Chinatown is an essential part of Bangkok, but visitors rarely take the time to immerse themselves in this evocative and secretive enclave. Located in one of Bangkok's most famous buildings (formerly an opera house and the Bangkok Stock Exchange), this boutique hotel of 76 rooms takes you right back to the Chinatown of the 1930s.
Decorated with a profusion of multi-coloured lacquer lamps and lanterns, antique replicas, and old tin lamps, the attention to detail and luxury refinements are astonishing. The rooms are truly stunning, with majestic beds, silk drapes, painted woodwork, and free minibars. Service is very attentive: tuk-tuks are available for exploring the city, and the concierge is particularly efficient and informative. The dim sum breakfast buffet and evening jazz concerts are added bonuses.
As the interiors are somewhat dark, ask for one of the few rooms on the street side, if you want natural light.
479-481 Yaowarat Road
+66 (0)2 221 2121
Rooms: from 2,295 THB