An Unforgettable Hotel Experience in Bangkok

Confucius asserted, “Wheresoever you go – go with all your heart”. It is quite a thought and advise to take and while I actually went with all my heart to this property- I even came out with my heart filled with beautiful experiences and memories which are going to stay with me forever! In short, this was not just any visit or stay in a hotel- it was one where I felt cherished and cared for throughout!

The property I am referring to is a sister hotel to the award winning 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, and is located on Sukhumvit Soi 39 in Bangkok called the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok. It enjoys a wonderful location as it is situated only a short distance from the upscale and fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium.

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The architects for the property are Palmer and Turner from Bangkok, with Interiors by P49 Design and Landscape by Wabi Sabi Studio. 34 exquisitely appointed suites opened their doors earlier in April this year. And lucky me, just late May- I got the opportunity of experiencing the magic at their Sukhothai Suites.

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The check-in procedure was extremely smooth and exclusive as my suite check-in happened at the Leonowens Club where we were even treated to a refreshing and colour-packed welcome drink.

In no time, we were guided to our suite and I have to admit it that I had a jaw-dropping moment- the minute I stepped into my suite and what made it even more special was a welcome note and platter filled with goodies.

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As I looked around, I unravelled all about my home for the next two nights! Some of its features included a private butler service, maxi bars with wine cellars, user friendly mood lighting, high ceilings, large walk-in wardrobes and stunning marble en-suite bathrooms with chic circular baths complete with built in TV.

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They even reckon that the sleep experience is of the highest standard and the spacious balcony was the ultimate chill zone, complete with the traditional 137 Pillars House signature rocking chair and an over-sized day-bed for two, with superb view of the Bangkok skyline. The balcony was a true blessing for a person like me who loves to sometimes just disconnect and relax!

​137 Pillars Suites features the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts signature Leonowens Club, the Jack Bain’s Bar and Cigar Divan, and the exquisite Nimitr specialty restaurant featuring Thai favourites with a molecular twist as well as Western delicacies created by their Group Executive Chef and Culinary Artist, Peter Marx from Sweden. A meal here is a must. We dined here once and not just enjoyed the true beauty of the restaurant but thoroughly loved every bit of our meal as well.  It was quite an experience I must say!

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Their Bangkok Trading Post Restaurant is an all-day dining bistro and deli appealing to local residents and guests, serving Western and Asian favourites as well as freshly baked breads, connoisseur coffee and specialty beverages. I was told that both the restaurants were designed and created by Bangkok’s chic design couple Sophie Beghin and Faun Israrena na Ayudhya of Santhaya Associates.

And this is not it, staying in the suite comes with even more added benefits. One need not use the common pool, instead I had an amazing time swimming in their rooftop infinity edged pool. Also, an exclusive gym facility is available for the suite guests! The 27th floor has chic late check-out and early check-in pods and separate shower facilities in the event that suites are fully booked.

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Trust me when I say that there wouldn’t be a dull moment when staying here. The NITRA spa and wellness center with a separate yoga and meditation sala offers activities including aerial flow yoga, tai chi, reiki and dance. Their Golf Studio seemed rather fun and interesting. Others services include 137 signature dining and picnics by design, a personal shopping service and guide, privately curated and customized tours, tennis and golf practice putting and chipping with personal trainers for both on request, kids’ corner and meeting space.

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In case you want to know how to get here, then here are the details… You could get to the Emquartier/Emporium shopping complex through the BTS Skytrain/MRT underground trains and then you could get a pick-up scheduled in their complimentary London Cab, affectionately known as Louie.

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Also, since the property name reflects residences, here is why- 137 Pillars Residences Bangkok houses 179 private residences offering bespoke facilities for leisure, business and long stay guests including the use of their stylish, customized London Cab.

Lastly, I can’t thank 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok enough for the most spectacular stay ever! The staff here was the most helpful, caring and accommodating… I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast each day and have to mention that one cannot afford to miss trying their waffles for breakfast at Leonowens Club!

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Wishing this property great success always as they deserve every bit of it!

