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A Bangkok institution since the 1860s, whose famous guests have included Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene.
For a city hotel, the Mandarin Oriental has exceptional facilities, including two outdoor pools, two floodlit tennis courts, squash courts, a gym and a jogging track.
Across the river in a traditional Thai-style carved-wood building is the renowned Oriental Spa, which offers a range of Ayurvedic remedies and traditional Thai beauty treatments. Guests can also enjoy complimentary fitness classes, including yoga, pilates and tai chi.
In addition, the Mandarin Oriental boasts a wide choice of dining venues and bars offering Thai, French, Italian and Chinese cuisine. There is also a good seafood restaurant, a riverside terrace where a barbecue is held every night, and even a traditional rice barge which offers dinner cruises on the river. Drinking spots include the Bamboo Bar, famous as a jazz venue.