Shangri La Hotel is located alongside the Chao Praya River and is
an excellent place to enjoy lunch
overlooking the busy river traffic. Anne and I, along with our friends
Ken and Darla, had lunched here
back in 1994 and enjoyed it so we decided to give it another whirl.
We weren't disappointed. The staff
is helpful and will explain anything on the menu you don't understand,
and they are friendly.
enjoyed a good lunch at the Shangri La. I had an excellent Thai curry
that was spicy and tasteful. While we were sitting there we noticed
the Oriental Hotel right next door. It was so close you could throw
a stone and hit it. After lunch we decided to walk over and pick up
a few brochures for a tour to Ayutthaya and return luncheon cruise
aboard the Oriental Princess that we were taking the next day. Even
though the buildings are that close there was no way to go directly
from one to the other. We needed to walk on the outside streets to
reach the Oriental. What an experience that turned out to be. What
I thought would be a five minute walk turned into a half-hour "where
are we now" kind of walk, but we enjoyed navigating the streets
of Bangkok. Take a look at a few pictures we took along the way ...
scenes in Bangkok. Notice in the picture left and right the overhead
wires. Looking at the maze
of wires I was astonished at how poorly they were strung and wondered
how many people got
electrocuted annually during the rainy season. I understand there
were quite a few.
lobby of the Oriental
standing by the pool
walking along a garden path
those of you into the status thing, the Shangri La and Oriental
hotels are the "in" hotels of Bangkok. They are both beautiful
and offer their guests luxury accommodations. We've never stayed
at either ... maybe next time.
mentioned earlier that we had a friend, Derek, in Bangkok that we
looked forward to seeing. Derek and I worked together in the late
80's. He has since relocated to Bangkok and is now the owner of
one of the dinner barges that ply the Chao Praya River nightly serving
guests traditional Thai food and excellent city scenes from the
river. We managed to meet with him three nights during one of our
stays and he entertained us aboard his rice barge. Join us on the
next page for pictures of our time with Derek ...