Feed your creative mind at Bangkok’s new art and heritage hub

The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers located on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River is a  perennial tourist favorite, and it’s not just due to how beautiful their suites are known to be. Customers who book a stay within this location are taken on a tour that lasts one hour, and it consists of showing off Bangkok’s interestingly rich heritage so that customers can really get the total feel when it comes to the culture surrounding the area. The hotel has a five star rating, so it is definitely a reputable option for tourists.

Key Takeaways:

  • For those who like to embrace new street food vendors, Yaowarat Road is a great option.
  • For new shop and restaurants that are modernly developed, check out Lhong 1919 and their latest lifestyle-based district.
  • Royal Orchid offers a Creative District Discovery, which gives you a directory of all the latest developments.

“Besides its strategic location, one of the best things about the property is its 1-Hour Gem program where tourists can embark on a curated excursion around the area to attractions and sites that are within an hour from the hotel.”

Read more: http://travelwireasia.com/2017/09/feed-creative-mind-bangkoks-new-art-heritage-hub/


Best nightlife in Bangkok: Where to go in Asia’s party city


Bangkok’s night life is one that is raved about across the globe, but which places are the most happening once the nighttime hits? Ashley Sutton’s Maggie Choo’s is one of the most recommended places for tourists looking to light up the night. The nightclub is located in the basement of a hotel, but it is anything but dingy. This club has a jazzy feel to it with its leather furniture and dimly lit ambiance. Visitors also highly recommend their cocktails.

Key Takeaways:

  • Bangkok boasts an amazing nightlife, with a dizzying array of bars, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and other entertainment.
  • Maggie Choo’s, another project by local nightlife tycoon Ashley Sutton, mixes live jazz and pretty waitresses with a distinctive retro aesthetic.
  • Alfresco 64 offers a delight for whiskey connoisseurs, while establishments like the Speakeasy and WTF cater to a wider range of tastes.

“Another great place for bar hopping — if you don’t mind hanging with the under-25 set — the numerous clubs and pubs that line Royal City Avenue (taxi drivers all know it as RCA) provide a congregation point for youngsters looking to chill out.”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/bangkok-best-nightlife/index.html


The 11 ways to get ripped off while shopping overseas


When visiting international vendors, you’re going to want to be well-versed in the ways that you can avoid being ripped off by the local sellers. A good rule of thumb is to always keep your composure. If you start to get mad while haggling, this isn’t going to get you anywhere. Also keep calm whenever you find an item you like, as being too excited can show the vendor that you are more vulnerable and can be easily taken advantage of.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you vocalize your frustration to a vendor in a hostile manner, it is not going to help any haggling situation.
  • Try not to show that you are overly excited about an item. It is best to stay calm and collected.
  • Never trust everything you hear, as most vendors show dishonest tactics in order to gain your trust.
  • Learning a few words in the local language- this works especially well in Thailand- can endear you to vendors and might earn you a better deal.

That attempt at haggling did get me thinking, however, about the various ways travellers get themselves ripped off while they’re trying to shop overseas.

Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au/the-11-ways-to-get-ripped-off-while-shopping-overseas-h0zqly


Top Ten things to know about Phuket for beginners


The largest island in the whole country of Thailand goes by the name of Phuket. You can find it in the Andaman Sea, and it is 878 kilometers north of the equator. The main language is of course Thai, but if you find yourself frequenting the west coast or commercial areas, you will probably find locals who speak English as well. The majority of locals are Buddhist, but there is a large community of Muslims as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • Phuket is found in the Andaman Sea, which is actually rare when considering the rest of Thailand’s famous islands.
  • Most of the people who live in the province are Buddhist, but you can also find some Muslims.
  • Thai is the official language of the island, but you can get away with just speaking English in some areas in the west.

“Most of Phuket remains jungle and tropical rainforest despite an acceleration of development over the past 20 years.”

Read more: https://thethaiger.com/lifestyle/top-tens/top-ten-things-to-know-about-phuket-for-beginners


Chiang Rai, Thailand: A luxury jungle retreat where you can get up close to elephants

One of the most luxurious places that you can visit and still not spend too much money is Thailand. It is a gorgeous place and a big vacation spot for many people who have always wanted to go visit it. This new jungle retreat in the country is a huge tourist attraction as you can get really close to live elephants. Chiang Rai is one of the few places in the world where you can experience these gentle giants up close and you can do it here knowing that the animals are treated well and run by compassionate conservationists who have ling championed sustainable elephant tourism.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Anatara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort offers a Walk With Giants experience.
  • Tourist takers go on a slow meandering walk from a base camp to a river, but the punchline is they get to walk with elephants.
  • The walk is generally hit and muggy, so the elephants enjoy a refreshing bath at the end of their arduous trek.

“Anyone who has struggled to get their child out of the bath will sympathise with the mahouts watching over Bleum and Beau.”

Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au/thailand-blissfully-happy-hanging-out-with-giants-h176k2