Five things to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand

Are you thinking about Christmas? I was last year this time. The Cypriot and I made a decision to go to Thailand for the holidays. We spent a week in Chiang Mai, about which I have written extensively, and almost a week in Koh Lanta.

Why Koh Lanta? One reason – The Layana Resort and Spa. Four years before, we had selected Koh Lanta and the Layana to be our resting place after nine hectic, non-stop days in Myanmar. It was exactly what we needed, four days in the sand and sun, only moving off our lounge chairs to get to our next meal.  It was the Layana that inspired my series of A Bit of Perfection posts so many years ago.

The General Manager, Stefan Heintze, […]

September 16th, 2017|Koh Lanta, Thailand|0 Comments

A Bit of Thailand: 24 Hours in Bangkok

Bangkok is a big, messy, crazy city that one either loves or hates. The tangle of streets and elevated train makes it seem futuristic in a 1970’s way – if that makes any sense at all. Think New York on speed.

24 HOURS IN BANGKOK
Now matter how it looks from the outside, the people are welcoming, the food great and the shopping spectacular. The Cypriot and I have been there a few times and always return for all those exact reasons.

Usually we are only 24 hours in Bangkok, before or after a journey elsewhere in Asia, so it seemed logical to write a post on exactly that subject. Actually it’s always a bit more than 24 hours. We give ourselves two dinners and one full day shopping. […]

March 31st, 2017|Bangkok, Destinations, Thailand|0 Comments

A Bit of Perfection – The Rachamankha, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We knew where we were going – Chiang Mai, more specifically The Rachamankha. We had been there before; in fact that’s exactly why we were returning.

I travel constantly (not a complaint, by the way), so when the Cypriot and I were planning a trip over annual Christmas holiday, we both simultaneously said, “Chiang Mai!”

I know there’s a whole world out there to explore, but it was so good the first time, we couldn’t help being drawn back again for more.

The first time round, we found ourselves making an unscheduled pit stop in Thailand’s second biggest, when our flight was diverted from Luang Prebang. A close friend of mine was actually in Chiang Mai at the same time and I rang her to ask where she […]

March 16th, 2017|Chiang Mai, Destinations, Thailand|0 Comments

A Bit of Thailand: Chiang Mai’s Nimmanhemin

Jump into a tuk-tuk and all you have to do is say Nimman. The driver will transport you to one of the hippest streets in Chiang Mai. Officially Nimmanhemin, everyone just calls this trendy thoroughfare by its shortened form: Nimman.

Steps away from the bustling university, Nimmam can’t help but be the groovy, hipster center of the second city of Thailand. Chiang Mai may be mostly known for its temples and treks, but stay in town a few days and you can discover more than just Khao Soi and Monk Chat.
Here are my Best Bits of this happening part of town:

LANNA TRADITIONAL HOUSE MUSEUM
If you find it hard to break yourself away from the olde world, spend the morning wandering around the Lanna Traditional House Museum […]

February 17th, 2017|Chiang Mai, Destinations, Thailand|2 Comments

A Bit of Paradise: The Layana Hotel, Koh Lanta, Thailand

“Welcome to Fantasy Island.”
I was sure I heard the General Manager of the Layana Resort say this as he slipped a garland of fragrant jasmine around my neck and handed me my first cocktail of the day.
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April 10th, 2014|Destinations, Koh Lanta, Thailand|0 Comments

A Bit of Thailand: Chiang Mai

 

We weren’t supposed to be here but..what hey you have to go with it.  A plane to Luang Prebang was diverted and we had to make the best of it.. and make the best of it we did.

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September 3rd, 2013|Chiang Mai, Destinations, Thailand|0 Comments