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Historic 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai

Travel writer Julie Miller visits a hotel in Chiang Mai that has raised the bar in boutique luxury.

In the days of King Rama V, the status of a homeowner was measured by the number of ornate columns found in his house. The elegant teak building that forms the centrepiece of Chiang Mai’s most luxurious boutique hotel features 137 pillars – hence its unusual name, 137 Pillars House. Read More

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5 of the best: stylish hotels in Bangkok

Travel writer Julie Miller looks at five stylish hotels in Bangkok where the design is far from ordinary. 

Bangkok is a stylish city; its residents dress smartly, are concerned with their appearance, and love to be seen in fashionable and trend-setting restaurants and bars.

For travellers who care about aesthetics and design, there are some fabulous hotels to stay in which won’t necessarily break the budget. Here are some of my favourites: Read More

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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

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Rai Saeng Arun, a Mekong surprise

Travel writer Julie Miller revisits the north of Thailand, the infamous Golden Triangle, and finds a wonderful new boutique property; Rai Saeng Arun.

For most tourists visiting the north of Thailand, their journey starts and ends in the fascinating city of Chiang Mai. Venture a little further, however, and a whole new world opens up: one offering rich cultural experiences, beautiful scenery and an alluring, tranquil pace. Read More

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Resort Review: Club Med Phuket

Travel blogger Holly O’Sullivan recently had a chance to write us a resort review on Club Med Phuket, which is located right on the beach in Kata Bay.

Built in the style of traditional Longhouses, Phuket’s Club Med resort is a bit of a crowd-pleaser. Surrounded by luscious greenery and with a selection of pools to choose from, Club Med suits any type of holiday, whether that’s intergenerational families or honeymooners. Read More

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Sleeping with History: 6 Historic Bangkok Hotels

Guest blogger John Borthwick hits the nostalgia trail amid history-themed Bangkok hotels.

1. Shanghai Mansion Hotel

Shanghai Mansion has a long head start in the “Sinostalgia” business. This 76-room hotel on Yaowarat Road in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown was built in 1892 and has been a Chinese opera house, stock exchange and textile trading house, and since 2006 a boutique hotel. Read More

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Naturally lovely: Botanica Khao Yai

Guest blogger Julie Miller discovers a luxury resort embracing the natural environment of Thailand’s first national park.

Business is booming around Khao Yai National Park. A three-hour drive from Bangkok, this formerly sleepy mountain haven is becoming increasing popular as a weekend escape for wealthy cityslickers, with new condominiums, a shopping mall and even a state-of-the-art waterpark about to open. Read More