There’s a pleasant breeze blowing down Bangkok’s Chao Praya River this morning, much to the delight of those enjoying breakfast at Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La, and other vaunted luxury hotels that line it. At the former, a gay couple sprinkle chopped chives on each other’s sunny-side-up eggs and suck up the Los Angeles-like springtime weather.
While Mandarin guests find a note in their rooms explaining the realities faced and concessions made due to the recent flood–particularly the financial and logistical hardships faced by dedicated employees who live in waterlogged zones–this area saw little else than high tide thanks to the efforts of local government and workers.
Indeed, with the waters receded from all but some outskirts of the city, Bangkok is back in business and this is an ideal time to visit. It’s high season, the weather is unbeatable, prices are great, and amazing hotel rooms are available between December and February.