From island hopping in Croatia to partying in Cannes, Janetira Attaskulchai shares her most breathtaking trips and the getaways closest to her heart.
With travel restrictions still in place, there’s really only one thing left to do — figure out where we’ll be going once it’s safe to fly again. To entrepreneur (and very frequent flier) Janetira “Jane” Attaskulchai, the Covid-19 travel bans have been a great opportunity to enjoy the wonders of home.
Much of her time is now spent on the shores of Thailand’s — now relatively tourist-free — beaches, and enjoying the perks of a less-crowded Bangkok. “Since Covid-19, I’ve spent two months in Phuket,” she tells us, “and I’ve got plans to visit Chiang Mai.” When we spoke to her on the phone, she’d just returned from a late afternoon golfing session, and was getting ready for dinner plans in the city. “I’ve been really embracing being in Bangkok, and eating at restaurants that are usually hard to book,” she tells us with a laugh.
In fact, food plays a big role in Jane’s personal love for travel. “I think what I love most about travelling is the food. I like eating at different places, and I really enjoy eating at good restaurants. When I’m visiting a new place, I always go for their local dishes — homey food, and authentic flavours.” As we dreamily plan out our post-pandemic travel bucket lists, Jane shares with us the five most breathtaking getaways se’s ever taken.
“I have a few places that I like to go back to and revisit, based on the season. So in the summer, I love going to the South of France. Cannes, for example, is great for partying and for the sun. There are a lot of day parties, and lots of things happening, which I really like.”
“I went to Venice during the winter. It was very, very memorable because we went when it was nearly Christmas, and you could see all the pretty lights everywhere. It also wasn’t too crowded, and the city itself is very romantic. I would just go for walks around the town — there were small streets, and I would have hot chocolate and go on gondola rides. It was all so beautiful.”
“Personally, I’d say Croatia is best for boating and island hopping. The scenery is beautiful, and the water is very clear and blue — you can also get local food that’s fresh and delicious. I’ve only been there once, but I’m planning on going again because the whole experience was so great. I went boating for two days, which I think is the best way to experience the area. You get to go to all these small islands, and visit the small towns on the islands, and again, the food is honestly very good.”
“I really like Kyoto for the culture. I actually go to Japan a lot because I ski there, but I especially like Kyoto so we’ve been back to that city a few times. There are so many little things that I go there for — I love the view of the river, I love the shrines you see throughout the city. Everything is just very nice.”
“For my trip to Luang Prabang, I stayed at the Rosewood Hotel, and the experience was so beautiful. It’s a very calming city that’s perfect if you’re looking to unwind. I really loved visiting the waterfall, and waking up in the morning to Sai Bat (offer Morning Alms for the monks).”