I arrived in Thailand last Tuesday, spending my first three nights in Bangkok. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of military presence, both at the airports and throughout the city. In fact I saw far less solders around than on my previous visits. It’s all quiet in Thailand… City life is normal, with everything functioning.
Following the announcement yesterday on the total relaxation of curfews in the southern resort areas, it has just been released that Bangkok and Chiang Mai will be now be reduced to just 01.00-04.00am. As I have previously indicated, providing there are no future problems, the Thailand curfew is gently being relaxed, hour by hour, […]
Announced this evening, Thailand relaxes curfews and The resorts of Samui and Phuket (which also includes Khao lak) have been lifted completely. This new comes to us from our agents, Asia World. In Bangkok and the north the curfew remains in place, from midnight to 04:00 am, however clients arriving or departing in these hours […]
Last few hours in Bali. I still love the island. Ok, there are pockets of tourism excess such as the main Kuta area – known as Costa Fosters for obvious reasons – and some of the new mega luxury resort of south Nusa Dua leave me cold… but that is me. I don’t suppose too […]
Seminyak is known as the cuisine area of Bali, and most of the upscale restaurants are here, but it is also home to lots of funky bars and trendy boutiques. These images just give a flavour of the style. It’s busy, particularly in the peak July and August months, and pavements are still a rarity, […]
I think I first visited Ubud about 30 years ago, when it was an artist village. It used to be said about the locals that from the womb to the tomb they were naturally gifted. As such it attracted artists from other countries, particularly Europe who were enthralled by the scenery, the amazing culture and […]
Although Bali and Lombok are neighbouring islands, just 25 minute flights party, they offer a very different holiday style. Bali is 80% Buddhist Hindu, and they are proud to display their culture. Lombok is much more rural, rather reserved, and is 90% Muslim. They are both equally attractive and make an interesting twin centre. In […]
I thought this image rather captured the simple beauty of Bali. I have seen so many hotels… some cute little boutique properties that really appealed to me. Then at the other end of the scale, you are have 500 room plus luxurious “monsters ” which now seems to be the trend. This picture was taken […]
I had forgotten just how magical Bali is. It is the merging of the traditional cultures with modern comforts. Statues like this one adorn most hotel gardens (It is just a feature of the island), but most of all it is the people. Despite the emergence of mass tourism in pockets, the smiles are still […]
Like most of Asia, the Balinese are fanatical about their football. Most of the small village houses have flags indicating the team they will be supporting. Makes it even more colourful. As you can see from this picture England are popular, as are Argentina and of course Holland. .
I thought this image provided a little bit of balance beyond the dramatic headlines we have seen or read in the last few days. Here is a link to the update we have received this morning from our agents in Bangkok, Asia World, so you can read the explicit detail: http://buff.ly/1ozpFv3 It is not my […]
The renowned Sani Festival will run from 11 July until 14 August at the Sani Resort, on the Halkidiki Penninsula, will expand its program this summer to take in other arts apart from music. More information here: http://buff.ly/1ocRH1K Festival website: http://buff.ly/1ocRFa9 This is one of the principal art and music festivals in the Mediterranean. They […]