Best,
Sonali

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HIGH ON HOTELS: 137 Pillars House,Chiang Mai

Well, for all those who have been waiting for the latest post in our “High on Hotels” section- the wait is over!!! And we are certain that you would be quite pleased with what is coming your way… Thailand is a favourite with many of us, and this time around we have explored a beauty in Chiang Mai called 137 Pillars House. Towards, the close of this post- we are certain that you would agree that it is a beauty with a difference! Here is all that we found out…

Q: Why a stay here would prove to be the most memorable one?
A: In addition to the naturally gracious Thai hospitality, exquisite cuisine and sensational spa treatments, the boutique experience at 137 Pillars House is unique due to its rich colonial history as it is built around an original teak homestead that dates back to the late 1800’s which has been lovingly restored.  It evokes an experience that goes back to a bygone era which is still evident throughout the house.  As the winner of the coveted Travel + Leisure’s Best Resort in Asia Award which is voted by the readers, this perhaps is a testimony to its memorability; together with its high year round occupancy and a high percentage of return guests.

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Q: What all facilities would you find in the room?
A: 137 Pillars House has 30 suites all of which are white, contrasting with the rich wooden teak homestead and furnished with rich Jim Thompson silks and fabrics in a deep green, a vibrant red or a dark teal.  Suites have high polished wooden floors, black and white mosaic tiles in the bathroom, a deep soak standalone claw footed bathtub, outdoor showers, large verandahs complete with the signature 137 rocking chair and exquisite furnishings throughout, with stunning orchids and bespoke amenities. Modern comforts and a contemporary interpretation of colonial design that marries the old and new.

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Q: Elaborate on the facilities in the hotel for in-house guests?
A: The hotel houses the Jack Bain Bar, Wine Cellar and Dining Room among others.  Recreation facilities include the Spa, Gymnasium and Swimming Pool.  The hotel’s cooking classes are very popular and guests find it hard to stop at just one spa treatment! Although an intimate footprint guests can immerse themselves in the resort with in-suite dining, multiple dining areas and cuisine options, spa, wellness programs and classes.

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Q: A must try restaurant in the hotel and why?
A: The hotel has two restaurants and they both offer different experiences, one with Thai food which is hugely popular worldwide and which most guests want to experience and keep coming back for more (as well as doing the cooking class so they can recreate their favorite dishes when they get home for their family and friends).  Palette – a intimate dining experience for up to 20 people, also exhibits local artworks and offers exquisite western food options and daily specials, using organic ingredients.

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Q: Please throw some light on the USP of the hotel?
A: Rich Colonial History, gracious Thai hospitality, bespoke experiences such as- delicious cuisine, the spa –actually hard to name just one.  Also, a great location in an historic area of Chiang Mai and within literally 5 minutes walking distance of upmarket boutiques, galleries and restaurants along the river. Personalized guest experience with all guests assigned a butler who remains in touch with guests both on property and off property. Thoughtfully designed, spacious suites and balconies offering guests a “private residence feeling” instead of a guest room. It is an Oasis in the city or even, a Sanctuary in the city.

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Q: Could you share a little about the connectivity of the hotel?
A: Guests who stay in a hotel of this caliber prefer to use the hotel transportation, but the hotel is easily accessible by those who want to use the local tuk tuks and other local transport options.

Q: Further to the earlier question, what is the easiest way to get to the hotel from the airport?
A: By hotel limousine which even has free wifi and is a seamless, relaxing and elegant way of getting in and out.

 Q: For all the prospective guests and shopping lovers, please tell us about the closest shopping hub to the hotel?
A: Literally around the corner from the hotel is a renowned artisan store -Villa Cini showcasing the best of Thai silk products, ceramics and weaving (bespoke handbags, lifestyle items) then, vintage and traditional Thai sarongs at  Fai Sor Kam and Sop Moei Arts for handicraft items. The street offers wonderful colonial era architecture.

Q: Lastly, if one got back at 2 am to the hotel, what is it that one would get to eat?
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Currently the kitchen closes at 11.30pm and re-opens at 5.30am as there has been no demand in the last 4 years of operation – but this is also under review to consider some menu options to be made available at such hours.

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HIGH ON HOTELS: KC Resort & Over Water Villas

Hey! So for those who were waiting to know all about yet another exotic destination, the wait is finally over. This time around we are sharing all that we have unravelled about this gorgeous property situated in a paradise called Koh Samui- KC Resort & Over Water Villas. Knowing about this place has only pepped up our love for Thailand. When you shall read this post, you shall know exactly what we are talking about…

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Q: Why a stay here would prove to be the most memorable one?
A: Feel on top of the world from the exclusive paradise retreat KC Resort & Over Water Villas as you admire the views of Chaweng Bay, the stunning sapphire Gulf of Thailand and tropical Matlang Island. The luxury hillside hotel is a romantic hideaway nestled amongst lush nature with exotic accommodation, a sublime infinity-edge pool and elegant dining venues in the sky.

