Article Archive for January 2014

Picture Perfect Holidays in Asia

January 30, 2014 - 10:59 am | 3361 views

One of the best things about travelling to an exotic location like Thailand is the stream of amazing memories you can post online or save in a file to remind you of the trip when you get home. Travellers that want to capture each and every magical moment should make sure to pack the right camera. The landscape of Southeast Asia is a vivid explosion of colour and texture. Whether you plan to photograph the warm hues of sunrise over rugged mountains, the vivid saffron of monks’ robes at a mor …
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Thailand’s Medical Tourism Appeal

January 29, 2014 - 2:41 pm | 3504 views

A constantly growing trend in medical tourism means an increasing number of patients worldwide are travelling to foreign shores to reap the benefits of... …
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Thailand’s Most Amazing Archipelagos

January 27, 2014 - 11:07 am | 16827 views

Famous among divers and snorkellers, the Similan and Surin islands can easily be reached from Phuket or Phang Nga and offer glimpses of the immaculate natural beauty that still makes Thailand one of the top island destinations in the world. Even though Phuket and its soft sand beaches attract millions of visitors every year; there are still plenty of natural wonders to enjoy on the island, especially while staying in a private villa. To get up close and personal with Thailand’s abundant flo …
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Beach Style for a Villa Holiday

January 23, 2014 - 10:46 am | 41301 views

Every season chic travellers invest in a sophisticated new beach wardrobe to parade on the tropical shores of Southeast Asia. However, many transformable beachwear items are now available to makeover your beach get-up with a little bit of magic. For guests renting out a luxurious private villa in Thailand or Bali, the holiday is guaranteed to be a special one, so it makes sense to add a little personal style to the experience with outfits to match the salubrious surroundings. Instead of th …
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Private Thai Cooking Class

January 20, 2014 - 1:20 pm | 3593 views

Fresh ingredients, inspiring spices and rich flavours have made Thai food an undisputed global favourite. Visitors to the home of so many culinary classics may be surprised to find the staple dishes quite easy to prepare. In addition to its breathtaking scenery and vibrant culture, Thailand has long been a favourite with foodies from around the globe. Visitors who journey to the Land of Smiles should never leave without sampling a selection of mouth-watering local dishes, whether they are ser …
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Phuket Luxury: On Land, At Sea

January 14, 2014 - 10:51 am | 3380 views

Staying in a private villa on Phuket is perhaps the most appealing way to fully experience the island’s rare blend of sophisticated comfort and natural beauty. One of the best ways to complement the indulgence on land is by chartering a private yacht to explore the Andaman Sea. The 11th Phuket International Boat Show took place recently with an impressive spread of luxury vessels on display as a testament to Phuket’s global reputation as a luxury boating destination. The luxury boating …
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Holiday health kick in Asia

January 09, 2014 - 1:15 pm | 5619 views

If indulgent celebrations over Christmas and New Year have left you feeling sluggish, now is the perfect time to get back on top form. Starting a healthy eating regime on holiday in tropical destinations like Thailand and Bali is easier than you think, and can help you kick start a wholesome and happy new year. Whether you have just finished celebrating New Year or are gearing up for Chinese New Year at the end of January, there’s no better time than the present to focus on a few health res …
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Ask the Villa Expert: Phuket East Coast Highlights

January 06, 2014 - 11:13 am | 19110 views

Most of the major tourism developments on Phuket has long focused on the island’s west coast bays and beaches. Max Vee recommends a trip to the east coast for an altogether more untainted island experience, far from the crowds and holiday cacophony. Phuket’s east coast is exactly the type of tropical escape that first springs to mind when you visualise an island in Thailand. The pristine stretch of rugged headlands and wide bays is decorated with mangroves, tropical forest, waterfalls and …
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Souvenirs of Thailand

January 03, 2014 - 10:01 am | 11476 views

Thailand is a rich treasure trove of colourful and often unusual souvenirs that serve as the perfect reminder of a wonderful vacation. No matter your aesthetic preference, those looking to bring home a few special mementos or gifts will not be disappointed. The Kingdom is a treasure trove of hand-woven silks, intricately carved knick-knacks and dazzling silverware. However, visitors that want to take home something a little more unusual than a silk pashmina or a Buddha statue will find a wide …
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Eating out on Koh Samui

January 02, 2014 - 11:02 am | 9451 views

Even for guests staying at a private villa with a personal chef on hand to prepare delicious meals at home, booking a dinner out at a restaurant with a loved one, friends or even the whole family makes for a pleasant evening out. Koh Samui offers visitors one of the most eclectic and appealing fine dining scenes in Southeast Asia and a number of quality stand-alone restaurants have opened on the island in the last few years to cater to independent travellers with a taste for world class food. …
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