The Focus Group Radio features Thailand with Carlos Melia | The Focus Group Radio | Tim Bennett and John Nash, Co- hosts of THE FOCUS GROUP at Sirius XM OutQ 108 interview Khun Srisuda Wanapinyosak – Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand New York Office and Carlos Melia – www.carlosmeliablog.com, during the course of the 29th IGLTA Annual Convention in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Focus Group, an entertaining look at the out side of business, every Saturday morning LIVE at 11am EST, with a replay on Sunday’s at 10am. ( www.focusgroupradio.com ). Check the whole show featuring various destinations like Argentina, Manchester, among others. CM
Baan Suk Jai Bed & Breakfast Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | Stay as a local, while you enjoy this personalized, friendly, comfortable and informal Bed and Breakfast only minutes away from the main attraction of Bangkok. A complex of Thai houses, almost unique in the city, run by both Molly, the owner and Pen, the local Thai lady that will show you what local camaraderie and Thai cuisine are supposed to be. Unpretentious, welcoming, cozy and overall great value for money/comfort/experience.
The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open | Bangkok, Thailand | The soon to be open The Siam Hotel Bangkok is almost finished and ready to welcome their first guests in less than 63 days. Yesterday Jason Friedman – General Manager, welcomed me and a selected group of the LGBT Press and Travel Professionals to show us this stunning hotel which will change the concept of luxury and hospitality in Bangkok. Rooms will range from USD 400 on. The Siam Hotel is the first hotel in Asia to be signed by Virtuoso previous opening, mostly due to Friedman’s successful career as a hotelier and administration of previous leading properties, such as the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle.
ISSAYA Siamese Club | Bangkok, Thailand | Brand new restaurant in Sathorn, Bangkok by renown acclaimed Thai Chef Ian Kittichai. At Issaya Siamese Club, Kittichai incorporates modern Thai cuisine and style with a relaxed atmosphere of lounge, bar, hip garden party vibe – all in an historical 1920s Thai home and its tropical gardens in central Bangkok. The concept and cuisine is certain to excite sensibilities that crave exceptional Thai dishes, artful unique ambience, and exceptional experiences.
GPS Carlos Melia Grand Palace and Reclining Buddha | Bangkok, Thailand | Yesterday, under the blazing sun and heavy humidity of Bangkok, I was determined to visit for the third time in my life, two of my favorite landmarks of the city, which are the Royal Grand Palace, with the Emerald Buddha and just next to it, Wat Po where you will find the stunning Reclining Buddha.
Pre Birthday Celebration onboard APSARA River Cruise | Bangkok, Thailand | The Birthday Celebrations had began early.. still 3 days left and already in the spirit. Thank you APSARA Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree Hotels for a fabulous dinner along the Chao Phraya River last night. Just stunning. Views of Wat Arun last night during the Chao Phraya River Cruise by Banyan Tree Hotels in Bangkok Thailand. I strongly recommend this dinning experience to anyone visiting Bangkok.
Eat Me Bangkok never disappoints you | Bangkok, Thailand | Fabulous Restaurant. Hidden. Secret. Never a dissapointment. No attitude are the words to define this hidden gem in the heart of Bangkok. Of course, the name can be a bit of a turn off, assuming it will be an over the top pretentious restaurant. And it is indeed, but in the best way possible. From the bar tender to the Darren his owner, they will all make you feel so welcomed and cozy that you will just feel like at the living room of your own home, with the twist of great cocktails, ambiance and fusion dishes. Eat Me, was inspired by the classic of Alice in Wonderland. A cake with “EAT ME” on it causes Alice to grow to such a tremendous size her head hits the ceiling, well in this case, I felt that my tummy was growing to he point of bursting.
GPS Carlos Melia my day in Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | Another fabulous day in Bangkok, where luxury and street life combine continuously making this destination as intriguing and enjoyable as it can be. So my day started at my villa, doing some work, while jumping in the pool every so often to stay away from the heat, while Pen, the lady that takes care of us at the villa, keeps surprising as with local Thai dishes. From there I took the BTS Sky Train and went all the way down to Chit Lom to have dinner with a local friend and colleague at the brand new Oriental Residences, which BTW are just FAB.
Ban Chiang THAI Restaurant Silom | Bangkok, Thailand | Melting pot for the international crews of every single airline in the world, Ban Chiang is a charming Thai Restaurant where flavors, scents and great traditional Thai cuisine meet simile street food in style with excellent prices and atmosphere. Your choose, you ma seat outside or inside a typical Thai house, with tree floors and most important during this time of the year… air conditioning. Not local enough, but not touristic either, it is a great option for those looking for a first full Thai meal in Bangkok, without paying high prices. Located just behind the Holiday Inn hotel in the area of Silom.
Thailand Chronicles by Carlos Melia on Connextions Magazine | United States | The new Spring 2012 Issue of Connextions Magazine is OUT and ONLINE. This time including an article by me, entitled A Thailand Chronicle. Check it OUT !!! BTW I will be heading back to Thailand soon, for a few days, so stay tuned for more of this stunning destinations. Also check the official Thailand Gay Travel Blog (we are inviting others to join us and submit their experiences, photos and videos to share with others, contact me directly). Cheers CM