"Welcome to CHIC by THAILAND"
Welcome to CHIC by THAILAND A Thailand holiday means some of the world's greatest beaches, the green shade of the rainforest, fascinating historic sites, dynamic festivals, gourmet dining, and top-value shopping, all rolled into one. It is simply the ideal tourist country in the opinion of many millions. For that very reason, there has to be Chic by Thailand - to satisfy the natural urge of the ambitious traveller to search out supreme quality, to go one better, indeed to demonstrate that only the best will do. It is glorious and unashamed hedonism, an unending quest for the most satisfying travel experiences. This brochure shows you just a small sample of the brilliant discoveries and sensations that await you in less-known Thailand. Your next visit will show you many, many more. Welcome to the world of Chic by Thailand. For more information on Thailand visit www.thaismile.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org Brochure line: 0870 900 2007 (national rates apply) or for general enquiries: 09063 640666 (calls charged at 60p per minute). CHIC_3 Capital CHIC F or those in the know, Bangkok is now one of the chicest to explore the wealth of craftworks to be found in the city's great places on earth. All over the giant capital, brilliant new boutiques, and equally in its colourful night-markets. ultra-hip venues and city-resorts have emerged for your delight. Right now, this is as far as you can get in travel experiences It is among these tasteful surroundings that travellers of that are exclusive and stylish. Bangkok is now. distinction can escape the whirl and bustle of street life, and RIGHT start to take in the true character of this dynamic city, the most Easy to find, hard to leave - the city's highest balcony restaurant, Sirocco, harmonious blend of East and West, some say the place where where you can relish some the finest the future is slowly working itself out. gourmet cuisine as you gaze over Linger in a penthouse bar and scan that immortal skyline, the huge metropolis. much of it shaped by temple-roofs. Reflect on it that this city is BELOW a fine balance of the hedonist and the spiritual, and you'll find The charm of the city-resort - like it easy to relish both kinds of satisfaction at their best. (You the Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, a complete 5-star village leading shouldn't try one without the other.) down to shaded gardens and river Living among such fine décor and furnishings, you'll also want frontage with private boat. CHIC_4 CHIC_5 Boutique CHIC Gucci at Siam Paragon T he Thai shopping experience is a non-stop whirlwind of In case you feel that designer labels are not chic this year, amazing choices, from top international fashion to arty ultra-fashionistas are well-served with plenty of imitation village crafts, from personal shoppers to bespoke tailor-made. designer products - some so spectacularly well copied you really Asia's biggest shopping concept, Siam Paragon, gives you five can’t tell the difference. But either way, you are assured of floors of jewellery, leather, designer collections and gourmet dependable quality, as you also are with the many village crafts food in the heart of downtown Bangkok, while only a few stops showcased in the capital and elsewhere. by Skytrain, the funky Playground provides active competition in A government scheme called OTOP - One Tambon One the form of a creative boutique-based shopping concept, Product - monitors the output of Thailand's nimble handworkers, including an art-space. in order to guarantee both authentic heritage and international The Thais certainly don't let evenings and weekends inhibit standards of quality. (A tambon, by the way, is a location your shopping impulses. Chatuchak Weekend Market is the traditionally identified with one product-type.) undisputed king, with over 15,000 shops and stalls on 35 Closer to home, some of the up-coming Thai fashion acres, so - something for everyone. Chiang Mai and Patpong designers not only have outlets in Thailand, but London too. For night markets, so different from each other, are just two of the a preview of their ranges if you’re in town, call into Boudoir in many night bazaars you’ll find all over Thailand. King’s Road, Chelsea, or Paul & Joe (4 London branches). Chanel at Siam Paragon Lamont Contemporary CHIC_6 CHIC_7 Beach-life CHIC T wo thousand miles of prime beach up and down Thailand's Andaman coast, with crystal seas and endless white beaches scenic coasts provide a vast arena for your choice of the washed clean by the Indian Ocean. This was the stamping- perfect beach and the fine art of zigging where the others zag. ground of the eternally chic James Bond, with exclusive resorts, Thai beach-life is a satisfying mix of the accessible and the towering scenery and, of course, supreme quality dining and exclusive, and you'll soon find the spot to suit you, whether it's a partying. Just up from Phuket is Khao Lak, departure point for glamorous stretch of private coast or a little hideaway cove the wonderfully remote and uninhabited Similan Islands, one of among the trees. the world's top diving sites, while down the coast is