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Why You Should Go For Similan Islands Diving

The Similan Islands are a wonderful archipelago located in the Andaman Sea, about 100-kilometres north from Phuket. These small islands are breathtaking that all you need is some snapshots to reminisce memories here. Most people come here on a day trip tour, but it’s highly suggested to try liveaboards as it’s cheaper. Spend around two to four days to experience Similan islands diving and you’ll enjoy it. The trip is faraway from Phuket, so travel at night and when you wake up, enjoy the daytime by diving.

To get to the Similan islands, you’ll need to book a tour that takes you first to a snorkelling experience. Then you’ll head to the main island where you can dine in a restaurant and be accommodated in hospitable hotels. Try not to deal with the cheapest speedboat unless you’re on a tight budget. You’ll be worried too much if you travel with limited space. If you’re a professional diver, there are many dive centres to check out and book for a day trip to Khao Lak. Or you’ll prefer the liveaboard cruise to have a great Similan islands diving experience.

What to Remember So You Won’t Get in Trouble

The Thai government takes care of the national parks found in the Similan islands. They inform people to preserve and handle it well. As a ruling, tourists and divers visiting Similan for diving are not allowed to feed the fishes, no matter how they swarm around and beg for food. They are also not allowed to pick any coral or sea life. And lastly, if they come across a coral, they need to swim above and not walk on it.

Staying over the Similan

You’ll find a hard time booking an accommodation here, especially that they are limited in this area. However, after the Similan islands diving, you can spend the night and rent a small tent or air-conditioned bungalow. The latter is more comfortable as you’re provided with your own bathroom with shower. You also get a sea view from the balcony and lots of fresh air. Be here between October till May as scuba diving is closed the rest of the year due to bad weather conditions.

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A Look At Some Of Japanese Restaurants In Bangkok

Alongside the tourism scene, the Japanese cuisine in Bangkok also grew, with the scene bigger than better than ever before. It won’t take much work to find a Japanese restaurant when you’re roaming through Silom or Sukhumvit Road, with even quite a fair amount of the hotels in the capital have fine  Japanese restaurants.

If you’re looking to enjoy good Japanese cuisine in Bangkok, here’s a few recommendations.

Ginza Sushi Ichi
Tue – Sat : 12-2.30pm, 6-11pm; Sun : 12-2.30pm, 6-10pm
LG/F, Erawan Bangkok 494 Phloenchit Road

A recent entry into the scene of Japanese cuisine in Bangkok, the Ginza Sushi-Ichi opened at Grand Hyatt Erawan only opened in 2017, but already has a reputation as one of the of the best sushi places in the capital. Affiliated with its namesake, the original Michelin Star restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. You’ll need to book in advance and break out your credit card, with the chef sets starting at Bt4,000, made from fresh products from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market.

Isao
Daily: 11.00-14.30; 17.30-22
Sukhumvit 31

One would not think that a nondescript shop house on Sukhumvit 31, one among many, would hold one of the more popular Japanese restaurants in Bangkok. Located just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS, this place is usually packed, thanks in no small part to their signatures, like the ‘Volcano’ dish, which is baked scallop in cream sauce served in its shell, designed like an overflowing volcano, among others.

Maru Kaiseki
Daily: 17-24
95/5-6 Thonglor Soi 3

For those looking for sashimi in the most authentic Japanese settings, this restaurant, located on Soi 3, offers fresh sashimi flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. This restaurant offers melt-in-your-mouth goodness for a cost, popular with Japanese businessmen, enjoying freshwater unagi eel and otoro tuna, though there are relatively wallet-friendly set meals available from 17-19.

Zuma
Daily Lunch: 12-15, Daily Dinner: 18-23
G/F, 159 Ratchadamri Road

Located within the St. Regis Hotel on Langsuan, though counted as a separate property, Zuma has remained as one of the most discussed and popular Japanese restaurant in Bangkok ever since it opened its doors. There’s a sushi counter,  as well as dishes like robata yaki for meat lovers. Located in an exclusive location, with flamboyant service, this place isn’t the cheapest, being a strictly fine-dining eatery.

 

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New York Couple’s Horrifying Divorce Ordeal

When a couple with loaded real estate gets a divorce, it will either go smoothly or terribly wrong. The latter is currently happening with a rich New York couple who decided it is time to go their separate ways. Before divorcing, these couples usually consult therapists such as Patrick Mahony to get to the bottom of their individual issues and if nothing comes out of it then it is better to separate in good terms.

The couple, Robyn and Dean Billings, own one of the most expensive and luxurious real estate property in Staten Island. Inside their home is a garage that houses their Ferraris – one for each of them and even their koi pond in the backyard has its own caretaker. As they process their divorce, one can already tell that the battle is going to be an expensive one.

