Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cape and Kantary - The Grill Room


Cape+Kantary is a magazine that you will find in all the Cape and Kantary Properties - . In this edition - Pages 55-57 one writer visited KantaryHotel in Korat for a succulent steak.

Should you find yourself with a hankering for a steak, don’t hesitate to check out TheGrill Room. This is the city’s premier rooftop steakhouse, it features not only the best meat and cocktails that the town has to offer, but also spectacular views of Korat in sophisticated surroundings. 


Try beef in all its iterations – flavourful tartare, delicate carpaccio, a giant grilled Porterhouse – as well as seafood and Thai dishes. Definitely worth a detour if you’re in the area; even yet, why not plan a whole trip around this budding dining destination at Kantary Hotel Korat ?

It’s certainly a welcome change of scenery from your usual steakhouses.

    

Friday, December 21, 2018

Free or Cheap things to do in Bangkok



Thailand certainly is an amazing place and has an enormous number of beautiful places to visit. This we week we are sharing with you an article by Tripzilla  about 20 fun and free things to do in Bangkok - https://www.tripzilla.com/bangkok-fun-free-things-to-do/42122

“You can come to Bangkok broke and STILL have fun! Here are some FREE or cheap things to do in Bangkok!”

1: Spectate an exhilarating Muay Thai match at MBK Shopping Centre – (every Wednesday night, please check) this is not for everyone… 



2: Get spooked with a visit to the Sathorn Unique Ghost Tower, if you dare…


3: Seek an escape to nature at Lumpini Park – an oasis in the heart of Bangkok.

4: Admire the crocodiles at Wat Chakrawat – yes crocodiles!!!! 

5: Soak up the culture blend at Chinatown – a wonderful mix of Chinese and Thai Culture.

To read the whole article and make a list please click here. If you do visit Bangkok, stay with us at Cape House OR Kantary House.  


      

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Guide to Exploring the best of Thailand




Today’s post is by Tom and Anna - https://www.adventureinyou.com - and is about the Thailand Bucket List: Guide to Exploring the best of Thailand - https://www.adventureinyou.com/thailand/bucket-list-guide/

Today we will share with you their list of things to do in Bangkok & Central Thailand.

While Bangkok is a big metropolitan city, however, if you venture just a little bit further, you will be pleasantly surprised with quiet neighborhoods and pleasant historical gold mines like the UNESCO heritage sites in Ayutthaya or the beautiful wildlife by Khao Yai National Park.



1: Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok and marvel at the intricately designed temples and palaces – this is a must for everyone who visits Bangkok - https://goo.gl/maps/kre2eEaHhEL2


2: Cruise down the River Chao Phraya – you might get a little wet.

3: People watch in the busy streets of Khao San Road – you will certainly meet other people watching you! - https://goo.gl/maps/bHRfPEZQLUE2 

4: Dare yourself to eat a few bugs and crickets – surprisingly healthy, then how about the scorpions on a stick!!!?


5: Watch a Traditional Muay Thai fight – not for the squeamish

6: Shop till you drop in Chatuchak Market - https://youtu.be/ndeLupPn7Og -  and many of Bangkok’s Traditional markets – remember to bring an empty bag with you or a rucksack and check the items fit in your suitcase when you go home – please remember Buddha figurines are not for decoration and will be confiscated by the Airport Officials.

7: Eat your weight in Pad Thai, Tom Yum and all the other delicious Thai street food – this is everywhere!


8: Visit the Historic City of Ayutthaya – a place which is submerged in culture and history - https://goo.gl/maps/otPDkKwQjZP2 


9: Visit the floating market in Bangkok and watch the chaos of vendors float by – try some of the food prepared by the chefs and marvel as they are able to balance their cooking

10: Go skydiving in Pattaya

11: Go Trekking in Khao Yai National Park to see the incredible wildlife.

This is just a drop in the ocean – the list continues next week here or the complete list is here - https://www.adventureinyou.com/thailand/bucket-list-guide/ and we would also like you to stay with us at one of our Cape and Kantary Hotels. You will not be disappointed - https://capekantaryhotels.com 


      

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Road trip to the Thai-Myanmar border


Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok101 -  and today’s article is about a roadtrip to the Thai-Myanmar border.  


Their first stop was at the River Kwai Bridge - in the Kanchanaburi Province and the aptly named ‘Death Railway’ (Location: https://goo.gl/maps/iUNaecP78Kz)

Lunch was at X2 River Kwai

Then the journey took them along Highway 323 which finished in Sangkhlaburi and the Tanintharyi Mountain range between Thailand and Myanmar. From there they went to the Sai Yok National Park (where fans of The Deer Hunter will recall the ‘roulette scenes’ taking place).

The next stop was Wat Khao Khe. This translates into ‘Crocodile Mountain’ (location: https://goo.gl/maps/X5Srppcwdww) because it is near to a cave where ‘Chao Pho Khao’ lived – a half crocodile half human hermit!

Then they took the car again whilst the sun began to set and stayed at ThongphaphumPlace.  

BUT if you want to read the original article please read it here.  


      

Monday, December 3, 2018

Bangkok's Secret Training and Workout Spots


Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 - and today the article is Sweat in the City (of Bangkok) – a guide to Bangkok’s best secret training and workout spots - original article by Craig Suaers who mentions;

“…perpetually tropical weather, the curious urban planning (or lack of), motorbike taxis, mobile vendors, the fluid and often poetic brand of chaos…”

There are several of those gyms with running machines next to the bicycle next to the rowing machine next to the noisy person with a lovely view of the traffic but the article here encourages you to look for somewhere different to work out.


