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AMARI WATERGATE is a 5-star hotel in Central Bangkok. It’s strategically located in front of Platinum Mall near the Pratunam shopping area.  

I was a bit apprehensive about going to Bangkok because of the Martial Law situation there, but Amari Watergate gave me a warm Thai welcome. This erased all my doubts and fears about the safety and security in the capital. 

Check out my Amari Watergate Bangkok experience…

AMARI WATERGATE HOTEL
847 Petchaburi Road, Pratunam, Rachatavi, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand 10400
Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Amari Watergate Hotel (aff link)

EN ROUTE TO BANGKOK

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I took a midnight Cebu Pacific flight to Bangkok. It was 50% full.

TIP: Check the updated travel advisory from the DFA regarding flights to Bangkok first. Also make sure that your travel insurance covers trips to Bangkok before you fly.

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I should listen to Anthony Bourdain: Never eat meals on the plane.

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The arrival process is hassle-free in Bangkok. Everything feels safe and normal. 

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The USD-THB exchange rate is the same throughout the airport. Make sure you exchange just enough money for your trip (see exchange rate).

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The Amari Watergate representative welcomed me with a smile. He ensured me of a safe travel during the curfew (12mn to 4am).

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It was a quiet ride. I was told that some people who go to the “curfew” bars would enter before 12 and leave after 4am. 

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The lobby of Amari Watergate Bangkok.

ROOM 3409

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This is my executive room with a king-sized bed. It’s on the 34th floor, the topmost of the hotel.

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The restroom is spacious, with separate toilet, shower, and bathtub areas.

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I love these eco-friendly glass bottles of the complimentary water.

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Toilet amenities are complete. But I still recommend bringing your own shampoo and conditioner.

Love the mini-bites midnight snack at Amari :)  Good Night!  @diASIAtourism #DIABKK
Welcome sweets, fruit, and salmon with lemon.

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The breakfast view of the Pratunam area from my room.

 

EXECUTIVE 32ND FLOOR BREAKFAST

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The buffet breakfast is on the 4th floor of the hotel.

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It’s a spacious, high ceiling breakfast area for all hotel guests.

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But I prefer the option of eating in the executive lounge on the 32nd floor. It has an awesome view of Bangkok.

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You can just lounge around and read the latest news from the Bangkok Post or The Nation.

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There’s an al fresco area that faces the sunrise.

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This also serves as a smoking area for the guests.

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Breakfast was a la carte, which makes sense since they need to keep the food fresh, especially if there aren’t too many guests.

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A selection of breads to start your breakfast.

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The croissant was good with a little bit of butter.

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They serve continental breakfast for the hot portion of your breakfast meal.

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They also serve cold cuts, cheese…

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…and cold salmon.

 

BREEZE SPA 

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If you stay at Amari Watergate, I recommend getting a Thai Massage at the Breeze Spa on the 8th floor.  

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The 8th floor also has this nice garden with a view of the Pratunam area.

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Breeze Spa just beside the swimming pool, near the fitness center. Best to exercise and swim first before going to the spa.

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The lobby of the spa is cheerful and welcoming.

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You are greeted with a cold towel and nice lemon shot while you answer the spa questionaire.

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The massage starts with a cleansing of the feet with lime.

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I loved the Thai Massage because their masseuse was very strong. She stretched every part of my body but also helped it relax at the same time.

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I thought it was a nice touch to also serve a bite of macaron aside from the normal after-massage tea. It completed the spa experience for me. Galing

 

THAI ON 4 DINNER

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Make sure you also eat at THAI ON 4, voted as the “Best Thai Hotel Restaurant” in Bangkok for a number of years. 

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The ambiance is casual-modern Thai.

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The Thai on 4 menu is curated by 78-year old professor Khun Srisamorn, who used to cook for HM the King of Thailand, and still teaches at the Royal Cooking School in Bangkok.  

MENU: Appetizers | Soups, Noodles & Rice | Thai Favorites | Vegetarian, Desserts | Set Menu | Wine & Beer | Cocktails | Classic Thai Desserts

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Singha Beer (THB 160 +10% service charge).

A trip to Thailand is not complete without drinking the country’s most popular lager beer — Singha.

