Incredibly popular among modern travelers in search of a side of history to go with their luxury digs, CNN has featured The Siam in Bangkok as one of the top historic hotels.
The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
Built: Before 1862 (Connie's Cottage, Chon restaurant)
Formerly: Thai house of socialite Connie Mingskau
Four teak structures on the premises of Bangkok's incredible The Siam hotel date back at least 150 years.
Three of them make up the hotel's Thai restaurant Chon; the other is the signature suite, Connie's Cottage.
All four houses once belonged to Connie Mingskau, Thai silk legend Jim Thompson's confidante and one of the last people to see him alive at the Cameron Highlands before his disappearance in 1967.
Each house, at least a century old when bought, had to be dismantled, transported down the Chaopraya River
and reassembled in its original location on Sukhumvit Road, where the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and William Holden attended the socialite's fabled soirees.
"Jim wrote a number and a letter in chalk on each piece of wall," recalls Mary Anne Stanislaw, Connie's granddaughter.
"I remember that my cousins, brothers and I erased a part of a giant 'A' and we were severely reprimanded by Jim."
The Siam Hotel, 3/2 Thanon Khao, Bangkok, Thailand; +66 (0)2 206 6999; from 14,500 baht ($453)
CNN original story "Southeast Asia's Finest 'New' Heritage Hotels" by Tina Hsiao and Jules Kay
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Photo Courtesy of The Siam