Anantara Phuket Villas, Ideal for peace and privacy

Anantara Phuket Villas Resort takes a pride in the Thai heritage and hospitality. Once you step out of your

Drawing inspiration from a Thai village, Anantara Phuket Villas encompasses 83 villas varying from Sala Pool Villa, through the Lagoon Pool Villa to the Pool Villa. The difference is probably the space and view – other than that you get equal treat and attention from Anantara.

The Pool Villa is designed in the style of a traditional Thai house with privacy ensured by a tall wooden fence. Climb up a few steps, walk through the wooden entrance, and you stand on the wooden deck, leading to your villa and small “sala” pavilion.

Food is available at the resort’s two restaurants. La Sala is open all day and is where guests enjoy the generous buffet breakfast and dinner. Sea.Fire.Salt is Anantara’s signature beachfront restaurant and offers BBQ and seafood specialities.

Anantara Phuket Villas is ideal for a peaceful escape. I thoroughly enjoy waking early in the morning, working out on the yoga mat then following the small path through the tropical garden listening to Mother Nature.

7 Greens Concept’s triumph at the PATA Gold Awards 2012 cements the success of TAT’s Green Tourism

7 Greens Concept's triumph at the PATA Gold Awards 2012

7 Greens Concept’s triumph at the PATA Gold Awards 2012

It was yet another historic moment for Thailand as the country swept 3 big awards for 7 Greens Concepts, Cultural Destination and 2 Ecotourism attractions in Sukhothai.

Winners of the Pacific Asia Travel Association or PATA Gold Awards 2012 were announced Apr 21, 2012 at Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumper. The Tourism Authority of Thailand or TAT won the Grand Awards in Environment for its 7 Greens Concept, which is a holistic approach to manage the environment that involves all parties from the attraction, operators, community down to the tourists themselves. In addition, the Organic Agriculture Project at Sukhothai Airport and Banna Tonjan Community in Sri Sachanalai District, both in Sukhothai Province also won top prize in Environment-Ecotourism and Heritage and Culture respectively.

“The prestigious awards are honorable and pride of the country. They reflect international recognition of our effort to go green and a reconfirmation that we’re stepping toward to right direction” said Vilaiwan Thawitch-sri, TAT Deputy Governor for Product and Tourism Business upon collecting the awards.

7 Greens Concept has been implemented since 2008 with series of promotional activities, training and providing know-how to related agencies, operators and community and creating awareness among tourists. There are four pilot destinations for 7 Greens Concept namely Chiang Khan Loei Province, Pai Mae Hong Son Province, Nan and Samui Surat Thani Province.

The deputy governor further stated these awards will influence local operators as they show how important it is to address the issues of environment, heritage and culture or local way of life to strengthen the community and achieve sustainable tourism.

Two players from private sector also got recognized at this event. They are Banyan Tree Spa, Gold Award Winner for Education and Training at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy and Media Trans Asia whose article “Can this be Paradise” in Travel & Leisure, USA won the award in Travel Journalism-Destination Article category.

Coco walk Bangkok Bars and Pubs by the BTS

Coco walk Bangkok Bars and Pubs by the BTS

Coco walk Bangkok Bars and Pubs by the BTS

Coco walk Bangkok Bars and Pubs by the BTS at BTS Ratchathewi Phayathai Rd. (Opposite Asia Hotel). If you’re looking for somewhere with a baan baan atmosphere, then you could do worse than head to this ragtag assortment of chillout bars next to BTS Ratchathewi. Just pick a spot based on the music or the crowd, and relax with the jugs of cocktails or the beer towers. Flip-flops and shorts are fine as you kick back to the sounds of live bands covering Thai and international tunes.

Lantern Festival Night in Chiang Mai Thailand

Lantern Festival Night in Chiang Mai Thailand

Lantern Festival Night in Chiang Mai Thailand

I’ve booked a flight to Chiang Mai at the northern tip of Thailand on November 28 and have just discover that’s the night of the lantern festival night. We’ll be staying in a hotel on Wualai Road, which isn’t too far from the airport and the city centre. Our flight doesn’t get in to Chiang Mai until 7pm. Will we have time to drop our luggage and join the festival? We really want to see it as it’s our first time in Chiang Mai.

Nationwide, the festival is known as Loy Krathong, and this year, as you’ve found out, it falls on November 28. In the Chiang Mai version, people also send lanterns into the sky, which are known as Yi Peng.

You will have more time to enjoy the festival than you might expect. The festival this year runs from November 27 to 29, so you will see the light from the lanterns as you arrive. If you land at 7pm, you should be at the hotel by 8pm and thus will have plenty of time to join the crowds, who happily release lanterns and fireworks until late, making the city sound rather like war zone. If you want to see the spectacular procession of krathong, head to Tha Pae Gate. Alternatively, you may go to the Navarat Bridge or anywhere along the Ping River to join the crowds releasing krathong on the river and lanterns in the sky.

If you want to rest that day, you can still attend the last day of the festival on November 29, which will see another grand krathong procession in Chiang Mai city as well as plenty of lanterns being released.

Hope you enjoy the festival!