Sunday, 13 November 2022

Bangkok's Siam@Siam Design Hotel revamped and reinvented

There’s something about hotels and I’m always particularly excited to see a major refurbishment or even an old decrepit building transformed into a swank new establishment.

Monday, 15 August 2022

SO Sofitel Bangkok - Like nothing you’ve seen before


The mighty French AccorHotels hospitality company knows a thing or two about hotels, with more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences across 100 different countries. Sofitel has been their marquee brand since acquiring the company in 1980, sort of like Lexus is to Toyota. Yeah, Sofitel is Accor’s ‘show off’ brand and the new ‘SO’ extension is their ultra-hip side they describe as “highly creative and fashion-led, each SO Hotel is an avant-garde masterpiece imaginatively inspired by an iconic, signature designer.”

This pretence may be a bit much for regular hotel guests, but  - sacre bleu! -  these hotels are really something else. A genuine 5-Star leisure hotel, the stunning rooms are themed to Feng Shui philosophy, where a collaboration of designers re-interpreted the essence of water, earth, wood, metal, and fire. Really, we’re serious, and so are Accor who add “a generous dash of playfulness, heaps of audacity, and a zesty twist of French joie de vivre.”

For the tech-heads, there’s the Apple Mac Mini media solution in all guest rooms, iPad use for suite guests and free Wi-Fi in all areas, of course.

There’s plenty of wining and dining at any of the hotel's six F&B outlets, such as the ‘sky-high creative’ Park Society on the rooftop or the all-day dining venue, Red Oven, styled after traditional street food. There’s even a chocolate cafe, Chocolab and HI-SO, which Accor claim to be the most gorgeous rooftop bar in Bangkok. On the last Saturday of the month, there's the famous pool party.

If you think you’re hip enough for SO Sofitel, heck even if you’re not, this hotel is worth a look if not a stay.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Thai cooking school in Chiang Mai

by Adam Corney in Chiang Mai

 I’m a bit of an amateur cook.

I love to gather my ingredients, lay them all out on the kitchen bench, turn on some Meatloaf, and lose myself in the joy of food for an hour or two as I prepare a delicious meal. A glass of wine or three always seems to make my cooking taste even better.

Delights of Chiang Dao

 Just an hour north of Chiang Mai is the community of Chiang Dao, a gateway to trekking in the mountains and a hub for elephant camps. Chiang Dao is where the rice field meets the jungle and home to a weekly market full of ethnic charm. Villagers from miles around head for Chiang Dao every Tuesday to shop for essentials and trade their homegrown harvests. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Thailand’s entry requirements from 1 June 2022

 This information has been updated on 31 May, 2022.

The following rules will be in effect from 1 June, 2022, with specific requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers from all countries/territories with scheduled arrivals from this date.

Monday, 23 May 2022

Thailand’s latest entry requirements from 1 May 2022

The following rules will be in effect from 1 May, 2022, with specific requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers from all countries/territories with scheduled arrivals from this date.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

TAT launches first Amazing Thailand eBook of all destinations, special interest activities and maps nationwide

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has compiled more than 200 of its amazing destination brochures, leaflets, books, maps, and media covering all aspects of Thai tourism into one easily-searchable eBook platform to make it easy for visitors to find their place and activity of interest.

The Amazing Thailand eBook allows both domestic and foreign tourists an easy one-stop opportunity to explore all 77 provinces as well as Emerging Provinces, Top Destinations, Special Interest activities and Thai culinary locations including 12 Tourist Maps and guidebooks.

Designed both as an app and website, the Thai-English guidebook can be accessed via smartphone and tablets with clear categorisation for searching and downloading the information.

Tablet and smartphone users can either scan the QR code or visit the App Store for Apple iPhone users and Google Play for Android users. Then, type the word 'amazingthailandebook' (no space between the letters). The application can be downloaded for immediate use or accessed via the website

Special kiosks with the QR code have also been placed at the TAT offices at the Head Office building, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports.

For further information, please check out

Monday, 20 July 2020

Thai Folk Tales: The Water Elephant

"Do not follow that little stream," said the hermit, "true, there are some very fine mushrooms to be found along its banks. But it is not safe for young people like you to wander about there."