Hotel quality: Is Thailand really lagging behind neighbours?

Where in south-east Asia would you go if you wish to stay at a really top hotel? It would appear that the answer is either Siem Reap in Cambodia or Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. This is not, we should make clear, in REm’s estimation. In fact, both as a publication and individually, we are fans of the Kingdom’s hotels and have spent many happy hours staying in, eating in and being entertained in them. But, it appears we are out of step with the visitors to the TripAdvisor website. Their votes…

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There’s so much to love on rainy days – escape to Chiang Mai

  If, like me, you find yourself wondering where to go and what to do during Thailand’s ‘wet season’ then wonder no more. Ok I know many of you may say it’s ok when it rains, we can just go to a bar……well that’s ok too, but for the more adventurous among you I have found seven places in Chiang Mai that will make you forget about the rain! North Thailand and, in particular, Chiang Mai is one of the most beautiful places you may ever visit. The changing weather and…

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Weather pains? Check your barometer

  If you experience headaches or joint pains when the weather changes, it’s not your imagination. The barometric pressure may be to blame. Changes in the barometric pressure can – and do – affect your body, some of us are just more sensitive than others. Here’s the good news. If you suffer from weather-related headaches and joint pain, there are non-pharmaceutical ways to relieve it.     Here are five tips for dealing with barometric pressure headaches and post-operative, post-bone fractures. If you has ever experienced headaches or joints pain…

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Plastic pollution in Thailand? Bags of room for improvement

  Plastic bags banned in parks – but how to replace them? The people who run the Thai national parks have announced that they are banning plastic bags. For some, this is a noble gesture; for others, it is just – well, a gesture. If you are in the “you’ve got to start somewhere camp”, it is great news, I agree. However, it is all very well to ban them, but my question is: What do you replace them with? If you go looking for answers on the internet you…

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The Death of Charm – is Thailand losing its mojo?

  I don’t want to sound like some old fart expat whining about the way things used to be “back in the day” or to drone on about the things we are losing in the name of “development”. What’s more, I don’t want to tell Thai people what parts of their culture are precious and should be preserved. And I certainly don’t want to spark any conspiracy theories about what evil lurks at the core of the “gentrification” movement here in Thailand. I don’t want to do any of those…

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England World Cup football: So far so good…

  In words stolen from Blur’s song The Universal … it really, really, really could ’appen. But will it?   England are through to the semi-finals of the World Cup. It’s been 28 long years since anyone has been able to write those words. Can they go on and reach the final? I do believe they can. Will they win the whole thing? Ah, let’s not get carried away. We’ve got to get there first. Croatia will provide England with the toughest test yet, but I genuinely believe it’s a…

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