the largely On one side, you've got the Gulf, so warm you can skin-dive unexplored province of Trang, a name that will soon ring in the to the bottom. Here you can discover hidden parts of Ko Samui ears of beach-fashionistas everywhere. or retreat to the resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-Am on the RIGHT mainland. Explore the most fashionable of the big islands, Ko Ko Yao Yai, Phang-Nga Chang, with its tropical rainforests (70% of the island) and newly FAR RIGHT discovered pristine beaches - even better, Ko Chang is part of a Ko Man Nok, Rayong BELOW RIGHT beautiful marine park with so many tiny virgin islands just a One of the sweeping bays of Phuket short boat ride away. BELOW On the other side, you've got the exceptionally scenic Ko Khai, Satun CHIC_8 CHIC_9 To connoisseur travellers, it's the ultimate Thai fashion- The exclusive feel is often heightened by scenic wonders that statement - your own newly-discovered isle, full of secret coves, are only accessible by boat. (Until the recent arrival of high-surf lagoons, waterfalls and virgin forest. landing craft, many caves were undiscovered, and full of exotic Travelmood can offer you the chicest Bangkok Chic Around Thailand's limitless coasts, these less-known islands species never seen before.) Shangri-La Hotel and resorts abound in their dozens, sometimes in remote For exotic species of the human kind, Thailand beaches are a of choices throughout Thailand . . . from £57 per person per night solitude, sometimes grouped in wonderful archipelagos. great place for celebrity spotting as well as the international jet- Valid Apr - 30 Sep 07 Your island-chic experience may just be a quick morning's set - especially on the hideaway islands with luxury resorts. So excursion from one of the major resorts - for example, the whether you're wanting to live Leonardo DiCaprio’s lifestyle in speedboat to Ko Yao, an island of tamarind and coconut, or the The Beach on Ko Phi Phi, or enjoy the view from a rocky diving paradise of Ko Racha, both close to Phuket, or coral- headland, or seek out a secluded alfresco restaurant, or plan a Beach Chic rimmed Ko Lanta, an easy hop from Krabi. visit to the mysterious sea-gypsies, one thing is certain... Zeavola Koh Phi Phi Or it may be an unforgettable journey of discovery through Ko is cool. from £68 whole clusters of islands, many of them carefully protected for per person per night BELOW your enjoyment as Marine National Parks, enabling both Valid May - 31 Oct 07 Ko Pak Pia superior wildlife viewing and unspoilt beaches. by The Paradise, Ko Yao Northern Thailand Chic Anantara Resort Chiang Rai from £46 per person per night Valid 17 Apr - 31 Oct 07 Travelmood has been arranging tailor- made travel for over 20 years. We can offer you the widest range of luxury options throughout Thailand. Call us today for ideas or inspiration and ask us to send you a copy of our new brochure. 0870 444 9810 www.travelmood.com always look for our latest offers online CHIC_10 Golfing CHIC G olf with a twist of difference - some of the world's experience. (One of them actually provides a treatment called loveliest scenery for a backdrop, and fashionable new The 19th Green - a special Golfers' Massage, with aromatic resorts refreshingly different from most golfing hotels. steam treatment and body-wrap.) Thailand could have been designed for golf, with its natural But spas have a Chic of their own - as you'll see over the page. fairways, lakes and bunkers in an all-year golfing climate, and you enjoy the privilege of championship courses that still ABOVE provide a sense of newness and discovery. Golfing at the roof of Thailand Everywhere from the high North down to the great island - The Legend, Chiang Rai, set hideaways, you're close to the best of tropical golf, whether among wonderfully remote and unspoilt scenery, close to the around the well-shaded courses of Chiang Mai, or Bangkok's Golden Triangle. own distinguished Royal Dusit course, or among the orchids and lotus-lilies above Pattaya - two hundred courses in all. Thai courses are also unique for their service, with highly OPPOSITE efficient caddies and refreshments every three holes, with Phuket's exclusive Blue Canyon Haagen Dazs ice-cream the favourite speciality! Country Club, notable for its many challenging water-hazards, where Many of these new golf-resorts are also graced with a the Johnnie Walker Golf Classic was top-quality spa for the perfect post-match pampering dramatically won by Tiger Woods. CHIC_12 CHIC_13 Spa CHIC T he very symbol of Thailand's evolving appeal to the selective traveller - its magnificent range of spas, to refresh body and mind with time-honoured treatments among the most pleasant and peaceful surroundings. Holistic therapy is deeply embedded in Thai tradition, and you'll sample these pampering skills at their authentic best, expertly practised by skilled masseurs, everywhere from the Baan Thai Wellness Retreat set in a peaceful Bangkok hideaway, to remote Northern forests where you can relax in the restful atmosphere of teak. Experience a magical sense of calm as you absorb these health-giving oils, to achieve inner balance, as your personal energy-flows