Asia Pacific Tranquil stays at two Thai hotels By Eric Moya / May 19, 2017 Share 1 Pool area of the Koh Kood Paradise Beach Resort in Trat province. -- Given the itinerary for our Thailand fam -- first Bangkok, then the lesser-known Trat province -- one might conclude that chaotic city life at the beginning gave way to island idyll and tranquility toward the end.Actually, our host hotel in Bangkok, the Avani Riverside Bangkok, was miles from the city's frenetic center, ensuring peace and quiet. The 245-room property is part of the Riverside Plaza development, which also includes the Anantara Riverside Bangkok and a four-story mall offering a variety of high-end retail shops and dining options. The hotel's Skyline buffet, however, on its own offered plenty of variety for breakfast, with an ample array of Thai, Western and Chinese selections daily.Of course, complimentary ferry service can take Avani guests to the action across the Chao Phraya River, and an extensive metro system can bring visitors within walking distance of many of Bangkok's must-see sights. Rates for the Avani begin at about $173 per night, double. In Trat, one highlight from our island stays was the Koh Kood Paradise Beach Resort. Our group stayed in the property's deluxe villas, simply appointed yet spacious and featuring conveniences such as air conditioning and reliable WiFi. The on-site restaurant and bar eagerly accommodated requests. The dinner menu was surprisingly comprehensive, offering burgers and other typical beach fare as well as seafood and Thai dishes. The resort proved a perfect venue for winding down after a long day of island activities. Nightly rates for villas begin at about $170, which includes breakfast.