View from the balcony of a Krungthep Wing room
The 25-story Shangri-La Wing (673 rooms) opened in 1986, and five years later a smaller second tower, the Krungthep Wing (129 rooms), opened in August of 1991. The Krungthep Wing is between the Shangri-La tower and the river, and it takes advantage of this location with balconies on every guestroom that offer views of the Chao Phraya River. All things are pretty much equal otherwise between the rooms in the two towers, and so we recommend asking for a river-view room in the Krungthep Wing when you visit.
The two towers share the facilities in the main Shangri-La Wing, meaning that guests in the Krungthep wing have to walk about 5-10 minutes through a long, winding hallway to use the gym or spa. The Krungthep Wing has its own pool, but you'll want to walk over to the main building when you want to lay out or go for a swim. Not only is it significantly bigger, but it's simply more impressive with its design and landscape.
Pool at Shangri-La Wing
While some might see this as an inconvenience, we think a balcony and river view is a very good reason to weather the walk. Next time you're in Bangkok, give the Shangri-La a look, and be sure to inquire about the rooms with a river view. Rates during the low season (summer) start at a very reasonable $160 a night.
[Photos: Shangri-La/Will McGough]