It was a 40-minute ferry ride from the province of Trat on Thailand’s mainland to Koh Chang, the country’s third-largest island. We had spent two-and-a-half days learning about community-based tourism in the local villages, and now it was time to focus on wellness and relaxation. We were more than ready for the adventure that lay ahead.
The ease and prevalence of travel has made our world a small one. Many countries rely on the tourism industry to boost their economies and work to attract travelers with a variety of accommodations and chain restaurants. But how much do we really get to experience a destination when we stay in a cushy hotel […]
I never need an excuse to go to Thailand, but when I received a text message from the good folks at Jetset Extra asking if I was interested in playing golf in Thailand, well, there are some things to which I don’t say no. The trip took place in March, one year after the Tourism […]
We’re lounging poolside at the Bangkok Shangri-La Hotel, sipping Pinot Grigio while dealing with this champagne problem: Where should we embark on a last-minute side trip and city escape? We had three days before our return flights home. Our wish list: beach, sun, yoga, great food, pool, and spa—all with hassle-free transport to and from […]
Bangkok is a town that comes with some baggage. Its reputation as a bastion of wild (and often seedy) nightlife has been fed by movies like “The Hangover II” and “Bangkok Dangerous.” Likewise, its recent political protests have added to the misconception that Bangkok is a place best avoided, or at the very least passed through […]
There are many reasons I find myself getting lured back to Thailand. While tropical weather, exotic beaches, luscious mountains, incredible food, and world-famous hospitality are surely enough to keep anyone coming back to “The Land of Smiles,” the opportunity to get kicked in the face is not high on my must-do vacation list. Yet, that […]
When venturing to Thailand, or indeed any part of Asia, it’s possible you’ll experience at least one night in Bangkok, and given the Thai people’s enthusiasm and welcome toward tourists, it’s a great gateway to ease in your Asian adventure. Strikingly different from the West, whilst accommodating enough, the Thai capital city offers variety to […]
At the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s Oriental Thai Cooking School, Chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen hosts classes highlighting Thai cuisine. On a recent trip to Bangkok, Jetset Extra had the opportunity to experience these classes first hand.
In my mind, Thailand has always been synonymous with luxury pampering and with it, world-class spas. But apparently the spa industry, as we Angelenos think of it, is a relatively new offering. According to recent news from the Thai Tourism authority, “It has been exactly 20 years ago since the opening of Chiva-Som, Thailand’s first dedicated […]
Still sleepy from the previous day, Jason and I awoke to an incredible view out of our 10th floor window at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. From directly over the river, we watched as the different watercraft cruised, floated, or roared up and down the Chao Phraya river. We then met up with Maxine downstairs at […]