TRAVEL INSPIRATION

Chantaburi

COLONIAL CHIC
CHANTABURI, THAILAND

Just inland from Thailand’s East coast, Chantaburi is best known for its sapphires. In days gone by, this prosperous town was the haven for ...
Koh Kradan

OFFSHORE LUXURY
KOH KRADAN, THAILAND

Is a beautiful white sand beach, shared with quite literally no one else just the ticket? Well, let us tell you about Koh Kradan. It’s quite...
Supanniga Cruise

GASTRO-CRUISING
BANGKOK, THAILAND

To experience Bangkok is to ride the mighty Chao Phraya River. There are a number of cruise operators offering dining experiences of all kin...
Philip Cornwel Smith

VERY THAI
PHILIP CORNWEL-SMITH

If you want to reinvent yourself, come to Thailand. For 500 years, my adopted home has been a makeover reality show for adventurers, dealers...

GRAPE DAY OUT
HUA HIN, THAILAND

I’m one of the most open-minded people I know – yet I find the concept of wine production in Thailand somewhat strange. Everything points at...
Ralf Obergfell - Urak Lawoi

BEATING OF THE WAVE
RALF OBERGFELL

I was out in the Andaman Sea, in the waters just close to the Malaysian maritime border, when the Tsunami struck. I was visiting Koh Lipe as...
Climbing in Railay Thailand

IT’S THE CLIMB
RAILAY, THAILAND

Stepping off the plane into the midday heat of Krabi was like a kick in the chest. By the time my feet hit tarmac, my previously crisp shirt...
Thai Elephant at Patara Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

THE BIG DREAM
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

“A proper elephant skincare routine is an important part in ensuring its well being. It relieves the animal of distressing skin ailments and...
Long Boating in Phuket, Thailand

GOING AFLOAT
PHUKET, THAILAND

At a certain point during my family’s annual vacation at the beach, my professorial father would grow weary of body-surfing the waves with h...
Jakkai Siributr

ARTISTIC THAI
JAKKAI SITIBUTR

Jakkai Siributr is one of Thailand's most notable artists. He lives between Thai art’s spiritual home of Chiang Mai and the contemporary sce...

HOTELS & RESORTS

Cape Kudu Koh Yao Noi

CAPE KUDU, KOH YAO NOI, THAILAND

We first visited Koh Yao Noi, an island just off the coast of Phuket when it was nothing more than a small fishing town, many years ago. Bas...
U Sathorn Bangkok

U-SATHORN, BANGKOK, THAILAND

OutThere travellers in the know headed for Bangkok are looking for smaller, more intimate properties in new parts of town. The chilled-out, ...
Trisara Phuket Thailand

TRISARA, PHUKET, THAILAND

One of the most talked-about hotels in Thailand, it’s easy to understand why – this is Thai luxury island hospitality at its very best. The ...
Hansar Bangkok

HANSAR, BANGKOK, THAILAND

As Bangkok addresses go, you don’t really get more central than this. Nestled in a quiet, exclusive, residential street in Ratchadamri, home...
Siam Kempinski

SIAM KEMPINSKI, BANGKOK, THAILAND

This property has become known as one of Bangkok’s most notable urban-resorts, except the Siam Kempinski really takes this getaway-in-the-ci...
Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui

BELMOND NAPASAI, KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

You’ll find the all-villa Belmond Napasai in a somewhat rural island setting – amongst a grove of cashew trees, with water buffalo just lazi...
Muthi Maya, Khao Yai, Thailand

MUTHI MAYA, KHAO YAI, THAILAND

When we got to Bangkok, we set ourselves a challenge to look for a place that would be off-radar even for the local scenesters. We spoke to ...
Paresa Phuket, Thailand

PARESA, PHUKET, THAILAND

The Paresa had a great start with us. The property had recently hosted a same-sex blessing ceremony on the hotel’s lawn overlooking its priv...
Banyan Tree, Bangkok

BANYAN TREE, BANGKOK, THAILAND

Rising up above the Bangkok skyline is the magnificent Banyan Tree. This is how you know you’ve made it to lofty heights. Its suites are sub...
Banyan, Hua Hin

