Sunday, February 26, 2006

Thai LifeStyle - Full Moon Party

In the early 90's the Full Moon Party still was somewhat a "secret". One of the hideaways from "mainstream tourism" for the party people and the backpackers. The number of participants were just a small fraction of the massive crowds you will find on Had Rin Nok at full moon nowadays. The atmosphere were naturally more intimate back then, but few remembered how it really started, a couple of friends playing guitar and dancing in front of a tape recorder on the beach, next to a beach fire.

The party people on Samui and Phangan (most of them 20-30 years old) could sit for a week just playing guitar and cards, waiting for the next full moon. Then, most people arrived to Koh Phangan with the regular, rather slow ferry. The smaller and faster speed boats became popular later on. The full moon party people were not that hard to recognize. Batik style shirts and sandals, flip flop style, were common clothing. Dreadlocks or "hippie style" hair as well. As soon as the moon was visible, the party started. Music pumped out from the small sound systems located at the Had Rin restaurants. People danced, danced and danced...

I was in my twenties at this period and these parties was almost the ultimate source of enjoyment at this time. To sit down in the sand, cheering a bucket of mekong whisky, soda and coke in the light of the gigantic round light source in the clear sky. Dancing with new friends and just be one with the moment. I wonder how many thousands of girls and boys who have made new friends from all over the world, under the moon shine at Had Rin Nok.

There also were an illegal side associated with the party. Even though Thai "whiskey" and beer was, and is, the most used "stimulant" by far, some people chooses to use other illegal substances. There is no exaggeration to the fact that some people behaved rather odd, also after the sunrise. For some of these people, it led to a very unexpected ending of their holiday, ending up in the Surat Thani prison after being arrested by a policeman dressed in a hawaii shirt and shorts. Some has even ended in a psychiatric hospital caused by drug related psychosis.

I have not been going to the party for many years now. I guess it would maybe somehow ruin my memories from the past. What makes your day in your youth is not necessarily what will make you happy in your thirties. Or who knows, maybe I will give it a try one day. I will (try to) not mind all party kids laughing...

Text by CT (visit for more info...)


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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Kanchanaburi Hotel -Pavillion Rim Kwai Resort

Hotel Overview

In graceful landscaped gardens on the bank of the River Kwai at the centre of the River Kwai valley, the pavillion Rim Kwai Resort is restled half way between Kanchanaburi and the rawan Water fall. A few hours drive from Bangkok, the resort is one of Thailand ‘s most beautiful national parks, close to Kanchaburi town Pavillion Rim Kwai Resort features all 194 well-appointed guest rooms incluting standard, deluxe suites, and private pavilion amidst abundant greenery. Enjoy breath taking views of the surrounding mountains, forest, and river from a private balcony in each room.

Hotel Location :

Located halfway between Kanchanaburi and the Erawan Waterfall, the resort is in one of Thailand's most beautiful national parks yet only minutes from Kanchanaburi Town and a few hours drive from Bangkok.

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Kanchanaburi Hotel - Cumsaed River Kwai Resort Hotel

Hotel Overview

Ensconced on the beautiful landscape of Kanchanaburi, the cumsaed River Kwai Resort offers its hafural charm belying the majestic splendours within. It is conveniently established at the headquarters of the prestigious Kanchanaburi Province, within walking distance of the dazzling River Kwai. The elegant resort features luxurios accommodations including one bedroom and two bedroom villas fully equipped with kitchens, living and dining areas, and more. Experience a various and exhilarating range of activities, indulged guest service, innovative cuisine along with a superior spa that you enjoy the ultimate in a resort destination.

Cumsaed River Kwai Resort is 128 km. from Bangkok and only 19 km. from downtown Kanchanaburi or a mere 20 minutes of pleasant driving on the highway.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bangkok Hotel - The Davis

Hotel Overview - The Davis

The Davis Bangkok, Bangkok's first boutique hotel, is unique in almost every sense of the word. Nearly all rooms are designed with different themes so can offer a guest a different style for each visit. Communication options at the Davis Bangkok comprise a wireless environment through the ground floor (housing the Gallery Cafe and Club 88, our jazz experience), as well as throughout the meeting rooms. Other modern equipment offered for meetings and seminars at the Davis Hotel include unique 'white boards' in each meeting room.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bangkok LifeStyle - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Book Review - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

A darker book than any in the series thus far with a level of sophistication belying its genre, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince moves the series into murkier waters and marks the arrival of Rowling onto the adult literary scene. While she has long been praised for her cleverness and wit, the strength of Book 6 lies in her subtle development of key characters, as well as her carefully nuanced depiction of a community at war. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, no one and nothing is safe, including preconceived notions of good and evil and of right and wrong. With each book in her increasingly remarkable series, fans have nervously watched J.K. Rowling raise the stakes; gone are the simple delights of butterbeer and enchanted candy, and days when the worst ailment could be cured by a bite of chocolate. A series that began as a colorful lark full of magic and discovery has become a dark and deadly war zone. But this should not come as a shock to loyal readers. Rowling readied fans with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by killing off popular characters and engaging the young students in battle. Still, there is an unexpected bleakness from the start of Book 6 that casts a mean shadow over Quidditch games, silly flirtations, and mountains of homework. Ready or not, the tremendous ending of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will leave stunned fans wondering what great and terrible events await in Book 7 if this sinister darkness is meant to light the way.

