How to Spend Your Family Holiday in Thailand?

Bangkok Grand Palace

Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why. From tropical islands and jungle-covered mountains to floating markets and ancient ruins, there is a lot to do and see in your next Family Holiday in Thailand . Whether you want to dive into the beautiful beaches or your kids want to interact with animals, the country is a giant playground for families to come and enjoy together. Besides ticking off famous places like the Grand Palace, you can savor mouth-watering dishes from Thai cuisine. It is a country that is obsessed with history, …

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Stay | IBIS Pattaya Hotel: Amid the Beach and Street Night Life

IBIS Pattaya hotel facade

Our ultra-hip retro-lit van rolled in North Pattaya past midnight. It was an evening AirAsia flight from Manila to Bangkok. To reach Pattaya which is about 161km away, we rode for about two hours. Everyone was excited but also yearning to rest when we arrived at IBIS Pattaya Hotel. The lobby was simple but it was nice staff were still courteous enough to smile while checking us in past midnight.

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Underwater World Pattaya: On Foot Aquatic Voyage of Thailand

The aquarium tunnel at the Underwater World Pattaya

The city of Pattaya, second most visited City of Thailand feels like one big theme park. It’s a good thing since it used to have a reputation of being seedy. Not only were the stretches of beach a main draw and the Pattaya Sea Adventure, there are several man-made attractions. From the lively night life of cabarets and muay thai arenas, theme parks have popped up all over the place. The Underwater World Pattaya is one that is family friendly and offers a glimpse of the nearby underwater world of Thailand without the need to get wet.

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Pattaya Sea Adventure and Koh Larn Island

At the Koh Larn island viewpoint

We’re in the midst of the summer season heat and the call of the sea grows even stronger. With AirAsia Filipino introducing direct flights from Manila to Bangkok, there’s another beach or island getaway to add to your summer destination – Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya, is the second most visited city in Thailand after Bangkok and there’s a good reason why. It’s the closest beach escape from the bustling city. For a full day of tropical island fun, Pattaya Sea Adventure handled our tour (booked via KKDay) which includes parachute ride, sea walk, snorkeling and beach bumming at Koh Larn Island.

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AirAsia Launches Direct Flight to Bangkok from Manila

Exploring Wat Pho temple in Bangkok

Last time I went to Thailand, I had to fly through Kuala Lumpur. Not that there were no direct flights available at that time. It just so happen I had an AirAsia KL ticket to at that time but wanted to travel to Thailand instead. If there was a Thailand flight then, I would have rebooked directly. Good thing AirAsia Philippines recently launched its direct flight to Bangkok from Manila. Now truly establishing as the only airline group that fly direct to all ten ASEAN countries.

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Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai: Inked the Easy Way

Gao Yord Sak Yant

“What is your intention?” The staff from Sak Yant Chiang Mai asked me while deciding on the tattoo design I would have. After spending 4 days of doing yoga at Suan Sati, I wasn’t expecting to hear that question which also usually starts a yoga session. But it does makes sense. Tattoos are something that’s contemplated upon. It’s a permanent mark on the skin. So for me it should have meaning. One thing I do know for sure, I will get a traditional Sak Yant tattoo on this visit to Thailand.

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Suan Sati: Living the Yoga Lifestyle in Chiang Mai

Suan sati in Chiang Mai

It is one of those trips when photography takes a back seat. I visited Chiang Mai to pursue my other interest – Yoga. I had been practicing yoga for more than two years and I was keen in joining a yoga retreat which I haven’t done yet. My bucket list is to maybe hop on one of those Jet Airways flight to world’s yoga capital, India. But my time allowed me only a week out so I stayed in Thailand. I was heading to Suan Sati, a yoga retreat place I found 40-minutes away from Chiang Mai. Here, I spent 4 days and 3 nights of twice daily yoga, daily meditation, healthy meals, permaculture environment and good vibe community.

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