Modes of Travel | July29th, 2016

Tantalizing Thailand

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Exotic and Beautiful, Thailand is endowed with a culture rich in tradition and the arts. Dynamic Thailand has rapidly become Southeast Asia’s most popular playground, the heart of its blossoming tourism and growing economic success. Many people who go to Thailand just to visit end up living there. They often look for a way to get Health insurance savings (or as they say ประกันสุขภาพ ออมทรัพย์) so they can afford to live there safely. Endless miles of white sand coastline and a scattering of inviting tropical islands are prime destinations beckoning beach lovers, fun and adventure seekers, and everyone eager to discover and experience the wealth of iconic temples, shrines and palaces, and the warmth and hospitality of the Thai people. Tropical forests, fruit and tea plantations, lowland rice paddies, and the mountains of the north, home of the colorful hill tribes and elephant treks, invite exploration. Trains and tuk tuks, taxis and riverboats are waiting to transport you on your adventure. More and more people are moving to Thailand and becoming expats after seeing how beautiful the country is. If this is something that you are planning on doing one day or even visiting this beautiful country, be sure to get the recommended injections for thailand, as these can help prevent diseases. You don’t want to be worrying about this while you’re supposed to be enjoying what Thailand has to offer.

They are sending their children to fine establishments such as Ascot (Visit Ascot.ac.th Today if you’re interested) to make sure they still get a good education in a new country while they enjoy their new home. It’s not just expats flocking to Thailand, tourists seeking an authentic connection to its history and culture will find a proud display of the arts evidenced in architecture and religious sculptures, murals and stone carvings, traditional Thai music and dance. Thai silks and textiles are world renowned, and local crafts and creations are influencing prominent designers and trending fashions. Reflecting a connection to the land and its history and steeped in ornate Buddhist and earlier Hindu religious symbolism, the culture of Thailand enriches the experience of all who holiday in this magical country.


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The InterContinental Bangkok
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InterContinental Bangkok is a luminous jewel in central Bangkok, with a stunning lobby that welcomes guests with modern luxury and elegance. With flash and flair, InterContinental Bangkok hosts international visitors from every corner of the globe with its iconic brand of stellar accommodations, impeccable guest service, and an array of amenities. Here guests experience five star luxury and comfort while easily accessing cultural treasures and river excursions to markets, villages, and traditional craft destinations. With 381 guestrooms and suites, amenities abound for business travelers and tourists alike. Sophisticated business services, wifi access, and meeting rooms, offer convenience and computer tech support.

The exclusive Floor 37 is home to the InterContinental Members Only Lounge. Guests will find the rooftop pool with its panoramic city views and friendly Oasis Pool Bar a welcome escape from the hectic pace of the city.
Leisure and business travelers alike will revel in the promise of the InterContinental signature urban destination Spa with its extensive menu of traditional Thai massage and body treatments guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate travelers. An impressive fully equipped state of the art fitness center offers a personal trainer, yoga, Pilates, and a menu of classes and services.

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Dining venues at the InterContinental offer award winning international cuisine options. Theo Mio offers a tantalizing menu of Italian specialties. Veal specialties and nouveau pasta entrees are a unique interpretation designed by their creative chef. The Fireplace Grill is Bangkok’s premier steakhouse, popular among expats and returning business travelers in the know. And the extensive international buffet of Espresso is a dramatic panoply of Asian and European traditional and nouveau cuisines. A favorite for DimSum connoisseurs is the Summer Palace, highly popular for its all you can eat Dim Sum and Cantonese delights.

High Tea and cocktails prevail at The Balcony with intimate ambience identifying the InterContinental as the prestige meeting place for those in the know. In the background, the piano creates an atmosphere inviting relaxation and pampering with sumptuous delights served in grand style. And for those seeking a masculine retreat, the Humidor Cigar and Whiskey Lounge is a distinctive addition to the mystique of this exceptional hotel lobby.
Dazzling malls, conveniently linked by its famed Sky Walk and Skytrain, offer a sophisticated array of top Western shopping venues from Armani to Zara, Thai silks and textiles, and a surprising range of dining experiences. Vibrant Bangkok is the most fascinating of cities – westernized and cosmopolitan, yet maintaining its compelling history and traditions. It boasts a commercial center that is a jewel waiting to be discovered by serious shoppers and discriminating diners who can traverse the worlds of street food taste treats to five star cuisine.

