Travel, Accommodation and Food in Thailand

Visiting Thailand – Great to Visit

Thailand is a great country to visit because contrary to popular belief, getting to and around the country is very easy. You can get to Thailand by bus, air or rail from many different countries all over the world. There are even private chartered tours to Thailand and there is also the possibility of taking some sort of a package deal which covers your food, accommodation, travel and sometimes even activities when you get there.

Airlines

Thailand is great to visit because of how easy it is to get there. Thai Airlines flies to many of the cities in Thailand from departure points all over the world. Not only that, but many Asian airlines have flights to Thailand as well. If you’re staying in another Asian country such as Japan or China, it’s extremely easy to get to Thailand. Thailand in essence can serve as a great hub to explore the rest of Asia as it is located centrally.

Trains and buses

You can get to Thailand very easily from any of the neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh or India using very reliable train and bus services. Trains especially can be a lifelong experience because of all the different people you can have the potential to meet while traveling. Inside Thailand, trains and buses are also very reliable for getting around.

Where to stay

It’s great to visit Thailand throughout the year. The weather is temperate, sub-tropical and tropical. Regardless of where you’d like to stay in Thailand, there is always accommodation available to meet all of your needs. You can stay in luxury hotels in some of the biggest cities as well as the tourist beaches such as Phuket. You can often rent serviced apartments, guesthouses and villas. Thailand also has an excellent homestay industry. You can through a package deal be set up with a family in a village. This is known as village tourism and Thailand is one of the leaders in the world using this form of sustainable tourism.

Finally, for the more adventurous, Thailand also has many cheap but good youth hostels as well as camping grounds. Furthermore, it’s also possible to stay in health resorts and spas throughout Thailand as some of the best hot springs and thermal baths in the world can be found in this Asian country.

Gourmet cuisine

Another reason why Thailand is so great to visit is that the food is absolutely exquisite. In many places, food is available 24 hours a day, so it makes no difference when you get hungry there will always be something to eat. You can order food directly to your hotel room or eat at one of the fine restaurants in the downtown areas of the largest cities. You can also eat at some of the fantastic fast food places, which are nothing like Western fast food. They use only fresh vegetables, meat and rice and you can get amazing meals. Thai food can be sweet, spicy, savory or any mix of the above.

Hotel Masterpieces Of A Design Spirit

The basic function of a hotel is to offer lodging for the night and food, if possible, to a traveler, but there are hotels that represent more than that- they became veritable art creations. The Forbes magazine published the list of world’s best “design” hotels.

Marques de Riscal (Rioho, Spain)

This is a 43 room hotel, situated in the wine producing region of Spain, and was created according to the project of the architect Frank Gary (the author of Guggenheim Museum in Balboa).

The roof of the hotel is decorated with pink, silver and golden plates. Its interior executed in beige and golden tones outlines due to minimalism, and the two wings of the building are connected by a glass passing.

Winvian (Lchilfield hills, Connecticut, USA)

This hotel occupies an area of 113 acres, where 18 thematic cottages, created by 15 different architects, are situated. One of the most unusual cottages is named”The helicopter”. There even is a helicopter in it (35 feet long and 17000 pounds in weight), that was used for the shooting of “Top Gun”. There is a wooden tree house at the altitude of 35 feet for the kids.

The Keating (San-Diego California, USA)

The Pininfarnia Company that is in charge of the appearance of Ferrari’s and Maserati’s cars was dealing with the design of this hotel. The singularity of this hotel begins with its hall with red lacquered walls and high ceiling. In the hotel there are 35 rooms with red brick walls, round windows, plasma TV sets and electronics form Bang & Olufsen.

Inn at price Tower (Bartlesville Oklahoma, USA)

The design of this hotel’s room 21 was created according to the project of Wendy Evan Joseph, the architect of Holocaust Museum in Washington (Columbia district). The 7floor building itself made of concrete and coppers is the creation of the famous Frank Lloyd Right- the person who influenced the most the development of western architecture during first half of XX century. There are windows as big as the walls and furniture with copper pieces in every room.

