Mrigaa Sethi

Correspondent

  • Bangkok, Thailand, Asia

Mrigaa Sethi is a correspondent based in Bangkok who covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Sethi writes about the dynamic and ever-changing restaurant and bar scene there. She’s also the editor of Masala, a bimonthly glossy about Thailand’s generations-old, business-savvy Indian community. Originally from New Delhi, Mrigaa has lived in Bangkok for more than 20 years and enjoys inhabiting the space between expat and native. Her work has appeared in CNN Travel, CN Traveler India and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

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    What kinds of skincare products are used at The Peninsula Spa Bangkok?

    The Peninsula Spa Bangkok has collaborated with luxury natural skincare company ESPA to create its own range of products called Simply Peninsula. Among the offerings, you’ll find salt scrubs, exfoliating body polishes, a variety of body oils, masks and scrubs. One product to check out is the Nourishing Body Oil, which uses vitamin E-rich calendula extracts along with jojoba and almond oils to reduce stretch marks and uneven skin tone. The Bangkok spa’s body masks and wraps blend herbal concentrates with Oshadi clay, pink mud or marine algae, and its Ayurvedic oils are matched to the personality and constitution of each client.
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    Does The Peninsula Spa Bangkok offer couples treatments?

    The Peninsula Spa Bangkok has two suites for two facing the river and two private suites tucked in the back, all equipped with rain showers, twin treatment tables and double hydrotherapy baths — perfect for couples regardless of their individual choices of treatment. The spa also has a list of massages, facials and treatments designed specifically for men, such as the deep cleansing back treatment that addresses tension as well as skin issues. It is worth noting that, though marketed for couples, each suite can accommodate as many as four people, making them equally ideal for families or groups of friends.
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    What is the style of The Peninsula Spa Bangkok?

    Designed by Henry Leung of Chhada Siembieda Leung Ltd., The Peninsula Spa Bangkok’s low lighting and ample traditional Thai touches create a contemplative atmosphere designed to slow you down. The long, leafy path from the reception to the treatment rooms is lined with candles in the evenings, making for an otherworldly experience. The rooms are appointed with exposed brick, raw local silks and aged wood handicrafts, though most treatments are performed on automated massage tables specially designed by Clodagh Gemini. A sequence of lighting schemes also leads you through pre-treatment preparations, the massage and the post-treatment shower, making the whole experience a careful ritual.
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at The Peninsula Spa Bangkok?

    Guests at The Peninsula Bangkok can make an appointment or speak to a spa therapist about their special needs by hitting the Spa button on their in-room phones, though The Peninsula Spa Bangkok is also popular with guests from other hotels and locals and is often full on the weekends. The spa manager recommends at least a day’s notice, and two days or more if you have specific needs, wish to book a larger room or would like a customized plan or a half- or full-day treatment. As such, if you’re booked for a short stay at The Peninsula Bangkok, book your spa appointment before your check-in day at the hotel. The spa manager also recommends arriving at your appointment 30 minutes in advance to check in, change and go over any special needs or problem areas.
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    How do I get a reservation at Mei Jiang?

    Call The Peninsula Bangkok and ask to be connected to Mei Jiang to make a reservation. As one of the most popular Cantonese restaurants in Bangkok, Mei Jiang is often full for both lunch and dinner, and reservations are highly recommended, particularly during weekend lunches when large groups come for the dim sum offerings. Large groups and those going for one of the restaurant’s elaborate set meals should book at least a day or two in advance to be on the safe side. Booking as early as possible is essential if you want to try Mei Jiang’s newly launched chef’s table experience. Unlike many other chef’s tables, this one literally puts you in the kitchen, in a cozy storage freezer–like room with little more than an oval table, metal chairs and a large window overlooking the cooks.
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    What is the scene like at Mei Jiang?

    Mei Jiang has the classic elegance of a long-standing institution — with carpeted floors, starched linens and competent and smiling service. The noise levels stay at a quiet murmur rather than a bustling party, and there is no live music. As such, it’s popular for a variety of diners, from guests of The Peninsula Bangkok to businesspeople to extended families. Overall, Mei Jiang is more a place for a special meal with a client or the family and less a date spot, and the crowd is older and well-groomed. That being said, the vibe is far from oppressive and during lunchtime can resemble an upscale brunch party.
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