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The most wonderful time of the year is here! Christmas is considered one of the most eagerly-awaited festivities across the world thanks to the infectious vibe characterized by catchy carols, lively holiday decorations, and endless merriment. While it is not considered a public holiday in Thailand, the locals and residents still embrace various Christmas traditions, particularly in some of the major cities like Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai where tourists and expats usually flock to during the holidays. Religious differences Christmas, being a Christian celebration, is not part of Thailand’s local practices because of its predominantly Buddhist population. Despite this, the holiday spirit is still alive among the Thai people who love to have fun and celebrate. Buddhism is a highly tolerant religion, allowing its believers to welcome practices and activities regardless of origin. Despite the cultural and religious differences, the Thais welcomed this special Christian holiday while still standing …

Phuket is truly a magical place that has bewitched people for years—and with good reason. Its arresting natural beauty, warm and easy smiles of its people, and mouthwatering cuisine are just some things you would easily remember as you recall a trip in this tropical paradise. That’s why it has been a dream destination for many couples and newly-weds as it provides an exciting respite away from the chaos of their day-to-day lives. Here is a list of 14 activities couples should consider as they plan their Phuket romantic getaway. 1. Witness the dazzling sunset at Promthep Cape There’s nothing more romantic than a picturesque sunset to cap off a day with your significant other, and Promthep Cape promises just that! This picture-perfect rendezvous point, one of Phuket’s most popular viewpoints, is known for its iconic tall sugar palm trees and also features The Lighthouse housing a mini-museum for you …

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced that the country is ready to accept international tourists starting November 1, 2021. After an 18-month hiatus, Thailand is now gearing up to reopen the borders of Bangkok as well as other top destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, and Krabi to international tourists starting this week. Last July, the Kingdom dipped its toes back into the game through the Phuket Sandbox program which saw the reopening of Phuket and Koh Samui. Through the Test & Go program, Thailand is now set to welcome visitors and returning residents from sixty-three approved countries and territories including Australia, Belgium, China, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United States, and the United Kingdom. The travelers will be allowed to enter Thailand’s territories by air without any quarantine requirements, provided that they are fully vaccinated and have …

Over a year since the pandemic broke, the world is slowly healing, and nations are starting to reopen their borders. In an effort to help Thailand’s tourism industry bounce back, the Phuket Sandbox was launched on July 1st. The program aims to attract fully vaccinated individuals from low to medium-risk countries to visit the country again. Tourists can now travel to Phuket and move around freely without any quarantine requirements. Direct international flights from major cities around the globe have reopened, with several airlines servicing the routes. Under the program, visitors are required to stay in SHA+ certified accommodations during their stay in the country. This certification is given to establishments that met the safety standards set by the authorities, which includes having at least 70% of the workforce fully vaccinated. Similarly, tourists must also avail themselves of activities and tours from SHA+ certified tour operators and agencies. The Thai governing bodies …

One of the things that set the luxury villa experience apart from other accommodation types is its premium bespoke services. This is where your concierge service comes into play. Think of the concierge as your nerve center and an important piece in what makes villa rental customer service special. It plays a crucial role in ensuring that every detail is covered and not a single guest request or need is left unattended throughout their holiday. Say the guest has special requirements when it comes to their diet, or is in need of babysitting services, or would like to book a yacht charter, it is the concierge’s duty to make this happen and to make sure that the guest doesn’t need to worry about such concerns – no matter how big or small. This in turn, ultimately leads to a more satisfying and enjoyable vacation. While a stay starts at the villa, …