are directed at the stresses you came here to forget. RIGHT The wonderful Dheva Spa at Chiang Mai's Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, modelled closely on Mandalay Palace, with its tiered roof pointing seven steps to heaven. ABOVE Palatial three-storey villa in which to enjoy the Ten Touches of Elemis, an ambitious sequence of massages from Indian and Balinese through to Hawaiian and Swedish. Just one of the highlights of the spa at the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai. RIGHT Framed against the peaceful Gulf seascape of Hua Hin - the Aleenta Pranburi Spa, with its range of high-class treatments, including deep-tissue sport massage, aromatherapy, body scrub and mineral herb-wrap. LEFT Choosing and blending natural ingredients from rose-petals to lemongrass and crushed candlenuts is a prime skill in the preparing of these health-giving balms. CHIC_14 CHIC_15 Hotel CHIC I f you think you know the Thai hotel scene, look again, and As for hotels of character, you'll find places as different as you'll find new wonders unfolding on all sides - traditional Khao Lak's Sarojin, designed in a soothing and reflective Eastern hospitality harmonising with hi-tech comforts and spirit, and the neighbouring La Flora, described as funky and facilities within the most elegant surroundings. creative, or the beach-hut simplicity of The Paradise in Koh Yao. Simply, you've never had so much choice of fascinating places The Metropolitan in Bangkok is the city’s most uber-chic hotel to stay, from big-city hotels to exclusive new beach-resorts, and and home to the exclusive Met Bar - a must if you want to stay from grand architectural masterpieces to the refreshing charm where the young and famous hang out. From the Burmese of the small country guest-house. All built to meet the border to the tingling Andaman Sea, there's just nowhere like standards of increasingly discerning tourists, as well as strict Thailand for hotel chic. policies of eco-friendliness. FAR RIGHT If you're looking for peace and privacy, you'll find it in Sarojin, Khao Lak RIGHT abundance, whether in a remote forest hideaway or one of Aleenta, Phang Nga those islands where your hotel is the only one in its class (try The LOWER RIGHT Racha on Ko Racha or the upmarket all-suite Zeavola on Phi The Racha, Ko Racha Phi) or stay at one of the new breed of private pool-villa resorts BELOW such as Trisara Phuket or Phuket Pavilions. D2, Chiang Mai CHIC_18 CHIC_19 Kirimaya, Khao Yai SPA . SCENERY . EXPLORE . FAMILY . BEACH . GOLF . STYLE . TASTE Call for our Luxury Thailand Brochure 0871 222 2150 www.eToursThailand.com CHIC_20 Laguna Phuket One destination….Five Experiences aguna Phuket, Asia's finest destination resort, is a holiday paradise of Exquisitely set on an 'island within an island', the Sheraton Grande Laguna L five deluxe hotels, with one common goal. To give guests the holiday of a lifetime. The resort hotels -- Banyan Tree Phuket, Dusit Laguna Resort, Laguna Beach Resort, Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket, Allamanda Phuket is a true luxury resort offering the finest accommodation, facilities and services in a magnificent 70 acre complex featuring first-class restaurants and bars. A member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, Sheraton Grande Laguna Laguna Phuket and the Laguna Phuket Golf Club -- are linked by tropical Phuket offers superbly appointed rooms, suites and villas all with pool, lagoon lagoons and tree-lined avenues, so guests can easily enjoy everything that or ocean views. Laguna Phuket has to offer. Spectacular golf, superb dining, luxurious spas, boutique shopping, a host of water sports and recreational activities, miles of Flanked by two sparkling lagoons, Dusit Laguna Resort offers first-class pristine white beach and sparkling palm fringed lagoons. beachfront accommodation with views overlooking magnificently landscaped gardens, scenic lakes or the Andaman Sea. This grand resort has established Laguna Phuket guests enjoy unlimited free use of the inter-resort shuttle a reputation for offering the finest of traditional Thai hospitality with excellent buses and boats. Guests are invited to wine and dine at any of the 30 services and facilities. restaurants and bars located within the five Laguna hotels, and restaurant bills can be charged back to a guest's room account from any hotel outlet. Laguna Beach Resort offers stylish accommodation and loads of fun activities in an atmosphere of ancient palace grounds idyllically located between a The award winning Banyan Tree Phuket offers its guests a sanctuary in lagoon and the sea. The resort features a spectacular water park incorporating which to experience a unique holiday. This exclusive spa resort features waterfalls, a 50-metre water slide, Jacuzzis, a lap pool, free-form swimming intimate villas each with their own secluded garden containing either a pool and a 3-metre deep scuba pool. jet-pool or private swimming pool. The famed Banyan Tree Spa nestles within the tranquil surrounds of this superior resort. Banyan Tree Phuket has The Allamanda Laguna Phuket provides comfortable and spacious suites just unveiled its latest