137 Pillars in Bangkok
So, this entire post is dedicated to the new 137 Pillars Bangkok. Admittedly, they did wine and dine us a bit at their new restaurant, Bangkok Trading Post, but it is because we loved what we saw (and ate) that we're sharing this. In case you're headed to Bangkok anytime soon, there is some serious eye candy for design lovers here - and great views of the city (you know how much we love our views)!
We found the history and the beginnings of the hotel really interesting. The history of 137 Pillars dates back to the 1800s in Chiang Mai, where the first 137 Pillars Hotel opened. King Chulalongkorn - best known as the royal student of Anna Leononwens, the British teacher in the royal Thai court (you may recall her form the film The King and I) - signed a royal decree in 1883 that permitted foreigners to cut trees across the vast teak forests of northern Thailand for commercial purposes.
A few years later, Anna's son, Louis Leonowens joined the East Borneo Company (one of the companies invested in these teak forests) and built three sprawling teak houses on the other side of river. Traditional Thai houses are built on stilts, or pillars, and the more pillars your house has, the more prestigious the house. So, Louis' three structures had more than 100 pillars each, with the most being 137 pillars. I think you might know where we're going with this?
Fast forward a number of decades and this house with the most pillars now serves as the beautiful colonial space that is 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai. The success of the first property lead us to the most recent opening in Bangkok. The deli and bistro, Bangkok Trading Post, is clearly inspired by the original teak traders, with teak details throughout the space. 137 Pillars Bangkok is also unique from its forebearer, as it has both residences and a hotel.
Here are a few glimpses of 137 Pillars' newest property - but nothing beats seeing it in person.