Inside Paribatra, the Helicopter Departure Lounge at The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok
The 34th floor may not sound like so high, but in an area with no other skyscrapers to challenge it, the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok's Helicopter departure lounge might as well be in heaven. Named "Paribatra" after HRH Prince Paripatra Sukhumbhand, Prince of Nakorn Sawan, the Pen's helilounge is one of those sweet secret spaces often heard of a city, but rarely visited. The only ways to access this one? You must either book a helicopter flight transfer for a grand chunk of change or rent out the place for a private function with others who appreciate aviation history; in other words, it's hardcore.
We managed to sneak around the helilounge recently, and though the helipads remained out of reach (for now), we did sink our heels into the rich carpeting, get up close with jet engine parts as wall decoration, and drink in what may be the best view in Bangkok, of Bangkok. You see, The Peninsula sits on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, opposite like 90% of the central district. Therefore, The Peninsula is essentially gazing over at the metropolis, with the helilounge winking.
Should you get lucky enough to spend some time in the helilounge, do make sure to arrive early enough before your takeoff time in order to appreciate the antiques, maps and more that fill the many rooms of the lounge. And go to the restroom, please. Even that has been given the full aviation treatment. It's #avgeek central, without a doubt.
This is the third in our series of the Peninsula Hotel helilounges. Also check out the Peninsula Tokyo helilounge and the Peninsula Hong Kong helilounge.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]