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July 30 2014

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Genevieve Jones’ Thailand Diary

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It’s no secret that I am truly in love with Thailand, so when production for my jewelry line calls me to Siam, there’s hardly an eyebrow that isn’t raised when I tell my friends I’m off to work.

Thailand offers so many luxurious small distractions that business can’t help but feel like pleasure! The perfect place to stay in Bangkok is the Mandarin Oriental, which is on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The hotel is simply flawless. I can’t find a single thing I dislike about it, although if you’re allergic to vases of black orchids and baskets of fresh organic fruit, I recommend that you steer clear. The place is absolutely brimming with both.

Meditation is taken very seriously in Thailand, and every morning before beginning my work I take time to meditate in the garden. It really helps to improve concentration, focus, and memory. I hope I don’t forget a thing, because this time around, I learned some special techniques from a wonderful old jeweler who’s been perfecting the skills his father taught him for over 35 years! There are so many artisans here who love to share the knowledge of their craft.

No trip to Thailand is complete without stopping by the Phi Phi Islands, which are just an hour south of Bangkok. I always make time to visit them. The water is pure crystal blue and there is absolutely no shortage of waterfalls and hidden pools to bathe and swim in. While staying at a friend’s villa here, we were treated by some kind locals to bowls of bird’s nest soup, a delicacy I had been unaware of. It was delicious, and the red blood nests are said to be ridiculously beneficial for the immune system. Perfect to sip before the long flight back home to New York!

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