Thailand

Blessed with picturesque peaks in the north, idyllic islands in the south, and Bangkok, the kinetic capital in between, Thailand continues to astonish. Into the bargain, Thailand remains affordable. For visitors the crime rate is low and the fun factor is high.

GREAT FOR

Beaches, Temples, Food, Shopping, Spas, Eco-tourism

WHEN TO GO

Thailand’s tropical climate is divided into three seasons that could be called hot, very hot, and pretty hot with a chance of rain. How they boil down is like this. From November to early February is the cooler and most hospitable season. The sweltering season, with temperatures rising to 35-Celsius plus, runs from February to April, while the soggy season goes from around June to October (September tends to the rainiest month). Even the low season attracts many visitors, drawn by the cheaper prices for accommodations, the less crowded beaches and museums, and the moody beauty of the surroundings when even the rainclouds have silver linings of sunshine.

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The Ultimate Guide to Petcations in Asia-Pacific

This is our ulti-mutt guide to petcations in Asia Pacific, the cute kitty corners at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok just one pawsome example.

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Bangkok Is Reopening in a Big Way With This International Music and Dance Festival

Exciting evidence that, come November and December, Thailand is leaving lockdown behind.

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12 TV Shows Inspiring Us to Travel Now

These TV shows helped sate our wanderlust during lockdowns, and are inspiring us to travel once more.

Win a Two-Night Stay in Koh Samui, Siem Reap or Desaru with Anantara

All you have to do to enter is subscribe to our newsletter.

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Thailand Is Planning to Charge a Tourist Fee in 2022

The fee is intended to fund green travel projects and appeal to a wealthier set of visitors.

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Why All We Want to Eat Right Now Are White Truffles

It’s white-truffle season! Here are some of the best places to indulge in Asia.

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These Are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2021

Noma’s second iteration takes the crown and Asia claims 8 slots.

Here’s What Asia’s Best Chefs Have Been Eating During the Pandemic

In advance of World’s 50 Best 2021, we asked some of Asia’s 50 Best chefs to share their favorite foods.

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Koh Samui’s New 7-Day Samui Plus Sandbox Program

As of Oct 1, fully vaccinated international arrivals can visit Koh Samui without quarantine and under relaxed rules. Here are the details.

VIDEO: Top 8 Things to do in Phuket While Sandboxing

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new Happy Paradise campaign is just another reason you should start planning your trip to Phuket.

Singapore DayAway

Introducing the Daycation, the Newest Trend in Hotel Staycations

From living the hotel suite life to perfume classes and private Pilates, daycations are at the top of our local travel bucket list.

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8 ways to boost your wellbeing with Four Seasons Resorts of Asia

Wellness has never felt more essential, which is why we love these offerings from Four Seasons.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 100 Hotels in the World

The top 100 Best Hotels Overall in 2021 as voted by our readers in the World’s Best Awards.

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World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 10 Resorts in Southeast Asia

Looking for barefoot luxury or old-world romance? The top resorts in Southeast Asia will have you dreaming of both.

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World’s Best Awards 2021: Top Cities in Asia-Pacific

For every frenetic and high-speed thoroughfare, there’s a narrow, hidden bylane.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 25 Islands in the World

Sun, sand and plenty of vitamin sea. From Sicily to the Seychelles to Sri Lanka, these are the top 25 islands in the world in 2021.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top Islands in Asia-Pacific

Of all the dreamy, clear-watered, tropical islands in Asia-Pacific, these are readers’ top picks.

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World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 25 Cities in the World

What are you looking for in the top cities in the world? A distinctive sense of place, history, culture and crave-worthy food.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 5 Bangkok Hotels

Two new riverfront beauties join beloved classics as the top Bangkok hotels in 2021.

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Thailand’s New Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension Program: What It Is and Where to Stay

We’ve rounded up 7 of the most exciting two-week, two-resort packages in Phuket and Samui.

8 Most Scenic Restaurants in Asia

From the depths of the sea to the top of the world: come for the food, stay for the unbeatable views.

Review: InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Down the shore from Bangkok, Hua Hin is primed for the big time, and this loyalty-inducing luxe hotel is right in the middle of the action.

9 Active Beach Vacations Around the World to Boost Your Adrenaline

Can’t sit still in a beach chair all day? These vacay activities are for you.

Thai Elephants Are the Unlikely Inspiration Behind This Fashion Designer’s Latest Collection

Celebrate World Elephant Day with designer Nicole Miller.

We Flew Into the Phuket Sandbox. This Is What’s It’s Like.

VIDEO: Here’s how you can visit Thailand without quarantine today.

T+L Turns 50 This Year! These Were the Hotels and Styles that Defined Each Decade

Over the last five decades, T+L has chronicled the great hotels of each era. Get these styles to travel back in time.

This Might Be the Sexiest Chocolate-Chip Cookie Recipe in Asia

Bangkok’s favorite bakery shares its CookieClimax secrets in honor of Chocolate-Chip Cookie Day.

I Flew to Thailand for the Phuket Sandbox and This Wyndham Grand Hotel Made My 14-Night Stay a Breeze

Missing Thailand? This SHA+ certified hotel made the Phuket Sandbox well worth the application hassle.

