Christmas in Bangkok

CentralWorld Christmas Tree
Although Thailand is mostly Buddhist, Christmas is a special time in the country. After the monsoon has departed and the city has recouped from the lashings of rain, it is the December peak season that marks the return to normality for the big Mango. As you can imagine with Bangkok, the Christmas holiday is not something that is going to be underplayed.

So where to go and what to do for Christmas in Bangkok? For backpackers the Khao San Road areas still remains the centre of the city. All the bars in Khao San are filled with people celebrating. Many of the bars have live bands. The crowds are spilling out on the street. It is a good atmosphere that comes to a premature end at 1 am. Just because it is Christmas there is no special dispensation. Naturally, there are plenty of legal and illegal drinking options after 1 am both around Khao San and Sukhumvit Road.

For those looking for traditional signs of Christmas there are some impressive light displays around Sukhumvit. The most famous lights are to be found at the Peninsula Plaza on Rachadamri Road. It is the most popular location for Christmas lights in the city. The display usually features such details as a gingerbread house and reindeer barn. Other big hotels in the same area with impressive Christmas lights include the Grand Hyatt, the Intercontinental and the Erawan Hotel.

The largest Christmas tree in Bangkok is to be found outside CentralWorld. There are also beer gardens set up which have nightly concerts. This is a great spot to take the kids and have a well earned drink at the same time. And of course nearby are some fantastic shopping opportunities at MBK.

A modern and tropical take on Christmas decorations is provided at Siam Paragon. They have palms festooned with purple lights.

At night the river is a place to go as it lit up with the lights from the party and restaurant boats going up and down the river. You might even find a Christmas boat package that takes your fancy.

Naturally nearly every hotel and guest house catering primarily to Westerners throw on special Christmas dinners or lunches. They are often pretty good. Some hotels make you pay for a Christmas dinner when you book accommodation. It is a money spinner and a rip-off if you have made other plans.

One of the best Christmas meal experiences is at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok (123 Charoennakorn Road, Khlongtonsai, Khlongsan, Bangkok 10600). Reviews on Trip Advisor rave about the Christmas buffet.

If elegant and more boutique dining is your thing there are a few excellent options available which will need to be booked in advance. These include home dining at Nang Gin Kui, Bo.Lan in Sukhumvit and Eat Me in Silom. Indeed, although Michelin stars haven’t really made it to Bangkok, elegant dining definitely has. And since it’s not cold and wet outside you can really enjoy sophisticated al fresco Christmas dining in Bangkok.

Christmas is all about treating your loved ones. Not only does Bangkok hold a dizzying array of places to get Christmas presents for all the family but it also offers some fun nights out for the family. If you’re in Bangkok around Christmas time with your family then a great treat is to go to a show. There are a number of options. To avoid disappointment we include links for you to book online. The tours include hotel pick up and drop-off as well as English speaking guide.

Siam Niramit

Siam Niramit
Siam Niramit is one of the largest shows in the world. The show features over 100 performers and showcases traditional Thai culture. For 80 minutes the audience is treated to an entertaining overview of Thai history and culture. The show includes a buffet dinner. There is also a recreation of a Thai village to explore as well as elephant rides. Siam Niramit is recommended by
book tour of Siam Niramit

Calypso Cabaret

For couples there is the Calypso Cabaret at the Asia Hotel. It is a lady boy (katoey) extravaganza with 50 different performances stretching over 4 hours. The highlight of the show is the ‘Stars of Calypso’ performing a Michael Jackson / Tina Turner spoof.
book tour of Calypso Cabaret

Rose Garden and Thai Village Show

Rose Garden and Thai Village Show
Families will enjoy the Rose Garden and Thai Village Show. It is set in the Rose Garden Riverside Resort that features 20,000 rose bushes. The show presents a little of everything from, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), Thai festivals and Thai dancing. It provides a real insight into ‘Thainess’ ; as well as being fun.
book tour of Rose Garden and Thai Village Show

Sala Rim Nam Restaurant

Salad Rin Nam
A perfect romantic Christmas evening can be spent at the Sala Rim Nam Restaurant on the Chao Phraya River opposite the world-famous Mandarin Hotel. Here you get to try Thai royal cuisine. This is truly some of the most refined food you will ever try. While enjoying the food, the lavish Thai pavilion and the sights on the river, guests are treated to a traditional Thai dancing show. This is a glimpse of how Thai royalty live, and a fine way to treat the special one in your life.
book tour of Sala Ran Nim
Christmas in Bangkok can be whatever you want. There are nightclubs, restaurants, shows and bars galore to experience. The city is also shopping heaven. What is important to make your Bangkok Christmas special is to spend a little time considering your options so as to avoid being disappointed.