innovation, DoublePool Villas, boasting a large ideal for families. Guests can choose one- or two- bedroom suites or the exclusive private compound, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a multi-storey Allamanda Suite, complete with a rooftop patio. Each suite has a 13-metre long private infinity pool. The living area, bedroom and bathroom living and dining area, kitchenette, separate bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms have full-length glass windows, with the bedroom's glass doors allowing and balconies offering either lagoon, pool or golf course views. direct access into the wading pool surrounding the “floating” bedroom. For more information visit our website www.lagunaphuket.com telephone +66 76 324 416 or fax +66 76 324 061. Rainforest CHIC A n elephant-trek through the High North is definitely your (lift the leg up to use as a mounting platform) or “Pai” with a first-class ticket to the wonderful rainforest experience, nudge behind the ear (for move forward). The 1-5 day courses crossing fast-flowing rivers on the back of these sure-footed include feeding, bathing, and other bonding routines, giving a creatures, and spotting rare mountain birds among the orchids fascinating insight into the elephant life. Or be super-authentic and lotus-lilies. - join the mahouts in camp in the evenings for forest cookery You may just want to settle for a half-hour mini-safari, and a glass or more of local whiskey. available at a number of camps within reach of your Chiang A sharply contrasting tourist highlight up here is the Opium Mai or Chiang Rai stopover. Or you may want to explore further, Museum at Sop Ruak - a controversial but entirely fitting symbol perhaps paying a visit to one of the fascinating hill-tribes with of this region, known as the Golden Triangle on account of its their unchanged dress and customs. At the biggest past lucrative opium industry. Emphasis is divided between the elephant-camp, Maesa, you can watch impressive displays of colourful history of the trade, as well as its undoubted benefit to elephant training by an expert Mahout (driver). Or you can even the medical profession. Sponsored by the Royal family, it was go the whole way, and train as a Mahout yourself at the the brainchild of the King's late mother. Anantara Resort & Spa, where you'll pick up some of the “Don't judge, learn.” is the message. seventy commands elephants understand, like “Song Soong” View from the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle CHIC_24 Sightseeing CHIC Y ou might feel like joining a tour of the floating vineyards just outside Bangkok, where the climate allows two harvests a year, and each vintage is reckoned from the Birth of thailand Buddha. Try award-winning Monsoon for the hot and spicy dishes or cool refreshing Spy or Sabai to go with anything. RIGHT How to raise money for the Elephant Conservation Centre and draw attention to some of Thailand's less-known locations too. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament now accommodates 55 players from 15 countries and attracts sponsors like American Express, Mercedes Benz and Chivas Regal, even though the sport itself was not invented until 1982. Launched in the upmarket Gulf resort of Hua Hin, it was most recently held at the Anantara Resort Golden Triangle, 60km from Chiang Rai, perhaps the supreme example of luxury in the wild, now actively developing its own elephant camp. BELOW The loftier way to view hilltop marvel Doi Saket, sacred highlight of the Chiang Mai valley. You'll have to start before the sun gets up, but what a TropicalLocations reward, to see lakes and forests spread before you, as you descend towards the steep temple roofs, carved in that immortal red-and-gold. (Good way to save climbing three hundred steps.) we sell dreams, we deliver expectations Whether your choice in Thailand is a deserted white beach, a colourful city, a boutique resort, excellent service, an escape to a spa haven for gentle reflection consider three important factors… ...locations, locations, locations! reservations telephone 020 7229 9199 www.tropical-locations.com Tropical locations is a specialist travel organizer, boutique in style, innovative, creative and informative and totally flexible ABTA V3440 ATOL 3080 PROTECTED CHIC_26 Restaurant CHIC G rilled scallops with toasted hazelnut or Red Mullet en Anyone with pretensions to chic is going to ask “Where do the Papilotte with thyme always do taste better on the 61st locals eat?” Well, the answer is, not usually in the upscale joints. floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, at the aptly-named Vertigo But the two branches of Baan Kanitha do manage to attract all restaurant and Moon Bar, where sunset is voted the greatest comers, with their superb range of home-cooked specialities moment, but the night views are stunning too, and the midnight like Roast Duck Curry with Grapes, Stir-fried Sea Bass with closing comes all too soon. Topping it - in altitude at least - is Chilli, and Spicy Pomelo Salad with Shrimp and Chicken. And the other alfresco roof-restaurant Sirocco, part of The Dome at you're invited to make your own spring rolls. State Tower which also