Packed to the brim with many delightful sights, alluring charms and a deep-rooted historical connection to the city’s colourful past, the riverside area, also named Thonburi, is indisputably Bangkok’s most prestigious areas.
Perfectly located on the bustling Chao Phraya River bank where water transport is still an essential commute system then and now, Millennium Hilton Bangkok operates its own shuttle boats ferrying guests to and from the hotel to Saphan Taksin pier with a direct access to the city’s BTS SkyTrain that connects you to most of the major sights in Bangkok.
If you choose to arrive by road, passing through a private long stone tiled driveway up on a small slope, you will be welcomed by a massive water fountain that also serves as the round about to ease traffic congestion together with the numerous copper bowls water feature aligned outside the foyer before entering to the lobby. Alternatively, you can also be picked up by the hotel scheduled shuttle boat from the Saphan Taksin public pier and passing through a serene elevated walkway to the hotel.
Our newly refurbished 34sqm King Executive room was designed with comfort and convenience in mind with sweeping river and city views. Compact, simple and neatly designed with modern contemporary touches and quality bath amenities as well as a comfortable bed that aids a restful night’s sleep. The high pressure shower was also a joy with a separate bath tub and a thoughtful mounted ladder designed towel rack.
The half-shaded swimming pool located on the 4th floor is another good spot to watch the sunset, weather permitting. A huge amount of sun lounges looking out to the city and the river were placed in the water on an elevated area to create a floating effect while enjoying your sunbathing.
Taking a stroll at the sacred San Phra Phum (Thai Spirit House) right next to the lobby is calming as this spirit house is a shrine to animist spirits found in the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Most houses and business have a spirit house placed in an auspicious spot, most often in a corner of the property. The location is often chosen after consultation with a Brahmin priest. The spirit house is normally in the form of a miniature temple and is mounted on a pillar or on a Dias. Thai families believe that if they take care of the spirits, the spirit will be their guardian and bestow good luck generously in their daily life. This leads to building spirit houses in order to provide shelter for these celestial beings to respect the spirits and the living. Every morning Thai people will light up incense and pray at the spirit house. Inside the San Phra Phum, you will usually see an image of Phra Chai Mongkol, an angel like figurine, often gilded, and holding a sword in one hand, a money bag in the other hand. Phra Chai Mongkol’s origin lies in Hindusim. Suffice it to say, that she is there to protect the land and its inhabitants. As this is a sacred area, you are requested to show some respect for not smoking, bringing any food & beverages to consume around the area as well as a smart casual attire should be worn and keep quiet.
Evening cocktails can be enjoyed back in the Executive Club floor with a very good spread of cold and warm canapés together with a few daily changing local Thai delicacies for sampling. Wine selection was limited but cocktail mixing seemingly is more popular among the guests.