Lush Tropical Garden at Sala Rim Naam, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

During my visit to the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, I was truly impressed by the surrounding lush tropical garden, which reminded me of traditional Thai gardens during the days of my grandparents.

Lush tropical garden surrounding the 'Sala Rim Naam' Restaurant of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

The term ‘Sala Rim Naam’ translates in Thai to “Pavilion by the Water”, and is a Thai restaurant which consists of a large Thai-style house with an air-conditioned dining hall offering a wide array of Thai specialties and desserts including lunch buffets.  The complex is surrounded by a charming white colonial facade and a lush tropical garden reminiscent of Thailand during the early 20th century.

White colonial-style facade adjoining the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, with lovely tropical plants.

Lush tropical plants adorn the sides of buildings, thereby mitigating the interiors from the intense tropical heat during the daytime.

Lush tropical plants adorn the sides of the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, thereby mitigating the intense tropical heat.

With good planning and layouts, even small spaces at the back of buildings that receive only partial sunshine can be converted into lovely, lush tropical gardens.

Lush tropical garden at the back of the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant.

Another example of how narrow strips of space along the sides of buildings with only partial sunshine can be converted in to lush greenery, with the right layout and choices of plants. Superb!

Tropical garden on the side of a building, at the 'Sala Rim Naam' Restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

I truly love this charming white colonial-style facade which features a square water pond in the middle, with lotuses and water plants imparting a sense of peace and greenery.

White colonial-style facade adjoining the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, with lovely tropical plants.

This is a close-up view of the pleasantly lush, green lotus pond in the middle of the complex’s colonial facade, which adds a sense of coolness and peace in the midst of the surrounding tropical heat.

A close-up view of the square lotus pond, adjacent to the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Another close-up view of the lovely lotus pond, a great tropical gardening idea!

Another close-up view of the square tropical lotus pond at the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

The following is truly a uniquely Asian gardening concept: walls of bamboos provide pleasant, cooling shades of green along the winding walkways.

Walls of bamboo trees provide cooling green shades along the winding walkways, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

For more information on dining at the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, please visit the following link:

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/dining/restaurants/sala_rim_naam/

And for information on my dining experience at the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, please visit my blog article via the following link:

http://latztravelandfoods.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/bangkok-buffet-thai-buffet-by-the-river-at-mandarin-oriental/

Happy gardening and dining, wherever you are in Thailand, and around the world!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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About Lat (Ratasit C.)

Greetings! I'm a world traveler, a food connoisseur, an avid gardener who loves gardening, and an enthusiast in the Buddhist dharma of mindfulness, wisdom, and peace. Find me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RatasitC or also visit my Travel and Food Blog at http://latztravelandfoods.wordpress.com and join my culinary journey. Also visit http://latzdharma.wordpress.com for a glimpse of my spiritual journey. Welcome!
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