Ten of the Most Culturally Exquisite Hotels to Bookmark for Your Songkran Trip
Another perfect occasion to escape the heat and safely enjoy Songkran in the country staying in hotels renowned for their cultural atmosphere
It is that time of year once again when Thailand celebrates a unique tradition called the Songkran Festival, or the Thai New Year festivity, which is commemorated every April. As the hottest month of the year, April is when the entire country engages in friendly water fights and street parties that last nearly a week. Amid the pandemic, holding the Songkran Festival with health guidelines in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is strongly recommended. And, in Bangkok, the nation’s capital deals with a mass departure, as roughly half its residents travel back to their hometowns for family reunions.
A large number also make a beeline for the hills or beaches to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable hotel in other provinces. Here are Traveloka’s top picks for hotels to beat the heat for the long weekend around the country.
This stylish hotel is located in a nice and quiet neighborhood. We enjoyed the building’s heritage and seeing the pictures and costumes from the original theatre. In 1992, Theatre Residence was known as Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok’s first open-air theatre and a center for contemporary performing arts in Thailand located on the Thonburi side of the city across the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace. The hotel has a very modern look which extends to the room arrangements, notably a beautiful room on the fourth floor with a spacious balcony facing the river and away from the chaos – it’s totally worth it. Breakfast was in a lovely location on the river. The hotel is much bigger than it appears from the outside, it’s basically a large, multi-story square around a swimming pool. The location is ideal, in an old Bangkok riverside neighborhood with a few temples and a great little market nearby.
Praya Palazzo is steeped in history, the beginnings of which date back to 1923. From being the home of a noble family to a school for children, “Baan Bang Yee Khan,” which operated until 1978, it was renovated and brought back to life by Khun Wichai and his wife in 2009. Praya Palazzo is now a stylish 15-room villa with a rich heritage offering a unique experience to discerning travelers. Dating back to the kingdom of Siam, the palazzo is located in the heart of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, ideal for travelers who want to relax while enjoying city life in the oldest part of the capital. Praya Palazzo, close to many historical sites and attractions including the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), Chinatown, the National Museum, and Khao San Road, brings back the sense and grandeur of the Rama V period, conveying authentic Thai culture through its style, taste, scent and touch. The hotel’s management ensures that all guests receive personalized service that is unpretentious, while promising exclusivity as Praya Palazzo is accessible only by the hotel’s own private barge taking guests from the pier across the Chao Phraya River straight to the doors of this distinguished boutique hotel.
The Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort
This unique-in-concept resort offers 38 carefully designed guest rooms that reflect the heritage of old Siam with contemporary touches. Built in the late 1800s as the residence of the royal governess of His Majesty King Vajiravudh, or Rama VI, the Raweekanlaya is located on Krung Kasem Road, close to UN complex and Thewet Market, and offers a unique Thai culinary experience, serving natural ingredients like organic brown rice, sea salt and seasonal organic produce from small scale-farmers. One of their signature dishes is khao chae, which means ‘rice soaked in water,’ the summertime perfect dish to beat the heat. A special value package being offered includes a three-night Honeymoon Retreat in the Taywet Suite; 60-minute ‘Touch of Raweekanlaya’ massage for two persons; Thai dinner set for two persons; Thai afternoon tea for two persons; daily breakfast for two persons; honey bath and turn down service; and Roundtrip Airport Transfer.
Amdaeng Bangkok Riverside
You might be surprised by the name “Amdaeng.” Back in the old days, this name was used as a personal title for a lady. With a love for the vibrant culture along the Chao Phraya River; the combination of Thai, eastern, and western art; and for the ladies back in the old days; Amdaeng Riverside was created to symbolize this love and the beauty of the past. Their reflections shine in all elements of Amdaeng’s design which makes every moment memorable. If you’re looking for a traditional, beautiful, perfectly located, friendly and affordable but hidden gem of a hotel, Amdaeng Bangkok Riverside is your place. Excellent Thai food is also served at the hotel’s riverside setting. The hotel features a vintage style as everything is in red – even the swimming pool. The highlight of the room was the balcony, where you can enjoy a close-up view of the many types of boats cruising by. The hotel is a leisurely 10-minute walk from Lhong 1919. This is a hidden, cozy spot in Bangkok, and just opposite Chinatown, which is easily accessible by a ferry boat.