Private Dining at Nang Gin Kui

Nang Gin Kui is not only Bangkok’s leading private dining option, but it is also ranked the best restaurant in Bangkok by Trip Advisor. The rating is incredible considering it is possible to enjoy Michelin star quality food in Bangkok. The reason why people love having dinner at Nang Gin Kui is because it offers a special, boutique experience.

The restaurant describes itself as ‘guerilla’. This is because it occupies a large suite in a residential building. It is, however, no ordinary suite. It is on the 15th floor of a skyscraper overlooking the Chao Phraya River. As the Facebook page mentions – it is a million dollar view.

Being a boutique home dining experience, you cannot just turn up unannounced. You must book in advance. Reservations can be hard to make at busy times of the year. Nang Gin Kui caters for groups of between 8 and 16 people. They do sometimes offer honeymoon packages for couples.

The cooking and the hosting is by Florian and her capable team. It is a set menu that features at least 10 courses. The food is described as Japanese, Asian and vegetarian by Trip Advisor, but actually it is contemporary Thai cuisine that features most prominently on Nang Gin Kui’s menus.

There are soft drinks, beer and ‘free flowing’ wine available.

The cost? Well as you would expect for such an exclusive experience with fine dining it is not cheap. The price is between $50 and $70 a head. It is, however, a whole night experience: a chance to eat, drink and chat and enjoy the magnificent views over the river and the city.

What makes private dining unique is that it is something more than just a private room in a restaurant. It is a whole night with friends enjoying a large, comfortable and private residential space. It is the sense of being able to really relish the food without worrying about holding up the table. It is receiving personalized service. It is the chance to experience something different.

Recommended meeting points

1) River City (e.g. Viva Aviv Bar)
2) the lobby of the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel

Both these meeting points are on Charoen Krung Soi 30 and just 10 minutes walk from Nang Gin Kui.

Public Transport

MRT Subway Station Hualamphong – walking distance 10 minutes

BRT Skytrain Staition – Saphan Taksin – continue by taxi to Charoen Krung Soi 20

Public River Boat – exit Pier Nr. 4/Harbour Department. Remember: the public boat service ends at around 6:30 to 7:00 PM !

Press about Nang Gin Kui

“Eating outside the box” – Guru Magazine
“One of the quirkiest restaurants in town” – BK Magazine

How to make a reservation

Telephone: +66 (0) 85 904 6996


Cash only


It is just a shame that their website is just an archived single page. The owners might know about exclusive dining but little about the net. They focus on the Facebook page and miss out on a great opportunity to produce a boutique styled informative website.

Dentists in Bangkok

Bumrungrad International
Dental procedures have come on leaps and bounds over the last 50 years. Just a few years ago most people had fillings, a bridge, enamel work, cleaning or dentures. Now dental work has crossed over into the area of cosmetic surgery. You can get implant related dental work that will improve your smile; not to mention make eating more comfortable. The only catch is that in the West implant procedures, veneers and even bonded crowns are expensive and not available under most national health schemes.

As a consequence those looking to improve their looks through a dental procedure often go abroad to get surgery they cannot afford at home. In 2013 this is very common. It is, however, fraught with hazards.

First there are language difficulties. The patient is never filled with confidence when he or she cannot understand everything the dentist is saying. There is a worry that miscommunication can lead to a botched procedure.

Secondly, there is the possibility of picking a ‘cowboy’ operator that has a bad track record. This is a problem in all countries but there are certifying bodies that you can consult in the US and Europe to weed out potential cowboys. Moreover, suing is fraught with expense, cultural confusion and general pitfalls in developing countries where dental procedures and dental lab work is cheap.

Lastly, it can be very nerve-wracking going to a developing country and getting a cosmetic operation. You are taking yourself out of your circle of friends and family. This circle can also be an effective group to mobilize if something goes wrong.