The World’s 50 Best Is Now Honoring Chefs Who Use Their Restaurants to Do a World of Good

The first Champions of Change awardees include Deepanker Khosla of Bangkok’s Haoma.

The T+L Guide to Top-Tier Hotel Openings in Southeast Asia in the Second Half of 2021

We preview 23 of the most outstanding luxury hotels coming to the region.

Koh Samui Has Reopened Without Quarantine to Vaccinated International Travelers

Thailand now has two island gateways for international visitors to get their beach on.

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4 Stunning New and Upcoming Beach Resorts We Can’t Wait to Visit in Thailand

Warning: These gorgeous retreats from Avani Hotels & Resorts are sure to guaranteed to induce wanderlust.

This Is the First International Hotel Group Taking Reservations With Cryptocurrency

Finally — a good use for all our Bitcoins!

What Is Regenerative Travel and How Do You Do It?

These are some of the best luxe experiences that help us give back to the places we visit.

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Rediscover Phuket: Quarantine-Free Travel with Centara

Enjoy quarantine-free travel with the Phuket Sandbox programme, and experience the beauty of sea and sand, restored to their natural state.

Phuket Has Reopened Without Quarantine to Vaccinated International Tourists

Here’s all you need to know.

T+L Talks Pride with One of Thailand’s Most Famous Fashion Designers

VIDEO: Celebrating Pride at The Peri Hotel, one of the newest hotels in Hua Hin, Bangkok’s version of the Hamptons.

Here Are the Most Beautiful Cities in the World to Bike, According to Instagram Data

From Thailand to the U.K., people love to share their bike photos.

15 New Reasons We Can’t Wait to Get Fully Vaccinated and Travel Abroad

Here are the dishes, drinks, cultural attractions and stays that have us dreaming of booking a plane ticket.

These Are the Coolest New Wellness Concepts in Asia

5 luxury brands with new resorts or programs offering high-octane healing in the plushest of places.

Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Phuket

The brand’s first resort-style property is a gateway to Nai Harn Beach.

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June 12 is Global Wellness Day. These Hotels Are Offering Online Mind-Body Retreats to Celebrate

Who says Zoom can’t be Zen?

Kamalaya Koh Samui

This Retreat on Koh Samui is Designed to Fix Your Posture

A sun-drenched retreat in the Gulf of Thailand wants to improve your posture. We discover the benefits of sitting up straight.

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The Best 8 New Hotel Spas in Asia

Because let’s face it: everyone is going to need to recharge on the other side of all this.

5 Southeast Asian Fashion Designers We’re Obsessed with Right Now

Forget Paris and Milan. These days, style mavens are rocking looks that come from much closer to home.

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The Top 8 New Design Hotels in Asia

We’re obsessed with these über-stylish accommodations.

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These Are the Places in Asia You’re Most Likely to Visit First

With some lockdown restrictions easing and travel bubbles trying their hardest to pop up, these destinations should be on your radar right now.

The Standard

Here’s a First-Look Preview of the Stunning New Standard Hotel Coming to Bangkok’s Coolest Skyscraper

The Standard is rising to new heights in Thailand — and beyond.

Anantara Golden Triangle

4 Ethical Elephant Camps for Your Next Trip to Thailand

These sanctuaries promise magical memories with magnificent beasts—at a friendly distance.

Travel Agencies in Thailand Are Now Selling ‘Vaccine Vacations’ to the US

“All tour agencies are suffering now,” Thai tour company owner Rachphol Yamsaeng said. “Whatever we can do, we have to try to do it.”

Meet the Thirtysomething Hotelier Making Four-Stars Cool Again

Thailand’s storied luxury-hotels group Dusit Thani has launched a younger, hipper brand with Asai. We chat with the founder about next-generation travel.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi

Celebrate the Reopening of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi With These Exclusive Offers

100% daily hotel credit re-opening offer to welcome guests back to The Place to Be

Khao Sok

This Magical Lake in Thailand Is Like Being in Avatar and Atlantis at the Same Time

Mysterious Khao Sok National Park has no cell service but 160 million years of lush beauty. Sleep in a floating bungalow on this massive man-made lake.

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This Lively, Historic Bangkok Neighborhood Puts on the Coolest Nighttime Festivals

The melting pot neighborhood of Talad Noi in Bangkok keeps its traditional culture alive. Here’s why you should plan your next visit during one of its vibrant festivals.

The Gibbon Experience

5 of Our Favorite Green Travel Experiences in Asia to Celebrate Earth Day

From flying through treetops to indigenous immersions, these are some of Southeast Asia’s shining stars that put sustainability at their heart. In honor of Earth Day, plan your next trip to make a difference.

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T+L It List 2021: These are the best new hotels in the world this year

Presenting the Travel + Leisure It List 2021

These Are Officially the Happiest Countries in the World in 2021

The United Nations World Happiness Report remains dominated by Nordic countries. But there’s a new twist this year, with East Asian nations getting a shout-out for Covid-times quality of life.

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This Is What It’s Like to Float Above Paradise

What’s it like to hang out of a helicopter above Thailand’s most bucket-listed bay? Check out these insanely beautiful photos of ‘The Beach’ and more.

