Up Close and Ethical

Up Close and Ethical

It’s a case of Free Nellie at this retirement refuge for elephants rescued from tourism and logging industries, where visitors now spend memorable times with these gentle giants. There’s something infinitely satisfying about interacting with happy, contented animals, especially when their previous lives have been anything but euphoric.

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Heritage In the City

Heritage In the City

The spirit of Old Siam is abroad on the streets of downtown Bangkok, where the intriguing brand character of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has taken up residence in the shape of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok. Sister property to award-winning 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, it’s on Sukhumvit Soi 39, just a stone’s throw from the upscale and fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium.

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Evolving Insights

Evolving Insights

Pitchanan Saayopoua fashions random abstract expressions into intense depictions of the female form. She’s a Bangkok-based portrait and figurative painter who received her formal art training from The Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, and later from the ateliers of The Art Students League of New York and The National Academy. 

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One Nation Under a Groove

One Nation Under a Groove

Bangkok-based music resource Hitman Jazz feeds Thailand’s hunger for jazz with a high-fidelity treasure trove, live concerts, and even jazz educational events. Thailand’s legions of jazz fans are being taken to new frontiers of musical appreciation by home-grown Hitman Jazz and its portfolio of extraordinary high-quality music services.

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Thailand, this pristine island hideaway in the South China Sea is about as far away from modern life as you could possibly get. Surrounded by ocean solitude and bathed in balmy tropical sea breezes, these unspoilt powdery beaches and lush jungle landscapes evoke romantic images of Robinson Crusoe and other fabled island castaways.

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All that Jazz

All that Jazz

Thailand’s revered late King His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej was renowned as an accomplished and enthusiastic jazz musician; perhaps that’s one reason why jazz has such a long-standing and prominent presence in Bangkok. His Highness took part in a jam session with bandleader Benny Goodman during a 1960 visit to New York (above) and was described by Lionel Hampton…

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Graceful Heritage

Graceful Heritage

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin can stake a valid claim to be the hotel that kick-started Thailand’s tourism industry. It first opened its doors on New Year’s Day 1923 as The Hua Hin Railway Hotel, but the story of this characterful heritage property goes back further to the romantic days of Old Siam when its local surroundings began to be recognised by the Thai Royal Family.

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Barefoot on the Sands

Barefoot on the Sands

There’s a wonderful flip side to a hedonistic Koh Phangan of full moon parties fame, on an island that’s still only accessible by boat and conceals deliciously unspoilt corners. Until its much-anticipated airport opens – the latest forecast after years of delays is late 2017 – the only way to reach Koh Phangan is by speedboat or ferry. We opted for the former…

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Going Underground

Going Underground

Vast subterranean caverns deep beneath Southeast Asia are vividly portrayed in all their spectacular beauty by photographer Mark Jones. Dedicated to his craft, Mark hikes for hours through remote jungles in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos before leaving daylight behind to descend into this mysterious little-seen primordial world.

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Wonderland of Design

Wonderland of Design

Delights await to be explored at Jim Thompson’s recently refurbished showroom in the heart of Bangkok. Transformed into an expansive four floor complex from an original single level, the new Jim Thompson Bangkok Home Furnishings Showroom’s expanded spaces are crammed with a wealth of design riches. 

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A Grand Tour of Thailand

A Grand Tour of Thailand

Hundreds of years ago, the Grand Tour was a rite of passage reserved for scions of European aristocrats – dispatched on journeys around the continent’s leading cities to soak up culture and return replete with knowledge. Exotiq Thailand has brought the Grand Tour concept right up-to-date in a new Thai guise – as the spectacular prize for the winner of our inaugural Best of the Best Award.

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Natural High – Four Seasons

Natural High – Four Seasons

Visitors to Chiang Rai province’s famed Golden Triangle experience a heady mix of stunning landscapes, historical mood and intriguing culture. The charm of the Golden Triangle far outstrips the legacy of its notorious reputation – made famous by its name, allegedly coined by no less than the CIA.

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Sweetness, Strength and Passion

Sweetness, Strength and Passion

Bangkok designer Vatanika Patamasingha’s latest collection highlights vibrant contrasts of aesthetic and style to form a compelling Urbanista image. Embellished stretch crepe mini dress Embellished stretch crepe dress Lace and stretched silk satin slip dress... read more
Seashore Al Fresco – The Surin Phuket

Seashore Al Fresco – The Surin Phuket

It’s a long and winding, and ultimately delightfully fulfilling road, that leads to the Beach Restaurant at The Surin in Phuket. Hidden away at a far edge of the upscale resort, the Beach Restaurant is reached by following a path that meanders along rolling hillsides... read more
Turning Japanese

Turning Japanese

Japan stands apart as an inventive, innovative nation with an ancient culture that still plays a fundamental role in its ultra-modern, sophisticated society. And among this fascinating culture’s symbols – ranging from Samurai warriors to bullet trains and Sony... read more
Heavenly Sanctuary – Banyan Tree Bangkok

Heavenly Sanctuary – Banyan Tree Bangkok

There’s a new view in town, from way up on high at Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Serenity Club Bangkok is known as the City of Angels, and you might feel you’re up there among those celestial beings while ensconced in the Serenity Club. It’s elegant, with a hushed... read more
Under the Valentine’s Moon

Under the Valentine’s Moon

There’s probably nothing more ultimately romantic than a Valentine’s dinner with the one you love, savoured under the tender rays of a full moon on a romantic tropical island Idyllic Koh Samui is the place to be for star-struck lovers this Valentine’s Day when... read more
Island Style – Cape Kudu

Island Style – Cape Kudu

Newly-opened Cape Kudu Hotel on Koh Yao Noi blends seamlessly into the ambience of this magnificently unspoilt island with rustic attractions in a luxury boutique setting Sitting midway between Phuket and Krabi in Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Noi has succeeded in steering... read more
A Walk on the Wild Side

A Walk on the Wild Side

Lazing on a beach or relaxing with feet up in a resort is most people’s idea of an ideal holiday, but for those who prefer to walk on the wild side, here’s a selection of some of Thailand’s most adrenalin-pumping active adventures.

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