One of the highlights of my Bangkok trip was sleeping at this ginormous proud tree (pun intended haha) in Silom. Yes, I am that lola.
I never planned to book a room here at first because it was intimidating but I really do want to give myself a reward (yuck, self-serving, but read on) and I don’t wanna go here just for Vertigo (later) and Moon Bar. At 61 floors, this is one of the highest towers in the Bangkok Skyline. I booked a room for a little above PhP8,000 per night.
Banyan Tree offers the works of a Bangkok holiday — from temple tours to culinary indulgences to a tour of the famous floating markets! We could’ve availed of those but then again, I’d like to wing and DIY shit when I’m traveling. But extra brownie points for the full-circle offerings, Banyan!
At 58th floor, this is the view which will wake you up each day! I cannot even believe we’re staying at the topmost rooms (floors 59th – 61st are already amenities and restaurants). This is a a true testament to Thailand’s value for money. We can go dirt cheap on accommodations and still enjoy BUT if there are options like this… WHY NOT?
Tuk-tuk and van transfers to the nearest train station is also available for free from the concierge. It’s very convenient especially if you consider that’s one less concern to think about.
We wanted to try the Thai selection from the hotel, but we settled for Japanese instead. Taihei is Banyan Tree’s premiere Japanese restaurant, serving only the freshest sashimi and other Japanese favourites. We were the only ones to dine their that time, so I guess we experienced the ultimate service. Extra brownie points for an open kitchen!
It’s a hotel restaurant, we thought, it might be over-the-roof expensive. But Banyan Tree continues to sweep us off our feet and were surprised when the bill came. I think we spent just a little over THB2000, and I think it is well worth it!
Then we spent a few hours at Moon Bar on the 61st floor. It’s an upscale watering hole atop the Banyan Tree and it provides you a good 360-degree view of Bangkok’s skyline and oh, was that a beautiful sight! Save for the crowd because it was sooooooooo packed it’s hard to get a drink.
I really do hate to leave 🙁
All photos taken using iPhone 5
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