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I ordered the Thai comfort food favorites we love in Manila. 

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✮ Tom Yam Goong Mae Nam (THB 280 +10% service charge). Spicy river prawn soup flavoured with lemongrass, lime juice, and chili.

The Tom Yam was elegantly smooth, with the right balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavors. I loved the lingering taste of the shrimp.

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✮ Yam Som O Chao Wang (THB 310 +10% service charge). Spicy pomelo salad with grilled tiger prawns. 

The pomelo salad was also very good. It had the right spicy kick.

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✮ Gaeng Nua, Rue Moo Prik Khi Noo Serve Prom Roti (THB 330 +10% service charge). Green beef or pork curry with coconut milk, chili, and Thai herbs, served with roti.

My kind of Thai Curry! Creamy, flavorful, and a little spicy…a complete curry experience. 

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The curry was best paired with this medley of white, yellow, green, and red rice.

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✮ Pad Thai Goong Sod (THB 260 +10% service charge). Thai fried rice noodles with fresh prawns.

Pad Thai noodles cooked al dente. The texture of the noodles paired really well with the different flavors on this dish. Make sure you mix in the lime, chili, and the sprouts evenly.

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Thai Iced Tea (THB 150 +10% service charge).

This was a bit too sweet and creamy.

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Khao Niew Mamuan (THB 190 +10% service charge). Mango with sticky rice. 

I just have to end my meals with Thai Mango and the sticky rice. Can’t get enough of this dessert. 🙂 

 

EN ROUTE BACK TO MANILA

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It was good idea to get the midnight trip back to Manila;  there was no traffic going to the airport. Just remember to book your airport transfer early (at least 3 hours before your flight). 

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The Cebu Pacific Terminal is in Bay 3 of the Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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Best to check-in online to avoid the long queues and for easier processing. Just remember that you still need to show your identification at the counter.

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The Scene of the Churning of The Milk Ocean bids you farewell and safe travels.

This scene depicts the Vishnu Kurmavatara and the churning of the Milk Ocean. The naga (the king of serpents), Vasuki, is curled around the mountain Mandara. Vishnu, incarnated in the form of a great turtle, supports the mountain on his back. Devas (demigods) and Asuras (demons) pull on the naga’s body to churn the water of the ocean for thousands of years to produce the nectar of immortality, Amrita. From the churning, numerous opulent items are produced, including Dhanvantari carrying the pot of Amrita. In the end, the cooperation between Devas and Asuras is shattered. The Devas, fulfill their plan of acquiring all Amrita, disperse the Asuras out of Heaven to the Underworld.

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One nice thing about having a delayed flight is the chance to see the awesome sunset. 🙂

 

AMARI WATERGATE

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Overall, I like AMARI WATERGATE for its location in the Pratunam area, the Thai Massage in Breeze Spa, and the yummy food at Thai on 4. If you can, upgrade your room to the 34th Executive Floor to get access to the Executive Lounge on the 32nd.

The room, toilet, and amenities are complete (though you may still want to bring your own shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries). They have free, stable, and fast WiFi in their rooms so you can still go online and work.

AMARI WATERGATE HOTEL
847 Petchaburi Road, Pratunam, Rachatavi, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand 10400
Website: http://www.amari.com/watergate/

5-star Hotel in Central Bangkok
Location: Pratunam, Petchburi road, Bangkok 
Highlights: Breeze Spa, Executive Lounge, Henry J. Bean’s Bar & Grill, Heichinrou Chinese Restaurant 
Transport: Makkasan Airport Link, Rajthevi 
BTS Station Nearby: Platinum Shopping Mall, Pratunam Market, Central World, Siam Paragon, Erawan Shrine 
Services: Free WiFi Internet access when booking on Amari.com

Take advantage of the low rates and availability from Agoda: Amari Watergate Hotel (aff link)

Live an Awesome Life,

Anton
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

Disclosure: Our Awesome Planet was a guest of Amari Watergate Hotel, but this blog post was written for our own purposes and with my own biases. 

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P.S. It’s easy to go around Bangkok via taxi. The average fare is less than THB 100 from one location to another. Just factor in about 15 minutes of traffic for your travel time. Take the BTS if you want to get to your destination faster.

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