Bangkok is a city of heat, noise, bicycles, taxis, cars and tuk tuks, bargain shopping, marvellous food and eight million residents. There are hotels of all standards to choose from, but if run-of-the mill, shoebox accommodation bores you to tears, Reflections Rooms in Bangkok is the perfect place to restore your faith. Art lovers particularly enjoy staying in this fun hotel as it has given painters scope to express something different and individual.
Once an apartment building, the new and affordable boutique hotel is one of the hippest in the city. It has just 28 rooms, each designed by a local or international artist, so no two are the same.
The rooms have enchanting names such as Parisian Chic, Post Industrial, Single Mom, Taj Mahal, White Castle and Spectrum Crystal (complete with its own fish tank). That gives an idea of the diversity you can expect.
Every room has a balcony, satellite television and DVD player and if any of the furnishings take your fancy, they may be for sale.
The hotel's exterior is cotton candy pink and the interior a treasure trove of kitsch. The bar, pool, café and restaurant are an explosion of day-glo plastic, red velvet and bright, bright colours. It is kind of loud, but the mood within is laidback.
The hotel's restaurant, bar and pool are just as colourful and different. They serve Thai and Japanese food, cold beer and all kinds of cocktails. Maybe Reflections Rooms is not for everyone, but if you love a bit of fun and colour, go no further!
Not far from the hotel in Phahon Yothin Road you will be overwhelmed by the bustling food stalls, convenience stores, restaurants and shops selling everything from flowers to copy handbags. It's a good place to pick up presents for the folks at home.
Not long ago, Bangkok had an elaborate network of canals, known as klongs. Most have been filled in and built upon, but just outside the city you can see Bangkok's largest remaining floating market, Damnoen Saduak in the Ratchaburi province.
It takes around 1.5 hours to get there and it is a good idea to have a guide with you. You will be greeted by noise and colour and small boats (sometimes hundreds of them) loaded with exotic fruit and vegetables, freshly cooked noodles and kitchen utensils and owners loudly trying to hawk their produce.