Customs House renovation

Natural Park group closes deal for six-star riverside hotel - Bangkok Post, May 11, 2005
[This is the renovation of the Customs House building.] ...The luxury hotel with only 33 rooms is expected to open around the end of 2007. Applying for permission from related government agencies will take about six months and construction two years.
The average room rate will be about $800 per night and the project will break even in 10 years. Revenues from hotel rooms are projected at 220 million baht in the first year and 260 million baht in the second year...

Eviction makes way for luxury - Bangkok Post, April 17, 2005
Families are being evicted in order to turn an 1890 riverside building into a luxury 'six star' hotel...
A long-established bond between about 40 families from the marine police and Bang Rak fire department and a former customs house on the banks of the Chao Phraya is soon set to come to an end.
The stately riverside building, constructed during the reign of King Rama V in 1890, will soon enter a new phase of its history as a luxury hotel...
Before the building was used to house families from the marine police and Bang Rak fire department, the building was used as a customs house. Import tariffs, known as phasi roi chak sam, were once collected there, and so the building was often referred to as Rong Phasi Roi Chak Sam. The first director-general of the Customs Department, Chao Phraya Phassakornwong, or Porn Bunnag, named it Sulakasathan, and the name can still be seen engraved on the building...


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Customs House plot to be leased - Bangkok Post, May 29, 2004
TCC Land, Great Heritage and Natural Park Plc have submitted bids to take over a prime five-rai development site alongside the Chao Phraya River...
The property, located next to The Oriental Hotel, comprises five rai of riverfront land with buildings over 100 years old formerly used by the Fire Department and Customs Department...
''The priority is to see these historic buildings maintained,'' Mr Wisudhi said, explaining the heavy focus on the technical proposals by the bidders.
The winning bidder will also be required to construct a separate building for use by state agencies to be relocated from the development, at a cost estimated at 160 million to 170 million baht. An up-front payment of 50 million baht by the winner is also required, with minimum annual payments of at least 50 million throughout the life of the concession...

Left: The Customs House complex next to the Oriental Hotel.

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