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Hua Hin, Thailand

Grape day out
Hua Hin, Thailand

Uwern Jong stumbles upon something he least expected in Thailand's rolling Hua Hin Hills. I’m one of the most open-minded people...
The big dream, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The big dream
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Martin Perry travels North and meets Thailand's most prominent elephant whisperers in the cultural capital of Chiang Mai. “A pro...
Long Boating in Phuket, Thailand

Going afloat
Phuket, Thailand

Mark Thompson earns his sea legs on a voyage to the Thai paradise island of Phuket. At a certain point during my family’s annual...
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

Waldorf Astoria, Bangkok, Thailand

Waldorf Astoria
Bangkok, Thailand

Walking up the marble double staircase from the hotel’s 56th floor in our hunt for the Champagne Bar, we were faced with a huge mural and n...
Mason Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand

Mason
Pattaya, Thailand

Few are the places we vow never to return to – Pattaya, turned tawdry, was one of them. But when an invitation to a brand-new design ho...
Oriental Residence, Bangkok, Thailand

Oriental Residence
Bangkok, Thailand

Hotels in Bangkok have long traded on their ‘Orientalness’. After all, it was here in the Thai capital that the legendary Oriental Hotel ma...
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand

Mandarin Oriental
Bangkok, Thailand

Our return to this iconic, timeless Bangkok Grande Dame was long awaited. local interior design celebrities P49Deesign and Associates h...
The Slate, Phuket, Thailand

The Slate
Phuket, Thailand

Just when we thought we had Thailand sussed, we heard reports of a resort transformed by a nip and tuck from a maestro. At first intrig...

The Sukhothai
Bangkok, Thailand

Pulling off the busy main road of car horns and motorcycle engines on to a private avenue made us feel like royalty (albeit royalty who tra...

Avani Hua Hin
Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin, situated just two and a half hours away from Bangkok, is a favourite of Thai city-slickers looking to escape the capital. It rose i...

Sri Panwa
Phuket, Thailand

Our introduction to this huge luxury resort was by golf-cart, at sunset. As we arrived at check-in, our personal butler came out to greet us...

Dream Phuket
Phuket, Thailand

Arriving in the dip of low-season unfortunately meant that we couldn’t see the Dream Hotel Phuket it all its glory, an alleged good-times, p...

Park Hyatt
Bangkok, Thailand

The family who runs the ‘Central’ empire of upscale shopping malls in Thailand are among the country’s most affluent and prominent hospitali...

Twinpalms Phuket
Phuket, Thailand

The jaw-droppingly beautiful Surin Beach, home to the glorious Twinpalms, used to be a must-go hangout for the chic jet-set. Last year, the ...

The Racha
Phuket, Thailand

If ‘Fantasy Island’ were real, this would be it. A 30-minute boat ride away from their executive boarding lounge at Chalong pier, this is a ...
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 Hotel, 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 The Resort, 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 Villetta, 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

Rachamankha, 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...
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 humid, fast-paced streets of central Bangkok can be a demanding place for the uninitiated and experienced traveller alike. A ...

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...