From Yacht Quarantines to Easing Entry Restrictions, Here’s What You Need to Know About Travel to Thailand Right Now

It just got easier for international travelers to visit the Kingdom.

Asia’s 50 Best Got More Woke with the Essence of Asia Restaurant List 2021

Street-food stalls, mom-and-pop shops, plant-based menus and community activists. We can’t eat in fancy restaurants every night—and this new list proves why we don’t want to, either.

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Phuket, Thailand, Will Reopen to Foreign Tourists in July

Get your beach bods ready. Thailand’s most famous island, Phuket, will allow vaccinated international tourists to fly in without quarantine in July

5 Eco Bathroom Amenities You Definitely Want to Steal

From handmade locally to organic vegan, these green hotel toiletries come in recyclable or repurposed packages that’ll look great in your Dopp kit. Stealing has never felt so good.

This Company is Hoping to Insert Insects into our Diets

Picture it: you’ll finish that sweaty workout with a satisfying slug of… bug juice?

This Luxury Hotel Is Turning Kitchen Excess to Healthy Meals and Bottle Caps to Prosthetic Limbs

Did you know that one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangkok is also one of its most conscientious? Here’s Capella’s blueprint for a green, clean, feel-good urban resort.

Review: Cape Kudu

Just off Phuket, lush and quiet Koh Yao Noi has a lot to recommend it. We suggest you explore via any of the retro-chic vehicles offered up by the last beach house you’ll ever want to call home.

5 Eco-Friendly Travel Products for Your Next Trip

From bespoke skincare to upcycled backpacks, these sustainable Southeast Asian brands make it easy to be green.

Thailand Tourism Sector Has Its Sights Set on a July 1 Reopening

With the #OpenThailandSafely campaign, organizers hope to welcome tourists back on July 1.

Drink Green: These Are the Most Sustainable Bars in Southeast Asia

These bars reduce, reuse and recycle, plus replant the rainforest on the path to delicious drinks. Here are a few lessons in eco-mixology, complete with climate-conscious cocktail recipes.

These Are the Top 500 Hotels in the World

The T+L 500 are the world’s best hotels in 2021, as voted by T+L’s discerning readers.

Keep Calm and Try These Online Wellness Activities

These 5 renowned wellness brands are working out our kinks, imbuing Zen and keeping us fit, all from afar.

8 AWESOME PRIVATE VILLAS FOR YOUR NEXT GROUP GETAWAY

We love our hotels, but #villalife is really something special. Get inspired for your next group trip with this round-up of killer villas across the region.

Let’s Stay Together

Ani Villas is pairing one of the hottest trends in travel, group gathering, with artistic altruism, proving that the path to a great vacation might just be a simple straight line.

Take This Walking Tour Around the Historic Neighborhood of Bangkok’s First Modern Boulevard

Famous Thai writer Kong Rithdee shows us Bangrak and the Charoen Krung Road of his childhood.

Lucky 7 Valentine’s Dinners to Help You Get Lucky

If home is where the heart is, these restaurants around our region really set ours aflutter. Here are 7 of our favorite fine-dining spots that deliver Valentine’s Day to your door.

On the Hunt for Southeast Asia’s Best Peking Duck

In the run-up to Lunar New Year, we fete everyone’s favorite Chinese imperial dish. These are the tastiest Peking ducks in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.

This New Thai Restaurant Takes Mom’s Cooking to the Next Level

Front Room in Waldorf Astoria Bangkok has reopened with comfort classics that’ll warm your soul.

T+L Hometown Hit List: Thailand

We asked our insiders for their favorite places to travel domestically. Veronica Inveen tells us what’s tops in Thailand.

Discover Asia Pacific with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

From Thailand to Vietnam and all the way to China, these newly opened getaways have something for every traveler.

When Room Service Means Masterchefs and Mixologists

Hotels are bringing restaurant service and bar vibes into your suite. So you can drink, social-distance and forget about the dishes.

These are the most luxurious quarantines in Southeast Asia

Governments around the region got you locked in? With Michelin meals, multimedia escapes and even leopard-spotting excursions, these hotels will (almost) leave you wishing that quarantine would never end.

Review: Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

Kimpton is rebranding itself as a luxury, locally minded lifestyle hotel, and their first property in Southeast Asia is an open house in the urban jungle.

This Hotel Thinks Your Idea of Fun Might Be a 15-Day Quarantine Staycation

Thanks to COVID-19, Thailand requires all inbound travelers to quarantine for a couple of weeks. In a city swimming in staycations, will Bangkokians volunteer for a luxe lock-in?

5 Must-See Exhibits at Bangkok Art Biennale

If you haven’t visited the exhibits yet, you have until the end of next month.

Here’s How Hospitality Art Consultants Create and Curate the Art in Asia’s Best Hotels

The best hotels today use their walls as portals to culture, cultivate soul, and give you reason to feel.

These 6 Countries Will Pay You to Go On Vacation

Over the past few months, staycations and domestic travel have pushed round-the-world journeys off our agendas. Check out these deals that make it easier—and cheaper—to travel in your home country.

