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Thailand - Bangkok November 2019

2019

Following a good drive from Hua Hin, we reached the Hyatt Regency, Sukhumvit, about an hour and a quarter before normal check-in. The traffic in this area of Bangkok was very heavy and our driver had done an excellent job, weaving through the smaller backstreets. We were fortunate as I had requested an early check-in and had received notification that our room was ready, only 10 minutes before we arrived!

We were welcomed at the World of Hyatt check in, provided with a welcome drink and whisked off to the Regency Club lounge, on the 27th floor, to complete the formalities. Very swift, very efficient and very welcoming. We were then shown to our 26th floor room, where our cases joined us very shortly. The room was bright, well equipped and, despite the location on busy Sukhumvit, did not suffer from any noise problem.

On the 6th floor there is an outdoor pool area, with a small bar and outdoor jacuzzi. It is well equipped with loungers, seating and beds – also having a good view over this area of Bangkok. There is also a gym and male and female locker rooms with steam rooms, in the walkway adjacent to the main building.

Slightly lower, on the 4th floor there is a Thai restaurant offering Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner where breakfast may be taken. There is also an area that features “afternoon tea” - very civilized.

We resolved to have a few drinks in the club lounge, eat out at "Monsoon" (an old favourite restaurant, less than a 5 minutes stroll away) and then to have a look at the Spectrum sky bar and the views.


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Regency Club Room - 2603

View from the Club Lounge

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together. We enjoyed our drinks and nibbles in the Club lounge, had a very nice meal in Monsoon, explored "Spectrum" on the upper floors of the hotel and enjoyed both the excellent singer and the delicious cocktails in this sky bar!

We planned to do some souvenir shopping the following day and would go to Terminal 21, a short walk down Sukhumvit, then relax by the pool before deciding on the following evening's plan. We toddled off to bed, well satisfied and fell asleep very quickly, following a nice cup of English tea in our room.

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6th Floor - Freeform pool

Jacuzzis in Pool area

The following morning, we awoke fairly early, showered and went to the Club lounge for breakfast. There was a good selection of Western, Asian and Continental breakfast items available with a vast selection of fruits, yoghurts, muesli, cereals etc. and a live cooking station. We certainly were not going to starve.

Following breakfast, we took ourselves off for a gentle stroll to Terminal 21, pausing en-route to photograph a Christmas tree outside of the Westin hotel. Terminal 21 comprises about nine floors, serviced by escalators, with many "themed" areas selling a wide variety of goods. We enjoyed a leisurely walk up and down, round and round, fascinated by some of the goods and foodstuffs on sale from small units, which gave the impression that this was a very smart and clean "market".

We managed to buy the required number of souvenirs and strolled back to the Hyatt where we nipped into the Club lounge for a couple of cooling drinks, prior to getting changed and heading for the pool. We spent 3 hours in or around the pool where there was enough shade, enabling us to get into our books and just relax. We also enjoyed refreshment from the small, but more than adequate bar area. Complementary cold towels and water were provided on request.


It had been suggested that we may like to try the Spectrum area for a meal, so we finalised the difficult plans for the evening - shower and change, drinks and snacks in the lounge, cocktails followed by dinner and drinks in "Spectrum" and then off to bed. All taking place within 3 or 4 floors of our room. A great plan!

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Terminal 21 - "London" zone

Spectrum Sky Lounge - Dessert

The execution of the evening's plan went perfectly, and we awoke, the following morning (to the delightful sound of my iPhone alarm), with the realisation that we were heading to the airport at 9am for our flight home. Suitably showered, we nipped off to breakfast in the lounge where we met up with Arisa, who we had known or many years, when she was at the Hyatt Regency, Hua Hin. Unfortunately, we did not have time to chat for too long - we were in a hurry and she was busy. We have vowed to try to get more time on our next visit.

Checking out was simple, a taxi was arranged, and everything ran quite smoothly until we reached Suvarnabhumi airport, where the taxi driver tried to charge us 100 Baht more than agreed, the security lines were long and the immigration queues for departure were ridiculous!

The EVA lounge was peaceful, however, and the flight back to UK was reasonable. All in all, a very good anniversary break in Thailand!


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Regency Club Lounge - Arisa

Spectrum Sky Lounge - Dessert


Monsoon Restaurant - Scallops

Arisa


Monsoon Restaurant - Lamb Shank

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