What: The smart, contemporary, calm and light-filled place to land in this hectic city, where the staff is dressed in Yohji Yamamoto and the chefs are Australian.

Where: Tucked away from the traffic in Bangkok's Central Business District.

Why: Even the smallest rooms in this sleek hotel, designed by Singapore's Kathryn Kng, have 300 sq. ft of elegant space, decorated with makhawood parquet floors and raw-silk bed covers. And to change the pace from the rumbling outside life, the Metropolitan offers a pool lined with royal palms, and the Shambhala health club with a gym, steam rooms, a hydro pool and Asian-inspired, holistic therapies such as reflexology and Thai massage. Who could ask for anything more?