This Grand Dame Has Reopened and Its Wellness Program Will Solve All Your New Year’s Resolutions

Forget lullabies, we’d rather be rocked to sleep by a massage and a sound bath.

3 of the Best Bloody Mary Recipes in Asia

January 1 isn’t just New Year’s Day; it’s Bloody Mary Day. We’re here to help you nurse that massive hangover from last night — or, let’s be honest, all of last year.

Get High in 2021: Six New Rooftop Bars Perfect for New Year’s Eve

Looking for a new perspective… literally? These rooftop bars offer sublime settings, views and vibes.

Retox, Detox, Repeat: Trying A Hangover IV Drip After the World’s Booziest Brunch

A new restorative IV-drip bar in the middle of an actual bar means you’ll never have to fear that boozy brunch again.

Foreplay: Our 5 favorite golf courses in Southeast Asia

St. Andrews this is not, but plenty of dedicated pros have managed to coax some stunning, challenging championship courses out of our tropical environs. These five are way above par (or should we say under?).

This Bangkok Hotel Wants You to Move in for a Year for US$33,000

Who wants to be a millionaire? Hyatt Regency’s new Million Baht Club even includes birthday-party planning.

These 7 people totally beat us at the quarantine game

Thinking about extending that Christmas break in that five-star hotel? How about for five months? Meet three families who spent quarantine like Eloise at The Plaza.

Festive Season Is Very Merry Indeed at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

From high tea to champagne toasts, this grande dame knows how to celebrate in style.

Centara Is Offering Major Deals for the Holidays

Get out of town this holiday season with these three deals from Centara.

Where to Party in Pattaya Over Christmas and New Year’s

From family fun to boozy cruises, Bangkok’s fave seaside escape has the season sewn up.

Thailand’s Most Famous Festival is Back, But This Time It’s Lasting Five Wonder-ous Weeks

Wonderfruit goes local, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less awesome.

DEBUT: Banyan Tree Krabi

The wellness-centric luxury brand opens an intimate new beach resort overlooking Phang Nga Bay.

Eat your way through the most luxurious 36-hour staycation in Bangkok

The brand-new Capella Bangkok pours on the extras with its 36-hour one-night stay. Plunge in with your own Jacuzzi pool.

These Trips to Nowhere Are More Than Flights of Fancy

From mile-high dating games to temple flybys, airlines are pooh-poohing Covid border closures with plane tickets that go roundtrip in a single flight.

Enjoy the Ultimate Staycation in Thailand

Centara’s “Even Stronger Together” promotion makes it easy to upgrade your next holiday.

A Roadtrip in Search of Thailand’s Best Khao Soi

Khao soi and Royal Enfields combine for the perfect breath-of-fresh-air roadtrip in northern Thailand.

Why we’re setting our watches to Peninsula Time

Savvy hotels are bending the rules to fewer limitations and more time in-house for Covid-era guests.

Review: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

One of northern Thailand’s iconic resorts, Four Seasons shows staycations should also deliver a sense of discovery.

Here’s Why This Luxe Seaside Retreat Is the Perfect Getaway from Bangkok

With pool butler service and spacious accommodations, Royal Wing Suites & Spa is just right for an indulgent weekend retreat.

These Are the Hottest Tables in Thailand Now

French, Italian, Spanish and Thai. The five hardest reservations to get in Thailand today vary in all ways but their utter deliciousness.

This Gourmet Food Festival Is Including a Dinner by Stranded Refugees in Its Lineup

Why #cheflife is as much about Michelin two-starred headliners as unknown refugees. This year’s annual World Gourmet Festival in Bangkok will help some of the globe’s neediest make a new life for themselves and their families.

These Thai Beach Villas Are Glowing from a Stylish Revamp

The Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay’s fully refurbished villas are turning heads in Krabi.

Travel Back in Time at these Adorable Old-School Eateries

Across Southeast Asia time-capsule cafés and bars provide a glimpse of—and a reassuring anchor to—neighborhood diners in simpler times.

This Art Exhibit is a Celebration of Breasts and Stupas

Pinaree Sanpitak, one of Thailand’s most internationally acclaimed artists, celebrates the sacred and the sensual with two interactive—even edible—exhibits in Bangkok.

Toast to International Gin & Tonic Day with These 3 Recipes From A Few of Our Fave Bartenders

Everyone knows gin-and-tonic is good for you. But have you ever considered what a truly global invention it is?

Back to Basics Tourism, Or How to Survive the Zombiepocalypse

If knowledge is power, then self-reliance is the new luxury. As the routines of our lives are upended, more of us are seeking to travel in ways that prepare us for whatever the world throws at us next. Here’s how to prep for the survivalist-tourism trend.

Stay in Style from Thailand to the Maldives with Centara

The stylish brand is better than ever and ready to welcome guests to destinations around the region.

On Your Next Thai Island Trip, Set Sail on the High Seas or Just in Your Imagination

Thailand is world-renowned for its service with a smile, but there are plenty of places to learn a little self-reliance, too. Set sail on the high-seas, or just in your own imagination.

These Are the Coolest Hotel X Artist Collabs Out This Year

Colorful things happen when artists and hotels work together.

