27 Most Colourful Towns & Cities in Scandinavia & the Nordics

I started putting this list together a very long time ago and always end up adding a new town or city whenever I go back to Scandinavia. We all know it can be cold and often dark in this region but these colourful places really transform and lift the whole landscape. The…

From Digital Nomad to Expat – Putting Down Roots in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Eleven and a half years ago I set out to see the world. I was 54 years old at the time and had spent the last 36 years working at various jobs that had included, among other things, selling newspaper ads, managing a women’s department store, owning a public relations firm, and managing real estate franchises. At one point I even co-owned and operated a Sno-Cone kiosk in the largest water park in Puerto Rico! None of my jobs, or the comfortable lifestyle they …

Thailand “Koh Samui” luxury guide

Dream beaches and millions of coconut palms make Koh Samui one of the most beautiful tropical dram islands in Southeast Asia. The third largest island of Thailand fascinates holiday makers from all over the world, not least for its stunning scenery, rich culture, delicious food and friendly people. Paradizo is providing the most exclusive luxury

The Comic Book Murals of Brussels

No other country has produced more comic artists than Belgium. A mighty feat for such a small country. The tradition dates back almost a full century ago, when Tintin was created by Belgian artist Hergé and the Smurfs were created by Belgian artist Peyo. Taking the country’s love affair with comics one step further is Brussels, where you can find a lengthy set of murals sprawling across the city walls. This project is called the …

PHOTO: Water Fights during Songkran in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai New Year is celebrated with a four or five day holiday that falls in mid-April each year. The holiday, known as Songkran, is celebrated throughout Thailand, but Songkran in Chiang Mai is celebrated with true abandon. Festivities kick off at 6 a.m. at Thapae Gate, where Buddhist monks offer a blessing and join an alms-giving procession. Residents and visitors line the plaza, eager to place a gift of food, drink, or flowers into the alms bowls of the monks. These offerings are transported to the various wats… The post PHOTO: Water Fights during …

Must Stay: The Burgenstock Resort above Lake Lucerne

Located on a ridge high above Lake Lucerne, the renowned Burgenstock Resort has recently emerged from a 10-year, $550-million renovation and expansion to become one of Switzerland’s most exciting properties. The first hotel opened here in 1873, and the resort has since become a favorite among world leaders, European royalty and movie stars. The heart of the refurbished resort is the newly constructed Burgenstock Hotel. One of our preferred hotels in the Lucerne region, it’s an elegant luxury hotel with spectacular views …

The 5 most amazing villas for a summer vacation in Europe

Do you want to feel at home on your well-deserved vacation? There are many amazing villas in Europe, but which ones are the crème de la crème? Nothing is more luxurious than staying in a villa with a private pool, amazing garden, house staff and a dream location. Paradizo will present

Exploring Greenwich, London: 21 top things to do

I’ve been living in Greenwich for a few years now and explored most of its attractions which I’d like to share with you. The first thing people say when visiting Greenwich is how different it is to the rest of London. It’s extremely leafy and quaint which makes you feel like you’ve travelling back…

PHOTO: Boiling Eggs at San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, Thailand

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs in the hills outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a great day trip for visitors. Twin geysers erupt perpetually, throwing the stinky sulfur water into the air. The scalding water is piped into a concrete pool where visitors can boil fresh eggs that are available for purchase in the park. Wicker baskets with long handles allow the eggs to be immersed into the 105 degree …

The Chelsea Flower Show and Garden Tours of London

Flower and garden aficionados eagerly anticipate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, held each May in London, England. Beautiful plant and flower displays cover 11 acres of grounds at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for the five days of the prestigious event. The Show Gardens—elaborate installations combining flowers, shrubs, trees, water courses, follies and other features—are a not-to-be-missed highlight. Designers of the Show Gardens may draw inspiration from themes such as sustainability or work with unique plants and landscapes from around the world, such as the salt-tolerant plants of …

Sankt Anton am Arlberg – the white paradise

One of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps, Sankt Anton am Arlberg, a white paradise that invites for first-class winter sports. The authentic Tyrolean village with its authentic huts, enchanting streets and squares, as well as lively après-ski events attracts winter sport lovers from all over the world. In the chic, vibrant place

Interesting & Fun Things to do in Bodø, Norway

Before arriving in Bodø I didn’t really know what to expect, it’s not commonly written about like Oslo, Bergen or Tromsø. That’s probably because less people visit. But now that I’ve visited several times along with my friends over at Scandinavia Only, I want to share some of the best things you can do in this far north, coastal city. Before going, all I really knew about Bodø is that it’s the last and most northerly stopping point of all trains in Norway after crossing the Arctic Circle. …

PHOTO: Making Paper Lanterns at the Saa Paper Festival in Thailand

The villages around the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai have long been known for the production of traditional handicrafts such as furniture, wood carvings, paper umbrellas, silk, hammered silver, jewelry, lacquerware, and Celadon ceramics. However Saa paper products, made from the bark of Mulberry trees, may be the most unique of these handmade products. Mulberry trees naturally shed their bark each year, thus the raw material used in the production of Saa paper is renewable. The bark is shredded, immersed in water, cleaned, and churned into…

Ultimate Luxury Private Portugal Tours

Portugal is a fascinating, beautiful destination, with a rich history, incredible architecture and decorative arts, outstanding food and wine, and top luxury hotels. Our private Portugal tours include insider experiences that capture the best of Portugal’s culture, history, landscapes, and food and wine, such as: A tour of Lisbon’s centuries-old shops specializing in candles, gloves, ceramics, linens, gold jewelry, culinary items, antiques and more Visits to the most picturesque viewpoints …