These three considerations need to be weighed against the cheaper price of going to Bangkok for a dental operation. Of course, if you live in Thailand then the choice is easier since you already have experience of Thai culture and also you probably have had some good tip of where to go.

If you have decided that you really want to visit Thailand and get some dental work done then doing plenty of research is vital. It is a good idea to check plenty of big forums like Thai Visa, Lonely Planet, Agoda and Travel Forum. It is also a good idea to look at Google Reviews.

The safest bet is probably Bumrungrad International Hospital in Sukhumvit. It is a multiple specialty medical centre and the biggest of its kind in South East Asia. The hospital attracts some of the best doctors and dentists in the region. They have been open since 1980. Since opening its doors Bumrungrad Hospital has had consistently good reviews.

Another big plus with Bumrungrad is that many of the staff speak good English. They are used to dealing with foreigners. The hospital also does a variety of dental procedures at prices comparable with other dentists in Bangkok.

In short, Bumrungrad Hospital is the closest thing to a safe option for cosmetic surgery and dental surgery in Bangkok. And if they can’t do what you need they will able to give you some good advice.

That is the humble opinion of the authors of, and it is only our opinion.

Boutique Spa for Kids in Sukhumvit

It is unlikely that young children will have grasped the idea of boutique hotels and services, but they do instinctively understand what will be fun. In April 2013 My BebeSpa opened in Sukhumvit Soi 20. It offers various boutique spa services for kids that I am sure many children will find fun.

My BebeSpa

Babies swimming at My Bebe Spa

Babies to Pre-Teens

My Bebe Spa is aimed at children as young as just a few weeks old to toddlers and pre-adolescents. They offer a range of services and come highly recommended.

Spa Pools

The spa has a number of spa pools that use warm water that has been filtered and that is free of chlorine and salt. They use special flotation devices that support the baby and allow them to float in the spa water safely with their head kept securely above the water. It is a simple and clever device that allows children to experience (or re-experience) the joy of floating in warm water. There is a growing body of evidence to show the therapeutic and nourishing value of such experiences for neonates and young children.

Since personalized spa services are commonly considered ‘boutique’ the My Bebe Spa flotation pools could be classified under the same category. More importantly, the spa for kids provides one of the few things available to parents to do who have newly born children. Being a parent myself I can attest to the fact that from a very early age children are eager to experience new things and many of them seem to have an innate fascination for water. My child is 2 years old and I have to take her every week to either a swimming pool or splash pool.

child haircut

Toodler haircut at My Bebe Spa

Baby Beauty Treatments

My Bebe Spa also offer other fun activities for kids that include haircuts and nail treatments. Kids will love the attention and will appreciate getting painted nails and a new haircut.

At the same time the parents can see their children having fun in a safe environment. All the staff are qualified and highly experienced.

You can check out their website and Facebook page. It is also possible to phone for an appointment.

If you are desperately looking for something suitable for your child to do, and you appreciate the personalized service that a boutique experience gives, then MyBebeSpa might be just the thing for you and your family.

Location of My Bebe Spa

  • Mille Malle Building, Sukhumvit Soi 20 Sukhumvit Rd, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110

For more ideas about what to do with your children in Bangkok check out

Nam Kheang Sai

Nam Kheang Sai means ‘shaved ice’ in Thai. This a traditional Thai desert dating back hundreds of years to the time ice first came to Thailand. That must have been a great moment for Bangkokers as it gets incredibly hot in the city. It is hard to escape the heat when there is no beach nearby.

step 1

The dish starts with fruit and sweets placed in a bowl

Originally Nam Kheang Sai Was Only for the Rich

Originally Nam Kheang Sai was only available to the very rich, but with the introduction of ice making machines to Thailand it became available to the wider population. It is still eaten all over Thailand. It is sold by vendors from hand carts. The recipe remains largely unchanged, although most vendors now use a hand powered machine to cut the ice rather than a knife or mandolin slicer.

step 2

Ice Is Shaved into the Bowl

Now The Dish Is Very Cheap

The vendor in the pictures was outside Hua Lamphong train Station in Bangkok. This delicacy cost the princely sum of 15 Thai Baht (less than half an American dollar).

step 3

The shaved ice is compacted to form a dome

Fruit and Sweets Form the Bottom Layer

The first stage of the process is filling the bowl with fruit or sweets. I had longon and nata cubes (a coconut extract).

step 4

Syrup Is Poured On Top of the Shaved Ice

Shaved Ice Comes Next

Next the ice is shaved and placed on top. The next stage of the process is to add syrup.

step 5

Condensed Milk is Poured On Top

Syrup Is Poured On Top

There are lots of differently coloured syrups: red, green, orange, purple, blue and yellow. The colours don’t approximate to a particular natural flavour (such as strawberry or raspberry) but the Thai’s seem to like the taste.

