Article Archive for February 2013

Asia's Best Restaurants

February 28, 2013 - 11:30 am | 7888 views

Five for Thailand in the gourmet Top 50   Restaurant magazine recently announced the results of the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list,a sumptuous showcase of fine flavor drawn from the experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts in The Diners Club® World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy. Five exquisite eateries in Thailand featured in the Top 50 and three made the Top 20. Thailand is well known for its diverse and delicious local cuisine, but in recent …
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Thailand Business Accelerates

February 27, 2013 - 11:27 am | 959 views

Major flooding in 2011 caused considerable losses for global automobile and auto parts manufacturers with factories in Thailand... …
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When in Thailand…

February 22, 2013 - 11:30 am | 124883 views

You sometimes hear foreign tourists complaining that islands like Phuket and Samui are not what they would call "the real Thailand". Although it's true that many visitors choose these destinations for their fine beaches, blue seas, myriad shopping choices and fun-packed western style nightspots, there's also plenty of opportunity to experience local life and Thai culture, even while enjoying a tropical island getaway.  Here are a few ways to "keep it real" on a villa holiday.    When …
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Villa Satisfaction Survey (Part Two)

February 19, 2013 - 3:28 pm | 1332 views

The best travel tips and holiday recommendations come form those who have been there before. In the second part  in our guest questionnaire series, we ask some of our regular villa clients on Phuket and Samui to offer their advice on making the most of an exclusive island stay. Last year, in Part One of our Villa Satisfaction Survey (see blog entry on December 27, 2012), we asked regular villa guests about the various elements that make for a perfect private holiday. The questions we po …
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Tribute to tradition on Phuket

February 14, 2013 - 9:56 am | 14782 views

The Year of the Snake began with festivals and fireworks across the region, but Phuket's Chinese Thai community enjoys an even bigger celebration of its distinctive cultural ancestry in the form of the annual Phuket Old Town Festival. Although Phuket is more famous for its beaches and nightlife than it is for historical and cultural attractions, the island actually boasts a rich and diverse history that stretches back two centuries when ethnic Chinese workers arrived on the island in they …
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Owners' View: Villa M, Koh Samui

February 11, 2013 - 4:27 pm | 2944 views

If you are looking for the perfect holiday villa to rent, who better to ask about a particular property than its owners? Our villa expert Max V talks to Neill and Leslie Macpherson, owners of Villa M in Bophut Fisherman's Village about the highlights and inspirations behind their perfect holiday home. Lovingly designed and constructed by Neill and Leslie Macpherson, Villa M on Koh Samui is a unique and appealing holiday home nestled in one of the island's most sought after locations — Bophu …
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Fast Track Thailand

February 05, 2013 - 10:48 am | 1029 views

Thailand is fast shaping up to be one of the key players in the ASEAN Economic Community, which is set to become officially established ... …
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Food for Fortune

February 04, 2013 - 1:31 pm | 3266 views

Western New Year celebrations are often mainly about drinking and partying, but for Chinese New Year the focus is also on food. Bangkok and Phuket both celebrate Chinese lunar New Year with culinary flare, and visitors can even eat there way to better luck and increased prosperity if they choose their dishes according to tradition. If you are in Bangkok over Chinese New Year there's only one place to be and that is Yaowarat or China Town. The capital's substantial Chinese community congregate …
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A birthday present with a difference

February 01, 2013 - 9:21 am | 2347 views

If your holidays coincide with your birthday this year that's a bonus. If not, why wait? More and more people are planning their vacations around special events such as weddings, anniversaries and the trend is fast extending to birthdays. We spoke to a former birthday guest from Hong Kong who celebrated the passing of a landmark year at a private villa on Koh Samui. British financial analyst Liam Hayes wanted to do something special to mark the arrival of his thirty-fifth year. Having lived a …
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