It is hard to describe the vibe of Penang. It is what I imagine a mashup between Asia, Cuba, and Australia to be like. Colonial buildings stand tall along cobblestone streets while wooden shacks on stilts are scattered amongst thick, lush jungle. The beachy areas of the north like Batu Ferringhi have chill Caribbean ambience, while Georgetown reminds me a lot of Sydney’s old city harbour areas. Penang is completely unique. It is not just special compared to other Asian countries, it is different to other parts of Malaysia.
“A major expansion to one of Bangkok’s largest downtown parks has yet to open, but members of the public are already heading in for a look at what’s billed as the new “lungs of Bangkok.”
When the Benjakitti Forest Park opens – as soon as February – its 450 rai (72 hectares) will be significantly larger than Lumphini Park (360 rai) – and greener, too. Rather than more manicured lawns and topiary to satisfy bygone aesthetics, ecology and habitat are given space in what will be the city’s first forest park.”
My photography is featured in these two articles from Remote Lands
“There isn’t a shortage of luxury resorts in Phuket. With everything from Amanpuri to Trisara, visitors to Thailand’s biggest island are spoiled for choice. Anantara Layan, however, has something a little extra for those traveling in a group. The rooms at Anantara Layan include an expansive five-bedroom residence, complete with every possible amenity, a journey that begins with the Benz at the airport and ends with a wave from your private butler…”
“Situated on Phuket’s serene northwest coast and surrounded by national park forest, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort features 30 guest rooms and suites and 47 one- and two-bedroom pool villas….”
“I have no idea why people go to Phuket for a beach holiday. Sure, the Andaman sea is clearer, the underwater life is more diverse, the facilities are more developed, and there’s even Michelin cuisine to be had these days. However, for those of us who call the Kingdom home, the Gulf beats the Andaman any day of the week— particularly in the “off season” on Koh Kood.
Let’s get this out of the way. There is only one truly luxurious place to stay on Koh Kood: Soneva Kiri. The private plane takes off from Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok; it’s a little cramped— as private planes tend to be— and not a tiny bit frightening to see how pilots work. This is the only way to fly to Koh Kood…”
“Far too many high-end tourists plop down at Suvarnabhumi airport and head straight for the Chao Phraya River for world-class hotels, like the boutique charm at The Siam or the history of the Mandarin Oriental. Yes, these are some of the nicest and most memorable hotels in the city. But, for most of us who call the capital home, the river’s a day trip, not Bangkok.
Travelers wanting to fine dine their way through Thailand’s capital will find places like Sathorn a much more amenable way to taste the city. At the top of that hotel fine dining list is The Sukhothai Bangkok….”
“BEIJING — There’s a town on the outskirts of Beijing that might just be the strangest you’ll ever see. The main street looks as if it was based on a child’s crayon drawing—a riotous palette of pinks, blues, and oranges—and the residents are frighteningly still. In fact, most aren’t even real. Instead, the town features such sights as a pair of petrified pigeons, yellow phone booths, and a statue of a sea dog gazing from a bridge.
Welcome to “Spring Legend,” a mock-Alpine town located in Huairou, a designated green-belt district about 35 miles from Beijing. The town has existed for about five years, but it lacks something fundamental: residents…”
“The founder of Soneva discovered Chef Benz in Thailand long ago, and those complex flavors are alive at Soneva Kiri’s Benz’s restaurant on tropical Koh Kood.
At Soneva Kiri they can put you in a wicker dining room and hoist you into the jungle canopy. They let you run wild in a room filled with complimentary, gold-flecked chocolate. In the mornings, the downstairs of their private observatory is filled with a meat and cheese buffet a short walk away from bottomless ice cream. It is a surprise, then, that the best dining experience comes from the humble Benz’s on the calm inland khlongs of Thailand’s Koh Kood…”
“Bangkok is the most visited city on planet Earth. More than 21 million people step off planes into this swirling city of history and debauchery. A rip-roaring metropolis hugs the public transport and centuries-old heritage thrives through Chinatown and up and down the Chao Phraya River.
Oh, and there’s a jungle. Did you not know about the jungle?
The Green Lung moniker for Bangkok’s Bang Kachao isn’t a simple reference to the oxygen pumped into the city air – it even looks like a lung from the air. On the ground, coconuts fall, snakes and water monitors slither, and empty, moss-laden biking and walking lanes wend through 16 square kilometers of tropical forest…”
Read about the Bangkok Green Lung and see my photography used for this article on Remote Lands here.