Nam Kheang Sai

The finished dish of Nam Kheang Sai

Finally Condensed Milk is Added

The final step is to pour condensed milk over the top and the dish is finished. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but it was tasty and refreshing. I recommend giving it a try. It is one of those Thai street food experiences worth giving a go.

Next read about more great Thai Dishes 

Defining Boutique


The term ’boutique hotel’ started to gain popularity in the UK and the USA in the mid-1980s. From the very beginning the term was never exactly defined. Rather it was a matter of style and intention rather than simply ticking the right boxes. Since then the idea of boutique hotels has spread around the world. In 30 years the notion of what makes accommodation ‘boutique’ has become even more diverse.

It is not to do with size. Although many boutique hotels are small there are plenty that are tall, spacious and modern such as Oriental Residence in Bangkok that has 145 rooms.

It is not to do with being a one-off. The Metropolitan in Bangkok is the sister hotel to the famous Metropolitan in London. The Asian version even has its own Met bar with the same entry restrictions as its London counterpart. Because the Bangkok version is not merely copying its famous counterpart but adding style, interpretation and verve into the mix it is a safe bet to view this chain hotel as ‘boutique’.

You get cheap boutique hotels as well as expensive ones. You get boutique hotels with swimming pools, bars, restaurants, shops, spas and other facilities; and you get boutique hotels that offer few facilities but do offer stunning natural surroundings. Ice Hotels in Canada and Northern Europe have few amenities but offer amazing guest experiences.

There are themed boutique hotels and modernist hotels. Some are renovated historical buildings, some are custom made. You find boutique hotels in major cities as well as in remote locations.

A boutique hotel can be as luxurious as a major up-market chain hotel. A boutique hotel room in Bangkok can be cheaper than two dorm beds in Rio de Janeiro. However, the notion ‘backpacker’ is very different to boutique. Boutique hotels offer an experience and very often luxury. Backpacker places offer a cheap bed, a communal atmosphere and free wifi.

The diverse nature of hotels provides one of the most interesting insights into the evolution of ‘boutique’. Despite commercialization the term still has relevance. This is essentially because ‘boutique’ is about quality. According to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance quality is something that is never successfully defined but always recognized. And the same is true of boutique hotels – it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why but it is easy to spot a real boutique hotel from a fake one. We at are acutely aware of this distinction.

Best Fish and Chips in Bangkok

There are a number of reasons to head down to Sukhumvit on your time off – there’s shopping and bargains to be had; there are temples and parks; there are museums, galleries and performance spaces; there is even a planetarium. And then of course there are all the bars covering a multitude of tastes. The most notorious spot where bars meet sex industry is of course Soi Cowboy. Just around the corner from the right light district is the best fish and chips shop in Bangkok.

Offshore Fish and Chips

Menu at Offshore Fish and Chips

The establishment that wins the superlative spot is called ‘Offshore Fish and Chips’. The sign outside hanging over the doorway just says ‘Fish & Chips Shop’. As with some many great eating places in Bangkok from the outside the restaurant doesn’t look anything special. That is because it is the cooking that does the talking and creates the successful business.

You can find Offshore on Sukhumvit Soi 23 just around the corner from Soi Cowboy. No doubt plenty of foreigners pass by the shop feeling an alcohol induced hunger for fast food and stop to give it a go. I’m sure the majority return because they do great food.

You can get local fish in batter as well as the traditional cod in batter. Cod costs 150 Thai Baht ($5), red snapper 100 Thai Baht ($3) and chips are 50 Thai Baht ($1.6). If you are from the UK and like thick chip-shop chips you will be a bit disappointed. Nevertheless, the final result of fish and chips is not bad at all.

You can eat in or take out. The owners also have the Offshore Pub next door. It has a faux brick frontage and bench. A chip shop next to a pub is definitely a plus.

