If being in the middle of it all is a little too much, take refuge in these discreetly located hotels that still put you close to the action.
Courtesy of The Siam
The Siam, Bangkok
In Bangkok, seek solace from buzzing markets and traffic-jammed streets at the months-old Siam. It is the only hotel in the Dusit district, which is surrounded by temples and palaces and is located on the northern bank of the Chao Praya River, near the Krungthonburi Bridge. Plus, all 39 rooms here, including ten villas with private pools (the Siam is the only retreat in the Thai capital to offer such luxury), are spread over three acres of private gardens. If you crave total anonymity, look no further. Even the chemical-free Opium Spa by Sodashi caters to the mega-recluse: The nearly 11,000-square-foot spa has just five treatment suites, each with its own steam shower and pneumatic bed. Rooms, from $530; 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal; 66-0/2206-6999; thesiamhotel.com.