Hotels in Thailand

All six rooms of this tucked away Portuguese river house have stunning and uninterrupted views of Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples.

The Zen atmosphere at this downtown Bangkok hotel is anything but cookie-cutter, and the six acres of lotus ponds and gardens seem more temple-like than standard hotel.

The Siam is a beautiful, amenity-rich hotel designed by Bill Bensley that is equal parts compound and oasis on the river. During your stay, watch a movie at the private cinema or explore the hotel’s antiques collection.

The Peninsula is still a perennially popular favorite, especially among business traveler set. Located on the Thonburi side the river, the spacious rooms have views of the river and city, and the hotel’s riverboat transports guests to nearby attractions and public transportation stops.

The St. Regis favors a more contemporary style as opposed to tradition Thai. While the Bangkok branch doesn’t have as much character as other St. Regis outposts, the hotel’s restaurants are excellent, the rooms are spacious and the location is convenient.

Centrally located near all the mega malls and the Skytrain, Hotel Muse is intimate with well-lit rooms and comfortable beds for a great price. Zip up to the roof for a great urban lap pool and sundeck, or have a tipple at their Prohibition-era rooftop bar, aptly named The Speakeasy.

Opened by clothing designer, Yingluck Chareonying, in 1997, the whimsical 12-room property was inspired by two domelike islands that sit just offshore, and is set in a lush garden on a secluded beach.

Make a reservation for dinner aboard the hotel’s private riverboat, the Horizon Club, and sail past beautifully illuminated temples as you eat. The Shangri-La is both charming and affordable (especially when compared to rates at neighboring properties).

106-room waterfront property with lots of activities (including sailing on Bophut Bay and Thai language lessons), on Phuket’s longest beach.

Room to Book: Deluxe rooms are on the second or third floor feature terrazzo tubs for two.

Doubles from $310.

Destination Spa Spa-obsessed jet-setters, take note: Six Senses has brought the best of Southeast Asia’s healing arts to a speck of land off Phuket’s eastern coast. A 26-acre retreat houses four individual spas—yes, four—each dedicated to Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, or Thai traditions.

Most of Phuket's high-end properties are hermetically sealed temples to luxury, tucked behind gates with little daily interaction with non-guests.  That's what makes the Dusit Thani so refreshing.

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.