Category: Asia

2 honeymoon gems in Thailand

2 honeymoon gems in Thailand

I thought this would be a good place to tell you about my recent honeymoon to Thailand – a destination popular for romantic holidays, touring and a good dose of cultural awakening. We travelled in May from Manchester to Phuket via Singapore and our first port of call was the small resort of Khao Lak […]

Luxury and fried silkworms in Northeast Thailand

Luxury and fried silkworms in Northeast Thailand

Silk-weaving is a well-established, traditional craft in the rural villages of Northeast Thailand (or “Isan” as the locals call it.)  Old ladies with wizened faces sit at their antique wooden looms on a dusty floor, skillfully and painstakingly threading the most intricate of “mudmee” weft patterns into the warp. Indeed, archaeologists found the oldest silk […]

5 secrets to discovering the colonial charms of Vietnam

5 secrets to discovering the colonial charms of Vietnam

1. Secure a booking in a suite at any of the marvelous Colonial hotels across Vietnam, oozing charm and romance, warmth and comfort. The Park Hyatt in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) offers a sanctuary for work and relaxation, rooms have dark wood floors, and crisp white linen and they have an amazing spa. The […]

Bangkok’s top 4 small luxury hotels with personality

Bangkok’s top 4 small luxury hotels with personality

The concept of what constitutes a luxury hotel is a chameleon one, and this is particularly true in Thailand’s frenetic capital, Bangkok. To some, luxury implies large hotels with high room counts, offering spacious and carefully decorated accommodation and a broad range of gourmet restaurants and facilities. In these behemoths, service standards are often formatted […]

Interview with Karen Gee, Managing Director of Journeys of Distinction

Interview with Karen Gee, Managing Director of Journeys of Distinction

Karen Gee is Managing Director of Journeys of Distinction, a specialist tour operator selling luxury escorted tours from the UK to a wide range of destinations worldwide from New Zealand to Russia and from South America to India. The company offers a very high level of customer service and Karen regularly meets with customers to […]

Top 10 places every food lover should visit

Top 10 places every food lover should visit

This might not seem the most obvious list going but here – according to Tripadvisor – are the top 10 places every food lover should visit.  Interestingly, neither New York nor London get a mention. Click on the comments and tell us where you think they’ve missed. 1. Lyon, France 2. Bologna, Italy 3. San […]

Top 5 luxury resorts in Bali

Top 5 luxury resorts in Bali

Bali is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands and a part of Indonesia. The country has a population of over 3.5 million people and is a hot tourist destination for travelers around the world. The weather in Bali makes the island a popular destination, particularly when it’s cool at home. The average temperature on […]

Breaking news: InterContinental Kabul under attack

Breaking news: InterContinental Kabul under attack

Tragic news is coming from one of Kabul’s most closely-guarded hotels.  Apparently the Intercontinental Kabul – a hotel popular with Westerners – has come under attack from gunmen and suicide bombers.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility and at least 10 people are reported dead. Although Kabul has been relatively stable for some time, violence and […]

Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Camilla Shaughnessy is the founder of EventfulStays.com, a UK accommodation website which specialises in mid- to high-end home stays available for short term lets searchable by event. Camilla enjoyed the echelons of senior positions in corporate life before establishing her own consultancy firm in 1994. She went on to launch Eventful Stays in December 2010, […]

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Whether you dream of a romantic hideaway, an unforgettable ski experience, an African safari, an escape to your own tropical paradise or a scuba diving adventure, there are plenty of fantastic destinations that can make that dream a reality. Here are some of the best the world has to offer. Nestled in the coral-rich turquoise […]

The Deluxe Spa Suite at the Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap

Special feature: Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The most popular tourist destination in Cambodia is the vast complex of temples at Angkor Wat. This is really a fascinating place to visit, but surprisingly it’s not on the usual lists of Wonders of the World. It should be! It is, however, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In my opinion the best way to […]

The world's best pools

The world’s best pools

In the highly competitive tourism industry, pools have become a focal point in most of the world’s finest resorts and hotels. They are not only a place to unwind, swim a few laps or work on your tan; many are architectural wonders. For the family oriented market, indoor and outdoor water parks are all the […]

The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei: five star luxury and so much more

The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei: five star luxury and so much more

Brunei may be a small country but it punches above its weight when it comes to offering visitors somewhere “different”, with pristine rainforests, adventure sports, culture and one of Asia’s top five star resorts, the Empire Hotel & Country Club. Although considered to be one of the richest countries in the world, it’s Brunei’s natural […]

Bangkok’s art scene

When people think of Bangkok, mostly they think about wats (temples), shopping, the bustling city and the night life including all the wonderful places to eat. What they may not realise is that the city also has a thriving arts scene. Would you like to learn to draw and paint? Attic Studios on Sukhumvit Soi […]

Discover a real life Gold Award-winning garden

Discover a real life Gold Award-winning garden

This week London has been abuzz as green fingered enthusiasts and professional landscapers from all over the globe descend upon the capital to take part, celebrate and commemorate one of the world’s most famous horticultural events which for almost one hundred years has called on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea its home. Over […]

Could the Maldives be your personal paradise?

Could the Maldives be your personal paradise?

It doesn’t take much research to get an overwhelmingly positive sense of the Maldives. In fact, typical reviews from holiday-goers are so loaded with superlatives, you can be left wondering if every word written on the internet was commissioned by the state tourism department. But they weren’t – it’s just that most people who visit […]

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