New Rasananda Site
The Rasananda is now officially the Anantara Rasananda. The change has no doubt helped to improve business for the luxury resort as it is now affiliated into a larger group of luxury resorts and hotels. On the negative side the change has detracted from the unique quality of the resort; rather it has joined a corporate entity. The branding is all about Anantara not Rasananda. The Anantara group have made sure of this by publishing a new website for the Rasananda. The old website address now has a re-direct to the new one. It is of course a professional website but not as stylish. And worst of all the Rasananda webcam has gone. I thought this was a brilliant idea. A chance to spot Tony Blair chatting to Saudi oil barons around the pool has gone.
Tanaporn Massage House
Tanaporn Massage House has been a long time favorite of people who return to Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. The massages and spa beauty treatments are first class, the surroundings beautiful and the staff friendly. Greg and Porn give great service and at prices much better than at the spas belonging to the big resorts. They finally have a bit more web recognition with the latest review of Tanaporn Massage House on www.thongnaipan.info.
It was a long monsoon this year, the sea is still a bit choppy but the beaches of Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai are as busy as they have ever been. Good news. Let's hope that other parts of Thailand and especially Bangkok soon bounce back from the terrible flooding in 2011.