Monday 26 December 2022

Something different in Koh Samui

 Lately, I have been overwhelmed with the number of people who tell me that they have been to Thailand several times and it is time to try something different. Something different I ask – like what? Where in Thailand have you been?

The answer is always the same – Phuket! Only Phuket I ask? Yes – Thailand

Would you eat fried grasshoppers?

 Why had I avoided it for so long?

Stupidity and stubbornness perhaps?

Despite the fact I had spent time backpacking through Thailand and having returned to its capital Bangkok many times over the years, I had declared Khao San Road a personal no-go zone.

New ibis hotel opens in Chiang Mai


ibis, the world's leading economy hotel brand, has expanded its portfolio in Thailand with the opening of a brand-new property in Chiang Mai, the famous northern city which is a heaven for culture vultures and adventure seekers.

Tuesday 20 December 2022

The Rayavadee in Ao Nang, Krabi

 There are times in your life when you walk into a place and know that you’re about to experience something extraordinary.

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


Sofitel SO Bangkok

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 the 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.”

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.