The green paradise of Swissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok
A photographer is never truly out of duty, even when on holiday. This is the case of Ken Schluchtmann who has been to Bangkok before heading to Myanmar where he is completing his photographic research with a special attention to the fast changes in Birmanian society and traditions.
During his stay at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park he caught the occasion to immortalize the hotel’s spectacular lush garden with over 32.000 square meters of tropical vegetation created on what was in the past a bus parking area.
It might be the last chance we have to see this green oasis in the heart of Bangkok because one of the first 5-star-hotels of the city, founded 36 years ago by the prominent Nai Lert Family, the first Thai developer who built his fortune in the first half of the 20th century, has closed. Once a very popular deluxe hotel which the interiors have been renovated in the early 2000’s by the architects Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown it has faced difficult times after the owners switched from the Hilton to the Swissotel chain, becoming just another victim of the ever changing tourism market.
Ken Schluchtmann shares with us his personal vision of a peaceful green oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, the inviting free-form pool, the well thought little rivers for a unique experience of relax we hope will survive the uncertain present.