A tranquil sanctum that feels a world away from frenetic Bangkok.
A respite on the Chao Phraya River, this 39-room boutique hotel is a 30-minute boat or taxi ride from Bangkok’s bustling center. American-born, Bangkok-based designer Bill Bensley (whose fantastical style can be seen in projects like the JW Marriott on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc and Phuket’s DC Beach House) channeled art deco architecture when conceiving the Siam, incorporating Thai antiques collected by owner/actor/rock star Krissada Sukosol-Clapp, the youngest member of the Sukosol dynasty of entrepreneurs. Scattered around the property guests will find an array of offbeat objects from decades past, from a 1940s Myanmar wooden dental chair and World War II–era gramophone to a early century Parisian bar cart and 1960s leopard skin that graces the piano in the Vinyl Room. Spacious suites feature plush sofas and armchairs, soaking tubs, and frosted glass doors; villas are outfitted with private courtyard gardens and plunge pools. Culinary options include the alfresco Bathers Bar by the infinity pool; Chon restaurant, which was fashioned from three antique Thai houses and serves authentic local cuisine; the jazzy Deco Bar & Bistro for a full English breakfast; and Café Cha, the place for freshly baked pastries and Thai iced teas. For intrepid souls, an on-site muay Thai ring and tattoo parlor await. If it’s leisure that entices, book an appointment at the Opium Spa, where plant and essential oil–based Sodashi therapies are on the menu, or maybe a session of Trataka meditation will do the trick, guided inside a tranquil, candlelit sanctum that feels a world away from frenetic Bangkok.