Capella Bangkok will be opening quarter four this year on the bank of the legendary ‘River of Kings’, on the Chao Phraya. Guests staying here will get to experience the rich cultural and culinary heritage of Charoenkrung, its charming and rapidly re-emerging riverside neighbourhood.
Charoenkrung was one of the city’s main thoroughfares until the early 20th century. Trade and traffic then depended on the river. New settlers docked on the shores of the of the Chao Phraya. Charoenkrung became a melting pot of race, religion and cuisine. Today, the vibrant character remains.
Wichian Thrirattanavatin, Capella Bangkok’s head Thai Chef was born in Charoenkrung. He has a long connection with the neighbourhood. When he was a child, he toured the area’s bustling markets and ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants with his father, who has worked as a chef in the area for 40 years. Many of the street food stalls and shophouse restaurants Chef Lek, as he is known, used to frequent are still here today and run by the same people.
The street food snacks and authentic dishes of Charoenkrung have their roots in other countries and cultures. The Chinese noodles, Southeast Asian satay and Indian curry puffs are all handmade, alongside classic Thai snacks including moo ping (Grilled pork skewers) and sai oua (Thai sausages).
Chef Lek will combine time-honoured recipes and fresh cooking techniques so that guests at Capella Bangkok can enjoy tasty and beautifully presented dishes while enjoying a riverfront view.
John Blanco, General Manager of Capella Bangkok promises guests luxurious and highly authentic experiences that echo the traditions of the destination through art, entertainment or cuisine. Capella Personal Assistants will help guests craft their own local experiences, providing first-hand encounters with resident luminaries and inspiring them to create and share their own memories.