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  • Seagull
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    Interior of this “Balcony Room”.

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    Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok

    Peninsula Hotel
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Room 2806
    3 – 4 December 2011



    View from my room on the 28th floor. The brightly lit riverside buildings on the left of the photo are the Oriental Hotel.

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  • Seagull
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    At the time the conference and travel arrangements were made, I had ensured I had flexible flight arrangements from Khon Kaen back to Suvarnabhumi, plus a couple of extra days before the return flight home so as to allow for flood related delays and changes. I hadn’t therefore pre-arranged accommodation in Bangkok.

    Having stayed in the Sukhumvit area on a previous visit, I had thought it would be interesting to base myself in a different area, and had fancied proximity to the river, but of course this was the area most likely to be flood affected. But by the time I was due to head for Bangkok, the worst, at least in the central area of the city, seemed to be over and hotels were beginning to return to normal and anxious to attract guests back. Then following a conversation about Bangkok hotels in general, and the relative merits of two prestigious luxury hotels – the Oriental and the Peninsula – in particular, the opportunity arose to stay at both!…an experience to make the most of.

    These hotels face each on opposite sides of the Chao Phraya river. I stayed two nights at the Peninsula, before ending this extraordinary visit to Thailand at the Oriental on the day of the King’s Birthday.

    Here are my “hotel room views” – inside and out – but of course I took many more photographs which will appear subsequently in individual threads.

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  • Seagull
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    Re: World hotel room views

    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    .... having the day at my disposal for photography, eating and meeting people.
    Ahhhh, the PERFECT combination of activities indeed!
    …though one might have to squeeze in going to work sometimes!
    In a different kind of job, I do wonder how you’d find having just two days off at weekend instead of regularly having two weeks off.

    Originally posted by Tommi View Post
    Wow, 145:2, feels like I'm standing in a giant marble hall and walking into a piece of furniture!....
    You’d feel like royalty Tommi ….music and flower garlands too.

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  • pakarang
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    Needless to say, but I do miss Thailand a whole lot... traveling around and having the day at my disposal for photography, eating and meeting people.

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  • Tommi
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    Wow, 145:2, feels like I'm standing in a giant marble hall and walking into a piece of furniture! What more could one demand of a hotel entrance???

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  • Seagull
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    Hotel Reception


    Breakfast

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    In the distance on the left can be seen the pagoda Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon which I visited that morning. I took many photos, but for now there is one already posted in the “Skyscape” thread.


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    More views from the hotel room on the 20th floor, taken the following morning.




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    Charoen Thani Hotel, Khon Kaen, Thailand

    Charoen Thani Hotel
    Khon Kaen, Thailand

    Room 1221
    2 December 2011

    At the end of the second day of the field excursion, accommodation was arranged in Khon Kaen.




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    Rimpao Hotel, Kalasin, Thailand

    Rimpao Hotel
    Kalasin, Thailand

    Room 302
    1 December 2011

    The conference continued with field trips, and I chose the two day option which took me north, and included an overnight stop in Kalasin.


    The view taken next morning.



    The view looking further round to the right.

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  • pakarang
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    Re: World hotel room views

    Originally posted by Seagull View Post
    Awwwww….and not for the first time …I think we’ve both stayed at Bakeriet in Trondheim for example. But to have crossed paths in provincial Thailand!

    I believe it was previously a Sheraton hotel, but I don’t think it will have changed much from when you were there…quite a feel of earlier decades in a way. I expect I experienced it at its best because of the prestige and excitement of the royal visit!
    Unfortunately, I can not recall what the name was back then, but surely, I remember some of the images you have taken.

    But as mentioned, this was a while before digital cameras came into use, and hence, there is a lack of record.

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  • Seagull
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    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    Guess what, Lady C... we have stayed at the same hotel....
    Awwwww….and not for the first time …I think we’ve both stayed at Bakeriet in Trondheim for example. But to have crossed paths in provincial Thailand!

    I believe it was previously a Sheraton hotel, but I don’t think it will have changed much from when you were there…quite a feel of earlier decades in a way. I expect I experienced it at its best because of the prestige and excitement of the royal visit!

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