Articles by Punam Mohandas

Tamarind Village Resort

Tamarind Village Resort Chiang Mai – A Review Interestingly enough, the Tamarind Village Resort gets its name from a 200-year old tamarind tree in the courtyard around which the resort has been built. Much like the traditional Asian village concept of yore, there are mini courtyards laid out within the…

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Dusit Princess Chiang Mai

Dusit Princess Chiang Mai – A Review The Dusit Princess Chiang Mai has a lot of things going for it, but the most important of course is: location, location, location! The hotel is slap-bang in the midst of Chiang Mai’s bustling Night Market, a zone where all tourists and visitors…

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The Village Spa: Tamarind Village, Chiang Mai

The Village Spa: Tamarind Village, Chiang Mai

The Village Spa: Tamarind Village, Chiang Mai – A Review The Tamarind Village Resort gets its name from a 200-year old tamarind tree in the courtyard, around which the resort has been built. Surrounding the famed tree are dark teakwood buildings, accentuated by startlingly green lawn expanses. The spa is…

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The Kader Khan School of Dialogue Writing

One would not imagine that a boy coming to India as the son of Afghani refugees and then being brought up in the Kamathipura district of Bombay, infamous for its brothels and illicit gambling addas, would have home in his soul for poetry, for an appreciation of the finest literature….

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The Sonnet Kolkata

The Sonnet Kolkata

The Sonnet Kolkata – A Review The Sonnet is a small, boutique hotel, located in Kolkata’s Salt Lake City, close to the City Centre mall. It is quite popular among visiting sports’ teams due to its relative proximity to the stadium; indeed, while I was there, the Indian men’s hockey…

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Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

Shangri la Bangkok

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok – A Review The Shangri-La is one of the more majestic and renowned properties in Bangkok, along the banks of the Chao Phraya river and spread over 18 rai (a little over seven acres) which is quite generous for a city hotel! Never mind all the competition…

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Avani Pattaya Resort & Spa

Avani Pattaya

Avani Pattaya Resort & Spa – A Review The Avani Pattaya has quite a history behind it. Starting off as the Royal Garden Plaza hotel, it then metamorphed into the Marriott for about fifteen years until 2016, when it assumed its present avatar of the Avani, an offering from the…

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La Dolce Vita The Shanghainese Way

Shanghai maglev

Shanghai – A Travelogue Shanghai had long been one of my bucket list items. Hugely influenced by James Clavell as he described it in ‘Noble House and ‘Taipan’, Shanghai has always held the allure of mystery and romance for me in my imagination. I had been to Beijing before and…

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The Park Hyderabad

The Park Hyderabad – A Review True of many of its hotels, the Park Hyderabad too offers a somewhat funky look to its entrance, although the façade itself is unprepossessing. As one enters the hotel through revolving doors, one is faced with the concierge desk, beyond which is some banquet…

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Hyatt On The Bund

Hyatt On The Bund – A Review As the name suggests, the Hyatt on the Bund is situated near the Bund area overlooking the Huang Pu river, which is hugely popular among the Shanghainese themselves. One enters into a very spacious, square-shaped lobby that has an atrium roof. The Hyatt…

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