One of the trendier hotels in Bangkok, the esoteric design mixes contemporary touches with classic Thai styles, with lots of silks and high-end antiques. The rooms are large and have teak interiors, and overlook the charming courtyards and lotus pools. The Celadon Restaurant is one of the best Thai places in the city.
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.