Waldorf Astoria is never an average hotel, but the newly opened Bangkok location is certainly making an impression in Thailand, some even calling it the queen of hotels. It’s certainly lush and lavish, featuring half hotel, half condo style with brilliant views, a retail center, a restaurant, lavish spas, and a host of additional amenities and feature that you won’t find at the average hotel. Hand detailed designs and articulate scheming also add to the luxuriousness of the hotel.
“Thai art and craft traditions and references to the original New York Waldorf Astoria’s art deco stylings abound, along with lines that reference the organic exterior curves of that highly visible building.”
Thailand has more than 1400 islands. For one to find one he can call his own is not easy. One has to choose between islands in Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, and even Maya Bay which the government had to shut down recently because it was overly crowded. The author found himself in this dilemma in his first trip to Thailand so that in his second trip, he sought just one island that he would call his own. To achieve this, he had to leave Phuket to a little known island that was its neighbor called Koh Yao Noi. This island is about thirty minutes ride from Phuket. The island at Koh Yao Noi has kept to its traditional ways. Although it has hotels, the muslim community engages in fishing and coconut farming, and live a quiet life that is quite distinct from the noisy living of Phuket. They settled in a new resort, 9HornBills. After settling down, their guide took them on a journey through the island and its attractions which was a history lesson of sorts.
“This island sits in the middle of the giant Phang Nga Bay, about 30 minutes boat ride from Phuket.”
Rayong, Thailand is a beach city that has fewer foreign tourists than Hua Hin or Pattaya. It is situated 120 miles south of Bangkok. The province of Rayong has 60 miles of coast. The city of Rayong has great seafood and many popular tourist attractions. The ideal time to visit is between November and February, this season has less rain than the monsoon season between June and October. There are buses to take you from Bangkok to Rayong that have A/C.
“Rayong city is the major draw of the province, and makes for a great base for eating amazing seafood and exploring all the nearby attractions that Rayong has to offer.”
Catch Junior is the first inclusive beach club that focuses on the need of the littlest visitors, all while the parents are nestled in luxury. There are endless physical activities for the energy filled young people to enjoy, as well as creative en devours and even an amusement park where kids are free to run and be kids. The menu also reflects things kids love to eat, along with healthier choices for those children who need or want it, as well as fine dining for the adults.
“Youngsters can test their power of balance and dexterity by playing on a slack line, climbing on a spider rope, and, the most exciting activity is DJ lessons from Catch Beach Club’s talented in-house musical crew.”
Phuket is a tourist’s mecca, luring in over 8 million travelers within the last year. Nor do economists expect that to change. While there will always be beach-goers to grace the Phuket sands, more family groups are arriving all the time, making non beach-specific options a premium for the tourism hot spot.
Blue Tree Phuket is slated to fit the bill, as a family and kid-friendly option. The 55 acre water park is underway to the tune of about 40 million U.S. dollars and expected to receive its first visitors early in 2019. The water park is situated on Phuket’s central west coast in an area that is ringed with rubber plantations. The idea is to give visitors a sense of adventure, but with safety. Travelers should feel as if they’ve reached an oasis of sanctuary and luxury in the midst of a hot and steamy jungle. There will be yoga, a gym, retail outlets, a grocery store, lots and lots of restaurants and enough water slides to shake a stick at.
Besides the water park, there will be a giant man-made fresh-water lagoon. Visitors can kayak, use paddle boats, or snorkel. There will be nightly music, street performances an amphitheater for dance performances, hawkers with Thai food. There will also be a circus school, trampolining and rock-climbing.
“Investors are pretty sure that Phuket’s tourism market, which welcomed over 8 million visitors last year, isn’t going anywhere — and as families increasingly look for non-beach activities to fill their holiday agendas, developers are there to answer the call.”