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 […]
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 […]
Bangkok is like most big cities in the world – loud and busy, with lots of people and traffic. But, what sets it apart from the rest of the world is its ability to make you feel like you are visiting friends amongst all the chaos. They call it “Thai-ness” – a term used to […]
“So you are back, alive and well; that’s already good,” said my Doc the other day. I went to see my family physician mostly to address some annoying sunburns I endured while skimming the beaches of the Gulf of Thailand. Before my long-anticipated trip to The Land of Smiles, I was advised to vaccinate, carry […]