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Finding our Shangri-La in Bangkok

Together We Roam discovers why Shangri-La Bangkok is the perfect sanctuary in Thailand's cosmopolitan capital.

Bustling Bangkok with its traffic, heat, humidity and vibrant population of 8.2 million people, can become intense and overwhelming. Fortunately for us we were able to retreat to the Shangri-La Bangkok, our family sanctuary in Thailand’s cosmopolitan capital. Here’s why we found it the perfect family holiday destination:

1. Perfect riverside location

Coursing through the city, carrying tourists and commuters along the river and through its canals, the Chao Praya River was named ‘Bangkok’s lifeblood’ by King Rama I. The Shangri-La is perfectly positioned on the River of Kings, where we took a scenic long tail boat ride to the iconic Wat Pho temple and The Grand Palace as well as dropping into the riverside restaurants and shops.

The Shangri-La is also just a short walk from the SkyTrain, which whisked us to the mega shopping malls of MBK, Siam Paragon and CentralWorld.



“We still dream about the decadent and delectable buffet breakfast where we alternated between outdoor riverside tables and comfortable indoor lounges.”


2. Comfortable family friendly suites

Our Premier Suite was finished with dark wood and Thai silk accents and offered city skyline and river views. What we loved was that the spacious room had a separate living area with a double sofa bed that transformed into the kids’ room.

It was a haven where we were able to spread out and enjoy the speedy free WIFI, variety of cable channels on flat screen TVs and movies on demand after a busy day sightseeing.



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3. Breakfast gelato and the dreamiest breakfast buffet

We still dream about the decadent and delectable buffet breakfast where we alternated between outdoor riverside tables and comfortable indoor lounges. We started our day with a leisurely breakfast that has a dizzying array of fresh food. Chefs are ready to prepare eggs to order, spoon out steamy bowls of noodles or carve out slices of honey-glazed ham. There were choices galore from sushi, curries, rice, stir-fry, bacon, fluffy waffles, pancakes, warm croissants, an array of tropical fruits and fresh crisp salad as well as a variety of continental meats, cheese and fresh baked fluffy bread rolls.

But the absolute highlight was the rotating gelato station, which enticed us all for a scoop or two. Somehow coffee ice cream made complete sense in the morning … along with breakfast scoops of mango and lychee sorbet.



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4. Magnificent pool

Cabanas and sun lounges surround the sizeable main pool, which overlooks the river and provided a perfect way to spend the hottest part of the day.

Between temples and palaces we broke the day up with pool time at the hotel. The only problem we found was trying to entice the kids out of the splendid pool for a visit to Chatuchak markets, one of Bangkok’s largest. It was either the suggestion of market toys or their rumbling tummies and the appeal of quick, tasty and plentiful street food that got them out in the end.

5. Welcoming staff that adore children

Every time we stepped into the stylish hotel lobby taking in the sweet scent of the fresh orchids, the hotel staff would go out of the way to greet the kids with warm smiles and friendly conversation.

Even as seasoned travellers, Bangkok threw some curve balls at us. We fell victim to an excessively expensive taxi tour, were taken for a ride by cunning Tuk Tuk drivers and fell prey to poor bartering negotiations that were heavily in favour of the vendors. Whilst it is all part of the experience, it was always a relief to come home each day to the kind and caring staff at the Shangri-La hotel.



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Together We Roam‘s Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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