Faena Hotel and Universe (Buenos-Aires, Argentina)

A granary in past, nowadays this building turn into a hotel (the project of Fillip Stark and the fashionable Argentinean designer Allan Faen). Its entrance is framed by a curtain, behind which the El Bistro restaurant and the drawing room, decorated with antic lamps, are located. Among the elements of 110 rooms’ design are the red velvet pillows, velvet curtains and XIXth century chandeliers.

Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa (Napa Valley, California, USA)

This hotel, created by Mickey Meningom, amazes immediately – its entrance is decorated by an unusual writhed steel canopy. Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa is na eco-hotel and its name is translated from Greek as “mother land”. There are 133 rooms in the hotel with internet connection, cable television, a fridge and a microwave. The hotel is located in the Napa village, well-known fro its vineyards.

New Majestic Hotel (Singapore)

Entering the lobby of the hotel, the guests see the absolutely white walls, the spiral Compton fans and the ceiling covered with cooper. Local painters were dealing with the design of the 30 rooms. In some of them there is a bath right in the center and the beds are suspended to the ceiling. The atmosphere is completed by the old-fashion furniture made of pop-art fresco. The hotel is situated in Chinatown that is the historical region of Singapore.

The Setai (Miami, Florida)

Created by a Malaysian architect- Jan Michel Gati , this hotel that is located on the coast embodies the Shanghai style of Ar Deco. The hotel’s facade is absolutely white, but inside the guests may see all the shades of grey, black columns with bronze mosaic and the floor made of Shanghai marble.
There are 125 rooms with a bathroom and teak floor. The Hotel’s inner yard is sloshed by the orange color.

Granados 83(Barcelona, Spain)

This avanguard Hotel was created for the adventure’s amateurs and the fans of good cuisine. It occupies the former building of a hospital. The original columns are covered with steel, red marble, glass and iron. White and black rock tiles were used for the floor. Such materials as leather, brick and marble were used for furnishing the 77 rooms. The furniture is covered with a fluorescent iron casing.

Top Hotels In Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Belmore Court Motel

Belmore Court Motel is located in Enniskillen Town Centre and is a favourite with many travellers. It does not have a restaurant or bar on site but that does not detract from this location as it is a hotel that is all about the rooms and the hospitality. Because of its central location, there are plenty of places to get a meal or unwind over a glass of wine or pint of Guinness. The original motel building dates back to the 1950s and includes eight converted townhouses. This part of Belmore Court Motel houses 30 one and two bedroom apartments that are unique, quaint and stylish. The new part of the Belmore Court Motel comprises the fantastic executive rooms, suites and superior rooms, all of which are finished to a very high standard. It has plenty of parking and free WiFi, but the best fact about Belmore Court Motel is how it is rated – an impressive 96 percent of travellers rate it as either excellent or very good.

The Lough Erne Resort

The Lough Erne Resort is one of the finest hotel complexes on the island of Ireland. It is a 5 star hotel nestled in the Fermanagh Lakelands on 600 acres. There are two golf courses, a spa, 120 fabulous rooms and excellent dining facilities. It is luxury in beautiful surroundings. There is a choice of rooms, all of which have a country house feel. Each room is supplied with a pair of binoculars so guests can fully enjoy the views over the golf courses and Castle Hume Lough. All the amenities one would expect from a 5 star hotel are included in the rooms. The restaurant and head chef are both award winning, while the bar features a wonderful collection of 101 Irish Whiskies. The spa is a Thai Spa and is staffed by Thai therapists who offer unique, rejuvenating and relaxing treatments. Outside there are the two golf courses, including the championship Castle Hume course and the Nick Faldo designed (and internationally respected) Faldo Course.