It is after all one of the joys of travelling that things are not the same all over the world. You can’t get better than sushi from Japan and for all its faults and bad weather you can’t beat back home fish and chips. However the Offshore is a good enough approximation to make you happy, especially after having had a naughty night in Soi Cowboy.

Don Muang Revisited

Taxi rank at new Don Muang Aiport

Don Muang, I missed you old friend. I remember the tears of joy I shed when you greeted my return to Thailand from cold climes. I remember the golfers whose games in the airport grounds where rarely interruprted by the arrival of my plane. I remember the quiet arrival halls and smiling faces of the immigration staff as you passed into the Land of Smiles with scant regard for technicalities like visas, or calculations of how many times you had already visited. They were pleased you were visiting and for the money you would give to their Thai brothers and sisters. I remember the short walk to pick up my bags and then on to the steamy forecourt of the airport and then quickly into a waiting taxi. Sometimes I would linger and fill up on a tasty 20 baht meal and a cheap beer. Don Muang, you were a pleasure to know and I felt no need to rush away from you.

I went back in November 2012 (flights to Chiang Mai/Suratthani) for the first time since international flights moved to Suvarnabhumi. I wasn’t pleased with what I found. Things have changed. My love affair with Don Muang has now ended. It is now just a inconvenience, and all of a sudden I now like Suvarnabhumi. Sorry Andrew Biggs, you are wrong on this one. ‘Swampy’ isn’t perfect, but it’s head and shoulders above the ‘new and improved’ Don Muang airport. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that the re-opening of Don Muang is a fantastically clever PR stunt to promote Suvarnabhumi airport. If so it worked.

inside new Don Muang Aiport

The Airport Authority of Thailand has spent millions, and years, renovating Don Muang airport and they have managed to make it worse it every respect. This must have been deliberate. Adding fuel to a conspiracy theory.

Here is the abridged list of my complaints:

  1. Onward Transport

    Don Muang has no convenient airport rail link. It does have a railway station which is not an easy walk with suitcases, kids etc. The train fares to central Bangkok are cheap, but the trains are not that frequent and take between 45 minutes (if you are really lucky) and 90 minutes or over on a normal day. If you want to connect with public transport you need to go all the way to Hualamphong station, which is good if you want to stay in Chinatown, but still a 30 to 40 minute journey to the areas where most of the popular tourist hotels are located. If you know Bangkok well, and you speak Thai, you can get off at one of the stations before Hualamphong Station and cut down your journey time. The consequence of this is that everybody wants to get a taxi, and this means long queues at the taxi kiosks. The photos above only partially illustrate it. Imagine several hundred mildly agitated people and then multiply that by 10 (both in terms of levels of frustration and numbers of people) In the future these queues may become a tourist attraction in their own right, if you can get there to see them that is.

  2. Food

    Upstairs in the airport, before you go through passport control, there is a large food court. Its fearsomely expensive. A bowl of noodles is 185 baht plus VAT and service charge. Just outside the airport grounds you can get a tastier version of the same thing for 35 Baht. This is a rip-off and even more expensive than the food options at Suvarnabhumi airport, such as the excellent S&P restaurant chain. Don’t eat at Don Muang airport, especially if you have to foot the bill for the girlfriend and in-laws like me. 4 bowls of noodle soup, 1 beer, 2 bottles of water, and 1 fruit juice cost me 1,200 baht. Same sort of price range as Heathrow airport in a country where the national average wage is approximately a fifth of that in the UK.

  3. Check in

    It’s chaos. I arrived in good time for a 6am flight and the queues where frighteningly long. If it weren’t for Tony Fernandes’s excellent Air Asia staff I would have never got on my plane. Air Asia staff were having to walk around asking people which flights they were getting on and then rearranging the queues on the basis of urgency. It was really stressful for everyone concerned.

Shiny new tiling, and a lick of paint isn’t what makes a good airport. The AOT needs to wake up and consider things like service and value for money (ironically something achieved very well by airlines who operate out of the airport) if they want to make a success of Don Muang airport.

line at taxi rank at new Don Muang Aiport

Two Kings Meet

Elvis meets King Bhumibol
The present King of Thailand, HRM Bhumibol, as many people know is an accomplished musician and composer. The King is very fond of jazz music. King Rama IX has his own jazz band called Au Sau Wan Sok. They have played with such greats as Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and James Moody. However perhaps the greatest moment in the history of music and the King is when Rama IX visited a film set in Hollywood and met the other King, Elvis Presley.

