3 In Booking The Perfect Koh Samui Villa

Thailand is popularly known all over the world for its breath taking beaches of white sand and clear, pristine waters. If you want a memorable beach experience, you can easily have it by choosing a Koh Samui villa along the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. With a few search on the internet, you can easily find numerous hotels and beachfront villas that would cater to your beach fancy. Visit the website gallery to get an idea what the resort offers to its guests. Apart from that, you will also find hotel deals and promos at the hotel’s website. If you want to ensure a memorable holiday experience, take a look at these points when choosing a beachfront villa in Koh Samui.

Read hotel reviews

Search a number of potential hotels and villas in KohSamui then come up with a shortlist of viable hotels where you can stay at. A list of 3 to 5 hotels is already a safe number of hotels to choose from. Before coming up with a decision, read customer reviews and hotel ratings to get an idea what other customers are saying about the KohSamui villa. There are customer testimonials found on the beach resort’s website or you can also visit third party sites that specifically provide reviews, ratings and feedback from customers and recognized tourism bodies.

Opt for a multi-awarded beach resort

Another way to determine a reliable beach resort is by looking at its website and look for any recognition or awards provided by reputable award-giving bodies in Thailand or any other area of your choice. One of the most sought-after awards in the tourism and hotel industry is the Certificate of Excellence awarded by TripAdvisor to certain hotels of excellent standing and businesses that are among the top-performing 10% in the industry. The recognition is based on the ratings provided by customers for the resort’s hospitality and service.

Ask for recommendations

If you have friends who recently travelled to Thailand and stayed at a Koh Samui villa, ask for first-hand feedback. It is important to have unbiased feedback when you need to decide on matters that involve money.

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Pune Station Showcase Airport Board Signs

The administration of the Pune railway in collaboration with the students and faculty members of the MIT Institute of Design has developed the latest signage board system that is based on scientific studies. The same signage boards can be seen displayed at the airport. The signage will aid passengers in directing them around the railway station in Pune because it is known to cover a large area. The board system will also help the passengers in keeping track with the schedule of the trains operating in the station. The boards will feature three different languages including Marathi, Hindi and English. It is expected that within this month the board system will have been installed already all over the station.

According to the DRM or division railway manager of Pune, BK Dadabhoy, these signage board system was created to offer a station that is passenger friendly. Through this new signage, every passenger will be able to easily locate where they are going. The same signage system can be seen at the airport which has served the passengers in a good way. He added that the project will cost about Rs 20 lakh to be completed and it will take one month in order for the entire board system to be installed all over Pune railway station.

The director of the institute, Professor Dhimant Panchal, is the one responsible for heading the said project. He said that the signage system was developed with the people as their focus since its main role is to assist the passengers. While designing the system, a number of scenarios were considered whether the person is a passenger, dropping someone off or waiting to pick up someone.

Panchal worked with a number of people for the project including RajendraThakre, assistant professor and two postgraduate students of the graphic design course, NilanjanChakrawarthy and AkhilKomath. The developers said that some of the signage boards will have a backlit while others such as those to be installed in the platforms will be normal ones. This new generation of signage boards is also commonly seen as office signs in Sydney along with the traditional wall decals people are still used to seeing.

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Tourism And Increased Government Spending To Stimulate Thailand’s Economy

The weak demand for Thailand’s exports was offset by increased government spending on road and rail projects. At the same time, the central bank also kept its key interest rates unchanged to allow time for the government’s fiscal spending to kick start growth. Investor confidence was further boosted by the peaceful completion of a national vote on the constitution last August 7. After the series of bombing attacks on the southern provinces of Thailand, the military has made security as its top priority.

Tourism has returned on the affected areas because the bombing are a one-time event that will soon disappear. Besides that the people have faith on the government that it can keep the situation under control. Bombings are no longer a risk factor for the second half of the year. Tourism and government spending are likely to be the key drivers for the second half of the year particularly since economic forecasts raised the estimate for tourist arrivals to about 33.5 million for the year as compared to the previous estimates of 33 million.

The baht has gained 0.2% to 34.712 against the US Dollar. According to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) the GDP or gross domestic product has expanded by 3.5% in the last three months through June from a year earlier. The numbers are close to the 3.3% estimate of Bloomberg News survey of 22 analysts. In fact, GDP grew by 0.8% from the previous three months as compared to the 0.5% median estimate.

The Prime Minister has issued a series of economic stimulus measures worth more than $18 billion since last September to support local demand. The NESDB expects that the government will further disburse 110.5 billion baht in the form of stimulus funds in addition to the 217 billion baht in the first six months of the year so that the economy can recover.

However, in spite of the economic problems, the real estate industry of Thailand remains strong. Tourist arrivals continue to increase with investors looking at different housing options. Pattaya condo for sale is easily available due to number of condominium developments in the coastal region.

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A Walk In 1875 St. Louis – A Step Back In Time


If you are interested on how life was in St. Louis in the 1800’s, you can find out by exploring the new 6,000 square foot exhibit “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis”. This exhibit is based on the illustrated maps that were made in 1874 by the team of Richard Compton and Camille Dry. The bird’s eye view map spans eight feet in height by 24 feet in length and shows how both the wealthy and the working class lived. What is so amazing about the map illustration is its accuracy that can be considered a historical record on how the people lived in St. Louis. Every single home, building, street including every tree was in accurate perspective.

Little is known about Camille Dry except that he was from Paris and had drawn landscapes of the United States during the Civil War. About 12 illustrative maps have been made before Dry went to St. Louis. Richard Compton was the publisher of the map illustrations which resulted into an 11 by 17 inch book that cost so much to produce that the publisher had to charge $25 – that is $500 today.

What does the exhibit feature? The three most popular places to visit are the city jail, insane asylum and the morgue. Based on the bird’s eye view city map, water then was not very clean which leads people into thinking what it tastes like. There were separate illustrated maps for individual neighborhoods like the map of Tower Grove Park with intricate drawings of each of the pavilions that still stand today.

The exhibit A Walk in 1875 St. Louis had the map art blown up to scale that has never been done before so that visitors can walk through St. Louis lavish opulence and crowded tenements. The reference materials were all in black and white and they have to figure out how to bring it to life with color. Artist Dan Zettwoch worked with exhibit architects so that graphics can fit perfectly on the walls including doorways. What started as small became 10 times more than its original size and printed on canvas wallpaper-like material for installation.

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