Golden Scarab of Bangkok
A view of Wat Arun (Arun Temple) taken from our hotel, Arun Residence, across the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the only lodging in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River that will afford a direct view of Wat Arun. Arun Residence is one of the most amazing boutique hotels I have ever stayed at in all of my travels. It is a special place. The hotel is comprised of converted apartments and no two rooms are alike. The rooms are absolutely saturated with warmth, character, and charm and you truly feel like you are in your own private apartment. After a really long day on the busy streets of Bangkok fighting off touts and tuk-tuk drivers, Arun Residence was an off-the-beaten path place that was so restorative and regenerative in atmosphere. The views of the temple across the river were spectacular and the rooftop restaurant for dinner is fantastic, albeit pricey, in terms of both ambiance and food. My only criticism would be of the staff. They were unfortunately lacking in warmth and friendliness which was quite paradoxical considering the price point of the hotel. However, don't get me wrong--I will always go back to Arun Residence when I visit Bangkok.