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Thailand: Spend the night, learn to kickbox at new Bangkok hotel

November 01, 2012|By Rosemary McClure
  • The Siam, a new hotel in Thailand's capital, offers luxury and wellness facilities.
The Siam, a new hotel in Thailand's capital, offers luxury and wellness… (The Siam )

Fight to be fit at a new luxury Bangkok hotel that has pulled out all stops to create a wellness center. There’s even a boxing ring in the hotel gym where guests can take Thai kickboxing lessons.  

The Siam, owned by Thai rock star and actor Krissada Sukosol Clapp, is set on three acres along the Chao Praya River in the royal Dusit district. The all-suite hotel has 39 rooms and an array of fitness and wellness facilities, including a riverfront infinity pool and spa. It also offers yoga, tai chi and lessons in muay Thai, a martial art.  

“We wanted to create a unique, authentic Thai experience based on health and wellness,” said Jason Friedman, the hotel’s general manager. “Muay Thai was the obvious choice because of the popularity of mixed martial arts.” 

Kickboxing programs run from one hour to several days. “The goal is fitness of mind and body as well as to have a deeper understanding of Thai culture and muay Thai,” Friedman said.

Other hotel amenities include a private art gallery, screening room, tea garden, conservatory and library.

Rates start at $530 a night and include breakfast, Internet and butler services.

Info: The Siam, 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit; 011-66-2206-6999.

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