includes the new Lebua all-suite hotel Finally, a truly outstanding gourmet restaurant - The Blue overlooking the Chao Pray river, and the friendly rivalry between Elephant - with its own cookery school housed in a dazzling the two, in terms of creative cocktails and romantic ambience, century-old mansion full of history and character. Each day is a good enough excuse to visit both. starts with a visit to the morning market where you learn how They call it 'Thai Fusion', the local nouvelle cuisine that blends experienced chefs select the best ingredients, and you enjoy the bold Thai style with Western elegance, and Mahanaga has your own creations in the lovely surroundings of the restaurant, established itself as the centre of it. The result manages to be one of Bangkok's most notable banqueting venues. innovative yet authentic at the same time. Pork chops with spicy papaya salad, whole lobster in chilli sauce… all in the RIGHT sumptuous atmosphere of an air-conditioned Thai pavilion on JW Marriott Sukhumvit in Bangkok or in Chiang Mai in the north. Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa CHIC_28 CHIC_29 Nightlife CHIC Club 87 Conrad Hotel, Bangkok M anhattan style means Manhattan measures, and Q Bar indulgence in Bangkok', which announces its dress code as cocktails are long, strong and comparatively pricey. But 'gorgeous', well you'd better Syn soon. with fifty different vodkas and a mass of less-known single malts, Often mentioned in the same breath is Club 87, which seems bourbons and liqueurs, no-one challenges Q Bar as the ultra-casual when you walk in, but manages to convey supreme cocktail joint, as they settle into those comfy sophistication and cool, probably the ornamental lamps and swivel-chairs among all the creative lighting, to fusion jazz or live jazz in the lounge, and sprinkling of top Thai models among house, depending on the night. Management insists on a few the international set. standards (smart dress code), which seems to bring out the best Pop into Hu’u (so hip it is a popular venue for fashion shows) in the farangs, (Thai for foreigners) and bring in the most for a Lychee Martini or Cookie Monster while taking time to fashionable customers, especially during the busy weekends. decide which of the 80 champagnes to order, or Zeta Bangkok, A more strictly Asian cocktail tradition is upheld at Syn Bar, with a lovely riverside lounge with a deceptively candlelit feel among Tamarind Passions, Mangosteen Martinis and Wasabi Marys lattice and etched glass, with a rainbow of cocktails served by arguably at their best, and a lounge designed in style by Calvin efficient staff dressed in startling black and pink. Teo. If you're still not sure what to make of the 'new home of Enjoy. Bed Supperclub, Bangkok CHIC_30 CHIC_31 Festival CHIC A year-round programme of dynamic and colourful festivals At Quest Travel, we like to offer a Visit us at the following locations: greets you all over Thailand, and adds a unique strand of Kingston: different sort of holiday experience. enjoyment to your trip. 4/10 Richmond Road We treat our customers as individuals. Kingston-upon-Thames In Bangkok, the International Film Festival has established itself Individuals who, when it comes to Surrey. KT2 5HL as a world player on the cinematic festival scene, with its grand travelling, have their own demands, York: prizes and premieres, while another big moment is Bangkok's 5 Bridge Street their own desires - and their own Fashion Week, held twice a year in a huge lakeside dome-tent, York. YO1 6DD dreams. Which is why, when you book to show off the spring and autumn collections with catwalk Brighton & Hove: with Quest Travel, we listen to what shows featuring supermodels plus jewellery events - although 44 George Street you have to say, and tailor your Brighton & Hove. BN2 1JR the after-show party is definitely the place to be seen. Thailand itinerary to suit your Jazz followers can always catch the Thailand International Jazz 0871 4230163 requirements. Festival, centred on the capital, or strike a fresh note by www.QuestTravel.com attending the Hua Hin Jazz Festival in its mellow sunny setting Discover Quest Travel email@example.com on the Gulf, not far from where you can also enjoy the Samui today and find Regatta with its thrilling races viewed against the scenic island your perfect backdrop. Thailand holiday CHIC_32 Airport CHIC W hen you've got the world's longest runway alongside the world's biggest building, you've got quite an airport. From now, the familiar arrival at Don Muang will be no more, and you'll be arriving instead at Suvarnabhumi, 25km east of downtown Bangkok - meaning you’ll get into city centre quicker than before. The new airport will handle 45 million passengers a year, rising to 100 million in the future. A separate terminal for low-cost carriers will compete with equivalent services at Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Other facilities will include a major public transport terminal with convenience stores and food shops, and a business centre called Aerotropolis. Yes, airports can be chic, and this one certainly is. Designed and Published by Romanski Ltd, UK 020 7407 4044 CHIC_34