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Q: What all facilities would you find in the room?
A: Each room has king size bed and sofa, large bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and rain shower. The rooms are equipped with in-room technology such as 42” LCD satellite and cable TV. Each room also disposes of air condition, in-room safe, minibar, complimentary tea and coffee facilities, bathrobes, hairdryer and complimentary wi-fi.

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Q: Elaborate on the facilities in the hotel for in-house guests?
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In our resort you can experience infinity swimming pool, fitness center, the View restaurant, Wine lounge, Panorama bar, Mayang Sari spa, Sauna and Steam room.

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Q: A must try restaurant in the hotel and why?
A: The View restaurant offers a relaxing retreat for those who seek a definitely different dining destination. With a fresh new concept, and an innovative team of chefs, you can experience home-crafted cuisine like no other, taking simple food to another level. In keeping with the spirit of home-crafted cuisine, much of our produce is locally sourced and a selection of cured meats and breads are crafted in-house for use in the restaurant. Tasty flights are also on hand with a selection of three progressive wines, aptly paired with tasting bites.

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Q: Please throw some light on the USP of the hotel?
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KC Resort is situated on Koh Samui’s most exciting beach, the resort offers tranquility and unforgettable scenery just minutes away from soft white sands and the lively Chaweng Centre, a hotspot for shopping, dining and dancing.
The divine accommodation includes our signature range of over water villas designed with relaxation and indulgence in mind. Offering a total of 95 rooms, suites and villas all guests are pampered with a full range of modern in-room amenities.

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Q: Could you share a little about the connectivity of the hotel?
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On Koh Samui Island, there is no public transport but only taxi. We provide daily shuttle service to the Chaweng beach, which is located in the center of Koh Samui. Shuttle service operates 4 times per day and it’s free of charge for all in-house guests.

 Q: Further to the earlier question, what is the easiest way to get to the hotel from the airport?
A: The easiest way to get to KC Resort is to book airport transfer provided by hotel or take outside taxi. We are located only 10 minutes away from the Koh Samui airport.

 Q: For all the prospective guests and shopping lovers, please tell us about the closest shopping hub to the hotel?
A: The closest shopping mall “Central Festival Samui” is situated in the heart of Chaweng and its only 10 minutes from our resort. This mall describes itself as “the most complete and largest lifestyle shopping complex in Samui”.

Q: Lastly, if one got back at 2 am to the hotel, what is it that one would get to eat?
A: Our resort take last order at 22:30, however around us you can find many restaurants and small shops which you can reach within walking distance.

It looks like a true beauty with incredible offerings to make the overall experience a memorable one, what say?

Pictures Courtesy: KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Koh Samui

High on Hotels:Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok

 

We absolutely love the hotel life… Think about it-don’t we all love to delve into the absolute luxury of comfort when on a holiday and the idea is to simply relax and be at ones comfortable best especially when you have had a busy day exploring the city. Or what about those work trips? Who doesn’t like coming back to a supremely well-kept room packed with all the essentials at your disposal even when you are away from home? We believe a good hotel pampers you even more than your own peeps back home. It is only fair to give such hotels who are redefining the guest experience their due. It is with this thought that we at Helipad on Heels are coming up with a special series where we will talk about some truly fine hotels from around the World.

This time around we are rather high on learning all about the very plush Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. We got talking with the hotel representatives and are now sharing all that you need to know about this super property.

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Q: Why a stay here would prove to be the most memorable one?

A: Because of our perfect and ideal location with prestige facilities and services. Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is Bangkok’s only luxury hotel offering a “resort-like’ experience in the city centre. The hotel is located in the heart of Bangkok’s premier shopping and entertainment district and within an easy reach of the Skytrain (BTS) Siam Interchange Station. The only luxury hotel that provides a direct access to Siam Paragon through the sky bridge located on Floor 2 of the Royal Wing. Most rooms feature breathtaking views of the lush green garden and free-form swimming pool with 21 rooms offering a direct access. Therefore, the hotel is a perfect place for an ideal vacation.

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Q: What all facilities would you find in the room?

A: Here are the facilities available- 100% cotton over-sized bath towels, Cable television, Coffee and tea making facilities, Complimentary local daily newspapers, DVD player on request, Hair dryer, Hypoallergenic pillows on request, Individually controlled air-conditioning system, In-room safe, Iron and ironing board, Multi-line telephone(s) with voicemail, Laundry and dry-cleaning (in specific room categories), Personal safe, Refrigerated private bar, Twice-daily housekeeping service, Wired and Wi-Fi broadband Internet and Complimentary mini-bar replenished daily.

