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    Google is a great tool. So too Trip Advisor. These days the pain of trying to find a place to sleep in a new place is a lot easier. Add Instagram, twitter, dedicated websites, Google Earth…there opportunities to find the perfect place is easy…or is it?
    With the introduction of new technologies comes the ‘do it yourself’ approach to travel. Burning the midnight oil, or pouring over the computer under an energy efficient LED, can take its toll. In many ways. Confusion sets in and before you know you have so many options you don’t know where to start.
    Going to Bangkok? Here’s a good start for you: Siam@Siam Design Hotel is a little gem. The hotel’s website doesn’t do it justice. In fact it’s a little whizzy and could be off-putting to some but don’t let it dissuade you from staying here. The hotel itself is rather out-there, but who wants to stay at a hotel that you could find anywhere in the world.
    My husband Monty and I stayed there in January this year and I’m pleased to report Monty was pleased with my choice. I have stayed here before, way back in 2008, and loved every minute. The roof top bar was under construction at that stage so I was thrilled with the opportunity to enjoy the bar’s panorama night views during our recent stay. So what makes it great?

    My husband Monty and I stayed there in January this year and I’m pleased to report Monty was pleased with my choice. I have stayed here before, way back in 2008, and loved every minute. The roof top bar was under construction at that stage so I was thrilled with the opportunity to enjoy the bar’s panorama night views during our recent stay. So what makes it great?
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    The staff and service are excellent. The rooms quirky and comfortable. The rooftop bar brilliant. The infinity pool a major buzz. The spa facilities are excellent (great to have a late afternoon or evening spa then head to your room for snooze before heading out for the night). Although I didn’t use them on both occasion I stayed at Siam@Siam, I have been told the gym is well equipped. And for the foodies, the breakfast offer is top notch and including barista coffee and light-as-air made-to-order omelettes while you wait.siam-siam3

    The location is unbeatable. Located near the National Stadium, Siam@Siam is walking distance to MBK (Ma Boon Khrong centre is a multi-level shopping hub – don’t forget to bargain with the stall holders), the cool Siam Square precinct, upmarket Siam Paragon and neighbouring Siam Centre and Siam Discovery. Just a little further down the road is Central World. Shopaholics heaven.
    For tourists keen on visiting sites rather than shops, Jim Thompson Museum is accessed, on food. Literally around the corner from the hotel, this is a one destination worthy of your time. Nearby, also easy to get to on foot, is the Bangkok Art + Cultural Centre.
    On the weekend visiting the Chatuchak market is a must. Within easy walking distance is the skytrain (BTS) which takes you direct to Mo Chit Station. Don’t worry about missing the point to disembark because the skytrain line ends there. Follow everyone else in one large throng and before you know you’ll see rows of street sellers and their canvas stalls. Spread over 35 acres and with more than 8,000 market stalls, I highly recommend that you track down a map before you go or you’ll spend most of your time lost. Clothing and accessories, furniture and home decor, art, books, antiques and collectibles, pets…you name it, everything you could possibly think of is there.