Staying by the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is a beautiful thing to do. I have had that opportunity when I stayed with Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside. Most of the expensive and iconic hotels are by the side of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.
Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside is a five star property. I had a lavish room with an equally nice bathroom at my disposal for my stay. I wonder what was going through my head that I clicked a picture of the view from my room but not of the room itself!
Asiatic, the famous night market, is right across the hotel but our days were so packed that we could never hop across it!
I had read about this legendary fruit, Durian, and the smell it causes which leads to it getting banned in hotels. But at Ramada for the first time I actually saw a board saying No Durian allowed! I have now tasted this fleshy and sweet fruit. When fresh it doesn’t smell bad at all. But I was told if I kept it for a while, I would realize why the notices are put!
I could see the swimming pool from my room at the hotel, I crossed it when I went to the dining area right across the river but I never found time to use the pool. And that brings me to the next topic, food.
I had a buffet lunch and breakfast at Ramada. Both the meals were good. There were plenty of options for vegetarians to choose from. They had an excellent dessert buffet at lunch, I was actually spoiled for choice!
I had a chance to interact with the hotel manager and I so like his concern for accessibility throughout his hotel. He actually took us to a room which was completely wheelchair accessible. We also went to the club floor which was an exclusive area for the club room guests of the hotel. The view of the Bangkok City from the club floor was simply gorgeous.
To me it felt that Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside was an older property but I quite liked it, it had character. I would say if you are looking for a place which would not break your bank and yet be by the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok you should certainly consider Ramada Plaza.
PS. My stay at Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside was sponsored by TAT New Delhi.
I am now back from my third trip to Thailand. Every time it has been on invitation from Tourism Authority of Thailand, twice from the New Delhi office. After UK, Thailand is now my most visited country. And Bangkok is the only city where I look forward to do some shopping, the prices are so reasonable that even a non-shopper like me is tempted to pick up a few things. But then this post is about Bangkok skies which are fascinating both during the day and the night!
This time I was staying at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside at Bangkok. They have a club lounge for their guests staying in the club rooms and above. The blue skies have been clicked from the Club Lounge. I had a view of the river from my room as well. It is close to the night market Asiatique but due to our sumptuous dinners, we always reached the hotel when it was closing time for the market!
Ramada has rooms which are accessible on wheelchairs and they were very proud to show it to us. This is the first time I stayed so close to the Chao Phraya river and liked the experience. Ramada is an unpretentious hotel at a great location that makes for a really comfortable stay.
Bangkok by night looks equally amazing. We had a dinner hosted by the Rang Mahal Restaurant at the Rembrandt Hotel. They arranged for cocktails at the rooftop on the 26th floor. I spent more time clicking pictures than I did with the drinks. If you are craving for some Indian food in Bangkok you could give this a try. They have amazing views and warm hospitality. Warm hospitality is generally true of all Thai hotels but the staff at the Rang Mahal was truly amazing. The restaurant is also on the top floor.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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