Chakrabongse Villas

Bangkok, Thailand

At a Glance

  • Centrally located, this is a little gem in a big bustling city

  • This hotel isn't overly luxurious but it's brimming with charm making it completely unique

  • There are bikes and kayaks for active types wanting to explore independently

  • You have to book in for lunch and dinner but the food is authentic and delicious

  • Due to its amazing central location it can seem a little noisy. We feel this adds to the charm but some may find it too much

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Bangkok is a year round destination. November to April are often the best months to visit Bangkok with the least rain. Temperatures are comfortable until March when the humidity increases. May, September and October are the wettest months and between June and August, you can still visit Bangkok although you will get some rain.

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Insider's View

This charming boutique hotel was built 100 years ago as the residence of Prince Chakrabongse, son of King Rama. It now belongs to his granddaughter Narisa: her private residence is next to the buildings which house the rooms and suites of the hotel.

Make sure you eat at least once at Chakrabongse Villas! Even though it's too small to have a conventional restaurant they do have an excellent chef who'll prepare some of the finest Thai food you've tasted at an amazingly reasonable price - just give them 24 hours notice!

Book ahead to dine at the very small and intimate hotel restaurant for a delicious and personalised dining experience

Call us on 020 709 5135 to start planning your holiday to Chakrabongse Villas or take a look at our itineraries to Bangkok

Description

A hidden treat that's perched on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, Chakrabongse Villas is one of the city's most enchanting hotels. It is ideal for those wanting to avoid Bangkok's glassy international hotels in exchange for something truly unique.

Surrounded by Bangkok's skyscrapers and dazzling temples, Chakrabongse Villas is a tiny hotel that sits in the heart of Bangkok's old city. It's ideally located for exploring this fascinating city. Seven individual suites and rooms snuggle within jungle like gardens that surround the original palace. They are completely unique; some with carved teak wood panelling, others with ornate four poster beds. Some even have kitchenettes, making it ideal for couples and families wanting the option to self-cater a little.

Breakfast is served adjacent to the river with Thai and continental options. Lunch and dinner need to be booked in advance but you'll be rewarded with heavenly curries and fresh fish in a truly intimate location. The recipes are the Royal Families' own and have been passed down from generation to generation.

Other facilities include a pool surrounded by flowering trees, in-villa massages and complimentary kayaks and bikes for those looking for a little more adventure. They also have their own long-tailed boat that can be booked for ad-hoc trips.

Don't expect luxury but do expect bundles of charm and history at Chakrabongse. We also love the fact this boutique hotel sits in such a central location with river views and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) sitting just in the distance.

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Accommodation

There are seven beautiful rooms and suites in total that are all completely different. There are four independent suites that we would recommend as these are more specious. Choose from the River View Suite, the Garden Suite, the Chinese Suite and the Thai House. The River View Suites face Chao Praya River, whilst the Garden Suite and Thai house face into the wonderful lawns and luminous gardens. In a separate annexe there are three smaller rooms.

Childcare

There are no specific facilities but the hotel does welcome children.

Facilities

There's a restaurant that serves Western and tasty Thai cuisine along with a crisp swimming pool, in villa massages and a long tail boat for. You'll also find bicycles and kayaks.

Reviews

5

James Ferguson (Staff)

Chakrabongse Villas is a lovely place to stay, and perfect for guests who are looking for an intimate, characterful hotel with a lot of charm. With just seven rooms and suites and a small but attentive team looking after guests, it's at the opposite end of the spectrum to the large international luxury chains elsewhere in the city. The location is fantastic - the Royal Palace and Wat Pho temple are within easy walking distance, as is the city's bustling Flower Market.

Experiences

  • Art & Culture of Bangkok's Klongs

    Spend half a day exploring one of Bangkok's most vibrant artisan communities, travelling by private longtail boat accompanied by your own English-speaking guide. Learn about traditional and modern art, including the intricate designs of Thai puppetry.

  • Bites & Sites in the Village of Love

    During your time in Bangkok, spend half a day exploring the historic neighbourhood of Bangrak, which translates as 'The Village of Love'. This relaxed tour is perfect for foodies and for those seeking to get a glimpse of local culture and everyday life.

  • Cycle Bangkok's Jungle

    Spend two hours exploring the 'Bangkok Jungle' by bicycle, passing by canals, mangrove forests, traditional Thai houses and hidden temples. This is a great way to experience the sleepier side of Bangkok and gain a different insight into local life.

  • Erawan Waterfall & Phra That Cave

    Head to Erawan, one of Thailand's most famous National Parks. Here you can visit the Erawan Waterfall, a picturesque seven-tier cascade, and the Phra That Cave, hidden within the park's limestone hills.

  • Floating Market at Khlong Lat Mayom

    Only open at weekends, Khlong Lat Mayom is one of Bangkok's best floating markets, and it is only a short journey from the city centre. This is one of the prettiest floating markets, and a great place to try some mouth-watering local Thai delicacies.

  • Floating Markets - Half Day

    Leave Bangkok's skyscrapers behind and head out into the suburbs to experience some of Thailand's most vibrant and bustling markets, ranging from railways to rivers.

  • Grand Palace & Wat Pho in Style

    Spend half a day exploring two of Bangkok's most iconic sites; the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Accompanied by your own English-speaking guide, you will learn more about Buddhism in Thailand as well as the country's much loved Royal Family.

  • Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Art & Culture of Bangkok's Klongs

    Spend a full day exploring some of the highlights and hidden gems of Bangkok, accompanied by your own English-speaking guide. The tour encompasses impressive temples and palaces, and offers the chance to learn more about the country's thriving art scene.

  • Hellfire Pass

    Visit the notorious Hellfire Pass, which is located outside the town of Kanchanaburi, along the cliffs above the River Kwai. Take a tour of the museum and venture down into the pass to walk along the old railway line.

  • Heritage of Ancient Ayutthaya in Style

    Spend a day in the ancient city of Ayutthaya visiting magnificent temple complexes and majestic palaces, accompanied by your own English-speaking guide. Travel by car, boat, cable car and even golf buggy as you explore this charming city and its sites.

  • Pedalling, Pachyderms & Paddling

    An exciting and eclectic action-packed adventure that includes cycling, elephants. kayaking and bamboo rafting. This is a wonderful experience for active couples and families, and makes the most of the scenic and diverse Kanchanaburi countryside.

  • Prasat Muang Singh

    Visit Prasat Muang Singh, a Khmer temple complex in Kanchanaburi Province, which dates back to the Angkorian era. The style of these temples is fairly unusual for Thailand, and so this makes for an interesting historical tour.

  • Train Ride through the Kwai Noi Gorge

    Take a short train ride along the infamous Thailand-Burma Railway, also known as the 'Death Railway' due to the thousands of POWs and labourers that died during its construction. The countryside's picturesque scenery contrasts with poignant history.

Holiday Ideas

  • Thailand in Depth

    Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Khao Sok, Khao Lak

    from €5600 pp 16 nights

    • A trip that covers ancient history and also explores Thailand's role in one of the biggest global occurrences of the 20th Century - World War II
    • This can be completely tailored to your interests, be that in wildlife, active pursuits, or fitting in as many temples as you can!
    • A perfect first timer's trip to a variety of unique locations in Thailand, or perfect for returners who want a more in-depth look at this fascinating country.

Location & directions

Bangkok, Thailand

Chakrabongse Villas is located in the heart of Old Bangkok on the banks of Chao Phraya River. It's not far from Wat Pho and The Grand Palace.

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