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Bangkok’s 140-year-old Mandarin Oriental has just been given a new lease of life that looks set to ensure the 19th-century hotel continues being the Thai capital’s most historic luxury offering well into the next century

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is celebrating its 140th anniversary. Built in the late 19th century, when Thailand was still the Kingdom of Siam, it was the country’s first luxury hotel. The original hotel, then known then as The Oriental, is today used as the famous Authors’ Wing. When the King of Siam visited he was so impressed, he hosted the future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia there and the hotel has been welcoming heads of state, business leaders, royals, writers and celebrities ever since. The Oriental became the Mandarin Oriental when Hong Kong’s The Mandarin hotel purchased it in 1974, creating one of the world’s leading hotel groups which now runs to nearly 30 properties, fanned across the globe. Over the years additional wings have been added and today the hotel has 324 rooms and 44 suites, still offering some of the best facilities and services in Asia.

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The new October/November issue of Winq is stuffed with gay goodness. We’ve got an exclusive interview and cover with disco-pop queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and a second cover featuring Ricky Martin. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back and better than ever on new album Familia, while Puerto-Rican heartthrob Ricky Martin reminds us why he’s still the king of Latin pop (and as smouldering as ever). Elsewhere we meet the UK’s only out jockey, chat with actor Mark Gatiss, celebrate 50 years of Coming Out with author Jeffrey Weeks, and get to grips with Anohni’s politically-charged new album. Plus a bumper wedding section and Karl Lagerfeld in our business section. The wait is over - Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.
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