Hua Hin – Summer Home of Thai Royalty

While foreign tourists flock to Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui, Thais – especially well-heeled Thais – favour Hua Hin, which is 230 kilometres southwest of Bangkok. The oldest of Thailand's beach resorts, Hua Hin was discovered in the 1920s by King Rama VII, who thought it would make an ideal summer getaway from sultry …

Greetings from Thailand!

Sa wa dee krap! Greetings from Thailand. Just as the birds have flown south for the winter, I have flown west. I boarded a flight Saturday evening, heading for Thailand, where I will spend the next four weeks. I've got some exciting things lined up for the first two weeks and still haven't finalized my …

Lion City to Welcome Year of the Tiger with a Bang!

From Shanghai to Shenzhen to San Francisco, Chinese New Year is celebrated by Chinese communities around the world. Singapore – with large ethnic Chinese population – is no exception. Here is a preview of how the Lion City will be welcoming the Year of the Lion. The streets of Chinatown will be colourfully lit up …

Shangri-La Ranked as China’s Favourite Luxury Hotel Brand

Shangri-La has been ranked tops in China in the luxury hotel brands category for the sixth year running by Hurun Report magazine, a monthly publication that reaches the households of 90,000 high net worth individuals and their advisers in mainland China. Because the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt are considered to be two separate brands …

Boeing Meets 2009 Delivery Target

The on-going global financial crisis has had a sweeping impact throughout the world, and few industries have been harder his than aviation. There was a marked drop in demand for air travel last year, forcing many airlines to reevaluate their short to mid-term fleet requirements. According to Zagat's 2009 Airline Survey, one-third of the frequent …

Asia’s Best Destination Spa

Chiva-Som Hua Hin, Thailand, was named Best Destination Spa in Asia at the prestigious Crystal Awards, which were announced last month. Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand, and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives, also made it to the finals. Paul Linder, general manager of Chiva-Som, says that it was great honour for the resort …