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. He is over 135 years old, and the entire world elite is on the guest list. Recently, the hotel was renovated, its style reflects the style of the city, tactfully combining old and new. The hotel territory is located on both banks of the river, on one - modern buildings, restaurants, pools and shops, and on the other - the territory of relaxation and sports. Here, small national-style buildings are surrounded by lush vegetation. You can get here by boat, which leaves from a private pier. Visit the SPA center to regain your strength - and after two hours you will feel fresh again, and most importantly, appreciate what a real Thai massage is for, who come here from all over the world. Then you will have lunch or dinner in one of the hotel restaurants , we advise you to choose Thai first - Sala Rim Naam, but try a little of everything - the local cuisine is spicy! And if you want to learn how to cook in Thai and have a good time, visit a master class at the most famous culinary school at the hotel - The Thai Cooking School. In the evening, it is pleasant to sit in the hotel's restaurant on the beach and enjoy the ferries scurrying along the river. This short trip has a calming effect, especially in the evening, when the whole coast is lit up with lights ... And the next day, go to explore Bangkok - on foot, by boat, by car, motorcycle or bus, and for short distances you will be taken by a tuk-tuk taxi, very exotic! The city has a subway and two skytrain lines. History buffs will enjoy museums, the Royal Palace and temples. Shopping enthusiasts are shopping centers and the market. Two or three days in the capital is enough to gain experience and continue the journey into the interior of the country.
Seven Steps to Nirvana
The flight from Bangkok to the north of Thailand to Chiang Mai takes only an hour, but here everything is different: landscape, climate, people. There are mountains with rainforests, rivers and waterfalls, rice fields. The local nature is an ideal place for hiking and cycling, elephant trekking, river rafting. In this pristine beauty is a magnificent five-star hotel of an already familiar network - Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai. It is located in the former royal residence, restored and equipped with all modern amenities. There are many villas and houses with mini-pools, spread over 24 hectares. The renovated hotel was opened in 2004. This is a zone of high comfort, real relaxation and meditation.
Once here, you forget about the rest of the world and the hustle and bust and understand what a real vacation is! The interiors are fascinating, they are similar to the scenery of an oriental tale. For gourmets in 9 restaurants and cafes prepare dishes from different countries. The windows offer wonderful views of the mountains and rice fields. The Dheva Spa Hotel's spa, named after the goddess Dheva, the guardian of longevity and nirvana, offers unique treatments and wellness programs. In the SPA Academy, you can take meditation and massage lessons, and the Center itself is like an old palace, which is crowned by a seven-story roof. These are the symbols of the 7 steps to nirvana. If you master at least a few of them, you will return from Thailand happy and will certainly want to visit there again.
The rooms and villas at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai are decorated in a colonial style.