Optimize your Bangkok experience! The warm and welcoming professional concierge staff ensures that guests are informed about sightseeing opportunities from River boats to Buddhist temples. Authentic Thailand is diverse, redefining itself and its future as a top tourist and investment center. Change is apparent everywhere, and tourists are anxious to experience its rich heritage of floating markets, fishing boats, renowned silks and textiles, tailors and tuktuks. The river is easily accessible from the BTS Skytrain steps from the Inter Continental. It still captivates, and the canals that have deemed Bangkok the Venice of Southeast Asia draw tourists and tours from every corner of the world. Fishing and farm villages can be reached by traditional river cruises, opening a world that is rapidly changing. Modeliste Mode with Meaning salutes the InterContinental Bangkok team for their incredible contribution to Bangkok’s community, sponsoring educational initiatives, excursions, holidays, and donations for those less fortunate within the city. The staff has embraced creative endeavors and participate in projects throughout the year, a model for hotels everywhere. Thailand does have it all! Imagine joining the discerning travelers who are discovering its beauty and charm in the unparalleled luxury of the InterContinental Destination hotels of Thailand… Exciting Bangkok, island paradise Koh Samui, and coastal beach resort Hua Hin.

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
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Breathtaking! From the moment you arrive and cross the threshold of the Samui Baan Taling Ngam InterContinental, the stunning ocean panorama that greets guests elicits exclamations that delight the proud staff that await you. You will immediately be captivated by the vista that encompasses the nearby Five Islands, a cluster of rocky points jutting from the sea, to the more distant shores of the Ang Thong National Marine Park and beyond. The expansive lobby and reception area looking to the sea artfully blends the dramatic elements of modern and traditional Thai design that define the InterContinental Samui Taling Ngam resort. From this perch, take in the scope of the resort from the heights of the Baan Thai Spa to the beachside infinity pool. And the welcome with the hotel’s signature teas or coffee bar initiates guests with the promise of wonders to come. The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort was the first to introduce Five Star luxury to the Koh Samui dynamic and its stellar west facing hillside location embraces natural beauty, secluded beach, excellence in hospitality, and star rated dining to continue to set it apart as the jewel in the crown of this island paradise. Koh Samui, once an island of sleepy fishing villages and a haven for backpackers, has now claimed the distinction of being Thailand’s premier island destination. Unforgettable sunset views are guaranteed from every suite and villa. Taling Ngam is known for its distinctive terraced levels providing a hillside perch where each suite enjoys a private balcony for privacy dining or relaxation on the daybed. Villas with two and three bedrooms dot the hillside offering private pools, chef and butler services. Here families are welcome and children may join in the fun at the Kid’s Club with an array of daily activities that capture the imagination of all ages and introduce crafts that reflect the Thai culture.

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Whether seeking a wedding destination, a romantic retreat, a family getaway, rest and relaxation, a destination spa experience, yoga and wellness, or an adventure holiday, Samui Taling Ngam InterContinental offers unsurpassed amenities guaranteed to delight guests from every corner of the globe. A dazzling infinity pool, restaurant and bar sit beachside and a private jetty extends from the white sand beach, home to the hotel speedboats ready to whisk guests to a vast range of activities. Your options are endless, beginning with early morning yoga, a fully equipped fitness center, and your signature fast boat cruise to snorkeling at the fantastic Ang Thong national marine park, a guided reef diving experience, sea fishing adventures, swimming with the rare pink dolphins, a visit to an island fishing village, a sunset cruise, a visit to a remote island lagoon, or perhaps a romantic private island picnic. Sea kayaking and stand up paddle boards are always popular diversions. The concierge staff provides guests with an array of experiences featuring the popular Thai cooking classes which include a venture to the local market to choose the fresh ingredients. Island excursions lead to the waterfalls of Samui, an elephant trek, a visit to the temple of the Big Buddha, shopping in local markets, a taste of the local nightlife, and even bullfighting. And the ummm…… grandfather and grandmother rock formations are quite a tourist draw.

Choices abound with all that Samui Baan Taling Ngam has to offer but, while luxuriating beside the azure waters of the bay, your biggest daily decision truly is….where to experience the striking explosion of color in the renowned sunset each night. Whether to capture nature’s spectacle in all its intensity on a romantic sunset cruise where guests feel the sun’s descent rippling across the sea, at the terrace bar chilling with your favorite cocktail, in the privacy of your deck daybed, at the tip of the jetty with champagne, high on the Spa deck overlooking the resort in its pink glow, or while lounging by the beach pool. Ahhh, decisions, decisions…..

Dining on the terrace offers a sumptuous international breakfast buffet with freshly made designer juices, Fresh bread and pastries, English and Asian standards. Amber, the stylish terrace restaurant, presents a diverse ala carte menu featuring a generous menu of Thai, Asian, and international cuisines. Feast on the local fish and seafood prepared with international tastes in mind. The pride of the InterContinental, Thailand’s award winning Samui Baan Taling Ngam promises the ultimate in retreat style and comfort.

