One Night in Bangkok
Anthea Paul captures one festive night in Thailand's capital city Bangkok. From the mundane experience of watching Thai classics in your room, to the bustle of the streets, glitzy hotel lobbies and explosions of fireworks overhead. Get swept away for a night...
There’s something about lounging about in a hotel room watching video hits that never gets old. This one is in Bangkok. The video is Thai and the pop star is Jennifer Kim.
The cigar shop in The Oriental Hotel, one of the oldest and most beautiful Hotels in Asia, features an Audrey look-a-like in the window, Cohiba in hand, and a bevy of shop girls. The average night here will definitely see a few Cubans inhaled, perhaps in the Noel Coward suite…
New Year’s Eve entertainment in the form of a ‘silent-singing’ human statue, in the courtyard of The Oriental Hotel. This particular night provided a steady stream of Chinese telcom moguls intercepted by the crews of several Russian oligarchs, their minders and with various heavily made up and bejewelled Versace(?) clad women in tow. Mind boggling.
Courtyard of The Oriental Hotel, Bangkok. The delicate lace screen details and louvered shutters are in the classic colonial-style architecture of the East, presented to perfection here. A gallery of pretty impressive historic sepia photographs tells the story of this famed digs and of the historic city itself.
Sometimes it all gets blurry, but in a good way! The best way to experience the city of Bangkok is on a floating pontoon perched on the banks of the Chao Phraya River at night. Thailand’s major waterway is a whirl of coloured lights after dark, cutting through the heart of the city of Bangkok … and every person who sees it.
Pretty in pink. Fireworks, Chao Phraya River Bangkok. New Year’s Eve 2011. These fireworks felt very, very close from where we were sitting! The fireworks displays are to please the King and Queen of Thailand, but they were definitely crowd pleasers for all the onlookers.
The hotels in Bangkok all compete riverside to throw the best party on New Years Eve – this was The Peninsula’s Hotel’s showcase on the night.
Fireworks, Chao Phraya river Bangkok. New Year’s Eve 2011. This image is part of the series from which we selected images now included in our new Girlosophy book – INSPIRE which you can buy from our shop.
Lounge crooning, Karaoke DJ’s masquerading as MCs and serious LED lighting displays are the hallmark of Bangkok’s nightclub scene. Add to this some hyper-coloured cocktails and you have big night ahead. Groovy baby.