Thailand Island Paradise - Koh Lanta & Koh Rok
Koh Lanta is an exotic island with pristine beaches and balmy weather. Its comprised of 52 islands in the southernmost region of Thailand's Krabi Province, of which the largest and best-known is Koh Lanta Yai. The island is approximately seventy kilometres from Krabi, and offers an appealing escape from highly popular tourist destinations like Phuket and Phi Phi. Located 30 kilometers south of Koh Lanta, Koh Rok island is actually 2 uninhabited islands: Koh Rok Nok and Koh Rok Nai separated by a hundred meters which allows you to go easily from one to the other. No locals live on the island. There are only rangers from the national parks. Ko Rok offer beautiful beaches with turquoise and crystal clear water, a real postcard landscape !
Samui - Racing with EasyKart in Chewang Beach Thailand
EasyKart has several adrenaline fused go-kart racing complexes around Thailand. The first EasyKart branch was opened in Bangkok in 2004, an indoor complex on the 2nd Floor of a Royal City Avenue shopping center and their second opening was their extremely popular Pattaya out door-complex next to the famous Walking Street. Their most recent branch is in Chewang Koh Samui. We highly recommend that give it a go. Highly professional and a great day out!
Patpong Museum - Art in red-light Bangkok Thailand
Patpong Museum is a well kept secret in the heart of Bangkok’s red-light district. Despite its location, its an attraction that’s safe enough for the whole family. We take a look, through the eyes of the owners own children, at a collection of unique and rare memorabilia. In this episode Olivia focus's on popular pieces of art hanging in the Patpong Museum including items by Thailand's high profile Tawan Wattuya.
Charming Bophut Beach - Koh Samui Thailand
Bophut Beach and its famous Fisherman’s Village is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Koh Samui Thailand. Located on Samui Island’s north coast, its three kilometre long beach faces Koh Phangan and, despite its ever-growing success, it still holds its original rustic authenticity In the evenings, the narrow Fisherman’s Village Walking Street comes alive and its adjoining streets are crammed with restaurants, market stalls and shoppers visiting from all across Koh Samui. The atmosphere is fabulous!
Patpong Museum - Red-light Bangkok
Patpong Museum is a well kept secret in the heart of Bangkok’s red-light district. Despite its location, its an attraction that’s safe enough for the whole family. We take a look, through the eyes of the owners own children, at a collection of unique and rare memorabilia. Ben’s story focus's on the history of Air America during the Vietnam War.
Hungry Monkey's amok in the city of Lopburi Thailand
Due to a food shortage through the current lack of tourism, thousands of monkeys ran amok and maraud through the Thai city of Lopburi. Concerned locals deliver supply fruit to the hungry creatures
Bangkok Expats surviving Covid 19
While the number of Coronavirus deaths in Thailand has been significantly lower than many nations, the economic impact has been immediate and severe. Millions of Thai people have lost their jobs – especially those employed in tourism and entertainment industries. For many Expats too, the results have also been devastating. When Mike Major and Steve Ross of the Bangkok Expats online business community saw the situation facing many Expats in Bangkok, they founded an initiative called 'Helping Hands'. A positive look at how, in the midst of crisis, true generosity shines. www.bangkokexpats.org Bkkfightscovid19.com
Venturing out in Bangkok during Covid-19 lock-down
Bangkok is a much quieter city these days as Thailand closed all non-essential travel and business in an effort to curb the spread of corona virus. Some restaurants are now starting to open but entertainment districts remain closed and tourism remains badly affected. Raine Grady takes a walk through her own inner city neighbourhoods
Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Bangkok
The Thailand based Maximum Performance Wellness Clinics use American protocols to improve the negative effects of low testosterone in the body. As one gets older, testosterone levels gradually decline typically about 1% a year after age 30. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is available in two convenient Maximum Performance city center clinics based in Bangkok and Pattaya www.maximumclinic.com
British photographer and writer Ben Davies has made it his mission to capture the hidden charm and old-world splendor of parts of Bangkok. From the winding alleys of Chinatown to grand riverside mansions you can glimpse the extraordinary history of Thailand’s yesteryear. Over 5 years, using a large format Linhof film camera he captured images like this – which he then published into his recently launched book Vanishing Bangkok. After spending two decades working on assignments all over Southeast Asia Ben was shocked by the speed with which old buildings like this were disappearing.
Koh Chang - A Jungle Island Paradise
Koh Chang is Thailand’s third largest island after Phuket and Samui. It is located around 300 kilometres east of Bangkok in Trat Province, in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. Koh Chang is also known also as ‘Elephant Island’ named because of its elephant shaped headland, and is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park. Despite its increase in development and tourism in the past decade or so, it has retained its remote and rugged character. In this enticing episode we take a mountain bike tour through through the jungle, visit a herbal forest garden, go body surfing and visit a stunning rustic fishing village
Luxury Escapes - Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa
On the west side of the Gulf of Thailand you'll find the modern seaside resort of Hua Hin. This is a destination that truly inspires romance and the resorts here are stunning, such as the Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Situated on the pristine and golden sand stretch of Pak Nampran Bay in Pranburi, just south of Hua Hin, Aleenta Hua Hin Resort is a comfortable 2.5 hour drive southwest of Bangkok. This special boutique luxury resort is located within mere footsteps of the beach and offers commanding views over the Gulf of Thailand.
