Discovering the River Kwai in Thailand | Kanchanaburi, Thailand | The province of Kanchanaburi is close to Bangkok and borders to Myanmar (Burma). Although there is plenty to see in this region, the Bridge over River Kwai, the museum , Don-Rak Cementery and the ride over the Death Railway are the main attraction, so I went for it. A full day tour, driving for over 2 hours from center Bangkok to the River Kwai Bridge. River Kwai and the Bridge . After entering the Second War in December 1941, Japanese forces quickly overran most of South East Asia. In 1942, in order to find a shorter and more secure line of supply between Burma (now Myanmar) and Siam (now Thailand), the Japanese decided to use prisoners of war and civilian labour to build a single line railway to link existing railheads at Thanbyuzayat in the west and Ban Pong in the east.
welcoming the international LGBT Community to their stunning and unique properties, and destinations with open arms. Certainly A Journey Like no other. Find out more and see the list of properties participating @ Orient-Express. CM
Welcome everyone to 2012 Happy New Year | Carlos Melia | A short message to wish you all a Happy New Year and Feliz Año Nuevo. Welcome everyone to 2012. !!! Looking forward to seeing you all next year. Been a very important year for me in particular, many great things have happened others not so good, but the positive spirit is all that matters and always keep looking forward never look back. As I learnt during my trip to Thailand, MAI PEN RAI everyone. I am beyond grateful to you all for your company when traveling on remote locations, your comments on Facebook and Twitter and overall your constant interest and support. Let’s spend a 2012 discovering more of this amazing beautiful world we have. Best to all of you wherever you might be. And for those of you who do not celebrate our western calendars my best thoughts and energy too. CM
GPS Carlos Melia at Puerto Madero Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Back in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as from today and for the next two weeks. This week fully devoted to family and friends, after almost two years of being away. Next week will be reviewing a few properties to share it with you all. This time I am showing you one of my favorite spots in the city of Buenos Aires, which is the Puerto Madero District and the Bridge of the Woman. by internationally renowned architect and designer Santiago Calatrava.
Amantaka by Aman Resorts Luang Prabang | Luang Prabang, Lao PDR | One of the many hidden gems during my last expedition to South East Asia, was to spend time exploring such an amazing destination like Lao PDR at the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. And the perfect match for such mystical, relaxing and upscale destination was my stay at the Amantaka by Aman Resorts.
Koh Samet Island in the Gulf of Thailand | Koh Samet, Thailand | A must visit, either for the day or overnight. When I told the concierge of my hotel that I was coming, he said …” Carlos, you should at least stay one night to experience the island in full…”, unfortunately that was not possible, but now that I have seen it, I fully agree with him. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, it offers a great value option for those on the budget or with not enough time to explore other options on the gulf or the Andaman Sea. Only 4 hours away from Bangkok by car and ferry, and 2 hours from Pattaya.
Monsoon Wine and Vineyards of Hua Hin Hills | Hua Hin, Thailand | Today I spent my full morning and afternoon exploring the wine region of Hua Hin Hills in Hua Hin, Thailand. They people from Siam Winery, pick me up at my hotel and drove me for 25 minutes to their stunning vineyard, to spend a day tasting local Thai wines, great tasty modern tapas and bonding time with my friends the elephants. I mean, where else that in Thailand can you explore a vineyard on the back of an elephant ? Just priceless experience. And also, who would have thought that Thailand can compete internationally with other top wine regions in the world.
Carlos Melia LIVE at the Taj Mahal in Agra India | Agra, India | Yesterday I was able to cross out another item of my Bucket List, this time the stunning, magical and eternal representation of love, the Taj Mahal Mausoleum in Agra, India. Built by commission of the 5th. Mughal ruler of India, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. I must say that it was all I was expecting to be and much much more. Incredible and monumental symmetric Mughal architecture, which is visited daily by an average of 100,000 people. A Muslin Mausoleum, a place of worship and a true representation of eternal love. CM
1st. Asian Gay and Lesbian Travel Symposium India | New Delhi, India | Good Morning everyone from New Delhi in India. Very excited to be here and be part of the breaking event to take place in India for the first time ever, by the expert hand of friends and colleagues at Community Marketing Inc. Attached is a PDF copy of the Keynote presentation I will be presenting today as the guest speakers for TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand, based on my own experience as an Out Gay Traveler exploring the Northern and Souther region of Thailand. Hope you like it and Mai Pen Rai all the way from India, to Thailand and rest of Asia. Click Here to view the PDF. This is the reduce size version (2MB). CM
The HONG in Hong Island just stunning | Koh Hong, Krabi, Thailand | So as I wrote yesterday, I spent my full morning Snorkeling in Koh Hong Island, only 30 minutes away from Phulay Bay in Krabi. Literally a paradise on earth, and supposed to be one of the top ten beaches in the world. Now what is the meaning of Koh Hong, you might want to know, same as I did… well our Long Tale Fisherman sailor had a big surprise for us, to show us the meaning of words live.