It was the tenth year of his reign and the young King was only 32 years old at the time. He went on a tour of the states with his wife, Queen Sirikit. The year was 1960. Elvis had just returned from his overseas military posting in Germany. Although still in the army he was now free to continue his showbiz career. In the picture you see Elvis is wearing army fatigues. He is slim and good-looking. He is on the set of the movie G.I. Blues. The tie-in with Elvis’s military service was too good for Hollywood to miss.

The King and Queen looked charmed with the King. Elvis looks completely at home with the royal pair, who look slightly reserved in comparison.

I like this moment in history. Elvis was beloved by millions of people. He still is. And King Bhumibol has been dubbed ‘The Great’. He is the longest serving monarch in the world, and seen by Thai people as one of their best ever Kings. Like Elvis, King Rama IX is truly loved and cherished in a way that few other monarchs are.

Today, Elvis mania in Bangkok and the rest of the world is stronger than ever. In Bangkok there are many Thai and foreign Elvis impersonators. Some are doing it for the money, and some for the thrill of pretending to be Elvis.

The following clip is Jaruek Viriyakit at the Tivoli Coffee Shop, Asia Hotel. He’s not very good it has to be said. The point is that Elvis culture is surprisingly good at entering different cultures, just indeed as Elvis himself was good at making foreign guests feel at ease.

Do you have to Travel Independently to Experience Boutique Bangkok?

The word ‘boutique’ is French and has the associations of small and unique. Many people view package holidays as the polar opposite of this namely, for many people and off-the-peg. Is it thus possible to travel and enjoy the boutique delights of Bangkok and South East Asia on a package holiday?

Early days of Travel Agents

When pioneers like Thomson started offering package holidays in the 1960s, foreign travel for the masses was a relatively new thing. At the time most middle class and working class families took their holidays in their own country. Venturing into Asia, Africa or South America was considered fraught with problems – crime, language barriers and lack of information. There was thus safety in traveling in large groups and letting experts guide you on your foreign holiday experience; besides many people enjoyed meeting other families while traveling abroad.

The Game-Changer

In the 1990s the world changed. The internet went from government secret to a new means of communication. It was a media that had no boundaries – all you needed was a computer and a connection to the growing nexus called the internet.

The internet is now the world’s largest library. It is also the world’s largest service provider. Those who intend to travel abroad can go to flight comparison sites, hotel booking sites and online travel agents to organize their holiday. Everything from rooms to rental cars to tours to nights at the opera can all be booked in advance through the internet. This is the epitome of boutique. You can make a holiday itinerary that is unique to you.

Up to you

Some people prefer to give a ‘brief’ to a travel agent and let them work out the details, book the hotels etc. Others use several internet travel agents and booking sites to digitally piece together their own holiday.

In both cases it is very possible to stay at some of Bangkok’s best boutique hotels like Ariysomvilla, the Mandarin Oriental and Hansar Bangkok, especially if you book well in advance.

Boutique in Bangkok

Boutique has come to mean stylish, elegant and unique. Boutique hotels in Bangkok are not just for the rich and famous. If you have the money, you can stay too. Some hotels such as Maduzi and Siam@Siam Design Hotel eschew the formal and staid. They are places for the young wearing designer jeans and looking for a ‘cool’ and ‘minimal’ hotel experience. Saying this, I am far from cool and I have stayed at both hotels.

Finally, boutique in Bangkok doesn’t necessarily mean expensive either. You can hunt around the internet for bargains. There are often last minute deals. In the low season you can sometimes get 30% off room prices with a bit of savvy searching on booking engines.

The Answer

So to answer the question put in the title, the answer is ‘no’. The notion of independent travel is a confusing one nowadays. There are still plenty of backpackers who carry the Lonely Planet and never book a room in advance. However, there are more people who use travel agents online, compare sites and booking sites to plan their holiday. Some of these people will travel in groups while others will travel in their own family unit. Technology has made the dichotomy between ‘travelers’ and ‘tourists’ blurred. Technology has also opened up the doors to more choice and more options; it is time that stereotypes caught up with reality.