With slow travel making waves in the market, travellers are looking for trips that encompass both a hub and a seaside locale.
There’s no better example of this than Thailand – white sandy beaches are within easy reach of bustling cities, offering explorers the very best of both worlds. Start your adventure at Vie Hotel Bangkok, a foodie haven in the heart of the bustling city, before heading north to the serene shores of Hua Hin for total relaxation.
Vie Hotel Bangkok
Start your Asian adventure with a pitstop in Bangkok. Vie Hotel Bangkok, situated in the heart of the city’s famous shopping district – a stone’s throw from the Jim Thompson silk museum – is perfect for culture-vultures and foodies. Take one of the hotel’s luxury tuk tuk’s on a night-time food tour; discover Bangkok’s hidden hotspots, including the Michelin-starred street vendor, before heading back to the hotel for a cocktail in the swish basement bar.
With floor-to-ceiling windows, each of the 154 generously-sized rooms and suites offers panoramic views over the cityscape below. Inspired by the nearby Jim Thompson museum, interiors throughout are richly-appointed, sumptuous and intimate, peppered with Asian-inspired accents and splashes of silk. Gastronomy is at the heart of the hotel. At La Vie, choose from a menu of creative French dishes with a Japanese touch, or feast on fresh fish in the stylish Yellow Tail Sushi Bar (YTSB) honouring the traditions of Japanese culinary art – a stay here is a feast for all of the senses.
V Villas Hua Hin
Although a short, two-hour drive from Bangkok, V Villas Hua Hin feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This exclusive, 28-villa property is the ultimate escape – each residence is completely and utterly private, set behind towering terraces with pool, living spaces and secret entrance for staff.
This is privacy personified. In fact, there’s no real need to leave your villa at all – unless of course you’re exploring the stretch of beach, infinity pool or spa. Dining experiences, yoga sessions, cooking lessons and spa treatments can all take place in the comfort of your own villa. Those who do want to venture out and explore the charming town of Hua Hin can take a number of exclusive tours, from exploring a local vineyard to discovering temples and ruins.
Being in the heart of Hua Hin, V Villas offers guests intimate cultural experiences; wake before the monks start their pilgrimage down Hua Hin beach, and take an offering of boiled rice. Hand it to the monks and receive a blessing, before they make their way into the sunrise.