Anantara Hotels and Resorts to open new luxury all-villa resort In QuyNhon, Vietnam

  Adding a third property to its portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam, Anantara Hotels and Resorts has announced the development of its newest villa retreat which is scheduled to open in late November 2018. Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, Anantara QuyNhon Villas will comprise 26 one- and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas ensconced amid 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens.

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Monaco launches with party of the year; Ocean Drive revealed

      Saturday 23rd June saw The Riviera Group launch its latest project The Riviera Monaco to an enormous crowd of investors, agents, buyers, and partygoers, all eager to see the Monaco showroom combined with famous guests to keep the mood high-end. Winston Gale and wife Sukanya, of course, were the hosts to their latest creation and they were joined by special guests Ananda who really needs no introduction, long-time famous presenter Elizabeth Sadler, Burin from the legendary Groove Rider music group and Emi Stames, ex-top Thailand supermodel. As…

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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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Pattaya Boat Show contributes to east coast business growth

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show contributes to growth of Thailand’s east coast business and leisure market Pattaya to link up with Government’s ‘Thai Riviera’ Project Pattaya Boat Show organisers target 6,000 visitors   Thailand is gearing up for its annual showcase of marine and luxury from November 29 to December 2 when leaders in the country’s boating and luxury lifestyle industries come together for the 7th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, and where consumers gather to see the latest products and technologies on offer. “Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has…

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England World Cup football: The loan stars

  Not all of England’s World Cup squad were always on top of their game   What I especially like about the composition of the current 23-man England World Cup squad is that is allows the supporters of numerous non-Premiership clubs to claim some share of the perceived “glory”. The reason? In total, 16 of the players have, at one time or another, been loaned out to perform for other teams. Loaning players has been going on since the game started and some of the loans could be more accurately…

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