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Hoi An, Vietnam Special Photo Gallery by JONG PHOTO

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Today Deluxe Upgrades presents you with a visual offering of photos by JONG PHOTOS.

Hoi An is what I consider to be one of the most important parts of a Vietnam trip.  The way it still represents old, quaint Vietnam, cannot be found in any of the large cities like Saigon or Hanoi.  The […]

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: Classic Luxury & Charm On The Chao Phraya River

Bangkok is a city swept up in modernization.  Shopping malls and entertainment bombard you everywhere you look.  New hotels with the latest trends are popping up almost monthly.  How does the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok stay at the top, despite being the oldest luxury hotel in the city?

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Ariyasom Villa: Stay in a traditional Thai mansion in the heart of Bangkok

A common criticism of deluxe hotels in Bangkok is the lack of traditional local Thai style.  The Ariyasom Villa is a 1940’s traditional Thai estate that has been carefully converted into a deluxe boutique resort, in the center of the city.  If you ever wanted to stay at Jim Thompson’s house, this is your […]

Should you travel to Thailand now?

Since I’m in Bangkok right now, I thought it would be appropriate to report on the situation in Bangkok.  I’m not going to support a side, but I am going to tell you why it is still safe to travel to Bangkok.  I visited a “red shirt” protest site today to see what was […]

Why Thailand Should Be Your First Trip To Asia

Most travelers usually have a destination in mind when they contact me for travel planning. They might have read an article in a travel magazine, watched a show on TV, or were recommended by friends who just came back from somewhere. I don’t think that the first trip to Asia you take should be […]