Volleyball – the Bangkok BeachVolleyball Social Group can help you with this

Rock Climbing may not be on the lips of many when you are in the chaos of Bangkok but you can - Urban Playground - is a great place to start and they have so many other choices that you can make here

Bouncing
This is something popular for the children to have a go at whilst there is a lot more for you to choose from - https://www.bounceinc.co.th - and they do parties as well!

All-in-one-stadiums
Now, there is an increase in popularity of the marathon and the triathlon so a place to have a go at these is wanted – look at what is here - http://area.sat.or.th/pub/index.aspx

Wat Don Cemetery
An ostensibly peaceful park with a plethora of activities in it from skateboarders, karaoke, joggers and morethis is not just green space but there are hundreds of Chinese Tombs -  https://goo.gl/maps/KYHtuCcr7To - elevated above the ground. Locally known as Pa Cha Wat Don (สุสานแต้จิ๋ว) the history of it is quite ‘Hollywood’ but in 1966 three local foundations renovated and embraced the park.   

If you stay with us at Cape House Lumpini Park - https://goo.gl/maps/vkwTvCkJvc92 - is just around the corner, but the interesting park might be worth a visit as the sun sets….


      

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Things to See and Do at Night



Cape+Kantary is a magazine that you will find in all the Cape and Kantary Properties.In every edition there is always an article that we like to share. In this Issue 15 - (Pages 29-35) one writer (Trevor Ranges) wrote about things to see and do at night.

“Perhaps you’re travelling with your family or you’re not into the party scene. Well, there are more than a few different things to do around Thailand at night, and, no, it’s not all about shopping; though it certainly can be, if you want it to be.

1)     Star Gazing – try the remote location and if it’s a beach spread out a blanket and gaze.

2)     Night scuba Diving – you need special equipment to do this so do your homework before you go.

3)     Walk on Pattaya’s wild side – the carnival-esque atmosphere of their Walking Streets, might be what you are looking for…


4)     Hong by Starlight Paddling Trip with John Gray Sea Canoe – the ultimate way to avoid the crowds and is such a beautiful experience.

5)     Hit some balls – golf illuminated at night?

6)     Fresh fruit and flower market at Bangkok’s Pak Khlong Talad – open 24 hours a day and a bustling place.


7)     JJ Green Vintage Night Market open on a variety of days - and next to Bangkok’s magnificent Chatuchak Market.

8)     A multitude of movies – the Thai cinemas offer a great deal.

9)     Night ride – take a bicycle out for a short spin, a unique way to see Bangkok – 

10)  Play some games, there several themed bars in Thailand that offer this…

For all the other ideas please visit http://www.capekantaryhotels.com/ckmagazine/Issue15/index.html  - (Pages 29-35) 

And then it is time for a good night’s sleep; there is always a Cape and Kantary Hotel nearby.

      


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A robot in Bangok and more


Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 and today the article is about Dr Sumet Jumsaina Ayudhya สุเมธ ชุมสายอยุธยา and his creation of Bangkok’s most captivatingly peculiar buildings - https://www.bangkok101.com/bard-bizarre-architecture/ - original text by Jim Algie.

Here are just two of some of the buildings he was involved with

-      The Robot Building (1986) - https://goo.gl/maps/gHp3ktk1miy - a building shaped like a robot, simple, now the HQ of the United Overseas Bank
-      The Elephant Tower (1997) - https://goo.gl/maps/aSFc9Ts41Qr - explanation not necessary

If you want to read more bizarre Thailand stories by Jim Algie read Bizzare Thailand - here’s a map of some of the locations in the book - https://goo.gl/maps/f8unFaW4Td82.

If you visit #Bangkok stay with us at Cape House Hotel or Kantary House and here’s a map - http://bit.ly/2qiOvYm.


      

Thursday, November 15, 2018

10 best things to do in Chiang Mai



There are many reasons that you visit Chiang Mai. Here is a list of the 10 best things to do in Chiang Mai – that they think you should visit.

1)     Doi Suthep  


2)    Old City Temples – Chiang Mai Old City, they recommend to try Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao 

3)    Chiang Mai Night Safari (Hang Dong) 




6)    Doi Inthanon National Park – also known as the roof of Thailand 


7)    Karen Long Neck Tribe & ChiangDao Cave – certainly somewhere which will be remembered.

8)    Do Pui Tribal Village and NationalPark – explore here and see another way of life.

9)    Bo Sang Handicraft Village – here you will find people making umbrellas and signs, artists and more shops.

10)  Lanna Folklife Museum – certainly worth a visit if you want to learn more about the history and culture of people in Chiang Mai. 

There are obviously more places to visit than what is listed here and we hope that you will stay with us at Kantary Hills
  
      

Friday, November 9, 2018

The uniques history of Loha Prasat


Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  and today the article we link to is about the unique history of Loha Prasat – the ‘Iron Temple’ OR the ‘Monastery of the Royal Niece’. Original words by Joe Cummings and CPS Media.



Wat Ratchanatdaram is a large area not always visited as much as the Golden Mountain Temple just over the river. Expect to make a visit and see no tourists.



The Loha Prasat - is known for its tier of 37 golden towers (they were originally black) and the number 37 represents the 37 factors of enlightenment cultivated by the bodhisattavas (Buddhist saints or Buddhists-to-be).



Make an entrance during the day and marvel at the beauty of this special building with seemingly endless corridors and spiral staircases. Reach the top and admire the view that you have – we are told that night time viewing was amazing but unfortunately they no longer open in the evening. 



The grounds behind the Loha Prasat but in the grounds of Wat Ratchanatdaram have vendors selling an interesting collection of occult objects – worth a visit if that interests you.

If you visit #Bangkok stay with us at Cape House Hotel or Kantary House - and here’s a map - http://bit.ly/2qiOvYm.