Opened in 1876, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was the first luxury hotel in Thailand and is one of the oldest in Asia. A favorite home away from home for the rich and famous, the hotel is as much a part of the city as the river that flows at its door. Among the hotel's many Bangkok institutions are the famed Bamboo Bar, renowned for its live jazz performances and considered an icon in the city's music scene; Le Normandie restaurant, with its acclaimed haute French cuisine; and the Authors' Lounge, famous for its traditional English afternoon tea. Guest rooms also keep the hotel's rich history alive. In particular, the spectacular Heritage Authors' Suites pay homage to three (Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, and James Michener) of the many great writers and authors who have come here for inspiration.
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