Ever since James Bond graced the Thai islands in “The Man with the Golden Gun”, the country’s blissful beaches and balmy climate have been a magnet for famous names. Forty years on, celebrities in search of peace, luxury and privacy still can’t resist escaping to a private villa on Phuket or Koh Samui.
The idyllic beaches on offer in Thai destinations like Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Phuket and Krabi have often been listed among the best in the world. The talcum powder sand, and seas of a sparkling sapphire blue have also attracted plenty of well-known faces over the years.
Movie stars and models, musicians and sporting greats have all chosen Thailand as a place to relax and rejuvenate away from prying eyes. That’s why when it comes to A-lists, whether they be natural or human, Thailand proudly stakes its place on or close to the top of the pile.
Below are a few examples of well known names spotted in the Land of Smiles.
A Model Vacation
British model of the moment, Cara Delevigne, was recently spotted on holiday in Thailand with her partner, Fast and Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez. It was reported that the world-famous cover girl chose Thailand as a place to unwind after a busy stint on the fashion runways at London Fashion Week earlier this year. It is also rumoured that the famous pair took part in a commitment ceremony whilst they were in the Kingdom. According to one source, Cara and Michelle celebrated their love for one another with a traditional Thai ceremony at sunset. While this does not unite the couple legally, said the gossip columnists, it represents their deep devotion to one another.
Made in Phi Phi
From the fashionable streets of London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the smooth beaches of Koh Samui, it seems that most of the cast of the UK’s hit E4 reality show “Made in Chelsea” have graced the shores of Thailand at one time or another. Lucy Watson, one of the show’s fiery females, recently shared a throwback snap of her idyllic vacation in Koh Samui. Ollie Locke, who has now left the show, also revealed details of a blissful vacation to Koh Phi Phi in his autobiography “Laid in Chelsea”. Fans may well be hoping for a Thailand themed cast-trip in the next series of the show.
A Match Made in Heaven
Perhaps one of England’s most legendary football stars, Emile Heskey, recently celebrated his honeymoon in Thailand with his new wife Chantelle Tagoe. The couple made their way to Koh Phangan, the island north of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. There the striker, who has represented many British clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Leicester City, found plenty of time to relax and happy couple reportedly indulged in many spa sessions during their vacation. They also tried their hand at a Thai cooking class or two and chartered a private speedboat to explore the neighbouring islands of Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan.
Red Hot Holiday
Ever the trend-setter, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis visited the isle of Koh Tao before there were even any camera-toting visitors there to pap him. In his autobiography “Scar Tissue”, Kiedis revealed that he visited Thailand to escape from the emotional turmoil when guitarist John Frusciante left the band in the early 1990s while they were touring with their hit album, “Blood Sugar Sex Magick”. “Koh Tao was exactly what I had been dreaming of,” he gushed. “I rented a little house from a Thai family and stayed over a week, going scuba diving every day. I left the island feeling recharged and cleansed.”
Keeping up with the Beach
The Kardashian’s recent trip to Thailand could not have been more different to the one described by Anthony Kiedis. The famous family travelled to Phang Nga’s stunning Natai Beach in April to film for their reality show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians”. In addition to posing for selfies with elephants and taking part in scantily clad photo shoots, Kim Kardashian prepared for her upcoming nuptials to Kanye West with a plethora of beauty treatments. According to one source, Kim was pampered and preened for six hours a day! This may explain why the reality TV queen was still glowing for her luxurious Italian wedding several weeks later.
by Wayne Hue