Thailand

Hotels in Thailand

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.

Twenty minutes outside Chiang Mai proper, with 12 poolside villas, plus pavilions that look onto rice paddies, the hotel’s two resident water buffalo, and the Mae Rim Valley.  Head to the timber-hewn cooking school for a day-long dive into traditional Thai cuisine.

This first property in Ritz-Carlton’s new culturally conscious Reserve collection is set on the quiet shores of Krabi, Thailand, overlooking the Andaman Sea.

Bordered by beaches on three sides, the 26-acre property is made up of 103 airy two-level bungalows—some set in the jungle and others overlooking Phranang Beach.

An elegant property that welcomes children, on the secluded Mai Khao Beach; the 3 restaurants were renovated in 2009. 

131-room hotel with tongue-in-cheek touches (the staff performs a chorus line during the afternoon shift switch), located next to the night bazaar. 

This modern-Oriental-style guesthouse, in a former office building near Silom Road, is entered through heavy wood doors that lead to a glossy bi-level reception hall.