How Much a Holiday in Thailand Costs

Updated: 10/28/2018 | October 28th, 2018 Traveling Thailand can cost as little or as much as you want it to be. This is a country that covers all budgets! This is a country where you can stay in $3 USD rooms or $1,000 USD resorts. Street food for pennies or gourmet dinners for hundreds. Expensive tours or inexperience attractions. There’s something for…

Where I’m At: December, 2017 – Hanoi edition

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Hanoi! It’s been a month bookended by conferences in two different fields. I average about one conference a year, so two in a month is unusual for me. I try to mix it up by going to a new one every year. It’s a good way to meet new people, and to travel. Here is where I’ve been over …

Dusit Thani Bangkok – The iconic modernist hotel that will soon be demolished

One of the most iconic hotels in Southeast Asia will soon be no more. The Dusit Thani is a landmark of the Silom area, but it now has a date with the wrecking ball to make way for a new mall and hotel development. The hotel was founded by Bangkok-born businesswoman Chanut Piyaoui, who brought the modern hotel style to Thailand in the 1940’s. The Dusit Thani was opened in February, 1970 and it was the first five-star hotel in …

5 Summer Festivals & Parties Worth Traveling For

By Adam Groffman Something about the heat and the sunshine just makes us all want to be outside, drinking, soaking up the sun, enjoying that special summer atmosphere. But nothing says summer like a good festival or outdoor party. 5 Summer Festivals & Parties Worth Traveling For Caribbean Pride in Punta Cana Blue Diamond resorts recently announced an inaugural Caribbean Pride event at the CHIC Punta Cana resort in the Dominican …

Why Are There No Nonstop Flights from the U.S. to Thailand?

Many years, on one of my first trips to Thailand, I was surprised to learn that an American I met in some shithole bar at Khao San Road had flown nonstop—from New York. “About 18 hours,” he said, reflecting on the time it had taken to fly from JFK to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. “Yes—in coach.” I’d known about Thai Airways’ nonstop from LAX, but at the time, it seemed impossible—not to mention, logically dubious—that Thailand’s flag carrier would also fly to New York City. (As it turns out, New…

Where I’m At: Saigon – October 2016

Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next. Where I’ve Been Bangkok The month began in Bangkok where I ended up spending three weeks. I soon fell into a regular rhythm or work, meeting up with friends who live there, and eating my favourite Thai foods. I make a point to go and exploring different neighbourhoods in Bangkok…

Soi Ngam Dupli – The old backpacker neighbourhood of Bangkok

Any backpacker who has been to Bangkok knows that Khao San Road is the backpacker Mecca of Southeast Asia. When I first arrived in Bangkok in 2005 all I knew was to make my way to this fabled street and I could walk around and find a cheap guesthouse to stay. Khao San Road was a complete backpacker circus by the I had arrived, but it wasn’t always that way. Before Khao…

Bangkok’s Golden Mount: A History Of Glory and Gore

Exquisite views of of the city unfurled as I climbed the Golden Mount in Bangkok on New Year’s Eve. To the west, the multi-tiered pagodas of the Grand Palace were visible. Modern skyscrapers of dazzling glass and steel dominated the skyline to the east. In other directions I spied the cables of the Rama IV suspension bridge over the Chao…

Three Beautiful Days in Bangkok

The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Bangkok “Best City in the World” several times over, a fact that both delights and confuses me. As a longtime lover (and former resident!) of Bangkok, whose Thai name Krungthep Mahanakon translates to “City of Angels,” it moves me that a place so near and dear to me has won the hearts…

12 Family Friendly Attractions in Southeast Asia

Brought to you by Hoot Holidays Noodles for breakfast, sailing pirate ships at lunch and putting out fires for dinner. What kid would not want to spend their holidays in Southeast Asia? For Australians, a visit to Southeast Asia is convenient. The region is close, the exchange rate generally works in our favour and the locals love kids. But with such a wide range of cultures and a plethora of countries to visit how do…

Demonstrations in Thailand? No Problem, Travelers Say.

Filed under: Asia, ThailandShutterstock The political protests currently taking place in parts of Bangkok don’t seem to be affecting travel to and within Thailand. And that should be no surprise. Despite events — a coup, floods and protests that closed an airport among them — that have rocked the country in recent years, travelers remain unfazed about visiting Thailand. Quartz reports: Not only are tourists still coming, but they’ve been …