January 31, 2020
C’est La Vie: Thailand’s Prettiest Journey
Road tripping ins one of the greatest thrills of travel -the chance to be on the move, observing and absorbing a country’s beauty as you go along. And as the idea of slow travel, (or making the journey a part of the destination), continues to grow at pace, today’s traveller wants to soak up the culture, colours, cuisine and history of a foreign land.
There’s no better place to experience this than Thailand – with its white sandy beaches within easy reach of bustling cities, offering explorers the very best of both worlds. Visitors to this part of the world will want to start their adventure at Vie Bangkok, a foodie haven in the heart of the city, before taking a leisurely drive down the coastline towards the stunning shores of tranquil Hua Hin for complete relaxation.
Vie Hotel Bangkok
Begin your Asian adventure with a pitstop in Bangkok. Vie Hotel Bangkok, situated in the heart of the city’s famous shopping district and 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
Begin your picturesque and charming two-hour drive to Hua Hin from Bangkok, taking in the market sellers, the long-tail boats and languid nature, and the colourful locals riding bicycles along the way.
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.
It feels like privacy personified. And 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 amiable 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.
From beaches and mountains to wildlife-rich national parks, energetic cities, and cute towns, Thailand offers something for everyone. Boasting a dazzling array of things to see and do, and a chance to explore both sides of this land of smiles, Bangkok to Hua Hin should be on everyone’s bucket list this year.
Written by Ashley Pearson for Luxuria Lifestyle London and International