Thailand is Officially Reopening to Long-Stay Foreign Tourists

The Land of Smiles is officially reopen to foreign tourists. Thailand will welcome its first international leisure flight next week, with about 120 long-term vacationers from Guangzhou, China.

Sleep Among Elephants in this Bubble Tent in Northern Thailand

A bubble in the jungle ups the ante for “rooms with a view.” But who’s watching whom?

This New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Phuket Takes Locavore to the Next Level

Grow your own veggies, cuddle ducklings and eat fresh from the earth at a new farm-to-table restaurant by five-star resort Trisara in Phuket.

Plan a Staycation in Hong Kong or Phuket with These Exclusive T+L Reader Deals

This is the year of the staycation, so make the most of it with a special readers’ deal in your own backyard.

137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai

This historic Chiang Mai hotel combines effortless luxury with romantic callbacks.

Bangkok’s Tallest Building is Offering Roof-Top Exercise Classes

If a HIIT class 78-floors above ground won’t make you sweat, we’re not sure what will.

How to Pair Natural Wine with Vegan Pasta

A more Earth- and body-friendly version of the heaven-sent combo you love.

When Your Island Vacation Gets Poured On

When you’ve been stuck in a studio apartment for the greater portion of the year, horror-movie-thick cloud coverage and ocean horizons murky with sheets of rain can only do so much to ruin a trip.

Why Thai Travelers Are Rediscovering the Magic of Koh Samui

With long-haul flights off the table for now, locals are flocking to Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, an eco-luxe haven on Thailand’s beloved island.

Pair your Bangkok Staycation with a Glam Burlesque Dinner

Park Hyatt Bangkok’s birthday celebration will be next-level glam.

The Meatchop Butcher & Spirits

This stylish steak mecca brings laid-back Brooklyn vibes to Bangkok’s CBD.

Durian Cream and Butter Cheese—5 Krispy Kreme Flavors Around Asia

When in doubt, donut it out.

How Lockdown in Bangkok Gave Me a Renewed Appreciation for Local Restaurants

With malls and bars closed during lockdown, we deepened our love for local eating in Bangkok.

Our Editor Gets a Lesson in Cooking the Perfect Steak (Video)

“It’s like butter.”

These Hotels Are Offering T+L Readers Exclusive Discounts

With lockdowns easing, the tantalizing call of distant shores is made even more alluring by these exclusive T+L reader deals.

A Country-By-Country Guide to Coronavirus Recovery in Asia

Here’s when and where you might be able to travel again in Asia.

This Koh Samui Resort Is a Stylish Safe Haven

For those looking to escape back to nature, Silavadee Pool Spa Resort is the perfect place.

This Hotel is Making Pattaya Great Again

A minimalist all-villa retreat brings a sprinkling of class to the outskirts of Pattaya.

Your First Fine-Dining Meal Post-Pandemic Should Be at This Neo-Indian Restaurant

Each dish on their transportive tasting menu is not only stick-to-your-bones good, but also uses ingredients from their urban garden and upcountry farm.

The Ultimate Guide To Where To Stay On Samui

Break your travel drought with a Samui trip—check official hotel websites for resident and stay-later deals as properties reopen with special rates.

A T+L Guide to Koh Samui’s Growing Fleet of Beach Clubs

Put your hands up in the air for a summery resurgence of beach-club culture on glitzier-by-the-minute Koh Samui.

Melia Koh Samui

Sidling up alongside powdery Choeng Mon Beach, the new Melia Samui is the first resort from Spanish mega-brand Melia to land on Thai soil/sand.

The Best Hotels To Book For An Extended Stay

No need to live out of a suitcase: extended stays these days mean city-center locations, spacious modern abodes and top-notch 24-hour dining.

Four Stylish Stays That Won’t Break Your Budget

High-contrast mid-city stays that deliver stylish comfort without breaking the budget.

You’ll Want To Book These Places For Your Next Business Trip

All work and no play is no way to do business travel. Mix up your next corporate trip with rooftop cocktails, sightseeing or soaking up the sun.

Five Best Family Getaways Across Southeast Asia

Family trips are rarely as relaxing as you hope they’ll be. Luckily for parents, some kid-savvy properties in the region are making all-ages getaways child’s play.

How Thailand is Becoming a Hub for LGBT+ Travel

As Thailand targets the LGBT+ market, local hoteliers are adopting cool new services and amenities that give deeper meaning to the term “all-inclusive.”

This Hotel Group is Offering Up To 50% Off on Premium Getaways Across Thailand

With some of the lowest coronavirus cases in the region, Thailand might be the destination you should consider for your post-pandemic vacation.

This Recipe for Pad Thai Will Cure All of Your Quarantine Woes

Classic Thai comfort food from one of the country’s most beloved Michelin-starred chefs, Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn

This T+L Photographer Spent Two Weeks in Government Quarantine

When Thai national Charles Dharapak left Jakarta to return to Bangkok, he had no idea he wouldn’t get home until 14 days later.

8 Off-The-Wall Family Trip Experiences

Mix things up on your next family trip with activities that get the imagination—and the adrenaline— flowing.

Hotels for Cool Kids

Family stays can be stylish too—these new and refurbished hotels, resorts and villas let you go glam with the fam.

