United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM)
Conrad Koh Samui
Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
St. Regis Bangkok
Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)
St. Regis Bangkok
We had a great two night stay at the St. Regis Bangkok in September! Our cab driver from the airport had no idea where the property was (which was surprising to us), when were getting close he was asking us questions but there was a major language barrier. We said “next to Four Seasons” and he instantly knew where that was. The St. Regis happened to be just right next door. The St. Regis offered a Mercedes ride to the property for 3,000THB (around $65) per way but the cab was much cheaper although much less glamourous.
We were greeted warmly upon exiting the cab! Two bellhops came and grabbed our bags and showed us to the elevators. The St. Regis was undergoing a lobby renovation during our stay. So we walk through the renovated areas that were partitioned off. My wife and I seem to love St. Regis properties aesthetic and this was no different. The design is a sleek contemporary but also classic style. The top several floors are reserved for the residences which only had a penthouse left for sale I believe. The property is just a few years old and it was surprising they were doing a renovation as the condition of the property is very nice! The construction was due to be completed just a week after our stay around September 15th. Since the lobby and guest rooms are located on the 12th floor or above their would be no noise issues.
After going up a several floors we were on the lobby level. Straight ahead was a bar and to the right was the concierge staff. I believe the concierge area was a temporary due to construction and will be located back on ground level after our stay. We walked over to the reception area where we checked in seated at desks for a more comfortable checkin. We where also offered some welcome beverage/juice. Checkin went smoothly except for the fact the front desk agent was looking at my wife and explaining that due to her gold status we would be getting xyz benefits!? I am the gold member and she has no idea what a gold member is LOL! I had booked our two nights as two separate reservations as we weren’t originally supposed to stay overnight on our last night but due to flight changes we had to pay for an additional night. After checkin we were given room keys and directed to the elevators. The checkin agent also noted my birthday in the reservation and wished me a happy birthday.
Deluxe Room 1828
We booked a basic deluxe level room and the room was impressive and stylish like most other St. Regis properties. The room was spotless and we turned out to have a good view of the pool and the sports club across the street.
The room had a separate tub and shower as any luxury property would. The bed was plush and comfy. There was a welcome bowl of fruit to snack on also. The standard Remede amenities were on offer. Water pressure was good and the shower had the rainfall shower head and a handheld one if you prefer. There were also two or three complimentary bottles of water in the room which is always a plus.
Walkthrough of our Deluxe Room below:
We stopped at the concierge desk to ask a few questions about getting around Bangkok and if it was wise to try and see the floating markets with just 1.75 days in Bangkok (no). The concierge was great and she did a great job explaining the area and using the metro which is attached to the St. Regis. Thats right, you can walk to the train from the St. Regis from the connecting tunnel, that was very convenient! The bar looked inviting but we never got around to having a drink here.
We spent a few hours at the pool on our last day just to kind of wind down before we ended our two week journey. The pool is average size and has plenty of seating and lounge areas around. The pool staff was eager to please and setup chairs and offer drinks. There was a gentleman at the pool who decided to swim laps for 45 minutes in full speedo bottoms and cap (olympic’s style). Many people thought it either dumb or amusing or both! We enjoyed a drink and a few complimentary snacks during our approximately 2 hour stay at the pool. We left just before it started to downpour.
Just a short distance away from the pool is the fitness center. The fitness center was spacious and clean. It offered all the standard equipment one would need to obtain a solid workout with good views to boot. It appears the residence owners have access to this gym as well. We did not actually use the workout facilities during our stay however.
When arriving back to the room after our dinner on our last night a very nice surprise awaited. The St. Regis staff came through and offered a nice complimentary birthday treat. A nice touch was the included a splendid bouquet of flowers as well. My wife and I enjoyed nibbling on the desserts which were tasty indeed. This was a nice touch as I figured they forgot about my birthday or didn’t offer any special benefits.
The St. Regis Bangkok is a category 6 Starwood property. That means it would take 20,000 Starwood points per night to stay here. It does not make sense to redeem 20,000 points for a room that costs less than $200 a night its a poor redemption. The Starwood points are more valuable than that so instead of wasting points we just paid cash and gained the opportunity to earn some points as well. The St. Regis Bangkok has got to be one of the cheapest St. Regis properties in the world if not the cheapest! Not very often you get a St. Regis property for less than $200! We booked directly through SPG.com although this property is a virtuoso property meaning I could have received a free breakfast and $100 spa credit but the rate was higher if booked through them so I just took the cheap rate this time.