Phuket 5-star rooms with both indoor and outdoor showers for US$80 per night

335179_15031012160025950141Travelers love Phuket and for good reason. With an assortment of beautiful beaches, cliffs, hillsides and ocean activities, it truly is a tropical paradise. Due to its immense popularity, resorts and hotels have sprung up in every which direction, with each vying for your attention. This can make choosing which resort is best for you a rather big decision.

If you’re looking for luxury on a dime, then you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at the Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort and Spa. This 5-star resort, located on a private island just outside of Phuket, offers budget friendly prices starting at only US$80 per night for two people.Continue Reading

Phuket 5-star rooms with outdoor showers for US$107 per night

10902_14020517330018256952As a vacation hot spot for travelers from around the world, Thailand sees its fare share of visitors. The southern region of Thailand, home to Phuket, is one of the most talked about destinations in the country, attracting visitors of every budget range. Due to this, you’ll find that there is an incredibly large number of resorts and hotels to choose from, which can make the decision of where to stay a difficult one at best.

In addition to hotels and ‘regular’ resorts, there is a good amount of luxury resorts to choose from. For those seeking luxury on a dime, you’ll find exactly that at the Moevenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, a 5-star resort that’s budget friendly with room rates starting at only US$107 per night for two people.Continue Reading

Phuket 5-star rooms with private balcony for US$231 per night

10904_14072610360020502066Compared to most resort vacation destinations, Thailand is one of the cheaper options. Some might feel that cheaper means poorer quality, but that is far from the case. In fact Phuket, Thailand’s signature beach vacation area, hosts resort after resort, most gifted with high marks, making your choice of which one for your vacation a very hard one indeed.

Traveling with family can make this decision even more difficult with plenty of added factors including the need for kid approved activities, rooms and meals. A great resort set on a stretch of Kata Beach, close to shops and is all around kid friendly, the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is a 5-star resort that won’t empty out your bank account with rooms starting at only US$231 per night for two people.Continue Reading

Phuket 5-star rooms with Jacuzzi for US$258 per night

187030_14031418050018707468Thailand is a vacation destination loved by people from around the world, with visitors exploring the many different regions within the country. Though visitors do travel throughout the country, most prefer to stay in the southern region near the beaches and warm waters.

Due to this, Thailand’s prime vacation spot is none other than Phuket, a region filled with resort after resort, each catering to different types of guests. If you’re the type of traveler looking for a 5-star resort that won’t break the bank, then the Sea Pearl Villas Resort is the perfect one for you with room rates starting at only US$258 per night for two people.Continue Reading

Best Bangkok hotels in the Sukhumvit district for a short visit

JWMarriottRoomBangkok is a huge city both in population and in physical size, to the surprise of many first-time visitors. There are over 1,000 hotels in the city, which are spread through over a dozen different districts. If you are planning a short visit to Bangkok as part of a trip to Phuket or elsewhere in Asia, the Sukhumvit area is ideal in many cases.

The main tourist attractions are close to the river, but there aren’t many international-quality hotels in that area so most Western guests prefer this neighborhood because it’s very modern and tourist friendly. This is also where most of the Western expats live, at least those who work for foreign companies in Bangkok, so it’s a nice mix of tourists and new locals who speak English.Continue Reading

The best hotels in Bangkok’s riverside business district

ShangriLaPoolIf you are coming to Bangkok for a short visit on your way to or from Phuket Island, one of the most popular area for luxury travelers is known as the Bangkok Riverside. There are about 20 luxury high rise hotels that overlook the Chao Phraya River, mostly on the busier eastern bank of the river. The area is also home to many high-end office complexes so it’s a magnet for the executives who require excellent service.

To be honest, the area isn’t particularly close to the main tourist attractions or the best shopping malls, but you can find everything you really need in this posh area. Better still, you can either hail a taxi or hire your own driver with a car for a reasonable price, and when you have access to a car this area is close enough to everything.Continue Reading

Where to stay in Bangkok for a short visit

BangkokCanalViewIf you are coming to Asia and going anywhere near Bangkok, it would be a huge shame to miss seeing it. A great number of people who come to Phuket for an annual sunshine holiday will stop in Bangkok for a few days on the way in or the way out, and many of them do it every year. Bangkok is modern and friendly so it’s the kind of city where there is always something new to do each time you come back.

One minor downside to Bangkok is that it’s huge and sprawling, so figuring out where to stay can be a challenge, even for those who’ve visited before. Seriously, the city just goes and goes almost like Los Angeles, and there are actually several different central areas that aren’t in any way within walking distance of each other. If you stay in an inconvenient part of the city you might spend half your day going back and forth to the things you want to see.Continue Reading

How to easily combine Phuket and Bangkok into one holiday

BangkokTemplePhuket is easily Asia’s number one sunshine destination for holidays, but it’s so far from most visitors that it’s a shame to go all that way and only stop in one place. Thailand is a tourist’s paradise in many ways, though in Phuket you only get to taste a small slice of what the country has to offer.

For this reason, most savvy visitors have figured out that it’s very easy to spend a few days in Bangkok on their way to Phuket or on their way home. As we discussed in our section about getting to Phuket, most visitors will at least need to change planes in Bangkok (or Kuala Lumpur) anyway, so you might as well spend a few days in one of them to get more contrast on your long trip.Continue Reading

7 Best 6-star Phuket ultra luxury resorts

Trisara Pool VillaWhile the standard hotel rating system only goes up to 5-star Deluxe, Phuket Island has many resorts that easily deserve a 6th star. The island has about 65 5-star hotels, including over a dozen that are some of the best resorts in all of Asia if not the world.

We’ve compiled a list of the finest of them, and all the resorts listed below consist of suites and villas only, so they attract an exclusive clientele even though prices at many of them are quite modest considering the size and private pool for each villa. A few also provide 24-hour private butler service, just to make sure each guest is as pleased as possible during their stay.

Visiting Phuket is so easy that you won’t need a travel agent to book a luxury holiday. Most of these resorts offer private airport transportation, so you get the most value by booking flights and taking advantage of the special online rates.Continue Reading

7 Best Phuket resorts near the airport

Trisara PoolAs the largest island in Thailand, Phuket has over 1,000 resorts and hotels that are spread on over a dozen beaches. The island is nearly 50 kilometers from north to south, with most of the crowded areas near the south, while the airport is way up north. As a result, many people prefer Phuket resorts near the airport for a few different reasons.

The most obvious reason to choose a resort near Phuket International Airport is that it will take less time and cost less money to get there, and for a stay of only a few nights that’s worth considering. However, the beaches nearest the airport are also the most secluded and most relaxing on the island, as well as home to many of Phuket’s best overall resorts.

To save you time we’ve sorted through every luxury resort in Phuket to find the very best that could be considered close to the airport. A few are in the super-luxury category, while others are very reasonably priced yet still rated at 5 stars.Continue Reading