Say you're making a big studio movie in which shenanigans at a New Year's Eve party in Bangkok are pivotal to the plot. Setting the scene would go like a dream using The Peninsula Bangkok's subtly sophisticated, paradoxically pulsating celebrations as backdrop.
Classic without being cliched, grand without being gaudy, the luxury riverside hotel's annual carousal with the calendar consummately captures the spirit of the occasion. Amidst such splendid surrounds, looking beautiful, interesting, dashing and just a tad vintage, doesn't demand any acting at all.
The hotel's all-gala New Year's Eve celebration takes place on the Peninsula Lawn and Terrace. I'm trying to think of another Bangkok hotel that has such a lawn. In real estate terms, it's profligate in the extreme but when it comes to creating an al fresco ambiance of opulence_anyone for tea and croquet?-its close_cropped charisma is unrivalled.