BANYAN HUA HIN, THAILAND

This country-club resort (it boasts a world class golf course) is located in the self-styled Hamptons of Bangkok; just two hours drive towar...
Aleenta, Hua Hin

ALEENTA, HUA HIN, THAILAND

In the sleepy, coastal Pak Nam Pran, you’ll find the equally relaxed Aleenta, the charming, boutique alternative to the big name resorts in ...
La Viletta, Chiang Mai

LA VILETTA, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

With 14 suites set in private, landscaped gardens and located just a short tuk-tuk ride into the center of town, this small, contemporary bo...
Chedi, Chiang Mai

CHEDI, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

Modernist but with bamboo facades and lashings of Thai teak, the Chedi’s architect achieved perfection and proceeded to break the mold. If f...
Rachamanka, Chiang Mai

RACHAMANKA, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

The world will just melt away as soon as you step into this luxury boutique, clearly owned by an interior designer; tucked away in a backstr...
W Retreat, Samui

W RETREAT, KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

As the worldwide colonization by the W chain goes, this one takes the biscuit. The W Retreat on the island of Samui is something spectacular...
Six Senses, Samui

SIX SENSES, KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

Rustic rainforests, haunting hillsides, a sublime sea – this stunning sister of the quickly multiplying Six Senses family has got it all – a...
Sri Panwa, Phuket

SRI PANWA, PHUKET, THAILAND

This is pure indulgence. So many properties these days go for the private pool thing, but the Sri Panwa has taken it to another level – a 48...
Surin, Phuket

SURIN, PHUKET, THAILAND

Overlooking a stretch of beautiful white sand beach in Phuket, is this reimagined property, formerly of Chedi fame. It carries on the reputa...
Sarojin, Phuket

SAROJIN, KHAO LAK, THAILAND

Khao Lak is a beautiful, less trodden part of Phang Nga, not far from Phuket. The Sarojin is set on a private beach, inherently romantic and...
Howies Homestay, Chiang Mai

HOWIES HOMESTAY, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

Howie is a Rhode-Islander that landed in Chiang Mai, fell in love and never went back. He set about building his dream home with Thailand’s ...
Riva Surya Bangkok

RIVA SURYA, BANGKOK, THAILAND

Insiders love old-world Bangkok – palaces, temples, flower and food markets, bustling streets and dilapidating buildings, close to the histo...
SO Sofitel, Bangkok

SOFITEL SO, BANGKOK, THAILAND

If ever you needed to be reassured about Bangkok’s gay-friendly credentials, you need look no further than the check-in lounge at Sofitel’s ...
Point Yamu by Como, Phuket

POINT YAMU BY COMO, PHUKET, THAILAND

Possibly Thailand’s most exclusive beach getaway, this gives Thai luxury a touch of Italian sophistication. Paola Navone set out to create a...
The Siam, Bangkok

THE SIAM, BANGKOK, THAILAND

The hot, fast paced streets of central Bangkok can be a demanding place for the uninitiated and experienced traveler alike. A wonderful caco...

TRISARA, PHUKET, THAILAND

One of the most talked-about hotels in Thailand, it’s easy to understand why – this is Thai luxury island hospitality at its very best. The ...
The Grotto at the Rayavadee resort, Krabi, Thailand

THE RAYAVADEE, KRABI, THAILAND

My first clue that this is no ordinary resort comes when a speed-boat pulls up and a call goes out in our names. We slip through the crowded...
Muse Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

HOTEL MUSE, BANGKOK, THAILAND

French hotel stalwart Accor has introduced one of its MGallery of individual concept hotels to Bangkok in the form of boutique property Hote...
Dhara Dhevi hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

DHARA DHEVI, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

The quintessential vision of Thailand – stepped towers, intricately crafted stupas, reclining buddhas and a skyline of chedi towers exists i...
Shangri-la, Bangkok, Thailand

SHANGRI-LA BANGKOK, THAILAND

On the banks of the Chao Praya River stands this majestic hotel synonymous with Bangkok luxury. The Shangri-la is a stalwart of the Asian ho...
Peninsula, Bangkok, Thailand

PENINSULA, BANGKOK, THAILAND

We guarantee you’ll gasp out loud as your beautiful, clasped-handed hostesses and army of butlers check you in (in-room) to heaven on the 37...