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TBEX hits Thailand

More than 600 bloggers are expected to attend the Travel Blog Exchange Asia (TBEX Asia) this week.

TBEX was first held in 2008 and has been organised annually in Europe and the United States. As attendance has grown significantly, the organisers decided to venture into Asia in recognition of the immense market potential and high growth in visitor arrivals. Read More


Robin Shultz headlines gay travel experience TropOut in Phuket

Brand-new sophisticated global gay travel experience, TropOut, is excited to announce German electronic DJ and producer Robin Schulz as its headline act for its inaugural experience April 3 – 9, 2016, in Phuket, Thailand.

Having topped the charts across Europe and boasting numerous top 10 hits in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand including Prayer in C, Sugar, Headlights, Waves and Sun Goes Down, Grammy nominated Schulz will be headlining TropOut’s opening party at XANA Beach Club in breathtaking Phuket.

Robin Schulz 2015

With its motto “chill, party and explore”, TropOut was founded as a modern and refined style of gay travel, comprised of equal parts relaxing in a soothing and comfortable environment, partying with friends and getting out to explore a new or favourite destination.

Founder and Managing Director Aaron Zoanetti is excited by Schulz’s headlining of the event’s entertainment program.

“We’re incredibly thrilled that an artist the caliber of Robin Schulz will be the centerpiece of TropOut’s opening party”, says Zoanetti.

“Robin’s sound fits the contemporary TropOut brand perfectly. We’re sure Robin will take TropOut’s opening party to another level!”

For his part, Schulz is looking forward to bringing his iconic sound to an equally idyllic setting.

“I think my music is a perfect fit for an event like TropOut,” says Schulz.

“One of the perks of my job is playing in some really fantastic venues and locations, and the beaches of Thailand are going to be a really electrifying place to perform.”

Xana Beach Club Phuket

Thailand, with its breath-taking beaches, enchanting culture, amazing cuisine and the open and accepting nature of its people, will welcome gay travelers from all over the world for TropOut Thailand 2016.

Up to 1100 discerning travelers will flock to Bang Tao Beach in Thailand’s balmy southern Phuket, where idyllic five-star Angsana Laguna Phuket will play host to the chic travel experience, allowing visitors to relax in a luxurious yet comfortable setting.

TropOut guests will also be offered exclusive access to premier beach clubs, where an array of entertainment, premier events and the beats of international DJs will take the party to another level.

A six-night package for TropOut beings at USD$995 per person (triple share).

For further information on TropOut visit


Red Sky at night, diner’s delight

Travel blogger Deborah Dickson-Smith recently sampled the fine dining at Red Sky Centara Grand at Centralworld.

There are many Bangkok rooftop restaurants, but none, perhaps, quite as grand as Red Sky. While it’s not riverside or overlooking one of Bangkok’s grand temples, it is 55 floors up and has 360 degree views of the city – which is particularly photogenic at night. Read More


Medical Travel to Thailand

Guest blogger John Borthwick recently inspected several major Bangkok hospitals specialising in “medical tourism” and spoke to post-op clients.

“You might call us the Sisterhood of the Travelling Boobs,” jokes Jacky*, 40, from Perth. She is one ten women I meet recuperating in an upmarket Bangkok hotel who have undergone elective medical or dental procedures in Thailand rather than at home in Australia. Read More


Resort Review: Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach

Travel blogger Thatraveller, Holly O’Sullivan, recently sampled the family friendly attributes of the Holiday Inn Mai Khao, in Phuket. Here’s her verdict.

A few steps from Mai Khao Beach, the Holiday Inn Mai Khao is everything you expect from a family-friendly hotel – and to make it even more appealing, kids stay, play and eat for free. Read More


Koh Phayam – still like Koh Samui in the 70s?

Travel writer Ian Neubauer revisits and old love, Koh Phayam, and discovers while quite a lot has changed over ten years, it’s original charm remains. 

Ten years have passed since I first encountered Koh Phayam. After seeing it described in a brochure I found lying on a table in a cafe in Bangkok’s Khaosan Road as “Like Koh Samui in the ’70s,” I bought a ticket to go. And stayed for six months. This small kangaroo-shaped island on Thailand’s Andaman Coast attracted me not for what it had – the real lure was what it came without.

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