The cab driver said it should be pronounced "Orienten". And he corrected us , not too gently . In fact he looked so frustrated that we kept giving him the "wrong" directions.
A trip to Bangkok is always made more pleasurable with a visit to Oriental Hotel by the banks of the lovely Chao Phraya River. I have not stayed in this hotel even for a night, but I have definitely visited it , dined in it, enjoyed quite a few high teas many times in the past. There are 2 spots in this hotel which I so love. The Authors' Lounge in the Authors' Wing, the original part of this century-old hotel. And the Riverside Terrace.
But it has been years since my last visit. And I do remember being driven there by my friend in the past. This time around, we hailed a cab and asked to be taken to Oriental Hotel. The taxi driver asked us many times, and each time felt frustrated failing to understand exactly where we want to be brought. When we showed him a city map and pointed to Mandarin Oriental Hotel, he exclaimed "Orienten, naaaah Oriental Oriental"! And so, it was Orienten for us from now on.
The white rattan furniture is as Asian as can be. The white and green motif goes so
White rattan furniture, blooms and plants all around. Be prepared to get transported in time.
well with the plants and flowers adorning the corners of this lounge. At the time we visited, they couldn't serve high tea in the lounge as they were preparing the lounge for some affair. Not to be denied the chance, we asked permission to just look around the lounge before claiming our seats at the Riverside Terrace. In fact , we did more than that. Armed with our cams, we took many shots of the Lounge, the Trophy Room and the Library. We also browsed through the many old photographs hanging on the white walls of the Authors' Lounge.
Imagine the likes of Joseph Conrad and Barbara Cartland crossing the white expanse of this lounge. Surrounded by old photographs, many of the royal family, one is gently transported back in time. I never grew tired looking at those old photographs. This is most certainly a destination every traveler visiting Bangkok should visit at least once. Even if you don't take your afternoon tea here, just go! And do bring your camera and "get busy'. Of course, the Trophy Room and the Library will tempt you to linger and waste an entire afternoon there. But that
Nice to spend a lazy afternoon here, just sipping your drink or chatting the time away with friends.
is another story.
After the Lounge, relax and chill at the Riverside Terrace. It is open air here but the big fans and misters render the place quite comfortable on a lazy afternoon by the lovely Chao Phraya River. The hotel has lovely barges to take visitors to the other bank of the river. But on this hot day, we were simply tempted to sit it out and view the boats and barges passing by while sipping our Thai-jito and iced teas. After all, you can only do so many temples in Bangkok. And you can only do so many shopping malls too before you drop dead, or broke. So why not a lazy afternoon here in ORIENTEN? You may also want to check out our dining adventures in Bangkok. Just click on this link . Or you may also want to check out what's new in Bangkok .
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I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. ... full info
Busy Working On the DecorThe Lounge was actually closed at the time as they were preparing it for a function. These ladies were busy working on the decor..... more leaf arrangement with a sprinkling of flowers rather than the other way around. Nice!
Old PhotographsMany of the old photos are of the royal family. Some looking much like some of our national heroes! Must be the fashion at the time ;-)