|Photo courtesy of Victoria King Public Relations|
The Siam hotel is now set to open in Bangkok, Thailand in June of 2012, due to the continuing issue of flooding in the area. The hotel did not suffer direct flooding from its riverfront location, but it did experience a minor problem in October that affected its underground car park, and it was resolved with help from the royal Thai army. There have been many severe monsoon rainstorms in Thailand since July and it has affected all aspects of life in the country. The Siam is located on the banks of the Chao PrayaRiver, and, luckily, was designed on a higher level of the property and with a higher river wall. The hotel currently remains dry, with all roads leading to the property remaining open and site visits continue per schedule.
The opening of the hotel was also postponed in order to allow workers to return home to help their families affected by the flooding, as well as because of temporary delays in local supply chains, with shortages of essential materials. The city center, central business zone and tourist districts remain dry and the airport, mass transit and other businesses are also running smoothly.
Jason Friedman, general manager of The Siam, said, “Like many countries over recent years, Thailand has suffered its unfair share of political incidents and those of Mother Nature’s force majeure, yet what sets us apart is our ability to remain the unequivocal Land of Smiles in the face of adversity. The most supportive action anyone can take is to spread the word that Bangkok and Thailand as destinations are perfectly safe as we move into what is normally the dry, sunny high season. Not only is Thailand a major player in the global supply chain, it is and will remain the true hub of Southeast Asia in the international tourism arena.”
The Siam is a private 39-room luxury retreat that was designed by Bill Bensley, an internationally acclaimed architect, and will feature a variety of amenities for guests.