Thursday, July 26, 2007

IN THE KINGDOM OF SIAM

BANGKOK - FEBRUARY 1997

After New Year in New York, I spent one week in Paris (in early February), and flew to Bangkok by the end of the month. It was the second time I was in Thailand, after the 1983 visit. This time I stayed at the Siam Intercontinental Hotel, a landmark that was closed on June 30, 2002, and destroyed afterwards. This post is dedicated to the late Siam Intercontinental Hotel, a remarkable hotel torn down to give rise to an incredible shopping centre named Paragon... A disaster!


"GARDENS - The Siam Intercontinental Hotel Gardens won an award for its environmental protection work in 1999. However, when the hotel's lease expired, it was torn down to make way for a shopping centre, reducing the 26-acre gardens to a few acres"


"SIAM INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL - Opened in June 1966, the design seemed to resemble a hat worn by an early King of Ratansakosin. The view of its destruction is disgusting"


"RECEPTION, with flowers"



"VIEWS from my room: gardens and pool"


"ROOM"


"PEACOCK near the jogging trail"


"RIVER CHANNEL"

12 comments:

Cuckoo said...

Lovely collection of pictures. Have you ever sen a total white peacock ? I have. :)

I think I should post it sometime.

Olivier said...

l'hotel a une architecture tres belle. vous aviez un superbe jardin (avec un paon). et j'aime bien la derniere photo avec les reflets dans l'eau. superbe


the hotel has a very beautiful architecture. you had a superb garden (with a peacock). and I like the last photograph with the reflections in water. superb

anu said...

That's a lovely set of pics of the hotel. Mall mania. The reason for destroying such a beautiful place.
All businesses on private plots are being converted into malls here too, for higher revenues.

Trotter said...

Cuckoo,
I agree with you. Unfortunately, the hotel is no longer there, so no more peackocs... I've seen some white ones; they're common in Portugal...

Olivier,
merci. L'hotel avait une belle architecture. Maintenant c'est un shopping...

Anu,
it's a shame, but it's happening!

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

nice pictures of Portugal...the hotel architecture is very nice....thanks for sharing

Trotter said...

Hey Raghu, the hotel was located in Bangkok, Thailand... ;))

inspired said...

great photo's ;o]

marie6 said...

You've got an interesting collection of photos here, I enjoyed going through your blog.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Z said...

It is sad to see unique places such as this give way to generic malls. But such is the way of things.

Trotter said...

Inspired,
Marie6,
Thanks.

Z,
It's incredible to see those gardens disappear for a mall...

Piika said...

it all looks so exotic.....

Trotter said...

Piika,
Exotic! It's probably why is no longer there! The mall is absolutely common...