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Bangkok LifeStyle - Bangkok 100 Rock Festival 2006


The Biggest Rock Festival in southeast asia by 100 Pipers and Matching Entertainment in association with Seed 97.5 FM and Coca Cola (Thailand) Experience The World Class Rock Festival in Bangkok during February 18th and 19thAt Lakeside,Muangthong Thani

Oasis Future Heads
Franz Ferdinand Placebo
Ian Brown Snow Patrol
dEUS Maximo Park
Flure / Ebola / Modern Dog Bodyslam / Big Ass

Venue Lakeside Muangthontani
Location Changwattana Road
Show Date 18th -19th February 2006
Door Open 14.30 hrs.
Show Start 04.30 - 12.00 hrs.

Bangkok Hotel - Grand Hyatt Erawan

Hotel Overview

Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok

Address: 494 Rajdamri Road, Prathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Located adjacent to the famous Erawan Shrine and centre business district, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok has redesigned its 387 guestrooms and suites with a contemporary new look, featuring stunning Thai artwork, stylish furnishings and direct broadband Internet access. The hotel also offers authentic cuisine in eight different restaurants, and is conveniently linked to surrounding shopping centres, office towers and Skytrain stations through the Sky Bridge. For special events, themed galas and meetings, the elegant Grand Ballroom accommodates 1,500 persons with six other function rooms, recently refurbished to present a more modern look, for up to 250 persons. In addition, the residence, Bangkok's first residential style multi-functional event facility is open as the new exciting possibilities for important occasions accommodating upto 500 persons.

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Bangkok Hotel - The Oriental

Hotel Overview

The Oriental

Address: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

For over 125 years royalty, heads of state, authors and artists have all followed the legendary Chao Phraya river through the heart of Bangkok to the doors of one of the world's most luxurious hotels - The Oriental.

The Oriental is a favored oasis, voted by leading international publications as one of the finest hotels in the world. Its magnificent location on the banks of the fabled River of Kings and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites provide a stunning and lavish backdrop for the Bangkok International Film Festival.

"If only all hotels could be like this."

Conde Nast Traveler USA, Gold List 2003

Monday, February 06, 2006

Bangkok Hotel - Four Seasons Hotel

Hotel Overview

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is centrally located on Rajadamri Road, one of the city's most famous boulevards linking Bangkok's main business, entertainment, and cultural districts with exclusive world-class shopping. The hotel is situated facing a beautiful 18-hole golf course, part of The Royal Bangkok Sports Club, which also includes a horse racing track.
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok features 340 superbly decorated rooms including 34 suites offering guests the utmost in comfort and luxury. The refurbishment, completed in 1997, includes an addition of rich elegant silks from Jim Thompson, hand-crafted Thai furniture exclusively designed for Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and unique Thai accents and antiques. Each room or suite is decorated with an exquisite hand-painted silk mural and hand blown glass or hand-crafted northern-Thai style antique lacquer lamps.

2006 Bangkok International Film Festival - Thailand

Now in its fourth year, the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival (BKKIFF) is proud of our ever-growing popularity throughout the world of cinema. Over the years, we have worked hard to bring an exciting schedule of world-class films, informative workshops and symposiums, special tributes, the Bangkok Film Market (BFM) and, of course, the spectacular special events for which Thailand has become so well known to the viewing public.
Past festivals have featured award-winning films such as Lost in Translation , The Barbarian Invasions , Being Julia , Les Choristes , Born into Brothels , and The Motorcycle Diaries, to name a few. Our special guests over the years have included Jeremy Irons, Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Michelle Yeoh, Val Kilmer, Jackie Chan, Colin Farrell and Joel Schumacher as well as many others.

Bangkok Hotel - Majestic Grande Hotel

Hotel Overview

Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Majestic Grande Bangkok combines contemporary decor and state-of-the-art technology with hospitality which is uniquely Thai. The Majestic Grande offers 251 well-equipped guestrooms and friendly service. The business center at the Majestic Grande Bangkok provides all business amenities one would need. Business travelers will enjoy the amenities offered at the Rooftop Executive Lounge and on the Executive Floor. With a choice of restaurants, Majestic Grande offers the most delicious Thai, Asian and international cuisine. In addition, the Majestic Grande also presents ample opportunities for leisure activities and recreation including an exercise in the pool and/or gym and a traditional Thai massage.

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