Thai Elephants Are COVID-19’s Unlikely Victims

Northern Thailand’s elephant rescue sanctuaries are taking a big hit from the demise of the tourism industry.

These Are the Places that We Can’t Wait to Travel Back To

As soon as we can fly, these are the trips we’ll be (re) taking.

Bangkok Hotels Are Turning Rooms Into Office Spaces

This might be your solution to getting work done without distractions from your children…or the fridge.


8 Photos That Make Us Miss the Bustle of Bangkok

Fine, we’ll admit it: we miss the chaos.

Where to Travel as a Family in 2020

Even time-honored family-travel mainstays can lose their shine—in which case, get inspired by these up-and-coming kid-friendly destinations.

When Your Travel Companion to a New Luxury Hotel in Phuket is A Preschooler

A new all-suite resort on Phuket’s Kamala Beach proves penthouses aren’t just for lovers.

The Newest and Most Luxurious Ways to Cruise the Chao Phraya River

A fleet of luxury boats is plying Bangkok with some of the classiest cocktail hours in town and meals that’ll sate the most selective sailors.

This Fine Diner is Making Sure Nobody in Bangkok Goes Hungry

Chef DK of Haoma is serving thousands of meals a days to jobless people and families in Bangkok.

A Creative Riverside Oasis

Immerse in Bangkok’s cool riverside vibe at the brand-new Four Seasons, where food, art and architecture come together to create a sense of discovery.

These are the Most Absurdly Delicious Dishes We’ve Eaten Recently

Quarantining has the T+L staff daydreaming of many things (social interaction?) but especially these dishes.

Experience Next-Level Comfort with Oakwood

An alternative to mainstream hotels, serviced apartments offer more space, in-room facilities and privacy.

Boost the body and mind at these Bangkok Eateries

At the new Mövenpick BDSM Wellness Resort, healing starts with nutritious, delicious meals at Khum Hom and Tamarind.

Nahmyaa

Elegant Thai food with serious flavor at COMO Yamu Point.

COMO Point Yamu

Located on the tip of Yamu Point, COMO Yamu Point gives way to 180-degree views of the Andaman Sea.

It isn’t All Bad if You’re Stuck in Southeast Asia Because of COVID-19

It’s a surprisingly splendid time to travel domestically.

Reasons to Travel in March

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

5 Luxe Thai Getaways Where You Can Start the Year Off the Right Way

We can’t imagine a better beginning to 2020 than a holiday at one of these gems in the Cape Hotel Collection.

A Family-Friendly Favorite in Pattaya Gets an Upgrade

An easy drive from Bangkok, Amari Pattaya is a laid-back retreat by the sea.

These Bartender-Recommended Regional Spirits are the Souvenirs You Should Actually Be Taking Home

Rojak gin? Fancy Thai rum? Bring these bottles home instead of the elephant print pants.

Crowning Jewels at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Whether you need a full evening’s fantastic agenda or a just few special hours, Bull & Bear steakhouse, The Loft and The Champagne Bar shine bright like three diamonds above Bangkok.

Chef Ian Kittichai Is Giving Regional Thai Dishes a Well-Being Boost

At Khum Hom, the restaurant at the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, the chef is radically rethinking the cuisine.

Our Favorite New(ish) Bar Openings

From a funky wine spot in Hong Kong to a bar inspired by Indian heritage in Singapore, these are the new spots where you’ll probably find us drinking these days.

Reasons To Travel in February

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, this luxury, family-friendly resort is a gateway to the pristine beach of Mai Khao.

This Might Be Bangkok’s Wildest Hotel Suite

A new suite in a beloved boutique hotel lets you feel the call of the wild in the middle of Bangkok.

Bangkok’s Multi-Stellar Michelin Masters

The long waiting lists at these restaurants are worth the wait.

The Inside House, Chiang Mai

With plenty of pretty stays on offer in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s hub for boutique hotels, few stand out like this Lanna colonial-style house.

Where to go 2020

Twenty places to visit this year, including the majestic Hunza Valley, Bangkok for those with an appetite, and a new-look Kyoto.

6 Amazing Beach Bars for a Sundowner in Asia

These stylish watering holes at InterContinental resorts serve up drinks with a view.

Live Like Royalty In This Bangkok Hotel

Steps from the city’s top embassies and luxury shopping centers, The Athenee Hotel is an ideal urban haven.

1919

If you’re craving Italian aperitivo with Sunday-session sharing plates, the new eatery from prolific Bangkok restaurant group Foodie Collection is the place to settle in.

Samrub for Thai

The maestro who’d been running the line at Nahm for years, chef Prin Polsuk, has been teasing our palates with pop-ups of his deeply researched, forgotten Thai-cookbook recipes. Now he’s settled into his own space, a tiny chef’s-table, open-kitchen restaurant hidden within like-minded locavore 100 Mahaseth.

Crimson Room

With a mini amphitheater in the middle of the city, the team behind award-winning Rabbit Hole has turned the speakeasy trend on its head— or just taken it back a century, to the Jazz Age.

Mia

Don’t let the awesome wallpaper fool you. On the wide-ranging menu at the city’s new Instagram darling, the tastes more than match up to the aesthetics.

