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Feb 2, 2012

Thai R&R

Los Angeles and London are known for their gallery crawls; New York and Chicago, for bar crawls.

But if pamperation is more your style, Bangkok is the grand dame of spas.  If ever you are in the mood for a spa crawl, bookmark UPTOWN's All Thai'd Up listing of the area's best relaxation retreats.

Of course if you make the trek east, you'll need some place to lay your head in between rub downs. These three hotels are just the right combination of location and luxe.

Siam Kempinski
This haven not only has a Michelin chef at its award-winning restaurant, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, but also provides impeccable service, the crispest white linens and tasteful furnishings in every crevice. Book a cabana room on the ground floor and literally open your door to the main swimming pool. 

Six Senses Evason Hua Hin
Three hours south of Bangkok—and home of the tropical facial— the Six Senses Evason Hua Hin flaunts the good life with views of the Gulf of Siam and oodles of international and locally inspired cuisine. The quiet area embraces 185 luxurious rooms and 40 private pool villas with an inviting outdoor bath and shower. Feeling active? Hit the eight tennis courts, or learn to cook your favorite Thai dish with their esteemed chefs. 

Shangri-La Hotel
In a high-rise set in the heart of Bangkok’s Silom district, the Shangri-La has over 800 rooms of luxury (72 of them suites). With views of the Chao Phraya River, traditional teak dining pavilions, and an outdoor pool set in a lush garden, the service and Thai ambiance here raises the bar with sophistication and elegance.


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