Spanning about a quarter mile on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand is a luxury oasis and resort that could be considered a destination in itself.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok has over 800 rooms across two towers, two swimming pools, and nine dining options, one of which is the Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is located by the Chao Phraya River, which flows through the city. The property is unique in that guests have access to Bangkok’s skytrain public transportation system directly from the resort. If trains aren’t your thing, due to its location by the river, you can opt for a boat.
The lounge is located a few steps away from the check-in area with a high ceiling and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Chao Phraya River. The majority of seats are situated close to the windows creating a tranquil environment away from arriving guests.
If you find yourself having afternoon tea at around 4 to 5:45 pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, you’ll have the chance to hear harpist Ms. Tongjuan Wang, who has been playing in five-star hotels for over 25 years.
Shangri-La Bangkok serves a selection of Dilmah teas. I chose a classic Earl Grey, which arrived in a simple, modern tea pot, cup and saucer.
Shangri-La Bangkok’s Golden Birdcage Afternoon Tea is the creation of executive pastry chef, Claus Olsen who brings his Danish baking heritage into the set. This review shows his whimsical “Pretty Little Things” Golden Birdcage Afternoon Tea.
Note that though this is one set, it’s more than enough for two, which is the maximum number of people that can share one set.
The Savory – (eight varieties per person)
Among the colorful creations are Rougié foie gras, Riceberry and Garden Herb Philadelphia Cheese, Nova Scotia Lump King Crab on Pink Brioche, Radish and Honey Roasted Ham, Filo Crown Stuffed with Garden Herb Roasted Duck, Slow Smoked Chicken Breast on Black Brioche, Nova Scotia Salmon and Cucumber with Cream Cheese and Tasmania Bay Scallops.
The colors like the pink brioche added a fun take to an otherwise usual afternoon tea menu.
The Scone – (two scones per person)
One vanilla and one blackcurrant scone were served warm with a serving of rose lychee jam, pineapple jam and clotted cream.
Though a bit of an acquired taste, the rose lychee jam is another example of a fun take on a regular afternoon tea menu.
The Sweet – (eight varieties per person)
Listed on the menu are a Raspberry ‘Lipstick’ (chocolate colored and shaped into a lipstick), Lemon Filled Trumpet ‘High Heel’, Chocolate Caramel Fleur de Sel, Double Creme Brulee Tart, Blueberry Pana Cotta, Handbag Lollipops, Fudge Mille Feuille and Shang O Bar.
I enjoyed the lemon filling of the high heel (the outside is chocolate) and also the green pastry with pink flowers, which tasted like a soft Snickers bar.
Cake pops with little chocolate handbag decorations.
Since this is called a Golden Birdcage Afternoon Tea, the food is actually served on gold colored plates in a custom made birdcage. It’s a typical three tiered afternoon tea tray, but set aside from the table.
Staff were friendly and brought the tea and food out in a timely manner. Also, staff were on the lookout for pouring tea when necessary.
Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel, including the Lobby Lounge. It’s easy to access without needing a password.
Social Media Aspect
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and posts regularly, sharing guests’ content and informing fans and followers of promotions, news, or to provide inspiration to visit. Follow them on Instagram.
If you’ve been to an afternoon tea at a Shangri-La property in Asia, you’ll know what to expect at Shangri-La, Bangkok. The colorful treats and airy lobby lounge characteristic of Shangri-La are present here too.
What makes this afternoon tea a must while in Bangkok is being able to enjoy afternoon tea with a view of the Chao Phraya River.
Cost: THB 1,198 (about USD $33) per person for Golden Birdcage Afternoon Tea (in this review)
Tea Time: Daily 2 – 6 pm at Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road
Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500
Note: A big thank you to Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok for providing the afternoon tea for this review. As always, all views and opinions are my own.