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27 May

Hey all-

I’m back from my amazing trip to Thailand and boy, do I have some awesome stories. I will be back writing next week, after enjoying the beautiful Memorial Day weekend weather.

And for those who can’t wait, here is a taste of some of the amazing photos from Thailand to come:

Wherever you are celebrating the long weekend, I hope you have a fabulous time!

Speak to ya next week!

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Koh Samui, Thailand Hotels

4 Apr

When planning our upcoming trip to Thailand, we got stuck on deciding which hotel to stay in in each area. There are so many questions that come to mind when choosing a hotel: is this a good area? how is the service? is this within walking distance to the sights? etc. etc. etc. Despite the answers to these questions, the Thai people are known for their excellent service so pretty much wherever you stay, you know you are in good hands.

For the Koh Samui leg of our trip, we ultimately decided on staying at Beach Republic in Lamai beach but there were so many great hotels we considered that I wanted to share some of them, in case they suit your needs.

Location tip: after doing quite a bit of research and speaking with people who’ve visited Koh Samui, we realized there are two places you are better off staying in if you want a taste of the nightlife but don’t care to be right in the heart of it (aka Chaweng Beach): Lamai Beach or Bophut Beach (aka Fisherman’s Village).

Here are some of the Koh Samui hotels that were top of mind when we planned our Thailand trip:

In Lamai Beach

Montra Samui

Montra Samui

–                 Montra Hotel: from $150/nt; website

** Note: Hotel has not opened yet—might open in May 2011

–                 Beach Republic: from $125/nt with breakfast; website

** Note: #1 on Trip Advisor

–                 Pavilion Samui: from $162/nt; website

Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach

Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach

–                 Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach: from $377 for 3 nights; website

–                 Rocky’s Boutique Resort: from $160 per night with breakfast; website

In Bophut Beach (Fisherman’s Village)

–                 Anantara: from $170/nt; website

–                 Q Signature Samui: $90/nt with breakfast; website

Q Signature Samui

Q Signature Samui

 

In Koh Phangan (Neighboring Island)

–          Santhiya: from $177/nt with breakfast; website

In Coral Cave (between Lamai and Chaweng)

–                 Coral Cave Chalet: from $126/nt for a deluxe suite; website

–                 Samui Cliff: from $270 for 3 nights); website

–                 The Kala Samui: from $126/nt with breakfast, transportation, a massage, and more (limited time offer); website

The Kala Samui

The Kala Samui

In Silver Beach (between Lamai and Chaweng)

–                 Promtsuk Buri: from $73/nt for a beach front bungalow; website

–                 Samui Yacht Club: from $86/nt; website

In Chaweng Noi

–                 Fair House Samui: from $98/nt with breakfast; website

–                 Imperial Hotel: from $122/nt; website

Imperial Hotel Koh Samui

Imperial Hotel Koh Samui

Happy Planning!


Chiang Mai, Thailand Hotels

31 Mar

When planning our upcoming trip to Thailand, we got stuck on deciding which hotel to stay in in each area. There are so many questions that come to mind when choosing a hotel: is this a good area? how is the service? is this within walking distance to the sights? etc. etc. etc. Despite the answers to these questions, the Thai people are known for their excellent service so pretty much wherever you stay, you know you are in good hands.

For the Chiang Mai leg of our trip, we ultimately decided on staying at Rimping Village but there were so many great hotels we considered that I wanted to share some of them, in case they suit your needs.

Location tip: after doing quite a bit of research and speaking with people who’ve visited Chiang Mai, we realized there are two places you are better off staying in: near the Night Market or inside the Old City. This will allow you to be within walking distance (or a short tuk tuk ride) to two of the main tourist areas.

Here are some of the Chiang Mai hotels that were top of mind when we planned our Thailand trip:

 

Rimping Village Hotel

Rimping Village: from $67 per night including breakfast

  • Between old city and night market (walking distance to both)
  • Pool; award-winning service
  • #4 on Trip Advisor’s list of Chiang Mai hotels
  • Hotel website
Ping Nakara

Ping Nakara

Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa: from $137/nt including breakfast

  • Riverside; walking distance to the old city
  • Top-rated hotel for romance
  • # 2 on Trip Advisor’s list of Chiang Mai hotels
  • Has a pool
  • Hotel website

Rachamankha Hotel: from $138/nt (with discount for 3 nights) including breakfast

  • Located inside the walled city; walking distance to all the temples, old city sights, etc.
  • Top-rated service; rated one of the World’s Best hotels by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler
  • #3 on Trip Advisor’s list of Chiang Mai hotels
  • Has a pool
  • Hotel website
Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai Thailand

Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai Thailand

The Chedi Chiang Mai: from $123/nt (discounted for 3 night stay) including breakfast

  • Located right near the night market
  • Top-rated hotel by Conde Nast Traveler
  • #6 on Trip Advisor’s list of Chiang Mai hotels
  • Has a pool
  • Hotel website
The Chedi Chiang Mai

The Chedi Chiang Mai

Dusit D2

Dusit D2

Dusit D2: from $81/nt with breakfast

  • Located right next to night market; 20 min walk to city center
  • Known for its modern, trendy decor
  • Top-rated hotel by Conde Nast Traveler
  • Has a pool
  • Hotel website

Baan Orapin: from $57/nt with breakfast

  • Just outside of the night market area, along the river, out of the commotion
  • Has a pool
  • Hotel website
Baan Orapin

Baan Orapin

Banthai Village: from $65/nt with breakfast

  • Located near night market
  • Has a pool
  • Hotel website

Banthai Village

Banthai Village

 

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