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» What makes a hotel five-star? For most people it's the service, ideally utterly charming and catering to your every outlandish whim. For others it's the food, with delicious menus conjured up by international kitchen-wizards. For others yet it's the other guests: one's view must be peopled with those of a certain station. Add a concierge who knows how to get you into the best nightspots, or, if sir prefers, the worst nightspots.
» With all the capital's downtown hustle and jams, it's easy to forget that Bangkok is almost coastal. Heading anywhere south of Sathorn along the Chao Phraya, where the riverside hotels cede the valuable real estate to more industrial enterprises, you are reminded that Bangkok is indeed an active port, a tradition that began over 100 years ago with the opening of the East Asiatic Company's Siam pier. Hans Niels Andersen founded the company to create passenger and freight links by sea between Denmark and the Far East. He organized the construction of the pier and warehouses, the oldest of which date back to 1907, and would hopefully be impressed by a tasteful renovation of the area which is now Asiatique The Riverfront.
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