My Street Food obsession in Thailand

My Street Food obsession in Thailand  |  Thailand  |  You all know by now that I have a big Street Food obsession, specially here in Thailand. Since I will be leaving soon, I am on a mission to stuff myself with as much Thai food as I can, and indeed I am pretty damn good at doing that. This time was minced Chicken Balls on my way from Pattaya to Bangkok. I kept seeing those all the time during my time here in Thailand, and was never quite sure what they were, and now I do. Continue reading My Street Food obsession in Thailand

Koh Samet Island in the Gulf of Thailand

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

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

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

GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Thailand

GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Thailand  |  Jaipur, India  |  Good Morning Everyone. !!!! Leaving India tonight after and amazing week of touring around the Northern region – Varanasi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur – and taking part as press and as a guest speaker at the 1st. Asia Gay and Lesbian Travel Symposium. I will be on the road all day today, transferring from Jaipur to New Delhi and later tour of the South section of the city. 11PM I will board my AsiaAir.com flight back to my beloved Amazing Thailand and Bangkok. Destinations to cover in the next 12 days are: Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya. Photo above: one of my series of pride photos, I took at the Amber Palace in Jaipur. Have a great Sunday everyone. CM

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Full body scrub and facial at OASIS Spa

Full body scrub and facial at OASIS Spa  |  Chiang Mai, Thailand  |  I think that if I keep this trend, in two more weeks, I am going to look 20 years old back again… well maybe not but at least I will feel like it deeeeep inside. Yesterday I decided to go out of the comfort of my hotel and explore the local Spas in Chiang Mai. One name kept coming to me, referred by tourists and locals – OASIS Spa. So I set off to try it. I feel like my body cannot take any more massages for this week, I never though I would say this right, but indeed that is how I feel, so I went for alternative options. Continue reading Full body scrub and facial at OASIS Spa