Q: Elaborate on the facilities in the hotel for in-house guests?

A: Here are the details-

-Kids Club: The Kempinski Kids Club welcomes in-house children aged from 3 to 12. To keep your young ones entertained, it provides an educational and fun environment supervised by qualified staff.

-Fitness Centre: The 24 hours open fitness centre is fully equipped with TECHNOGYM CARDIOVASCULAR equipment. It also features an aerobics room with a selection of classes, such as step aerobics, body stretching, muscle relaxation and Muay Thai, which are complimentary for hotel guests. A private class with a professional trainer is available at an additional charge.

-Kempinski The Spa: Embark on the ultimate spa journey at Kempinski the Spa, which is inspired by the European cycle of the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The signature treatments include the Seasonal Massage, which can be personalized according to the individual’s seasonal element.

-Business Centre: This comprehensive service centre can cater to all your business and secretarial needs and offers mobile telephone rental service, local pre-paid SIM cards, photocopying, printing and scanning, video conferencing, Internet computer stations and meeting rooms.

-Executive Lounge: Guests staying in the Executive Room and all suites can enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Lounge. Located on Floor 17 of the Royal Wing, the Executive Lounge offers personalised check-in and check-out as well as basic secretarial services. It is also equipped with small meeting rooms, allowing guests to hold business meetings or private discussions. Complimentary non-alcoholic and selected alcoholic beverages, including beer and house wines, are available throughout the day. Guests can exclusively enjoy breakfast, all-day snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails with a variety of freshly made sandwiches and canapés.

-Restaurants: Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Niche, Brasserie Europa, Rotunda, Hanuman Bar and not to forget the in-room Dining.

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Q: Must try restaurant in the hotel and why?

A: “Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin” is hotel’s signature restaurant which is conceptualized by renowned chef Henrik Yde Anderson, whose Kiin Kiin restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark has been awarded one Michelin star since 2008 and is the only Thai restaurant in the world with this prestigious honour. Diners are offered a set menu of modern Thai dishes with a unique, contemporary twist which cannot be found elsewhere.

Q: Please throw some light on the USP of the hotel?

A: Here is what we feel is the USP-

-It is the only luxury urban hotel in the city which offers a resort-like atmosphere allowing guests to indulge and relax in the beautiful surroundings while shopping malls are located just steps away from the property. The hotel offers a 24 –hour buggy service within its neighborhood area.

– From a total number of 401 rooms and suites, the stay at either Cabana Room or Duplex Cabana offers a real getaway experience in the city without actually being a getaway with its direct pool access from a private terrace.

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– A  spacious residential style Kids’ Club (complimentary access for in-house guests) sized 275 square metres (2,960 square feet) features art and craft zone, game zone, playground, Karaoke room and the city’s first ever Kids’ Cooking School (located inside the Kids’ Club) where the Kempinski Junior Chef Programme has been introduced.

So, now that we have shared all that we found out, you too could consider tasting luxury the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok way when hitting the city next.

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Not just for the sweet tooth!

To all our Thai friends, here is wishing you all A Very Happy Songkran!!! I remember being in Thailand around this time of overwhelming festivity wherein everyone was soaked with joy and excitement…

Thai love their desserts and we too love their local sweet items, especially the Banana Roti and Sticky Rice Mango. I sure love to go big on the latter! It is one dessert which is constantly good whether at a plush restaurant or a street-side cafe. But what I am most thrilled to share amidst all the festive favour is about this rather interesting Body Scrub treatment on offer at all Oasis Spa outlets in Thailand. Believe it or not but it is the Mango Sticky Rice Body Scrub. Stopping rubbing your eyes, you read it right. Your favourite dessert is all set to impress you as an exotic and rejuvenating body treatment.

For all those who are already intrigued, here is more. The scrub is made up of mango butter to nourish your skin while being exfoliated with a mixture of finely textured coconut and rice. And at the same time,the mango delights your senses.

The spa chain has an enticing promotion running till the end of next month i.e. May, where this sublime treatment comes free with any of their signature treatments.

So, if in Thailand, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pamper your skin with some sweetness!

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Going big on Food @ Windsor Suites, Bangkok

The Windsor Suites located in the plush locales of Sukhumvit, needs little introduction for it offers the complete hotel experience and stands tall on credibility.

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The hotel has it all when one talks about facilities and services. Their spa, beer garden, helipad, health club and pool deserve a special mention.