Bangkok's historic Customs House re-development
Bangkok’s old Customs House is a familiar site on the banks of the Chao Praya river in the city heart. For years it’s been a magnificent crumbling ruin with an uncertain future. Hotel Group U City, will spend 3 billion Thai Baht or around 1oo million US dollars to turn the landmark into almost 16,000 square meters of upscale hotel with 100 rooms, including construction of a new building. The new opening is scheduled for 2025.
Samui - Angthong National Park Day Tour
Established as a marine national park in 1980, Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park is an archipelago of 42 islands covering 102 km² at the shore of the Surat Thai Province in the Gulf of Thailand Most travelers experience Ang Thong on single-day guided tours from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan to Wua Talap Island and its famous Emerald Lake. These guided tours are the way to go, and most day trips include lunch, snorkeling gear, park admission fees, and hotel transfers. Some people prefer the speed boats for convenience. For example a trip from Koh Phangan to the Marine Park usually takes only 45 minutes while a large slow boat takes between 2-3 hours. Of course, a slow boat is more relaxing and it depends upon your own budget. Sometimes the journey should be part of the adventure, not just the destination
BMX jump and pump playground outside Si Racha
It doesn't take many kilometers off the Bangkok to Pattaya motorways to find a much less hectic green, peaceful environment east of Chonburi. The rural undulating region is perfect for bicycling. Just outside of Si Racha is a huge reservior called Ban Bang Phra, a popular cycling destination. We take several video shots of an ideal coconut lined training park & coffee stop for extreme bicycle enthusiasts! - Band Bike Shop Bang Phra - Coconut Bike Park
Ko Tao - Thailand's diving Paradise
The smallest of the Samui, Phangan and Ko Tao trio, Ko Tao is particularly well known as a diving destination. With it's warm waters, tropical ambiance and dotted with diving operators it's an ideal place to get your diving licence. The island is consistently gaining in popularity and going more upscale, but for now this jungle-topped little island has the busy vibe of Samui mixed with the laid-back nature of Phangan. Close offshore from Ko Tao is stunning Koh Nang Yuan. A 15 minute long-tail ride to this small cluster of rock islands takes you to one of the most beautiful beaches and aquamarine water you can experience in Thailand.
Mountain Bike paradise near Pattaya
The Pattaya region is surrounded by small mountains that are ideal for down-hill and enduro enthusiasts. In this episode we visit Si Racha Bang Phra, in the Khao Kheow hills. It's a very handy staging point for riders from either Bangkok (75 minutes) or Pattaya (30 minutes). The area is very peaceful and still dotted by restaurants and coffee hangouts not far by car
Ocean Emerald - Superyacht interior refit in Pattaya
Stunning Ocean Emerald is one of the top superyachts regularly berthed at Ocean Marina Jomtien, just outside of Pattaya. Recently it had a total interior refit. We talk to Luc Parietti of Euro Design Furniture, who were given the responsibility of redesigning the interior and to refurbish this huge 41 meter yacht In the past, foreign vessels entering Pattaya were given a relatively short period for temporary importation. Several years ago the rules were changed and international yachts were allowed a six month stay, opening up the region’s potential from visiting yachts from overseas. Pattaya is now developing in to a hub for regional marine tourism and is expecting to welcome more than 1,000 international yachts and superyachts annually in the near future. Euro Design with it's own bespoke furniture factory is perfectly poised to assist in this regions important growth industry
AGrowth - Thailand’s first global AgTech Accelerator
It’s often said that farmers are the backbone of every country. But in many parts of the world agriculture is slow to embrace new technology often because of economic circumstance or limited opportunity. Employing 38% of the national workforce but accounting for under 10% of the country’s GDP, the agricultural sector is a vital part of Thailand's economy. But the majority of Thailand's farmers continue to use traditional practices, creating a significant opportunity for modernization and digitization. Enter AGrowth. Thailand’s first global AgTech Accelerator. The AGrowth program, by the National Innovation Agency, in partnership with the Research & Innovation for Sustainability Center, SIAM KUBOTA Corporation, and powered by Nest, supports startup businesses and entrepreneurs from around the globe, in delivering breakthrough technologies. The Agrowth programme began with 240 entrepreneurs who were invited to present their ideas for empowering the agriculture industry. From here, 10 projects were selected. 12 weeks later, the 10 selected startup companies from Australia, Hong Kong, Nigeria, India, Malaysia, the USA, and Thailand were back together to show proof of concept to a room full of mentors and investors. The pioneering deployment-ready innovation included….. New crop management systems, drone aerial crop predictions and urban farming solutions. Agrisource Data from the USA is using its own unique software to analyze crops in a way that’s truly off this planet. The team at GetzTrac from Thailand is helping farmers to make better use of their machinery. A key area is tech focused on sustainable agriculture that helps address the concerns of today’s hungry world. No doubt some of the ideas planted and grown from these initiatives will yield great results in the future of agriculture in Thailand and beyond.
A Bikers Treff in Sakon Nakhon
Thailand is perhaps one of the best bike bike destinations in the world. Many parts of the country are thinly populated and bikers can ride its fabulous roads with very negligible traffic. Whilst the north east doesn't have as many curvy mountainous regions as the stunning north, its peaceful rural landscapes are well worth exploring. In this story we take a glimpse of how a bunch of expats enjoy a lunch stop-off on their ride through Sakon Nakhon. www.vilamasranch.com .