Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8 highlights, sights and things to do at Khao Lak, Thailand

This list is taken from an article by the TravelDudes - which can be read in full here -

1)     Police Boat 813 - where the tsunami in 2004 deposited it here -

2)    Chong Fah Waterfall - in the Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

3)    Takuapa and the Old Town -

4)    Lampi Waterfall - a popular place to visit -

5)    Khao Sok National Park - - a large national park with ancient rainforest, limestone cliffs, waterfalls, rare flora and fauna -

6)    Khao Lak-Ram Ru National Park -

7)    Cheow Lan Lake and Ratchaprapha Dam เขื่อนรัชชประภา - here’s a trip someone made - and here’s where it is

8)    Diving in the Similan Islands

We would like you to stay with us at Kantary Beach in Khao Lak

Photographs courtesy of Instagram and melli209, shiftesz and mitibos


Thursday, April 19, 2018

10 Authentic things to try whilst you are in Phuket

 This list is taken from an article by the Travelling King ( which can be read in full here -

Phuket is one of those places in Thailand whose reputation precedes it. Fittingly called the pearl of the Andaman, the island lures millions of travelers every year.”

     1) Marvel at the #BuddhaCave in #PhangNga - Wat Suwan Khuha -

2) Take a Thai Cooking Class - this can be done at #CapePanwaHotel - 

3) Explore #PhuketOldTown - this can be done by yourself - (here’s an App - or contact Phuket Heritage Trails -

4) Visit the fisherman village of #KohPanyee -

5) Shop and eat at the Night Markets

6) Give a shot at #MuayThai

7) Gorge on the #Seafood at #BangPae - 

8) Check out the #Phuket Amulet Market -

9) Sail aboard the Chinese Junk boat #JuneBahtra -
10) Pamper yourself with a Traditional Thai Massage – which can be enjoyed adjacent to the beach at Cape Panwa Hotel - - or nearby


Monday, April 16, 2018

BKK 101 - Ayutthaya

Thailand certainly is an amazing place and has an enormous number of beautiful places to visit.

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  - this week we chose to share an article written by Dr Tom Vitayakul and his unique take on Thailand and Ayutthaya -

“With five revolving dynasties and 33 kings, backstabbing, coup d’ètats, treason, poisoning and plain old murder were just part of the game. Some of these monarchs were on the throne for only two months or less.”

The history of the Ancient City started centuries ago with the mixing of the Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Persians and more began to mingle with the local people. Kings built their palaces here to “escape the prying eyes of the main court” – which meant that Ayutthaya was always filled with something special.

Ayutthaya lost its sovereignty twice to Burma (1569 and 1767) – and could regain it, which left much of the temples in Ayutthaya in ruins and now it is a UNESCO site.

Dr Tom Vitayakul has some recommendations for us;

- Favourite temple: Wat Nha Phra Mane - - where there is a traditional green Buddha statue.

- Place for History Buffs: Ayutthaya Historical study centre - - where there are interesting exhibitions to be found.

- Real treasures: Chao Sam Phyra National Museum: - - where there are priceless pieces to see -

- Romantic Ruins: Wat Chai Wattanaram - - on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and best viewed as the sun is setting -

- Popular: Bang Pa-In Summer Palace.

If you are unable to get all that way to Ayutthaya there is a scaled down version at the Ancient City in Samut Prakan - but if you can please stay with us at Kantary Hotel AyutthayaOR Classic Kameo Ayutthaya. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Songkran Temple Tour in Bangkok

Celebrate the Thai New Year by making merit at ten well-known temples around Bangkok.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, together with the BMTA, are organising an event called “Sawadee Pee Mai Thai… Wai Phra 10 Wat” (สวัสดีปีใหม่ไทย… ไหว้พระ10วัด). 

Thai Buddhists and foreign tourists are invited aboard a special free bus service from 6th to 17th April to make merit at 10 temples during the Songkran New Year holiday. 

The service runs from 8:00am to 4:00pm and starts from the Victory Monument.

