Hotels in Thailand

The Grand Millennium Sukhumvit is located on Asoke Road, one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares. The 325-room hotel has a striking glass exterior and an eye-catching, modern lobby decorated in shades of brown with a glass reception desk.

370 rooms appointed with teak floors, silk-covered furniture, marble bathrooms, and high-tech control panels, set within a 37-story tower that overlooks the Chao Phraya River. The hotel's spa was revamped in 2007 to an impressive 21,000 square foot space.

This trailblazing property recently added 39 airy, teak-floored villas set among trees on a hill overlooking a private beach.

24-story hotel with plush interiors (etched mirrors; floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows; Thai sculptures) off ritzy Silom Road. The December 2008 addition is a refreshing change from the flashy, rough-silk décor common in Thai hotels.

Housed on six acres of lush gardens, the renovated property is done up in an earth-toned palette with chenille canvas wall fabrics.

For its first Phuket property, Anantara eschewed bare-bones minimalism in favor of a fresh take on classic Thai aesthetics.

Black marble high-rise with a full roster of business amenities and a prime location on Bangkok’s main shopping drag.

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One of the most prestigious and luxurious hotels in Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental was established in 1837 and has hosted Thai royalty and movie stars. Located on the Chao Phraya River, the hotel houses 358 guest rooms and 38 suites.

The 81-suite and villa Outrigger Resort and Spa is located on the Koh Samui island’s Bophut Bay, a laid-back stretch of sand 20 minutes from the island’s major city, Chaweng, and 10 minutes from Koh Samui International Airport.

The property rests on the banks of the mighty Mekong River at the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. The Zen-luxe retreat, near the Thai town of Chiang Saen, unabashedly makes the most of its location.

Ten years ago, most Bangkok lodgings were either big luxury hotels or grimy backpacker dens. Things have changed, thanks to a string of new small-scale properties. Seven, one of the latest, occupies a town house on a quiet street in the happening Sukhumvit neighborhood.

This tropical resort on the Andaman Sea is about as far “away from it all” as possible, with 64 acres and a private island. 260 rooms make up the location, from small studios to a two-bedroom suite on Andaman Cove.

In-the-know locals travel 130 miles south of Bangkok's steamy bustle to this secluded locale, which commands a three-mile stretch of white sand near Hua Hin.