|The Amari Watergate Hotel is a
first-rate hotel situated less than a mile from the center
of Bangkok and approximately 17 miles from Bangkok
International Airport. Local attractions include Central
World Plaza, Pratunam Market, Siam Square, and Queen
Sirikit National Convention Center.
Hotel amenities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour
reception, concierge, business center, postal services,
currency exchange, laundry/valet services, limousine
service, babysitting, shopping arcade, tour assistance,
parking, pool, Jacuzzi, sun deck, children??s pool, and
the Clark Hatch Fitness Center, which features squash
courts, gym, aerobics studio, saunas, steam rooms, and
massage rooms. Onsite drinks and dining are available at
Heichinrou Chinese Restaurant, Grappino Italian
Restaurant, Promenade Restaurant, Henry J. Bean??s
American Bar & Grill, Thai on 4 Restaurant, Amari Bakery,
Headlines Lobby Bar, and the Pool Bar.
Guest rooms feature marble bathrooms with separate shower
cubicle, two hand basins and a long bath, hairdryers,
in-room safes, mini-bars, satellite TVs, in-room movies,
dataports, individual climate controls, and high-speed
Amari Watergate Hotel and Spa Property
- Car rental desk
- Family rooms
- Fitness facility
- Swimming pool
- Wheel chair access
- Tennis court
- Business center
- Meeting room
- All suites
Amari Watergate Hotel and Spa
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Bangkok Events & Entertainment
On the King's birthday a parade of the colors is performed
in Bangkok by Thailand's elite Royal Guards.
December 31-January 2:
New Year celebrations are usually at their best around the
temples. In Bangkok, special ceremonies at Pramanae Ground
include Thai dances.
Magha Puja commemorates the day when 1,250 disciples
spontaneously heard Lord Buddha preach the cardinal
doctrine on the full moon of the third lunar month.
Kite-flying contests are held at the Pramanae Ground in
which barbs on the kite strings are used to destroy
Chakri Day commemorates the enthronement of King Rama I,
founder of the present dynasty, in 1782.
Songkran marks the Thai New Year and is an occasion for
setting caged birds and fish free, visiting family,
dancing, and water-throwing, in which everyone splashes
everyone else in good-natured merriment.
Plowing Ceremony: At the Pramanae Ground, Thailand's king
and queen take part in a traditional ritual that opens the
Coronation Day: The king and queen take part in a
procession to the Royal Chapel to preside over ceremonies
commemorating their coronation.
Visakha Puja: On the full moon of the sixth lunar month,
the nation celebrates the holiest of Buddhist
days-commemorating Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and
death. Monks lead the laity in candlelit processions
around their temples.
Queen Sirikit's birthday is celebrated with religious
ceremonies at Chitlada Palace, and the city is adorned
with lights galore.
Held on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, Loi
Krathong is the loveliest of Thai festivals. After sunset,
people throughout Thailand make their way to a body of
water and launch small lotus-shaped banana-leaf floats
bearing lighted candles. The aim is to honor the water
spirits and wash away one's sins of the past year.
Golden Mount Festival: Of all the fairs and festivals in
Bangkok, this one at the Golden Mount is the most
spectacular, with sideshows, food stalls, bazaars, and
large crowds of celebrants.
Bangkok Destination Overview
the midst of dynamic growth as a fast paced modern
commercial center, Bangkok manages to preserve its
cultural heritage to a marked degree. The soaring roofs
and gleaming spires of the Grand Palace and the city's
many historic temples: Temple of the Emerald Buddha,
Temple of Dawn and other shrines present the visitor with
a picture of medieval Oriental wonder; as in an Eastern
fairytale. Metropolitan Bangkok covers 612 sq mi of
southern Thailand, and is located in the center of the
most fertile rice producing delta in the world. A network
of natural and artificial canals crisscross the city. They
feed to and from Thailand's hydrological lifeline, the
broad Chao Phraya River, which winds through the city
providing transport for passengers and cargo.
