There are many reasons for the perennial top hotel awards being presented to the fabled ORIENTAL HOTEL in Bangkok. It is utterly heavenly. An oasis from life and the real world. It was established in 1876. In 1958 the Tower wing as built and in 1976 the River Wing was added. It is beautiful, service is sublime and the food is wonderful. The amenities such as the spa, swimming pool, ferry boat across the river, are great. My favorite hotel space anywhere is the Author’s Lounge where tea is a must.