Westville Hotel

Westville Hotel styles itself as a boutique hotel. It is located just outside Enniskillen Town Centre and is officially rated 4 star. Travellers rate it very highly too, with over 90 percent classifying it as either excellent or very good. It was opened in 2008 and is very tastefully decorated with modern style and sophistication. There is a large car park and the WiFi is free. If you stay on Friday or Saturday nights there is live entertainment in the bar, which is a comfortable place to relax and unwind after eating in the acclaimed Terrace Restaurant with its kitchen open into the dining area and modern food. There are 28 bedrooms in the Westville Hotel, all of which have facilities like flat screen televisions, a hairdryer, iron and ironing board. The types of room to choose from including executive rooms, suites and family rooms. The Westville Hotel is therefore an ideal choice for a variety of Enniskillen trips, including romantic breaks and golfing trips.

The Killyhevlin Hotel

The Killyhevlin Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on the banks of the beautiful Lough Erne. It is very popular with locals in Enniskillen, both as a wedding venue and as a place to eat and socialise. There are 70 tastefully decorated bedrooms including standard rooms, family rooms and suites, the later of which features a Jacuzzi bath and an open living area overlooking the river. In addition to the hotel rooms, there are 13 self catering chalets which are ideal as a home away from home and are perfect for families. Each chalet is 4 star standard and has a fully equipped kitchen, living area and two twin bedrooms. Private jetties can also be booked, subject to availability. Whether staying in one of the Killhevlin Hotel’s rooms or one of the chalets, all guests can use the spa and health club facilities which are luxurious and fabulously indulgent. The Killyhevlin Hotel is located about 1km from Enniskillen Town Centre and there is plenty of parking on site.

Knockninny Country House & Marina

Knockninny Country House & Marina dates back to the 1800s. It sits on the shores of Lough Erne at the foot of Knockninny Hill. It was the area’s original hotel but it fell into disrepair until 2004 when it was renovated to the beautiful property it is today. The rooms are decorated with a period feel but are well equipped with modern amenities. Many have fantastic views over the manicured lawns, the lakes and the rolling countryside. There is a restaurant at Knockninny Country House & Marina called The Porter House, however it is closed during the winter months. The setting of the restaurant is stunning, overlooking the grounds of the hotel down to the marina. This is a charming hotel that is both quaint and luxurious, making it a wonderful place to get away for a relaxing break. For the perfect Enniskillen experience, make sure you take a stroll over the beautiful hotel grounds or hire a boat from the hotel and get out onto the lakes.

The Lough Erne Hotel

The Lough Erne Hotel is located in the centre of the picturesque fishing village of Kesh, about 14 miles from Enniskillen. It sites on the banks of the Glendurragh River and is an excellent base from which to explore the Enniskillen and Fermanagh areas (including the lakes), or the west of Ireland. It is a quaint, traditional Irish type of hotel with country decor and a welcoming and charming atmosphere. There are just 12 rooms, all of have features like a flat screen television and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also 4 apartments available to book which are located in a building separate to the main hotel. Lunch and dinner is served daily in the Riverside Terrace restaurant, while the bar also serves food. It is a great place to relax and unwind. Travellers like the competitive prices offered by The Lough Erne Hotel and over two-thirds rate it as either excellent or very good. Conference and wedding facilities are also available.

Enniskillen Hotel

Enniskillen Hotel is the newest hotel in the County Fermanagh town, officially opening on 12 December 2012 – 12/12/12. It is on the site of the old Fort Lodge Hotel in the town centre, with good access to the Belfast and Dublin roads, as well as the west of Ireland. Enniskillen Hotel features 35 very comfortable rooms plus there is a bar and a restaurant. The bar is named after the Irish writer and poet, Oscar Wilde, while the restaurant is named after Samuel Beckett, another Irish writer and playwright. Both famous men went to school in Enniskillen so have connections with the town. Wildes serves bar food and has whiskey tastings while Becketts Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enniskillen Hotel also has conference and event facilities.