With an easy access to the river provided by the new
skytrain, travelers who stay in the city can now enjoy the
highlight of any visit to Bangkok, a boat cruise along the
Chao Praya River. Bangkok is divided in two by the main
north-south train line. Old Bangkok, where a large number
of the city's temples and palaces and its Chinese and
Indian districts are found, lies between the river and the
railway. East of the railway, comprising the main
business, tourist and sprawling residential districts, is
'new' Bangkok. Outside of these general classifications,
Bangkok sprawls in all directions with a mixture of
commercial, industrial and residential areas.
Outside the city center are new high-rise neighborhoods
where most of the city's approximately ten million
inhabitants reside. Bangkok is the region's most exotic
and, at the same time, most noisy and most chaotic capital
city. Bangkok is both an ancient and a modern city, where
the network of klongs (canals) offset a steady stream of
automobile traffic, where giant outdoor markets compete
with glittering shopping malls, and where modern buildings
rise in the city that grew around the Grand Palace and the
Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is the financial capital
of one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
Bangkok continues to prosper in spite of a major economic
setback in 1997, and the ongoing problem of some of the
worst air and water pollution in the world.
Boats of all sizes and shapes cruise the Chao Phraya River
day and night. Ferries run up, down, and across the river,
carrying commuters to work, children to school, and
saffron-robed monks to temple. Rice barges pull mountains
of rice, gravel, sand, lumber, vegetables, and the
countless families who make them their homes. The Royal
Barges, long, graceful, gilded crafts, usually seen on
display only in museums, make appearances on parade once
or twice each month to celebrate the arrival of visiting
dignitaries or to herald other special events. The
strangest, most frequently seen boat on the river is the
hang yao, or long-tailed water taxi, a long, thin,
graceful vessel, powered by an automobile engine connected
by a long, exposed shaft (tail) to the propeller..
These water taxis carry passengers throughout the maze of
klongs and are vital in transporting fresh food from
upriver farms and fresh fish from coastal villages to
Bangkok. Shopping is a popular activity in Bangkok. The
best known market is the one held on Saturdays and Sundays
at Chatuchak from 7 in the morning to 5 or 6 in the
afternoon. Even if you have nothing on your shopping list,
it is still worth the trip to see what is offered. An
amazing array of items can be found, such as: military
surplus, clothing, crafts, jewelry, art work, live
animals, antiques, old books, the list is endless!
And it is only a short trip by Sky Train from the city. If
you have time, take a day to visit the authentic floating
market at Damnoen Saduak, about 48 miles southwest of
Bangkok in Ratchaburi Province. Bangkok offers unrivaled
shopping for Southeast Asian handicrafts, antiques, silk,
and jewels. It also provides a vibrant, exciting nightlife
with Thai classical dance, jazz, discos, caberets, pubs,
and dinner cruises. Bangkok has one of the greatest
concentration of luxury hotels of any city in the world,
and, as the capital of Thai cuisine, offers some of the
best dining options.
Visitors find that in the midst of the masses of people,
cars, and constant activity, there is a tradition of a
gracious welcoming of them; of special kindness and
friendliness to children; of caring and taking time to
help them feel at home. The intertwining of Thailand's
many cultural influences manifests itself in everything
from the architectural splendor of the ornate palaces and
temples to the delicate lines of the ancient arts. Indian,
Khmer, Chinese, European, and Thai histories collide in
the design of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, and Wat Po,
as well as in the superb collection of priceless items on
display at the National Museum. There are gardens and
other outdoor attractions to explore that will delight
even the youngest members of the family. The zoo, Marine
Park and Safari World are just a few examples.
|simply wonderful 09/14/2005
Very close to various shopping centres and plenty of
activities around walking distance.
|? 5 stars hotel 12/09/2005
Services are not likely to the standard of 5 stars hotel.