Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Mall opens in Bangkok - EmQuartier Mall



A new mall has opened in Bangkok – The EmQuartier.  This mall sports a unique garden area on the 6the and 7 th floors which offers amazing views of the Bangkok skyline.  Above the garden area is “the Helix” which is a spiral atrium area full of many fine restaurants.  The EmQuartier is part of The Mall Group’s ‘EM District’ project to transform the Phrom Phong area into one of the biggest retail mall areas of the city.  There are even rumors that the Phrom Phong BTS Station will be renamed to “EM District”.

 

More Photos of the EmQuartier Mall




Monday, May 25, 2015

Emerald Bay of Phang Nga


Phang Nga Bay is located between Phuket and Krabi and empties into the Andaman Sea to the south. The Bay is most noted for beautiful limestone karst islands that rise vertically out of the crystal clear emerald-green water.  James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are two of the more famous islands within the Bay. Due to their reputation and local tourism marketing these areas tend also to have tourist crowds, but their beauty is worth putting up with the crowds.




James Bond Island became famous by providing a beautiful backdrop for the 1974 James Bond movie 'The Man With the Golden Gun' staring Roger Moore. This famous landmark local name is Koh Ta-pu ('Nail Island'), and can get quite crowded with tourists.  Try to be patient and take the less traveled paths on the island to get the best photos.



Koh Panyee is the home of a remarkable fishing village that is built adjacent to karst cliff of the island and extends over the water on a large pier structure into the emerald water of the bay.  Many tourists are brought here from James Bond Island to eat tasty fresh seafood and shop for local handicrafts.  After the tourists leave, the community closes up its restaurants and trinket shops and transforms back into a working fishing village.









Thursday, May 21, 2015

Phi Phi Islands - Island Paradise


Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago of six islands in Krabi Province, Southern Thailand within the Andaman Sea and south of the Krabi Beaches.  The two main islands are Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Ley with three smaller islands of Koh Mai Phai, Koh Yung,  and Koh Yung.  The islands main features are awesome limestone cliffs which often surround white sandy beaches.  Most of these islands are part of a Thailand Marine National Park System, established, in part to protect the marine wildlife.  So there are areas around the archipelago that are great for snorkeling.


Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest and only populated island and contains a whole community of resorts restaurants and shops to service the visitors to the island.



Koh Phi Phi Leh is the a smaller of the main islands and was popularized by the year 2000 movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed on Maya Bay located on Koh Phi Phi Ley.  There are great areas around Koh Phi Phi Ley for snorkeling,


Ko Mai Phai pr 'Bamboo Island' is a small low-lying islet to the north of Phi Phi Don with a broad sunny beach and some very limited snorkeling.


Other photos of Koh Phi Phi Islands:








Thursday, May 14, 2015

Krabi Beaches


The Province of Krabi is world renowned for its beautiful and peaceful beaches which is located on Thailand’s Southern Peninsula on Phang Nga Bay east of Phuket on the main part of the peninsula. Along with their beauty, Krabi beaches are all quiet and peaceful places to visit with very low key nightlife.  The main beaches in Krabi are Ao Nang and Railay.


Ao Nang Beach is easily accessible from the Krabi airport, which brings in a bigger crowd, but it doesn’t get too crowded.  There is also a bit more to do in Ao Nang, having more restaurants and bars to enjoy at night.  At the east end of Ao Nang Beach is a cliff face with a trail leading to the next beach owned by a 5 star hotel - Centara Grand. This beach is quite secluded and worth the hike but it is private so Centara requires visitors to sign in and out. The Ao Nang  sunset is an added bonus, so have your camera ready!


Railay Beach is further to the east and is located on a peninsula jutting into Phang Nga Bay. There are two beaches on this peninsula Railay Beach East and West. The only access to these beaches is from the water and most people come from Ao Nang Beach via longtail boat taxis. Railay Beach is famous for the limestone rock walls surrounding the beaches that are used by climbers. This beach is quiet and a great place to relax the day away in the sun.



Krabi Beaches allow great access to other awesome places to visit, most within Phang Nga Bay, such as Phi Phi Islands, Hong Islands and a few other choices. There are several agencies to book your trips to choose from at any of these locations, each specializing in slightly different trips, so look around and pick a trip suited for your tastes. Most trips are just for the day and vary from sightseeing from the boat to snorkeling and SCUBA. The agency will coordinate with your hotel where they will pick you up and bring you back at the end of the day.

Railay Beach Photos



Ao Nang Beach Photos






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