Anantara Mai Khao opens Phuket’s first Jim Thompson silk-inspired villa

  The finest textiles from the famed Jim Thompson collection play an important role in enhancing the luxury of the two-bedroom villa now available at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. A sweeping sanctuary nestled in 389 sqm of tropical Bill Bensley gardens, the two-bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson is just steps from Mai Khao’s white sand beaches and Anantara Mai Khao’s many delights.     Two bedrooms and a living room overlook a private 67-sqm pool with a spacious sun deck, while a traditional Thai sala extends over the…

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Winner of World Cup opener picked by a cat

Who remembers ‘Paul the Octopus’? Paul the Oracle-topus came of prominence during the 2008 UEFA Euros. In the lead-up to Germany’s international football matches, Paul was presented with two clear plastic boxes, each containing food: a mussel or an oyster. Each container was marked with the flag of a team, one of Germany, and the other the of Germany’s opponent. The box which Paul opened first (and ate its contents) was deemed to be the predicted winner. But it was 2010 when Paul really rose to stardom predicting a series of winners. Paul…

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Mays Urban Thai Dine

  Traditional Thai cooking with an added twist Authentic is such an overused word, but Mays Urban Thai Dine has managed to do it justice. Located on Theperasit Road towards the Theppraya junction on the right Mays offers traditional Thai cooking with an added twist. It manages to bring everything we love and crave about Thai street food to your table in a refined and artistic manner. On walking into the restaurant what immediately strikes you is the contemporary design, but also rustic feel, blending old and new with that timeless Thai beauty.…

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Thai AirAsia to launch flights between Chiang Mai and Yangon

AirAsia is to launch direct flights between Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and Yangon, Myanmar. The airline will operate the route thrice weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 11 August. Chiang Mai is an important base for Thai AirAsia. The airline currently has six Airbus A320s stationed there and its serves 13 routes, both domestic and international. Santisuk Klongchaiya, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said: “Yangon is a place of spirituality and culture and is one of Myanmar’s most rapidly expanding cities both in terms of economy and tourism while…

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Celebrity chef Harlan Goldstein signs exclusive management & media deal with Let’s Karma

Newly arrived on the Thai scene, Harlan Goldstein, whose successes have included his Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong, has quickly made his mark on the Thai scene by opening the “Comfort by Harlan” restaurant on Kasetsin Soi 2 in Pattaya. Billed as ‘Food for Friends’, that phrase perfectly describes the warm and fun atmosphere at ‘Comfort’, driven by Goldstein’s extraordinary presence. He is lively, outgoing, outspoken, opinionated, authentic and, above, all, hugely passionate about food!  Goldstein is a “once seen, never forgotten” kind of guy. Customers have been flocking to his new…

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Eleven branches of Oasis Spa (Thailand) certified as World Class Gold Standard Thai Spas

Eleven branches of The Oasis Spa were recently certified as World Class Gold Standard Thai Spas, an award given to only a select few spas in Thailand. The awards were officially presented by Dr Pranom Cometieng, the director-general of the Department of Health Service Support, at the recent 16th Anniversary of Department of Health Service Support Ministry in Nonthaburi.     A management team of spa managers, on behalf of Toby Allen and Pakin Ployphicha, managing directors of The Oasis Spa (Thailand), are shown receiving the awards. Managed by Destiny…

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Thai national parks ban plastic bags and styrofoam containers

Great news … with immediate effect all 154 Thai national parks will ban plastic containers and styrofoam, the National Parks Department has announced. According to General Surasak Kanjanarat, the minister of natural resources, measures are urgently needed to reduce the amount of plastic bags Thai people use and announced that the ministry will order the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and the Zoological Park Organisation to ban plastic bag use in all national parks and at state-owned zoos. After the worldwide attention Thailand has received following the death of…

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Seasons In the sun

  Thailand is a beautiful warm country where you can relax all year round. However, there are still seasons here with varying degrees of temperature. Not to worry, though, it never drops below freezing 🙂 The odd tropical downpour can even be quite entertaining at times. Here is our brief run down of the climate in The Kingdom.   THE HOT/DRY SEASON March–May Shades on – Check New Bikini/ManKini bought – Check Cocktail season is here and to top it all off you have the world-famous Songkran spirit to carry…

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D-Sign-Homes: We design, build and furnish luxury homes ready to move in

      D-Sign Villas is a brand-new housing development brought to the city by the ultra-talented team at D-Sign Homes and D-Sign Furniture. D-Sign is a property development company that has an outstanding reputation for creating luxury properties since 2013. The company works with renowned architects, designers and an in-house construction team to produce luxurious, contemporary properties.     The company’s glowing reputation lies not only in the outstanding design of their homes but the attention to detail throughout all their work. The Thai-Danish company had built an envied…

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Who will win the World Cup? Take note of my predictions, then ignore them

  Given my admission in other posts that I’m a crap football pundit you might be wondering why I’m even considering sharing my thoughts on the up-coming World Cup in Russia. You would have a point!     But the thing about football is that it is a game of opinions. By committing my thoughts to paper I am simply attempting to get the debate rolling, not claim any great insights. So who will win the World Cup? The favourites – Brazil and holders Germany – are (at the time…

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