The ten temples are as follows: 

The Marble Temple –

Wat Sam Phraya Worawiharn –

Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan –

Wat Bowonniwet –

Temple of the Emerald Buddha –

Temple of the Reclining Buddha –

Wat Ratchanatda (Metal Castle) –

 A gentle reminder of what #Songkran and all the water is about, please dress with respect.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ayutthaya - what to do, eat, visit and stay (1)

Photo courtesy of Instagram and aucoeurdutemps

Cape+Kantary is a magazine that you will find in all the #CapeandKantary Properties. In every edition there is an ‘Insider Guide’ – what to do, where to eat, what to visit and where to stay. In this magazine - (page81) our writers visited Ayutthaya and stayed at Classic Kameo Ayutthaya.

- Rent a bicycle near the Ayutthaya railway station and explore the historic city BUT always check the bicycle before you leave with it

- At the Tapestry Restaurant and take a selection of Dim Sum BUT make sure to request the signature ‘xiaw longbao’ – perfectly prepared with just the right balance of soup and flavoured pork in a soft textured bun!

- Wat Mahathat - known for the Buddha head lodged between the roots of a tree. Location:

- Classic Kameo Ayutthaya -  - offering fully equipped deluxe studios and one bedroomed suites which are ideal for short and long stays.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Chakri Memorial Day - 6th of April

ซึ่งตรงกับวันที่ ๖ เมษายนของทุกปีนั้น เป็นวันที่น้อมระลึกถึงพระมหากรุณาธิคุณของ พระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราช (รัชกาลที่ ๑) เสด็จเถลิงถวัลยราชสมบัติเป็นปฐมกษัตริย์แห่งราชวงศ์จักรี และทรงพระกรุณาโปรดเกล้าฯ ให้สถาปนากรุงเทพมหานครเป็นเมืองหลวงของประเทศไทย ตลอดจนพระมหากรุณาธิคุณของพระมหากษัตริย์ทุกพระองค์ในราชวงศ์จักรีที่มีต่อประเทศไทยจนปัจจุบัน

Chakri Memorial Day celebrates the start of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Rama 1 in 1782 CE as well as the contribution of all the Chakri kings to the present day.

Thank you for picture


Monday, April 2, 2018

Long Live HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

เนื่องในโอกาสวันคล้ายวันพระราชสมภพ ๖๓ พรรษา
ข้าพระพุทธเจ้า คณะผู้บริหารและพนักงาน บริษัท เกษมกิจ จำกัด และ เคป แอนด์ แคนทารี โฮเทลส์ 

Long Live HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
In Celebration of Her Highness’ 63rd Birthday
The management and employees of Kasemkij Company Limited and Cape and Kantary Hotels

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Route One of the Walking Routes in Bangkok.

Route One of the Walking Routes in Bangkok.

Stop 1: Yaowarat China Town Heritage Museum - this is an amazing place to visit but can be very busy

Stop 2: China Town Gateway  - a wonderful and unexpected part of a roundabout marking one entrance to China Town, built in 1999 to commemorate the King's birthday 

Stop 3: Eiah Sae 益生 - this is one of the last traditional Chinese coffee shops that can be found in Bangkok

Stop 4: Tang Toh Kang Gold Shop - one of the original gold shops in Bangkok - still trading and there is a museum (but not always open)

Stop 5: Thai Heng Restaurant - a traditional Chinese restaurant which is very popular with the local community

Stop 6: Wat Bampen Chine Prote (Wat Yong Hok Yi) วัดบำเพ็ญจีนพรต (วัดย่งฮกยี่) - a large Wat with lots of places to investigate

Stop 7: Wat Kanmatuyaram (Wat Yo Khan Tue) วัดกันมาตุยาราม - a Sri-Lankan style bell can be found in the grounds

 Stop 8: Wat Mangkon Kamalawat - still known as Wat Leng Noei Yi and is a very large structure

Stop 9: Leng Buai la Shrine - a small shrine with an ancient bell and a special incense burner inside 

Stop 10: Thian Fah Foundation Hospital - started in 1902 and their goal was to treat the impoverished

Thinking of staying in Bangkok? 

Then stay with us at Cape House Hotel - - or Kantary House -