Inside Erawan Tea Room: Bangkok’s classic, albeit touristy, spot for afternoon tea

Visitors to Bangkok frequently elect to go to the Erawan shrine and then round off the day with a visit to the Tea Room above it. The tearoom evinces a moderately contemporary vibe with decor elements that borrow from Asian and English influences. As the name suggests, the Erawan Tea Room is noted for serving high tea and for its delicious tea beverage options, including hot and iced varieties, that arrive at the table unsweetened, but with a simple sweetener at the side.

Although the Erawan is a favorite tourist destination, it is also frequented by many locals. It may be for that reason that there is fortunately no attempt to curb the dishes served to suit a non-Thai palate. There are many traditional dishes available, beyond the room’s signature teas, including soups, salads and entrees, many of them spicy. The tearoom is located next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan, and is accessible through a connected passage.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Erawan Tea Room is on the second floor of the Erawan Bangkok mall, just above the Erawan Shrine.
  • The Tea Room, despite being a favorite tourist destination, is also a favorite of locals, who come for the traditional high tea and the delicious meal options.
  • Besides iced and hot teas, the Erawan Tea Room serves a variety of traditional Thai dishes, with no obvious curbing of spice to suit non-Thai palates.

“They offer a variety of unusual iced teas — being a tea room and all — all of which arrive unsweetened with a small container of simple syrup.”

Read more: https://coconuts.co/bangkok/food-drink/classics-twist-erawan-tea-room/

A Mystery Up Above: How Much Are Frequent Flier Miles Worth?

Although the term frequent flier mile has been around for a long time, the meaning has shifted somewhat. Observing the way that various airlines compute mileage savings for their passengers that use them, it becomes clear that the mile, as a specific unit of measurement, often has nothing to do with the calculation. Southwest, Delta, Jet Blue and others tend to award miles based on the ticket cost and class and not on a specific distance traveled. This can be very disconcerting to travelers expecting a far larger amount of mikes awarded for ling trios. In fact the ratio if miles earned is often calculated per dollars spent. Another consideration that lowers mileage awards us the fact that dollars spent does not include taxes in ticket costs. And just because one books a ticket at a specific airline’s site, does not ensure that a leg of the journey might not be with an affiliate airlines that dies not share their awards policy.

Fortunately, a number of airlines are still counting miles as miles. Also a number of credit card companies are offering their own mileage accrual programs. So travelers still have some shop around options.

Key Takeaways:

  • In the confusing world of frequent flier reward programs, the physical distance you travel has little to do with the number of miles you are ultimately awarded.
  • United, Delta, Southwest, and American all award frequent flier miles based upon the price and class of the ticket, not distance traveled.
  • Alaska Airlines plus most of the big foreign carriers still award frequent flier miles based on the number of miles actually flown rather than the price of the ticket.

“When I got home, I found the proverbial lump of coal in my United Mileage Plus account stocking: a paltry 2,120 miles earned for a six-flight trip that took us from Redmond, Ore., to Sydney, Australia, via San Francisco, with a side trip to and from Denpasar, Indonesia.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/travel/how-much-are-frequent-flier-miles-worth.html

5 must-see festivals in Thailand

If you’re going to travel than it behooves you to immerse yourself in your destination country’s culture and traditions. How better to do that, should your destination country be Thailand, than by taking part in any of the country’s many beautiful, colorful and interesting festivals. There are many and varied options to see and experience.

For example, the Candle Festival coincides with Buddhist Lent. There is the country’s festival to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. There is the Long Boat Race Festival, which incorporates exactly what it says, a boat race. The Rap Bua Festival honors the lovely Buddhist tradition of giving and receiving lotus blossoms. Finally, the Loi Krathong Festival sends showers of golden lanterns skywards to create a gorgeous nighttime sky.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is the Candle Festival which marks the beginning of Buddhist Lents, as well as the Festival to celebrate the country’s Queen.
  • Rap Bua is a festival in Thailand that honors the lovely Buddhist tradition of both giving and receiving lotus flowers.
  • The long Boat Racing Festival marks the end of the Buddhist Rains Retreat and is celebrated with boat races all over the country.

“When it comes to immersing yourself in the culture of Thailand, no experience quite rivals that of the country’s colourful and breathtaking festivals.”

Read more: https://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2018/05/23/5-must-see-festivals-in-thailand/

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts strengthens its Thailand portfolio with takeover of iconic Bangkok Hotel

Soon the Nai Lert Park Hotel will be owned by the Movenpick Hotels & Resorts. As the new management, Movenpick plans to update and improve the beautiful Park Hotel. Renovations will not be limited to rooms, but to services both for businesses and for leisure activities. Food will be authentic Thai cuisine, and there will be a garden, and a ballroom, to name only a few of the amenities that will be available. Everything will be up to the Movenpick standard.

Key Takeaways:

  • An iconic, tourist landmark in Thailand will reopen early in 2019, after an extensive overhaul from Movenpick Hotels.
  • Located in Bangkok’s business district, on Wireless Road, Nai Lert Park Hotel is
    surrounded by extensive, manicured gardens.
  • The hotel offers 294 elegant guest rooms as well as an assortment of leisure and business facilities.

“Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has expanded its Thailand portfolio to nine properties Kingdom-wide after signing an agreement to rebrand and manage the renowned Nai Lert Park Hotel in Downtown Bangkok.”

Read more: http://destinationthailandnews.com/hospitality/hotel-openings/movenpick-hotels-resorts-strengthens-its-thailand-portfolio-with-takeover-of-iconic-bangkok-hotel.html

IHG Announces Major Portfolio Expansion in Thailand


Intercontinental Hotels Groups, which already has a big stake in the Southeastern Asian country, is expanding its hospitality profile in the country. There will be new properties breaking ground as well as the reconfiguring of already in place properties. The new hospitality ventures will be launch sites for some of IHG offshoots, such as Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites. IHG is known worldwide as a hospitality destination of choice among travelers and the new destinations will be part of key resort areas in Thailand.

Key Takeaways:

  • Intercontinental Hotels Group, which already has a significant base in Asia, is expanding into the Southeastern region with several new hospitality venues slated to open in Thailand.
  • Some of these venues will constitute new ground broken for brand new properties, while others will be converted.
  • The new projects will be hospitality ventures that are offshoots of the Intercontinental brsnd, including Holiday inn Express!

“The new-build Holiday Inn Resort Koh Larn will provide guests with a specialty restaurant, swimming pool, pool bar and gym. It will be located right on Na Ban Beach, a short five-minute drive from Na Ban public pier.”

Read more: https://www.travelpulse.com/news/hotels-and-resorts/ihg-announces-major-portfolio-expansion-in-thailand.html