Dinner in Nahm, one of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants on the San Pellegrino List - Bangkok, Thailand - March 2016
It was almost strange to want to eat in Nahm, as Australian David Thompson's Thai restaurant that started in The Halkin hotel in London. However, the London restaurant has a Michelin star (the first for a Thai restaurant) and Mr Thompson is regarded as one of the best chefs in the world regarding Thai food. I, therefore, decided it was a must visit on my 4th time in Bangkok.
Thai Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok with Louis Roederer Champagne; Meeting with Amanda, the General Manager; Tour of the Refurbished Authors' Wing & Seeing Perfect Mayuree from Guest Relations - Bangkok, Thailand - March 2016
I wanted to see the refurbished Authors' Wing at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and meet GM Amanda & Mayuree from Guest Relations again.
What better way to do this than by coming for afternoon tea, said to be the best in Bangkok, if not in Thailand.
I was last in Koh Samui in the 1980s, staying in a hut on Big Buddha Beach, before Four Seasons, Banyan Tree etc arrived on this tropical paradise and it had always been a dream to return. The Four Seasons Mercedes was waiting for me at the airport with flower garlands and they had sparkling wine for me and juice, and a baby seat, for Issy.
I decided I wanted to experience a bit of Japan in Bangkok and what better way than a visit to the Okura Prestige hotel. It is said to be one of the best hotels in Bangkok. Okura hotels are to Japan, what the Mandarin Oriental is to Hong Kong.
Halloween is taken extremely seriously here in Bangkok with elaborate makeup, costumes and pool & foam parties.
If you want a perfect very dry Grey Goose martini head to the 9th floor of the Sofitel So in Bangkok.
Here you have stunning views over Lumpini Park, while being served by staff in Christian Lacroix uniforms.
I was very excited about trying Bo.lan. After a month in Thailand, I wanted to experience the best of Thai food. The chefs here were trained by David Thompson at Nahm but they serve “proper Thai food”.
First Class Compartment on Special Express Train with Thailand Railways from Chiang Mai to Bangkok - 13 hours - October 2015
I was nervous about flying on Thai Airways, after reading reviews of their tired Business Class lounge at Bangkok and, and having been staying in the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with its butler service, wondered how the ‘intense’ Thai service culture would fit with the Four Seasons’ Golden Rule philosophy to “treat others as you would want to be treated yourself”.
Si Frew has lived in the UK, Bermuda, Qatar, Cyprus & the Cayman Islands. During this time he met Whoopi Goldberg (in Claridge's), Mike Tyson (in the Concorde Lounge at JFK) , Gordon Ramsay (in the Doha Four Seasons), Chris Eubanks (in The Dorchester), Cherie Blair (in Bermuda & again in the Doha Four Seasons) etc. There are funny stories attached to all these interactions, feel free to ask Si about them when you meet him.