Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows that more often than not, I write about travel in Europe and North America, which isn’t all that unusual for a blogger based in the US. So, at Virtuoso Travel Week when I began discovering some of the amazing Virtuoso properties in other parts of the world, I immediately began planning this virtual globe trot – specifically to showcase the rest of the world. I will eventually be featuring Europe and North America, but will try to share places which may be a little less familiar to most people.
Four Seasons is offering a package called “Tour of Thailand” which allows you to experience four completely different aspects of this incredibly diverse country, all while enjoying legendary Four Seasons service and quality. Begin in Chiang Mai, the “cultural capital” of Thailand, where you can visit temples and art galleries and return to the oasis of the Four Seasons Chiang Mai set amidst terraced rice fields and surrounded by mountains. At the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle you can discover the natural wonders of Thailand while trekking by elephant through the jungle and on mountain trails, and then relax in the comfort of your luxury tent. Snorkel, dive or just enjoy the pristine private beach and aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Siam at Four Seasons Koh Samui, on an island just 45 minutes from Bangkok. Wrap up your tour at the Four Seasons Bangkok, in the heart of the city – the perfect home base for exploring the vibrant culture and cuisine for which Bangkok is renowned.
Several people I met during Travel Week said that Kyoto is a “must” to understand the true spirit of Japanese culture…Hoshinoya Kyoto takes that understanding to another level. A traditional ryokan (Japanese Inn), you reach Hoshinoya by boat along the Ooigawa River, where you are greeted on the pier by the staff. This tranquil 25-room resort is fashioned in classic Japanese style exuding a sense of calm and relaxation, with heated wood floors, handmade wallpapers
and shoji-style sliding doors. Outside, enjoy a walk through lantern-lit stone paths leading to serene Japanese gardens.
So…are you feeling a little more zen after our short jaunt to Asia?? Just looking at the photos makes me feel more relaxed!
I have been missing my normal Friday “On My Radar Screen” round ups so I am hoping to bring that back on Friday before taking a little break for Labor Day weekend…then next week we will wrap up or round the world trip in Europe and North America. Enjoy these glorious last days of summer!
(all photos via Virtuoso)
Vel Criste says
We're planning to go visit Bangkok next year when we go back to the Philippines in June, hopefully, I could stay here 🙂
Art and Sand says
Oh, you are giving me the travel bug. My husband is limiting our travel right now due to recuperating from a surgery, but I am going to add Thailand to our list.
FASHION TALES says
Thank for sharing. Wonderful photos, I'd like to visit the Rambagh Palace! 🙂
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The enchanted home says
So exotic!! Why do they have to be so darn far!! I lived in Japan but when I was too young to really enjoy and appreciate it…too bad.
I would love to go to India and Thai land and Bali one day…but need some serious meds to fly that far! Looks amazing though.
The Buzz Blog says
Having been to Kyoto, we agree! There is such serenity there and the park in nearby Nara where you can pat the deer is an absolute must.
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Castles Crowns and Cottages says
Good evening Sandy! You must have posted after my morning routine visits – I am back teaching and leave quite early, so I missed this!
I have been to Kyoto. IT IS GORGEOUS. Japan was my favorite place when I toured Japan, Korea, Okinowa, The Philippines and Guam on a dance tour in 1978! Japan was like a fairy tale and I got to see everything iconic from cherry blossoms, temples, small bridges over brooks in front of peoples' homes and I even stayed in a home and had tea, slept on the floor….
You can be sure I'll be following your tour; I may be late, but I'll be there! HUGS! Anita
miss b says
We enjoyed the fascinating city of Bangkok several years ago and we already have Japan on our 'list' This resort certainly looks appealing and particularly calm.
I Dream Of says
So gorgeous, Sandy. You know we loved our trip to Bhutan last year – and our quick touch down in Thailand. I'd love to explore Asia a bit more. India is high on my list and The Rambagh Palace would be a lovely place to start!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! XO
Ángela Vázquez says
Wow, I've just found your blog and it's amazing. I wish I could travel more.
I'll surely be following you.