Now Offering Deluxe Homestays in Thailand

Entrance to The Ban Tak House, a private house located on the banks of the River Ping, Tak Provence, Thailand

Entrance to The Ban Tak House, a private house located on the banks of the River Ping, Tak Provence, Thailand

Homestays are usually associated with backpacker travelling and trekking tours, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  As the modern day traveller yearns to get more from their experiences, travelling has become more of a cultural exchange where the visitor gains knowledge and interacts with a host.  From this a new kind of homestay has evolved.  These remain loyal to the concept of interaction with local people and communities – but with a much higher level of service, especially where accommodation is concerned.

World Discovery is now offering a new style deluxe homestay experience in the provinces of Tak and Khon Kaen (North and East Thailand respectively).  Here guests can enjoy finer comforts while still gaining an authentic homestay experience.

World Discovery specialises in Tailor-made holidays, and can put together a Thailand tour to include a luxury homestay.  Send an e-mail to enquiries@worlddiscovery.co.uk for further details.

Bangkok’s Gaggan Restaurant Voted Best in Asia

Gaggan RestaurantRecently voted as the ‘Best Restaurant in Asia 2015’, Gaggan is an Indian restaurant with a salivating twist on traditional cuisine.  Located in Central Bangkok, the restaurant reinterprets the accepted with modernity and flair to bridge the gap between eastern and western cuisine.  The menu is attractive and playful, with dishes such as Beauty and the Beast (young potatoes stuffed with sun-dried figs) and Green with Envy (green peppercorn chicken kebabs combined with coriander foam).

Set in a charming whitewashed colonial-style wooden house, the design of the menu takes inspiration from the street food of India and its various regional cuisines.  Chef Gaggan Anand has created a top dining destination that’s become a must-visit place while in the City of Angels.

Experience this marvellous fine dining venue on a Thailand Holiday with World Discovery!

Phuket’s beaches revived to former beauty

Phuket-Beach-ThailandThe ruling NCPO (National Council for Peace and Order) in Thailand has put operations in place to clean up Phuket’s beaches.

The country’s largest island and a huge magnet for tourism, Phuket has suffered from squatters occupying its beaches with sunbeds, umbrellas and tables, while setting up stalls to sell various items to passers-by.  The developments are helping return Phuket’s beaches to their former glory, when picture-perfect arcs of golden sand were visible.  The removal of obstructions has opened up the beach creating more room for families to set up picnics and visitors to enjoy.  The beaches in Cherng Talay were first on the list in part of the NCPO ‘clean up’ operation.  Plans have also been drawn up and officers deployed to re-zone the beachfront in order to combat future encroachment, starting with Kamala beach.

Phuket is home to a selection of the world’s most spectacular beaches, graced with powder-soft sand and beautiful palm trees framed against a backdrop of rolling hills covered in lush jungle.  Discover these newly rejuvenated beaches with World Discovery as we explore Phuket, its history, the Andaman Sea and beyond.

Thailand – Airport web access

Free_wifi_Thailand_airportsFree internet access is being rolled out at the majority of Thailand’s airports.

Free Wi-Fi has come on stream at Don Muang (Bangkok), Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai airports, according to media reports.  Travellers at Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi Airport will get the new service on March 1. The system can support up to 2,000 simultaneous users for two hours of 10-Mbps access at each airport.  The installation has been financed by service provider True Corporation which will gain from advertising and selling premium Internet access.  Web surfers can register with their Thai ID card or passport number to obtain a username and password.

In a related development, airline ticket sales booths are being moved from the 4th to the 6th floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport in a bid to increase space in the passenger terminal. Up to 54 airline ticket vendors including Emirates, Japan Airlines, China Airlines and Bangkok Airways will move their booths and the relocation will provided an extra 900 square metres of space on the fourth floor.

Thailand – World’s heaviest competitors

The Thai version of polo adds substantial weight to the high society equestrian sport – with 5,000kg elephants replacing the traditional pony. The gentle jumbos will star at this year’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament from 12-16 September, held in the royal seaside resort town of Hua Hin.   Now in its eleventh year, the event has raised over half-a-million dollars for the conservation of Thailand’s elephant population, as well as for other charitable causes.   Last year’s tournament featured 12 teams involving over 40 players, including German royal Prince Carl-Eugen Oettingen-Wallerstein, along with members of the New Zealand All-Blacks rugby union team.  Fundraising from last year helped clinics that use elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism. Another charitable project was the creation of the first and only elephant hospital in southern Thailand.   Anantara Resorts is offering a “Pachyderms and Polo Package” (via World Discovery) which includes VIP all-areas access, lunch, spa treatments and accommodation at the Anantara resort Hua Hin.