Siri House

Finally, a place that transitions seamlessly from day to eve. The clubby Siri House invites you in from breakfast right through midnight.

Lunch with a View at Mahanakorn Bangkok SkyBar

Bangkok’s newest sky-high venue has just opened for lunch on the 76th floor of the Kingpower MahaNakhon building.

3 Ethical Tours for Wildlife Lovers

Sail into Komodo territory, visit retired elephants in Phuket, or try horse whispering in Gurgaon—this assortment of new experiences across Asia provides animal-friendly answers to the call of the wild.

A Visit to Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket

Whether you’re looking for full detox or just a break from it all, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary is a chill recharging station where the only requirement is a daily massage.

This Phuket Resort Might Be One Of The Most Magical Places On Earth

Cape Panwa Hotel makes for a truly incredible setting for the big day.

Experience Good Living With Belmond

The acclaimed hotel group is redefining luxury through authentic local experiences.

Taking Thailand’s South By Motorcycle

Touring the south of Thailand on a vintage motorcycle is a chance for Duncan Forgan to get a true taste of the region and its limestone karsts, abandoned beaches and more than a plate or two of spicy food.

Charcoal Bangkok

Kebabs take center stage, with melt-in-your-mouth meats, veggies and paneer served in a bright, modern setting. Eat all you can at their smart Sunday brunch, or come at night to try their India-inspired cocktails, crafted to complement the flavors of the tandoor.

The Eastern Side of Koh Lanta Is the Perfect Quiet Island Getaway

The eastern shore of Koh Lanta offers a more subdued take on the popular Thai island, writes Joe Cummings, who is already daydreaming of his next visit.

4 Floating Breakfasts That Are Worth Skipping The Buffet For

You know that phrase, “do it for the gram”? We’re pretty sure floating breakfasts were born from it, and, well, as long as we get the shot, we’ll welcome the trend from every angle.

Butter and Bubbles Are Aplenty at This Restaurant That Boasts Bangkok’s First Michelin Three-Starred Chef

An ambitious new restaurant boasts Bangkok’s first Michelin three-starred chef on the floor—and up in the clouds.

6 Southern Thai Foods You Need to Try

It’s famous for coconut curries and burning spice, but southern Thai food goes beyond the massaman and khanom jeen classics. From Chumphon down to Songkhla, we try six other specialties with influences from Chinese migrants to neighboring Malaysia.

5 Private-Jet Tours Worth Saving Up For

First class isn’t the only way to fly. How about flatbeds, chefs and your own crew on one-of-a-kind trips that let you skip the customs line? Private-jet tours are taking well-heeled travelers for the most luxurious cultural exchanges.

7 Reasons You Should Explore Bangkok’s Thonburi Side

A flashy new mall has lured more visitors over to the Thonburi side of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river than ever before, but its Khlong San neighborhood has long been a local hub for Sino-Siamese eats and a lively social scene.

Marriot Marquis Bangkok

Located in the heaving center of Bangkok, this 1,388-room hotel provides easy access to the city (and a luxury retreat from its mayhem) just a short walk from multiple public transport stations.

Avani+Samui

Basking in the sun-soaked shores of Phang Ka beach, on Koh Samui’s quieter Taling Ngan side, the new rooms and villas by Avani’s premium brand Avani+ feel just like your own private beach house.

These Are Our Favorite Business Hotels Around Asia

Traveling on the job doesn’t have to be boxy and boring. These upscale hotels do the hard work for you, leaving more time to enjoy your surroundings.

8 Bangkok Restaurants Redefining a Genre

We’re just going to come right out and say it: Bangkok’s dining scene has never been more delicious or compelling than it is right now.

Front Room

For this fresh Thai fare with a Danish accent, little is lost in translation.

100 Mahaseth

This über-sustainable nose-to-tail proves just how many tasty ways you can skin a cow.

Funky Lam Kitchen

Two princes fulfill their culinary destiny with a hipper-than-thou, hotter-than-many, hill-country restaurant that gives old Laotian and Northern Thai recipes a decidedly modern update.

Saawaan

Take a hearty trip through Thailand via a tasting menu brimming with delicious dishes we’d like to see a la carte. (The duo of female chefs at the helm is a fab added bonus.)

Le Du

Delicately engineered plates starring local, seasonal produce are dreamed up by a celebrity chef who traffics less in “twists” than whiffs—call it, the edge of Thai.

Sorn

Following the trail of history to old village recipes from soldiers and subsistence farmers made these southern boys an instant hit.

Spinning Straw into Gold at 80/20

With a fresh revamp and a reorientation to tasting menus, one of the city’s secret faves is stepping out of the shadows.

A new heritage hotel in Northern Thailand pays tribute to the former Lanna Kingdom

The latest place to stay here is Raya Heritage, a 33-room boutique whose interiors present traditional Lanna craftsmanship with a pared-back, design-led slant—think minimalist rattan furniture with natural, indigo linens; locally made mulberry-paper screens; and handmade ceramics in the dining spaces.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

With its coveted location overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is an impressive debut for the esteemed hotel brand in Southeast Asia.

8 Creative Hotels For Digital Nomads

With designer digs and creative spaces, a new crop of hotels is making it easier than ever to ditch the nine-to-five and embrace the digital nomad lifestyle.

