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. Continue reading Exploring the Bridge over River Kwai and more
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
Ruen Urai Fine Thai Cuisine | Bangkok, Thailand | If you are looking for non pretentious, traditional, basic Thai Cuisine at it full expression and flavor, in an isolated but very convenient Soi of the district of Patpong, then let me highly recommend Ruen Urai, exotique, elegant and exquisite Thai experience. Friend and owner Tom Vitayakui, invited us to a Thai feast, where flavors, textures, colors, aromas were perfectly balanced and combined to compliment all senses and beyond. Continue reading Ruen Urai Fine Thai Cuisine
Meeting of the PR Minds at Biscotti in Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | Being my last two days in Bangkok… I am coming to my favorite spots to enjoy of one more time the things I have really enjoyed during my visit, and even much better if sharing it with the great friends and colleagues I have made during this last few months. This time I return not only to one of my favorite Italian restaurants, but also to one of my TOP hotels in Bangkok, the Biscotti Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel. People you must try the Focaccia with Mascarpone and Truffle Oil, and the outstanding Risotto, just beyond real. (Photo above with Nicola Chilton – Regional Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Thailand, iconic Paul Hicks – Business Partner of Grebstad Hicks Communications Asia’s leading Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Communications and of course moi.!!!). Some great Hotel and Restaurant PR, Communications and Marketing minds, and me ha ha ha… Lots to learn from the best. Only great times. CM
GPS Carlos Melia back to Bangkok final nights | Thailand | Today back to BANGKOK…. from Pattaya yesssss so happy about it. Last two nights of my almost 2 month trip to this amazing country. I will be staying at the St. Regis Hotel by Starwood, and I will be assisting to a VIP event at ZUMA emulating the original London restaurant. Can’t wait to be back in Bangkok. At this point I feel I am a Thailand product for export CM
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. (find the full Flickr Photo Album below). Continue reading Koh Samet Island in the Gulf of Thailand
Hotel Check IN at Siam Bayshore in Pattaya | Pattaya, Thailand | One of the things you must make 100% sure when you visit to Pattaya, is to find a hotel that will guarantee you comfort and cleanliness, access to main areas, a nice outdoor pool, and most important quietness away from the night scene and craziness of this party town. I personally think that the beach options in Pattaya are not the best in the Gulf of Thailand, and not even close to those on the Andaman Sea, but I understand, it is indeed a great option for those travelers on the budget, those with only a few days to explore Thailand, and more so for those looking to party and had a great time. So choosing your hotel based on the beach location, I would say it is irrelevant. I chose the Siam Bayshore Resort for multiple reasons, over Pattaya Beach and only a few blocks away from the pier and the famous Walking Street. I have been to their property in Bangkok, the Siam City Hotel and I had a great experience, so that made me fully comfortable to stay with them. Continue reading Hotel Check IN at Siam Bayshore in Pattaya
Carlos Melia LIVE from Pattaya | Pattaya, Thailand | Today I arrived to Pattaya, the closest beach destination to Bangkok. Only two hours away for Bangkok, you can get access to the beaches of the Gulf of Thailand. 170 km southeast of Bangkok located within the province of Chonburi.The perfect option for those either, looking for a cheap and on the budget option to Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui, or for those looking to the closest version of Sodom and Gomorrah on earth. Continue reading Carlos Melia LIVE from Pattaya
Khao Tom Soup favorite breakfast in Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | How I am going to miss my daily Thai breakfast when I leave Thailand. The best breakfast ever Khao Tom. A must try with either chicken, fish or pork. You will get addicted to it. Add extra soy sauce and chili. I have become addicted to it, and every morning I crave to have it. (canola oil, minced garlicground chicken or pork (from chicken thigh or breast), salt, soy sauce, chicken broth, jasmine rice or rice porridge, egg, thinly shredded fresh ginger, green onion, coarsely chopped cilantro, dash white pepper powder and you are good to go.!!!). Most hotels serve it as part of their Thai breakfast. This one in particularly was at the Hotel Muse Bangkok. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Hotel Check IN at Hotel Muse Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | I would have to say that the brand new Hotel Muse Bangkok, ranks among my TOP 5 favorite hotels in Bangkok. Conveniently located in the area of Lumpini, over the Royal road, only steps away from the Chit Lom BTS SkyTrain Station. The hotel has just been opened two month ago, at Hotel Muse I have found my soul mate in Bangkok. Love this property. Modern, decadent deco, funky and young. Reminds me lots to the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York city. Continue reading Hotel Check IN at Hotel Muse Bangkok