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Similan Archipelago – A Must Visit Itinerary While Travelling To Thailand

Live aboard trips are a major draw for tourists visiting Thailand. The short live abroad trips organized by various tour operators give the tourists a chance to explore the beautiful and remote underwater destinations in Thailand. These exotic destinations offer stunning sights of rare and beautiful marine species in their natural habitat. To enjoy a live aboard trip, tourists have to take a PADI diving certification course from the diving schools in Thailand. The diving sites around the country are available at varying levels of difficulty and are suitable for divers with various degrees of experience.

One of the most after itinerary is Similan island liveaboard trip that takes the visitors to visit the Similan islands archipelago. These trips are focussed on scuba diving that enables the visitors to marvel the beautiful reefs and plateaus underwater. The sites offer both diving and snorkelling options. Hence if you are not a PADI certified scuba diver, opt for snorkelling trips.

The Similan national park is a beautiful underwater site to explore and has a unique diversity of marine life. The park has a very fragile ecosystem that needs to be carefully preserved. The popular Similan island liveaboard tour operators understand the necessity to safeguard the delicate flora and fauna of the region and organize tours in a responsible manner.

Visitors can book a Similan island liveaboard trip from Thailand, Thap Lapu, Phuket or Rangong. There are many tour operators who arrange variety of day trips and short duration trips to Similan islands. The liveaboard tours are generally four to five night trips that take the visitors to multiple diving spots of the Mu Ko Similan National Park of Thailand. These liveaboard trips are interesting and adventurous which involve the tourists living, eating, working and diving from these exotic sail boats. The tours are available at different budgets to suit the requirements of all travellers.

Tourists who are interested to take a Similan island liveaboard trip should book their trips in advance. The Similan island trip is the most popular liveaboard destination in Thailand and gets booked easily. Book your tour with a reputed and trusted operator to have a fun filled trip to the Similan archipelago and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

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Centara Hotels &Resorts Reveals Their 5-Year Plan

The Centara Hotels & Resorts recently made a notable announcement, with their management team welcoming back Markland Blaiklock, a known seasoned veteran in the hospitality industry, as the group’s Deputy CEO, a new position recently created by the group. Centara, known for being one of the biggest hospitality groups in Thailand, with several 4 star boutique hotel in Sukhumvit,  has announced their business plans for the 5 years from 2018-2023.

As mentioned before, Centara is one of Thailand’s largest hotel operating groups, and is moving to increase its international  impact. Centara owns 57 properties, some in operating, some still in development, located in 12 counties across the world, in Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, China, and the Caribbean. The company operates a wide range of properties, from 5-star luxury hotels, tropical island resorts, with even a 4 star boutique hotel in Sukhumvit, and are known for bringing Thai-style hospitality.

In 2017, Centara announced its new COSI lifestyle brand. And the group plans to continue growing, with a target of doubling revenue within the next five years, with the use of three key strategies. These strategies, which the company revealed, are as follows:

  • The company plans to expands its portfolio, by doubling its properties. Centara plans to do this via investments and management agreements, setting out to acquire properties in locations where the tourism market offers the best opportunities for profit. In terms of location, the primary targets are the Southeast Asian region, the Middle East, and near the Indian Ocaen.
  • The company will also work to find new business opportunities besides its usual hotel and resort properties. These new businesses are related to Centara’s usual fare, such as branded residences, in order to leverage the company’s experience in the hospitality sector.
  • Finally, Centara will work to improve on its core infrastructure, which includes its technology, and reputation, among others. This means that customers can expect improved websites, mobile applications, as well as better loyalty programmes.

Centara’s  CEO, ThirayuthChirativat, says that the company is entering a phase of great growth, and this new, 5-year plan is designed to make sure that the company continues to set the standard in the industry.

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