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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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HKT-Thai Airways (TG) Royal Orchid Lounge

The Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge is the primary business class lounge in Phuket International.  It is comfortable and decent, but is somewhat disappointing as the only airline sponsored lounge in Phuket’s international terminal.

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HKT-The Coral Executive Lounge

I wasn’t expecting to find this lounge as Phuket is a relatively small airport.  I was expecting to only use the Thai Airways lounge.  But I saw a lounge entrance before immigration with a big Priority Pass sign, and decided to give it a quick try.  This lounge is a hidden gem in the […]

Thai Airways (TG) Royal Silk domestic business class review

Thai Airways has a Royal Silk business class cabin on nearly every domestic flight.   Many deluxe travelers choose Royal Silk business class for the nominal difference in price compared to economy class.  I experienced Royal Silk class domestic service on my round trip flight between Bangkok and Phuket.

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BKK-Thai Airways (TG) Royal Silk Lounge (domestic)

If you are flying business class from Bangkok to either the north such as Chiang Mai or the south like Phuket, chances are you will be accessing this lounge.   It is a fairly large sized lounge as Thai has numerous flights to other parts of the kingdom throughout the day.  For a domestic lounge […]

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 […]