Thailand’s former title is now the name for a district within its capital. But rather than recalling times past, this neighbourhood’s biggest draw is its shopping. The huge MBK Center, a glitzy mall with over 2,000 shops and restaurants is found here; as is the Siam Paragon entertainment complex, where you’ll find the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World aquarium. Local art and theatre are showcased at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and there are a host of rooftop bars to sample. There is also the 19th-century Pathum Wanaram temple and gardens, for those seeking a touch of history, among the modern developments.Waldorf AstoriaThe famed Waldorf Astoria hotels began life in New York in the late 1800s and since then the group has built a reputation for top service and sumptuous elegance at locations across the globe – the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is no exception. Architect André Fu designed this hotel with bronze accents and soaring ceilings, reflecting the opulence and grandeur of the original Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and cleverly blends Thai charm with luxurious comfort throughout the iconic hotel. Rooms are sumptuous and offer park or city views, indulgent relaxation facilities are available for each guest to enjoy and the culinary fare and two glamorous sky bars attract visitors on their own merit. Located in the Siam Ratchadamri area of Bangkok, on the ultra-modern Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, this is a great base for business and leisure travellers alike.Check Availability & PricesSiam KempinskiAs part of the Kempinski Group of hotels, this is one of the newer 5-star hotels in Bangkok. It was established in 2010, designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates and is located at the heart of Bangkok. The hotel has a touch of European contemporary sophistication alongside many Thai-themed services and cuisine. The Siam Kempinski has 42 suites and a total of 303 rooms, in addition to the 98 serviced residences. The meeting rooms offer an impressive welcome to delegates – each is accessed via an ornate golden brass door. There’s also a sumptuous spa, three dining areas, bar and gorgeous outdoor pool. But its highlight has to be the green royal garden accessed right from the balconies of the rooms.Check Availability & PricesThe St RegisThose keen to explore the shopping opportunities in this dynamic city will appreciate The St Regis’ location at the commercial district’s heart, Rajadamri Road. The Skytrain is also on the doorstep, with swift transfer times to local temples and attractions. Decorated in warm hues and marble, his hotel envelopes guests with its welcome. A highlight of any stay here is the 24-hour personalised butler service in every room – something that has been offered for over a hundred years. The gourmet selection ranges from Italian through to Japanese cuisine, signature buffets, brunches, handcrafted cocktails and a dedicated menu for younger palates. Don’t miss the western afternoon tea served in an ornate birdcage. Check Availability and Prices* All the properties and products we feature are independently selected by our editors and contributors. If you buy something we may earn a commission.