The InterContinental Hua Hin
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From the vantage point of the Azure rooftop bar, it is easy to appreciate the allure of the InterContinental Hua Hin…. The unrivaled view of the sea, the glow of the fire pit lounge, inviting reflective blue tiled pools glistening in the constant sunshine of Thailand’s coast, and the open park-like feeling of the gardens flanked by the InterContinental’s stylish resort and sophisticated dining venues. Perfection! Hua Hin presents the InterContinental, resort, retreat, spa, wedding destination, beach lovers’ and expats’ favorite getaway. Easily reached from Bangkok, leisure and business travelers, tourists and expats have discovered Hua Hin’s list of recreational activities and cultural pursuits. With the help of the enthusiastic concierge staff at the InterContinental, guests will find their way to Thailand’s first ever Water Park, nearby golf, the Royal Summer Palace, the floating market and Hua Hin’s Night Market and nightlife. Visit rice fields and mango farms for a glimpse of rural life in Thailand. Hire a horse for a ride on the beach or hit the beach for kite surfing or jet skis. Whatever your choice, complete your day with a visit to the Spa for a traditional Thai massage or therapeutic body treatment to de-stress and rejuvenate. The Health and Fitness Center has the answer for a perfect workout.

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Elegant rooms, executive suites, stellar villas, and the premium two bedroom villas with private plunge pool, the InterContinental options meet every guest’s needs with the emblematic InterContinental amenities which include business services, wifi, butler service, and transport. The Azure rooftop with its designer cocktails is the favored gathering place. Dining at the Hua Hin InterContinental ranges from cocktails and snacks at the pool bar, to fine Italian cuisine at Felicita, and Asian culinary delights, Thai specialties and fresh Hua Hin seafood at Pirom. Enjoy romantic evenings with cocktails at the unique piano bar with live entertainment or at the fireside lounge under the stars. Mornings are welcome with a variety of freshly blended juices, fruits, teas and coffees, designer omelets, fresh pastries, and a variety of Asian and western accompaniments. Hua Hin pleases day and night. Coming soon…..Innovative BluPort business and convention center with 40 executive suites linked by skywalk to the main hotel and its new mall bringing Hua Hin’s first top line mall and shopping experience! This highly awaited opening combines glitz and glamor with international conference appeal at a beachside retreat! Thailand’s first!

Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa – Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai seems to have become everyone’s favorite destination in Thailand. Far from the beaches, it is northern Thailand’s treasure. Surrounded by mountains, lush forests with spectacular temples and shrines, an Old City where remnants of the ancient moats and walls remain, it remains a favorite getaway for those seeking a connection to the past in a less hectic present. It is famously the site of the Royal Bhuping Palace where a profusion of rose gardens displaying varieties from the world over welcome those who wander its pathways and discover its fragrant beauty. And it is the gateway to exploring the mountain trails and guided tours to visit the Hill Tribes of the north where guests have the opportunity to experience this distinct ancestral culture, it’s crafts of weaving and carving, and share in the proud traditions of these remote peoples. Elephant treks, mountain bike excursions, backpacking stays are all a part of discovering Chiang Mai. Siripanna captures the unique qualities of a destination striving to honor and embrace the beauty and authenticity of the history and culture, the arts and architecture of Chiang Mai. Siripanna reflects the proud history of Chiang Mai as the ancestral home of the Lanna people, whose abundant rice fields, skilled craftsmen, and renowned center of the arts brought traders and explorers to this crossroads on the historic Silk Road.

This heritage is emblematic of the Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa as it was built in the distinctive Lanna style of architecture in its unique setting. Attention to preserving elements of the heritage of this site include the historic well, now the highlight of the dining area. The central square is flanked by replicas of watchtowers which now offer privacy dining retreats. Guests are invited to participate in planting rice under the guidance of the resident farmer in the Siripanna paddies, conveniently adjacent to the conference and event center. A daily ritual of giving alms to the Buddhist monks is another opportunity to participate in an authentically Thai experience. Cooking classes are offered on site and the gifted concierge staff provide a wealth of information and expertise in designing your daily ventures to discover the wonders of Chiang Mai. This rare resort offers a glimpse of the past while offering a variety of modern accommodations. The newly built four storied Gallery is a bright addition which showcases the works of local artists in its hallways and rooms, a venue for creative talents promoted by Siripanna and reflecting their dedication to the community.

This rare resort offers a glimpse of the past while offering a variety of modern accommodations. The newly built four storied Gallery is a bright addition which showcases the works of local artists in its hallways and rooms, a venue for creative talents promoted by Siripanna and reflecting their dedication to the community. The original rooms offer more traditional design and furnishings featuring the woodcarving that honor the beauty of Lanna heritage.Dining at Siripanna is an adventure in itself with an extensive buffet featuring an international menu of Thai, Asian, and Western cuisines. The choices include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh breads, sushi and spring rolls, regional noodle and rice dishes, and meat and fish dishes to please every palate. Followed by desserts ranging from creme brulee to mango sticky rice – soul satisfying from start to finish.

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The Siripanna Spa is a retreat beautifully designed to create a timeless, spiritual serenity. Thai massage and a menu of body treatments, facial options, and additional amenities, provide tranquility soothing body and mind. The fitness center offers travelers the opportunity to continue their fitness routines while overlooking the beautiful gardens. Siripanna has a unique connection to its community. A rare opportunity in a hotel experience, Siripanna’s engaging staff, its setting, its commitment to preserving the art and heritage of Chiang Mai for its guests makes this a most memorable stay.

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