GoThaiBeFree.com LGBT Microsite by Tourism Thailand | GoThaiBeFree.com | After many month of joint work and collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, local hotels, tour operators and restaurants, and several visits to Thailand, which will always stay close and dear to my heart, I am happy and proud to share and announce, that the first ever official and fully dedicated Asian destination LGBT Microsite by a Tourism Board, is up and online. This shows the interest, respect and commitment of Thailand as a destination, toward the international Gay Travelers, in a true Buddhist spirit. You will find many of my photos and collaborations on the site, like one above on the main banner, of me seating contemplating Phranang Beach from my villa at the Rayavadee Resort in Krabi. Mai Pen Rai Thailand it has been a pleasure to work with you all along this six month, and thank you for trusting CarlosMeliaBlog.com and myself for this project – www.gothaibefree.com check it out. !!! your best source of information when planning your travel experience to Thailand. CM
Thailand welcomes LGBT Press & Travel Professionals in Luxury | Bangkok, Thailand | The Tourism Authority of Thailand – New York office and CarlosMeliaBlog.com are proud and pleased to welcome and announce the first ever, official Gay and Lesbian Media and Travel educational/promotional trip to Thailand the Land of Smiles. Leading members of the LGBT Press and Travel Professionals from United States and Canada will arrive tomorrow to Bangkok to experience Thailand and all its highlights in a ten days itinerary that will cover Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle. Go Thai Be Free. !!!! Sawadee. Thailand Gay Travel / Thailand Gay Travel Blog. Some of the leading media outlets where you will be able to read about this trip are: GayTravel.com, Passport Magazine, DOT429.com, Xtra.com, Queerty.com and GayCities.com. We are also very proud count among our travel professionals members of IGLTA, Virtuoso and Signature Travel. Safe travels to everyone and see you in Thailand. CM
(*) Special Thanks to all our sponsors all over Thailand for their support and commitment to the International LGBT Travel Community. Sponsoring Hotels: Four Seasons Hotels Thailand, (Bangkok) The Muse Hotel, Le Meridien, St. Regis Hotel, Oriental Residences, Banyan Tree and SIAM Hotel. (Phuket) Paresa Resort, Andara Resort, Trisara Resort. (Krabi) Rayavadee Resort, Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay. (Chiang Mai) Tamarin Village, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Sponsoring Restaurnts: (Bangkok) Issaya Siamese Club, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Ruen Urai, Biscotti. APSARA Dining Cruise. (Phuket) LIM’s Restaurant.
Nine Lounge and Bar Phuket Thailand | Phuket, Thailand | I would have to say that Nine Lounge & Bar was my favorite bar in Phuket which you may refer to as a gay bar if you wish, but goes far beyond from that. Next to Lim’s Restaurant, fantastic Thai Food. Great drinks, beautiful indoor/outdoor design. Regardless gay or straight, the place to be seen in Phuket, after 10PM till the music fades away or you decide to move on to Soi Paradise. Conde Nast Traveller included them into their 2009 Hotlist of World’s Best Bars. Ask for my friend Daneil there, and tell him Carlos Melia sent you, maybe you’ll get a drink on me, or an extra shot of vodka in your drink. CM
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Customer Feedback Heitor Drapier enjoying Thailand | Amsterdam, Netherlands | It makes me so happy when I receive this messages from either my followers or clients. Heitor and his long time partner chose Thailand as their Christmas and New Years Holidays destination, visiting Bangkok and Phuket. I was more than happy to assist them and pass all the info I was able to gather during my two month stay in Amazing Thailand. Experiential Travel at its best, this is the new and only way to travel, by the hand of experts. Special thanks to everyone at the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok and in particular to the Public Relations team. Sipim, you are the best. CM
Thailand and Carlos Melia inspiring travelers | Thailand | I am happy and honored to share this email, I have received from one of my followers today. Tourism Authority of Thailand and Carlos Melia are inspiring people to travel to this amazing destination. Based on my own travel experiences in Thailand and worldwide, I help travelers to better experience new, alternative and exotic destinations worldwide. Welcome to Thailand, the land of smiles and angels. Sawasdee. !!! CM
Gay Weddings Thailand by Carlos Melia at ZankYou.com | Thailand | Based on my experience during my exploration trip around Thailand, ZankYou.com, leading site and social network for Weddings Worldwide, has featured my posts on Gay Weddings on Thailand. Please follow the link to their article and MAI PEN RAI from Thailand everyone, where equality comes from firms believes on man kind, tolerance, positive actions and love. Gay Weddings in Thailand at ZANKYOU.com. Groom+Groom reloaded in Phutket and Chiang Mai. CM
Social Media VIP Status by Bangkok Airways | Thailand | This morning from my hotel in Phuket, while packing, I tweeted …”04AM in the morning AWAKE packing. On my way to the airport to take my @bangkok_airways flight from #Phuket to #Krabi. GMorning #Thailand…”, as I normally do, to keep everyone up-to-date of my whereabouts and then headed off to Phuket International Airport. Innocently and unaware of the power of Social Media and the excellent CRM – Customer Relationship Management, that both airlines and hotels master in Asia. I was fully stunned by what happened next. Continue reading Social Media VIP Status by Bangkok Airways
Hotel Check IN Andara Resort | Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand | Two days ago I checked in at the wonderful Andara Resort (Anda = Andaman Sea and Dara = Start meaning Star of the Andaman Sea). From the moment you walk into the lobby till the time you go to breakfast or the Fitness Center, the service and attention to detail is incredible. Everyone in the hotel knows your name, who you are and what you do. I was given a huge duplex one bedroom suite with a private rooftop infinity pool. I would suggest Andara Resort for traveling for longer periods than 5 nights and looking for a full self apartment experience with all the world class services of a luxury five stars hotel. Continue reading Hotel Check IN Andara Resort
Sunday Brunch at TRISARA Resort and Beach | Trisara Beach, Phuket, Thailand | If you are a big fun like me, of Sunday Brunch and you crave for you mid morning shot of Bloody Mary or flute of good champagne, FYI Trisara Resort offers one of the best Brunch in Phuket, perfectly matched by the stunning beauty of Trisara private beach, and complimented by the soothing background music of a live Jazz band. Trisara, in sanskrit means the 3rd. Garden in Heaven, and indeed you will feel like you are there. Continue reading Sunday Brunch at TRISARA Resort and Beach
My TOP 04 list of beaches in Phuket | Phuket, Thailand | After over a week here in Phuket and about to leave tomorrow, I want to share with all of you my TOP 04 of favorite beaches in the island. Hopefully this will save you all lots of time, and allow you to better enjoy those areas worth spending time at. Patong Beach might be the most renown area and beach among regular tourists coming to Phuket, my suggestion, do not waste your time there. Patong is to visit at night, go to the bazaars, bars, restaurants and discos, but not for the beach. Continue reading My TOP 04 list of beaches in Phuket