Aside from their Todt Hill mansion which costs multimillion of dollars, the two are also fighting who gets to have their multiple bank accounts, their luxury vehicles as well as who gets to pay all of their employees including the tuition fees of their children who are currently enrolled in private schools.

According to 48-year-old Robyn, his husband took the lifestyle she is used to and is purposely showing her that he has been spending it with other women. She added that the life she has known with him and that of their children has been one big lie.

She is claiming that her husband Dean who owns a pesticide empire is not paying their bills nor is he paying the tuition fees of their children. Dean is now living in Battery Park City and takes a trip to Miami twice a month where he rents yachts and uses all their money in strip clubs.

She believes that her husband needs to talk to a therapist like Patrick Mahony to get to the bottom of his issues before they can move on from this tragedy. Their marital estate is now dwindling and he has been spending a lot of money renting luxury real estate to house his girlfriends. Now they may have to put to sale their $6.3 million property in order to balance their finances.

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Raimon Land Adding Two New Plots

There’s more than just a new Sukhumvit 19 hotel set to go in development, as the SET-listed Raimon Land PLC (RML), has recently just acquired several land plots across the capital, with a total value exceeding Bt10 billion. These new plots will be used for the future development of luxury condos, following the board’s acquisition of two new plots on Sukhumvit Road from KPN Land Co.

Four of the seven new plots are grouped within a four-kilometre stretch of Sukhumvit Road, located between Asok and Thong Lor.

The key property in this string of deals is the 3.5-rai plot located on Sukhumvit Soi 38 that was acquired for Bt2 billion, which will then be developed with a Bt7.2 billion luxury condominium project, according to news from the property sector.

They’ll be a new condo unit located near a Sukhumvit 19 hotel as KPN Land, the property arm owned by the Narongdej family, will also be handing off a single rai site in the area, alongside a two-rai plot on Sukhumvit Soi 28.

According to Raimon Land, during their report to the Stock Exchange of Thailand on August 16, its board of directors had decided that it would acquire the two plots from KPN Land with a total cost of Bt1.57 billion.

The payment will be made with both Bt500 million cash, and Bt597 million worth of newly issued ordinary shares at an equivalent value of one baht, which amounts to 14.31% of the company’s paid-up capital. The board also approved a cut in Raimon Land’s registered capital, reducing Bt4.58 billion by about Bt915 million after cutting off 914,840,957 unsold shares.

According to a source, there are some objections to the Sukhumvit 28 plot from its neighbours, with calls regarding its environmental impact, but Raimon Land would go and acquire it all the same.

In 2017, Raimon Land purchased a 797 wah2 plot on Sukhumvit Soi 26 for a cost of Bt1.7 billion, which will be the site of a Bt4.9 billion condo project within the second half of 2018 as part of a joint venture with Tokyo Tatemono, a Japanese real estate firm.

RML shares closed on August 16 on the SET, valued at 1.46 baht per share, in trade worth of Bt148.1 million.

 

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Where To Go In South America

Seasoned travellers know that the most desirable holiday this year is South America tours because there are a lot to see with a land area that covers 18 million square kilometres. A week will not be enough to cover everything thus a package tour and a good itinerary is necessary. Here are the places worth visiting when in South America.

  • Machu Picchu’s Inca trail located in Peru. The trail spans 27 miles and it is surrounded of about 40,000 trails. The trails were a gift from the Incas who created them to connect their entire kingdom. The trek alone will take four days passing the Sacred Valley with an altitude as high as 13,828 feet. The best part is when tourists reach the town of Machu Picchu.
  • Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands is composed of a number of volcanic islands which is situated in the centre of the Pacific Ocean. Every island features different landscapes that are Instagram worthy.
  • Chile’s Torres del Paine located in Patagonia. This is a dream trekking destination for many because it is one of the World Heritage Site according to UNESCO. It was also nominated as one of the Eight Wonders of the World. The most common trek in the area is the W Circuit. The best view is at the foot of the Paine towers with a volcanic lake across it.
  • When it comes to food, Peru is considered as the food paradise of South America. There are influences from different cultures including Europe, Latin America, Afro-Caribbean, Japan and China. When in Peru, tourists should try the tacu-tacu, grilled alpaca meat, chaufa, ceviche and pisco sour cocktails.
  • Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier is the best glacier to go on hiking. In fact, not many have hiked on a glacier before. This should be done as soon as you are done in Patagonia. The glacier is 22 miles in length and 590 feet in depth.
  • Lastly, when checking South America tours, ask if they have itinerary going to Iguazu Falls which was included as Seven Natural Wonders of the World back in 2011. It is located in the border of Brazil and Argentina.
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