• Amanda Browning

Where to stay in Thailand

Choosing where to stay in Thailand can be overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from; hostels, budget hotels, and even hotels with five star accommodations. There is something for everyone's budget. We knew our budget and began searching out the options that would fit us best. These hotels listed below will amaze you! We loved each of them in different ways. We chose our hotels based on location for tours and those that would be best for relaxation.

1. Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok - This is a 5 star hotel set on the east bank of the Chao Phrya River. It was the perfect hotel for us since we wanted to be on the river for easy access to the major temples. Tip: The easiest and fastest way to get around Bangkok is by riverboat so staying close to the river is a plus. The Chatrium had an amazing breakfast buffet with numerous options. The views from our balcony were stunning and at night you could hear the riverboats playing their music. They have an infinity pool that overlooks the river and multiple restaurants to choose from. It was a short walk to an amazing open air mall called Asiatique where there is wonderful shopping and plenty of dining options. Tip: less than a block from the Chatrium is a 7-11 where you can get anything you need from Toasties to medicine, (I used this to get my Diet Coke fix on the cheap).

2. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi -

We were able to spend 5 AMAZING days at this 5 star resort. This resort is in the stunning Pai Plong Bay and is only accessible by boat. It is stunning to view the towering limestone cliffs behind the resort and the beautiful long beach with the amazing Thai style rooms and villas in the background. The resort is lush with tons of different plants and flowers and even a few monitor lizards. Tip: Pack your patience. The only negative thing about this resort is that the language barrier with the front desk can be difficult at times. We ordered a cheese pizza to our room and after several phone calls we ended up with a bowl of shredded mozzarella cheese and a bucket of ice. They did quickly fix it, and it made for a great story.

There are four restaurants to choose from with all types of cuisines, so there is something for everyone's palate. They had themed nights at the Coast Beach Club and Bistro and had a DJ there playing music almost every night. There are two pools; a quiet pool and a large pool near the bar with plenty of seating, a waterfall, and slide. There are also lots of chairs that face the ocean if you would like a beach view while you relax and sunbathe. There are complimentary kayaks and paddle boards for those that want to have some activities on property while there. There is a kids camp, teen activity center, and a large spa.

For the more adventurous there is a monkey trail that you can hike and go to Ao Nang beach. We hiked it once and that was plenty for me!

We loved our room with its amazing views. It backed up to the limestone mountain at the resort. The room was quiet and secluded.

The rooms have monkey locks to keep the furry creatures out of your room when you are gone. We didn't see a ton of monkeys but did have the cutest one visit our room every day.

The views at this resort are amazing, but the most breathtaking sights are the sunsets every night.

3. Anatara Riverside Bangkok Resort - This 5 star resort has everything you need to relax in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. We spent some amazing afternoons lounging by the pool and soaking in the beauty of this resort! From the moment your car arrives at the resort you will feel like a celebrity. They greet you with beautiful flowers that are typical for Thailand and candies with cool towels and a fruity drink.

The Lobby by itself is beautiful.

We had reserved a Deluxe Riverfront room but somehow got upgraded to a Riverfront suite which was a HUGE surprise and a great way to kick off my birthday weekend. We had two different balconies with rooms of the river, living room, dining room, half bath, and full bath.

The pool is beautiful and a great Oasis in a busy city with a swim up bar and happy hour. There is also a Thai ceremony done at sunset to light the torches around the pool.

One of the best things abut this hotel was the amount of dining options. We quickly found our favorite. If you are a Disney Fan like me you MUST visit Trader Vic's. It is what Trader Sam's was modeled after at Disney World and Disneyland. It had amazing drinks, good food and a fun atmosphere! As a bonus they surprised me by singing to me and getting me the cutest dessert for my birthday.

The restaurant choices here are extensive! They have Trader Vic's, Benihana, Brio, Riverside Terrace, The Market, Long tail by the River, The Elephant Bar, Loy Nam Bar and Numero Uno Cafe.

In addition there is a sky bar directly across the street from Anatara called Seen that is beautiful and easy to get to. This was an amazing sky bar was exactly what we were looking for for views of the city, great drinks and delicious appetizers.

One of the most amazing things about Anatara was the buffet breakfast. It was seriously one of the largest and most extensive buffets I have ever eaten. There were so many types of food you could eat breakfast and not eat the rest of the day. I highly recommend this resort and hope to stay here again!

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