November 1, 2014
October 1, 2014
With steep, jungle-covered peaks, picturesque Ko Chang (Elephant Island) retains its remote and rugged spirit despite its current status as a package-tour resort akin to Phuket. The island’s swathes of sand are girl-next-door pretty but not beauty-queen gorgeous. What it lacks in sand, it makes up for in an unlikely combination: accessible wilderness with a thriving party scene. Convenient forays into a verdant jungle or underwater coral gardens can be enthusiastically toasted at one of Lonely Beach’s many beer and bucket parties.
September 23, 2014
Estimated at around 200 000 taxi cars in Bangkok, there's never a shortage of taxis in a city that never sleeps, excepts when it starts raining of course. Taxis are cheap and available virtually 24 hours a day. Meter taxis now predominate, but sometimes you may have to politely (but firmly) ask them to switch the meter on to save negotiating later. Since taxis are cheap and the drivers work all hours in traffic that is legendary, a small tip is often appreciated.
September 13, 2014
Kamala Beach lies just north of the lights and noise of Patong and is a quieter stretch of sand with a more relaxed feel. This well-enclosed bay and fishing village surrounded by forested hills is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket. With its quieter pace, over the last few years, Kamala has become a favoured spot for retirees and other longer-term visitors staying in small hotels, villas and apartment rentals around the village. On the headland to the south, are a number of luxury villa developments, with great views of Kamala Bay and beyond along its winding road. Whilst Kamala doesn't attract tourists in the same numbers as other places it has a certain niche, those who do come say 'we like it just the way it is, don't tell anyone as they'll all come and spoil it'.
August 16, 2014
This lovely beach, recently voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, is 20 minutes away from Ao Nang by longtail boat. It has jaw-droppingly spectacular scenery and is an excellent swimming beach.
August 12, 2014
August 10, 2014
Chiang Mai, Thailand, is known as the Rose of the North, but it really blooms into life in early February, towards the end of the cool season. Every year on the first weekend of February, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival exhibitions open. The flower beds in public gardens and other places are especially beautiful at this time of year. Everywhere the tourist will find displays of yellow and white chrysanthemums, and the Damask Rose, a variety found only in Chiang Mai. Also, the pink and purple Dendrobium orchids, and the lovely yellow Daoruang. The real focus of this Chiang Mai festival, however, is the public garden of Suan Buak Haad on the south-western corner of the moat. The police close off the road next to the moat all around the park, and allow vendors of plants, Thailand flowers, Thailand orchids and garden decorations to set up their stalls. This is probably the nicest corner of the moat, well supplied with shade trees, and a good place to spend an hour or two looking at what is on offer.
August 9, 2014
Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand. Like all urban rivers, the history of the Chao Phraya is intertwined with the city it flows through. The original site was chosen by early settlers because of its fertility and abundant fish. Later King Taksin, after the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese, located his new capital here, on the western banks today known as Thonburi.
August 3, 2014
Patong refers to the beach and town on Phuket's west coast. It is the main tourist resort in Phuket, and is the center of Phuket's nightlife and shopping. The beach became popular with Western tourists, especially Europeans, in the late 1980s. Numerous hotels are located there and the area has expanded into a huge tourist spot.
August 2, 2014
July 19, 2014
July 14, 2014
Popular with foreign tourists and as a weekend getaway for residents of nearby Bangkok, most of the Samet island (excluding the Na Dan area) belongs to the Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park. In 1981, the Royal Forest Department declared the archipelago of Samet, along with nine other small islands, the headland of Khao Laem Ya, and the 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) Mae Ramphueng Beach to be a National Park, and is thus Ko Samet is under the protection of the National Parks Division of the Thai Government. Ko Samet is 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) south of mainland Rayong province and is surrounded by the Gulf of Thailand.
July 7, 2014
The multi-storey MBK is probably Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals. Eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. MBK (launched in 1986) is a beehive of activity, especially on weekends, when half of Bangkok converges to shop for bargains.
May 10, 2014
Motorcycle enthusiasts are gearing up every yerar for the Bangkok Motorbike Festival, held at CentralWorld. Organisers welcome more than 1.2 million people to the five-day event, with sales forecast at over 200 million baht. The festival includes the latest models from many motorcycle manufacturers and distributors, including Honda, Harley-Davidson and Triumph.
March 27, 2014
March 20, 2014
This picture was taken on Chaweng beach, Ko Samui, Thailand. Ko Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand. It is located close to the mainland town of Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province. Ko Samui is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km2, a population of over 63,000 and an annual tourist population of 1.5 million.
March 17, 2014
March 16, 2014
Perched 61 floors above the city on the roof of the sultry Banyan Tree Hotel, Vertigo and its Moon Bar are tops for great views. Bangkok's cityscape, the winding Chao Praya river and the soccer ball sun sinking below the horizon are best enjoyed with a glass of fine Crystal, or wine and cocktails. Photo: Anders Thorsell.
March 14, 2014
March 11, 2014
March 9, 2014
Chiang Mai, Thailand, is known as the Rose of the North, but it really blooms into life in early February, towards the end of the cool season. Every year on the first weekend of February, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival exhibitions open. The Flower Festival Parade starts on Saturday morning. The parade lines up along Charoen Muang Road. After passing the viewing stand the parade moves up Tha Pae Road to Tha Pae Gate and then turns left and follows the moat round to Suan Buak Haad. See more photos from Chiang Mai Flower Festival.
March 7, 2014
Red Sky is one of the latest rooftop bars in Bangkok and while is doesn't offer a striking riverside view, it has a pretty impressive 360 panorama view from the 55th floor of one of the most convenient location in town. If you visit Bangkok, chances are you will end up shopping in the Siam area, where the largest and most trendy shopping malls of Bangkok are located Siam Paragon, MBK and the rebuilt CentralWorld.
March 6, 2014
Launched in 1932, Tiger beer became Singapore's first locally brewed beer. It is a 5% bottled pale lager. APB's flagship brand, it is available in more than 60 countries worldwide. The flagship brand has entered in a number of beer tastings competitions and has performed well. At the 2011 World Quality Selections, organized by Monde Selection, the brand won a Gold Quality award. According to Brand Finance’s Top 100 Singapore brands 2012 Report, Tiger is amongst Singapore’s top 10 most valuable brands.
March 5, 2014
To the north of Patong are Kamala Beach, Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach. These areas are generally much less developed than Patong, and sought out by individuals, families and other groups with a preference for more relaxed and less crowded environs than Patong.
March 4, 2014
March 1, 2014
Pitch Control Band are a group of young talented Filipinos who met in the island of Phuket and started a band to share our love of music to everyone. They are now playing a variety of music at the three branches of "Two Chefs" Karon, Kata Beach, Kata Center, Phuket Thailand.
February 28, 2014
February 27, 2014
A model strikes a pose at Thailand International Motor Expo. The year-end scheduled Thailand International Motor Expo is one of two annual motor shows in the ‘Land of Smiles’. The event runs from late November at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Muangthong Thani, Bangkok.
February 26, 2014
The 29th carnival in Phuket, Thailand. The Carnival parade starts at Soi Ton, winding its colourful way along to Loma Park. Taking part in the parade is a medley of private groups, government organisations, university and school students.