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Historic 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai

Travel writer Julie Miller visits a hotel in Chiang Mai that has raised the bar in boutique luxury. In the days of King Rama V, the status of a homeowner was measured by the number of ornate columns found in his house. The elegant teak building that forms the centrepiece of Chiang Mai’s most luxurious boutique […]

Spice I Am: a taste of Ratchaburi in downtown Sydney

Sydney-based travel blogger Deborah Dickson-Smith didn’t have to travel far to taste some truly authentic Thai food in Sydney. Sujet Saenkham’s Spice I Am restaurants can now be found in 5 Sydney locations. Sujet Saenkham’s first restaurant, Spice I Am on Darlinghurst Rd opened in 2004 and this remains ‘home-base’ for Sujet, although he now […]

TBEX hits Thailand

More than 600 bloggers are expected to attend the Travel Blog Exchange Asia (TBEX Asia) this week. TBEX was first held in 2008 and has been organised annually in Europe and the United States. As attendance has grown significantly, the organisers decided to venture into Asia in recognition of the immense market potential and high […]

Robin Shultz headlines gay travel experience TropOut in Phuket

Brand-new sophisticated global gay travel experience, TropOut, is excited to announce German electronic DJ and producer Robin Schulz as its headline act for its inaugural experience April 3 – 9, 2016, in Phuket, Thailand. Having topped the charts across Europe and boasting numerous top 10 hits in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand including […]

Red Sky at night, diner’s delight

Travel blogger Deborah Dickson-Smith recently sampled the fine dining at Red Sky Centara Grand at Centralworld. There are many Bangkok rooftop restaurants, but none, perhaps, quite as grand as Red Sky. While it’s not riverside or overlooking one of Bangkok’s grand temples, it is 55 floors up and has 360 degree views of the city […]

Ethical elephant encounters in Thailand

Support elephant camps and sanctuaries that put the welfare of their animals first, advises Julie Miller. Elephants and Thailand are closely intertwined – pachyderms have helped shape the Kingdom of Thailand, are part of its history and culture, and are an important element of its tourism industry.

Howie’s Homestay, Chiang Mai

Julie Miller discovers the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity at a private guesthouse in Chiang Mai. Browsing through accommodation listings for Chiang Mai, you might come across a homestay called Howie’s Place. Sounds like a friendly, humble abode, right?