The recent introduction of Marriott’s new Bonvoy point system prompted One Mile At A Time to take a look at how valuable Bonvoy points are. While there is some level of subjectivity involved in comparing points systems, their value is usually somewhere between your redemption cost and your acquisition cost. Lucky of One Mile At A Time rates Bonvoy points as being worth roughly 0.7 cents each, compared to 0.9 cents each for Marriott points in the past. This is largely a product of developments such as the introduction of Category 8 and the upward re-Categorization of many properties.
“Ultimately there’s no right or wrong way to value points, as long as you’re valuing them at more than your acquisition cost and at less than your redemption value.”
Located on the 61st floor of Banyan Tree in Bangkok, Thailand, Moon Bar has gone through an extensive remodel for 2019. The owners have changed the side of the roof that the bar sits on so patrons can take in a full 360 degree view of the city. A highlight of the remodel includes a reinforced glass balcony dubbed the “Moonwalk” which is perfect for photo opportunities. Along with the venue remodel, there have also been changes to the cocktail menu. The Bird of Paradise and Vertigo Sunset, are both rum based and well reviewed.
“Equipped with a new cocktail list and a new perspective of the city, Moon Bar did not disappoint. For anyone who feels they need to get beachside without being able to actually get there, this is the spot for you.”
The bright blue sea associated with the Tarutao National Park is the perfect getaway for those who are looking for something completely different from traditional vacation options. These 51 islands are hardly ever touched by tourists, and they are the antithesis of a typical, event-packed vacation. Locals can be seen barefoot on decks, reading through books while relaxing and drinking socially. There are no upbeat restaurants or casinos, it is just you, the land, and the residents of the islands.
“Some of my fellow passengers kayak or paddleboard around little coves where the emerald water is as clear as vodka and so warm it invites you to fall overboard.”
Bangkok101 takes us on a journey along the khlongs and back-alley waterways of Bangkok.
Klong Dao Kanong is a canal in Bangkok. Travelers on the Kanong will experience several sharp right angles as they proceed along the waterway’s path. The banks of the canal also incorporate a wealth of interesting history that can be seen in the array of buildings and edifices. A buzz of factory activity was once the norm in the area and many old buildings attest to this. There are houseboats, verdant greenery and an array of wildlife to be seen. Some of the religious edifices include a large Buddha and an imposing black monk in a golden robe. The monk is a testament to the canal’s history, as monks would at one time go out in boats to receive early morning alms. There’s a new school and a snake farm. A trip to view all the treasures and history of the canal takes about three hours.
“The main river is full of visual treasures and lasting experiences. A mighty river loaded with Asian history.”
Late last year Fraser Hospitality was one of the first international hotel brands to open its doors in Buriram province in Thailand. The Isaan area on Northeast Thailand is short of international grade hotels and Frasers entry into the market will surely be welcomed by business travelers and others who visit the area such as conference goers.
“The hotel residence also boasts a complete range of facilities, including complimentary WI-FI, home entertainment systems, a swimming pool, 24/7 fitness centre, a launderette as well as a restaurant bar to meet the needs of every traveller.”