Pillow mint: always appreciated.
Private speedboat: now we’re talking...
Complimentary boxing ring access: ... um, well... if it’s complimentary...
Welcome to The Siam, Bangkok’s newest river-perched retreat and the world’s first hotel with a muay Thai boxing ring, taking reservations now for a June 1 debut.
Your first thought here: this place looks ridiculously similar to the Grand Palace just down the river (it should—they designed it that way). Your second thought: hey, some guys are throwing roundhouse kicks down the hall from the ice machine.
One explanation: muay Thai—that martial art Van Damme made famous in Kickboxer—happens to be Thailand’s national sport. And after building the hotel’s period-specific library, infinity pool and private pier with a barge and a Venetian-style speedboat for whisking guests into town, the owners saw a boxing ring as a splurge on par with the free towels (they’re great, by the way).
So after a long day of elephant taming and rubbing more golden Buddha bellies than usual, you’ll slip into something combative and take a nice long wistful gaze off your veranda. Contemplate the bamboo garden. Enjoy that moment of Zen. Because you’ll soon be facing down every muay Thai expert in town with a fierce appreciation for 18th-century Asian furnishings.
Apparently, antiquing was the national sport runner-up.