5 Michelin-Recommended Dishes in Bangkok You Can Actually Afford

Michelin Guide inspectors trawled the city for its best fine dining, but they also recognized 35 Bib Gourmands—good value, consistently quality meals. Several holes-in-the-wall made the list, teeing up a great primer on Bangkok street food. Here are five of our favorites.

4 Bangkok Rooftop Bars With Killer Views

The Southeast Asian City of Angels definitely looks its best from high up in the sky. Soak in the stellar panoramas from these stylish watering holes.

Is Hua Hin Bangkok’s worst-kept secret?

Hua Hin is becoming one of Thailand’s most versatile destinations, with something for everyone. Minimalist urban boutique? Check. Sprawling family-friendly resort? Got it. A holistic spa escape? You bet.

3 Bangkok Spas You Have To Try

You can’t walk a block in the capital with out passing two things: a 7-Eleven and a massage place. In truth, we’d entrust our sore muscles to plenty of the latter, but the following spas truly surpass your standard street-side foot rubs .

A Conversation With 3 Of Asia’s Green Gamechangers

It’s not easy being green, but these three eco-innovators across Asia are reshaping their industries one upcycled garment or zero-waste restaurant at a time. Dianna Hubbell talks to the visionaries about building a brighter, more sustainable future.

Where to Eat, Drink and Stay on Koh Samui

Thanks to a slew of new openings and a community that embraces its rich environment, Koh Samui is enjoying a bump in popularity. Jeninne Lee-St. John visits the top new spots and makes a few friends along the way.

5 Unforgettable Dishes You Have to Try

Whether they’re served in a bar, a humble street restaurant or a Michelin-worthy gastronomic temple, some specialties are worth seeking out no matter where in the world they may be.

Avani Riverside

Set overlooking Chao Phraya, the Avani Riverside affords sweeping views of the urban skyline but still manages to feel removed from all of the bustle of Bangkok.

3 Places for Kids to Play in Chiang Rai

Three destinations in Chiang Rai are helping city kids get their hands dirty with a bounty of outdoor activities.

Angsana Laguna Phuket

Long a family-friendly classic, Angsana Laguna Phuket is part of a mammoth hospitality complex on the shores of Bang Tao Bay. The sprawling, manicured grounds include a 323-meter lagoon-style pool, seven dining facilities and spa.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Located in the grand, graceful space that was once the Four Seasons Bangkok, this hotel enjoys a prime location in the very heart of the city, offering easy access to the luxe shopping malls of Chitlom and the nearby embassies.

Trisara

On an island where each resort strives to be more opulent than the last, Trisara has managed to stay among the most lavish since it opened in 2004.

Amari Phuket

For those looking for a slightly more uptempo vacation, Amari Phuket is in a prime location to dive into the island’s thriving and famously flashy nightlife.

Andara Resort & Villas

The vision of Hong Kong businessman Allan Zeman, who built the resort after completing his own holiday home Chandara on the next headland, Andara cascades down the hillside above Kamala beach on Phuket’s west coast.

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Hotel

Despite all the development, there are still patches of lush, unspoiled scenery left on Phuket. That’s what makes the pristine headland on which the Pullman is so special.

The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Occupying the top floors of an energy-efficient building near Bangkok’s embassy row, the Okura Prestige offers a clean, modern design that incorporates Thai artistic influences with Japanese functionality.

SO Sofitel Bangkok

Abutting Rama IV and Sathorn Road in the capital’s frenetic financial district, this much-hyped property is geared toward artsy, style-minded types as much as business travelers—check-ins are done via iPads and in-room tech amenities are powered by Apple Mac mini.

The St. Regis Bangkok

In keeping with the St. Regis ethos, the property melds unabashed opulence with tasteful restraint.

The Peninsula Bangkok

This legend, with a loyal fan base, has been voted one of the world’s best hotels by T+L readers more than once. A paragon of understated elegance, the hotel is famous for its impeccable service and riverside restaurant.

The Siam Kempinski

Despite its proximity to the city’s buzzing shopping district, this city-resort feels like an oasis with its 401 guest rooms and suites set amid lush landscaped gardens and cascading water features.

Banyan Tree Bangkok

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts excel when it comes to spas and the Bangkok outpost is no exception. Partaking in one of their holistic treatments with a sweeping panorama of the skyline is truly an indulgent experience.

Banyan Tree Phuket

Bordered by the golden sands and gentle waves of the Andaman Sea lies Banyan Tree Phuket, a luxury resort in the Phuket tropics exuding rest and tranquility.

The Sukhothai Bangkok

The Sukhothai hotel takes its name from the capital of Thailand’s first kingdom, which means the “Dawn of Happiness” in English. The city inspired a golden age of Siamese architecture.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok

For more than 130 years distinguished travelers have followed the legendary Chao Phraya River, through the heart of Bangkok, to the doors of one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort

Located at Hat Mai Khao, a stunning 17-kilometer stretch of white sand at the far north of the island, which is also home to a national park and a turtle hatchery. The property is a stunning rendition of Phuket Town’s Sino-Portuguese architecture.

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