Thailand is already a jewel in Asia’s crown when it comes to a beckoning light to the tourist trade. But, the jewel is due to twinkle even more brightly now that four new hotels will be breaking ground and opening in 2021.
The hotels due to open are of the “Standard” brand. Standard hotels are a noted ‘party’ brand of hotel. Signature Standard details include items such as lip-shaped couches and lots of neon, and offer innovative services like “Standard Time”, where guests can choose their own check-in and check-out times, for a small fee. Andres Balazs was the force behind the brand, initiating the brand in the nineties. The
Besides its new hotels in Thailand the party brand will be breaking ground in Milan and Paris and in other regions of Asia over the next two decades. These new properties will add to the existing portfolio of six existing hotels in High Line NYC, East Village NYC, Miami Beach, Downtown L.A, Hollywood and London. Thailand is regarded as a type of lynch pin, according to brand representatives, who suggest that further Asia locales will satellite outwards from the Thailand nexus.
“The openings are part of a larger global expansion by The Standard that will see 20 new properties in the next five years in Paris, Milan, and elsewhere in Asia.”
Despite being Thailand’s largest region, Isan has been largely neglected by the foreign tourists who flock to Phuket and Bangkok. Isan is ethnically diverse, with Vietnamese and Lao cultural influences, and offers a slower-paced but sometimes more authentic version of Thailand than the bustling cities. Isan offers many amazing parks and wildlife refuges teeming with unique plants and animals, including Khao Yai, Pha Taem and Tat Ton National Parks. The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports hopes to turn Isan into the next tourist trap, though, so hurry up and see it before that happens!
“But the Southeast Asian country actually has more tricks up its sleeve that you’d expect. If you knew where to look, of course.”
Hotels are not exempt from having some bad design planning present within their previous blueprints. One guest even found that their shower had a window in it! Experts claim that hotels have a tendency to lose the connection with their customers when it comes to bathrooms and power outlets. Hotel chains need to find ways to maintain that connection with their guests when designing each suite during the initial construction process to avoid any serious mishaps.
“The Rio is hardly alone. Hotel design misfires are common, and they’re a great post-holiday-season conversation starter.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”