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Best Bangkok hotels in the Sukhumvit district for a short visit

Bangkok 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

If 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

While 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

9 Best Phuket resorts near the airport

As 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

9 Best Phuket luxury resorts with private pool villas

While Phuket Island is known for having some of the most beautiful tropical holiday beaches in the world, there’s something endlessly appealing about also being able to swim in a crystal freshwater pool. For the ultimate in luxury, many resorts are building private pools for each villa for a combination of privacy and convenience that it’s hard not to love.

Not surprisingly, most of the best and highest rated Phuket resorts have pool villas, not even counting the many that offer a private pool with their best one or two suites. The good news is that the best of these resorts are a mix of beachfront locations and gorgeous hillside locations, so you can choose the style that fits you best. Continue Reading

9 Best Phuket 5-star resorts on the beach

Phuket is a large island known for many of Thailand’s best and most famous beaches, but only a small percentage of its thousand or so hotels are actually on the sand. Even with about 60 five-star hotels in Phuket, more than half of them have large suites and villas perched on hillsides overlooking the sea, but without direct beach access.

So for Phuket visitors who want to stay at a luxury beach resort, we’ve combed through all the finest hotels on the island to create the list below. Each of these resorts is either on the sand itself, or so close that guests can get there in only 1 or 2 minutes on foot. All of these resorts also have wonderful pool areas, and some with private pools at the villas, but those who love the sand and sea prefer a proper beach location, and these are the best of the best. Continue Reading

7 Best luxury resorts in Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach in Phuket is one of those places that people tend to either love or hate. On this beautiful and touristy island, Patong is by far the most developed and commercial, and that makes it ideal for many things and terrible for others. Finding a really nice luxury resort in the Patong Beach area can be tricky, because the town is dominated by 2-star and 3-star guest houses around the edges, and loud bars and nightclubs in the center.

The good news is that Patong Beach does have at least 5 proper 5-star luxury resorts in quiet areas that are still very close to the action. A few of these are a short walk from everything, while a couple others are in the hills overlooking the city, so with a 5-minute taxi ride you could be in the mix and you still have a relaxing place to sleep and sunbathe during the day. Continue Reading

9 Best 5-star Phuket resorts for honeymoons and romantic couples

The island of Phuket is one of the world’s premier tropical holiday destinations, with more than 1,000 resorts and hotels, but that can make finding the perfect one a bit complicated. There are over 60 Phuket resorts that are rated as 5 stars, ranging from pleasantly luxurious to totally over the top. If you are taking a romance holiday like a honeymoon you’ll want to stay at a resort that is designed for couples rather than for families with kids.

Below you’ll find the 8 best Phuket resorts for honeymoon couples, based on value, location, and strong guest reviews. If your funds are limited you’ll be happy to see that many of these are in the lower price ranges as well, and during the low season months many of them offer amazing value. Continue Reading