The hotel did surprise us with its plethora of eating avenues, all distinct and inviting in their own ways. Here is a little peek,  hope your taste buds find solace:

Their bakery to begin with offers a variety of breads, baked goods and cakes which would compliment your tea and coffee rather well.

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For the authentic Japanese food lovers, it doesn’t get any better! Youzen, the Japanese Restaurant has a jaw-dropping selection of  delicacies to pick and choose from.  Their Atrium lounge and Italian restaurant also make for worthwhile visits.

The Golden Palace Restaurant, on the other hand serves the perfect blend of Chinese delicacies and scrumptious sea food along with a whole variety of Dim-sums.

We quite enjoyed unwinding over live-soothing music and enjoying our meal with gripping and fun-filled conversation with our kind host, Earth Saiswang at the Cafe.

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The Windsor Suites Cafe offers an overwhelming variety of international cuisine and one can sure hog big time on seafood.  I absolutely loved the Pad Thai made for me at the live station.  And not to forget, the desserts were lip-smacking! For salad lovers, there is ample to choose from!
We dined on the night as we were welcoming my birthday, believe me that I could not have asked for a better dining experience.
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The functioning was smooth, the staff was  very friendly and best part being that most dishes were likable and not just fancy show-pieces.
For those who are in-house guests, they must not underestimate the culinary potential of the hotel and others, must drop-in for a quality meal at affordable price.
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Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110

Enjoy Thailand like the Locals do!

Thailand has it all to make it a tourist’s paradise! However, this time around I am glad to experience it differently; thanks to my friends- I visited so many places which usually never make it to a foreigner’s ‘Places to Visit’ diary! Here is a peek into some of the memorable experiences-

Bangkok- There is just so much to do in here that one always falls short of days. If you are fully aware of what all is in store, you would be surprised to realize that there is ample buzz both during the day and the night. I am a big Chatuchak Market fan, it is believed to be the world’s largest weekend market. Getting lost in its lanes while shopping has its own charm! There is no end to what all you can get here, I was surprised to see such funky accessories for pets and believe me, some really fine pieces for your home can be purchased from this shopping haven. There are ample shopping avenues to spoil you- for the affordable and trendy clothes and accessories-it is a must that girls head to the Platinum Mall. For those who prefer the branded route, Siam Paragon and Emporium Malls should be the preferred choices. Some exciting offers and discounts can be rather enticing! In the evenings, you could shop amidst the hustle-bustle, a stroll at Khao San and Patpong can be fun! Your bargaining skills are sure put to test in here!

For the foodies, the Eat Me Restaurant at Silom is very international and offers some great delicacies. The  soothing ambience after a busy day comes as a blessing! Their flourless dark chocolate cake is simply divine!

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Another innovative and interesting restaurant is Greyhound at the Emporium Mall. It is genuinely one of those out-of-the-box restaurants which stands out for its unique dishes. Their Complicated Noodles are outstanding to say the least!

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Octave Bar and Lounge at the Marriott makes for a refreshing roof-top experience! For a lavish buffet spread, Windsor Suites is a sensible pick.

Street food is addictive and one is spoilt for options. The Platinum food court offers some heavenly local delicacies, the mango salad here was really delicious.

When in Thailand, spas have to make it to your itinerary, my pick would be The Oasis Spa in Sukhumvit without a doubt!

Pattaya- For all those who love to strike a pose every now and then, their new 3D art gallery makes for a worthwhile experience! For Shopping, the Central Mall is ideal for branded stuff!  Their weekend night market is enjoyable especially if you like indulging in street food, you sure have to try the banana roti on the Beach Road.

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You need to save some time to have a drink at the Hilton, the view and ambience is simply priceless.  Take the pampering quotient a notch higher with foot massages(even on the beach), nail art and hairstyling.

Phuket- Perfect choice would be to stay at the Patong Beach. This area is quite happening and would not leave much room for you to go elsewhere. The beach here is  blissful!  Simon Cabaret, FantaSea and Water Park make for great tourists attractions. And not to miss the amazing Thai doughnuts- Pa Thong Ko, you must try them! Joe’s Downstairs offers the view of the beach and has some fine delicacies.

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Patong Sea Food is the ideal restaurant for those who like to go big with seafood, their Tamarind Prawns shouldn’t be given a miss!

For the  ultimate experience, don’t forget to  book yourself a day trip to Phi Phi as you are sure to return with memories of a lifetime….

Look forward to hearing your experiences of the Amazing Thailand!