Situated in the riverside district of Thonburi, the Peninsula is a Bangkok institution and for good reason. Huge rooms command excellent city and river views, and the silks and woods of the interiors complement the high-tech amenities. There are four restaurants and a wealth of shopping opportunities.
The Big Chilli is as chaotic and noisy as it ever was, but throwing itself headlong into the 21st century. Sky Train and metro developments have eased transport problems though it’s still fun to take a tuk-tuk. See the Imperial Palace, giant Buddhas and the canals before a long, cheap Thai massage to ease yourself into some heady nightlife.