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok was the winner of the Best Value Hotel in Asia and Australia by the 2010 Sunday Times Travel Magazine UK and recognized as one of the more special hotels in the world. Located on one of the busiest streets in the heart of Bangkok’s historic Chinatown on Yaowaraj Road, Shanghai Mansion, named the region’s Best City Boutique Hotel, is the perfect hideaway. Glamour and luxury mingle in the hotel’s opulent and well-appointed rooms, with a strong imprint of 1930s Shanghai and Art Deco influences. All 76 guestrooms are uniquely designed in the chic Chinoiserie style with incredible attention to detail providing a distinctive experience in comfort, including the scent of essential oils throughout the hotel and delicious dishes at the Red Rose Chinese Restaurant & Jazz Lounge. Guests can experience an intimate and romantic atmosphere reminiscent of the Orient of old but with all of the convenience and quality services one would expect from a modern hotel.
Dara Samui Resort Beach and Spa (SHA)
Celebrate the Songkran Festival with a contemporary Lanna vibe at Dara Samui Beach Resort on Koh Samui’s famous Chaweng Beach, which offers luxurious rooms and villas in a variety of styles in a peaceful and shaded atmosphere with complete facilities, including airport transfer service, a private butler, Wi-Fi, tour assistance, restaurant, bar, room service, and meeting/banquet facilities. A 24-hour front desk and security system, as well as a range of fun and relaxing activities allows guests to have a relaxing break while soaking up the romantic beach atmosphere at night.
Singha Montra Lanna Boutique Style Hotel, Chiang Mai
Experience the charm of Lanna in a warm and relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Chiang Mai, known as the center of Lanna culture. This renovated seven-storey building is striking with its eye-catching wood carvings. Our room included a bathtub with a 360-degree view on the balcony. A variety of international breakfast options are available at the hotel’s restaurant with attentive and friendly service in the midst of a peaceful atmosphere. The location allows for convenient transportation to the airport, while the nearby Chiang Mai Cultural Center allows you to fully experience the traditional Lanna lifestyle.
The name of the Shinnapura Hotel is derived from the home of Lord Buddha Chinnarat, the sacred ancient Buddha image of Phitsanulok. The unique identity of this historic boutique hotel, located on over 1.97 acres, was inspired by Ayutthaya and Lanna architectural designs. The in-house Chaleong restaurant was inspired by the city’s name, Si Satchanalai, the old name of Sukhothai, which offers delicious local Thai foods that truly embrace the magical atmosphere. The resort goes beyond providing accommodation with its in-house art exhibition of Shinnapura, collecting ancient stories from the Ayutthaya and Lanna periods as well as Thai art collections, including rare antiques and crafts.
Aonang Ayodhaya Beach Resort
Aonang Ayodhaya Beach Resort & Spa is a stunning resort in a Thai architectural style located in the heart of Nopparat Thara Beach, a prime location in Krabi province. With convenient transportation available, guests can lounge by and enjoy the resort’s four swimming pools and hot tub with sun loungers and parasols, in addition to a complete range of facilities. The rooms and suites offer double or king-size beds, with either balconies or terraces available to enjoy the view. The fitness center and mountain biking are options for more actively inclined guests together with restaurants and dining options and the Dhawaree spa to unwind and feel a true sense of relaxation.
Thai Thai Sukhothai Resort
Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse is the perfect place for travelers who want to get up close to the local culture at an affordable price – but with quality that goes beyond your expectations. Choose from rooms or bungalows, including family rooms in an authentically decorated wooden house style. A range of services are offered to meet all travel needs while the spa services will have you feeling relaxed in the comfort of your room. Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse is just one kilometer away from Sukhothai Historical Park, providing the perfect opportunity to cycle around the ancient sites and enjoy stunning sunsets. If you prefer avoiding the outdoors, spend a day at the guesthouse and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and tranquility of the local community, away from the bustling city vibe.
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