Equally, hotels in general are fully operational. Riverside hotels – those that line the banks of the Chao Phraya River, including the Peninsula, the Shangri-La, the Millenium Hilton, and the Mandarin Oriental – have been least affected, as the protests are concentrated elsewhere. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok informed us that everything is business as usual, while regular updates are posted for the benefit of guests in the lobby.
Radjadamri Road, bordering the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, is an address shared by hotels such as the Grand Hyatt Erawan, Hansar, the St. Regis, and the Four Seasons. Speaking to Four Seasons Bangkok, the hotel is also operating as normal, with additional staff available at the airport to assist guests with transport into the city, and bulletins to keep guests informed displayed in the lobby and shared through social media.
Other hotels, like Sofitel Sukhumvit and Sofitel So Bangkok, gave us the same message: we are fully operational and monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of our guests.
Ultimately, everyone needs to make their own decisions, but being prepared before you go, and vigilant once you’re out there, is always important, so here are a few things to think about:
- Consult the travel advice provided by the US Department of State / the UK’s Foreign Office / your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Reach out to the hotel you are considering staying at and ask what advice and support they are offering to guests; you may want to consider staying at a higher-end / global brand property if it gives you access to a good concierge team
- Avoid any known protest areas, government buildings, and stay away from large crowds in general. Moods can change swiftly, so don’t get caught off guard
- Take the address and contact details of your hotel with you, as well as those for your Embassy in Bangkok, and know where to locate them on a map
If we hear anything new on the hotel situation in Bangkok, we'll let you know.