Bangkok is exciting for its unchecked growth, its dynamic character, its ancient traditions played out on an ever-evolving modern stage. For most of a day’s 24 hours, the streets and sidewalks pulsate with activity. The only moderating influence, the relentless heat. Locals take it in stride navigating the weather and crowds with ease. Or on the streets surfing in and out of traffic with, what appears to the inexperienced eye, questionable regard for safety. That is until traffic density reaches a tipping point bringing everything to a standstill. If you find yourself stuck in traffic someone would likely have warned you to start your journey earlier, but you blithely ignored them thinking it could not be as bad as they say. It is.
These extremes make the rhythm of Bangkok “dash and retreat.” Like a city-sized game of Red Light, Green Light, you dash from one place to the next leaving ample time to recover before embarking on the next leg of your itinerary. More so than in slower cities, a stay in Bangkok requires a hotel that is more than just a place to lay your head at night. It is where you recharge and steel yourself for the next dash, the place you return to mid-morning and afternoon after realizing that you just don’t have the stamina you imagined. In Bangkok, you need an oasis.