Around the World with Sretsis

What is summer for, if not for exotic, tropical getaways and the dreamy outfits to go with it? Whether it’s Cuba, Los Angeles or Kenya, the alluring world of travel is all the more accessible and enticing with Paradise being just one plane ride away. For this exclusive story, Sretsis takes an insider’s look at all the cool places, and what to pack and prepare for, to perfect that unforgettable trip. Of course, a few secrets from the insiders here and there can be a big help. We ask some of our favorite globetrotters, Patcharavipa, Nanda, and Chalisa to give us a glimpse of the paradises they’ve traveled to and how to keep cool while at it. 

Around the World with Sretsis

Chalisa Viravan

Destination: Cuba

Always the one to look to for something tasteful, Vogue Thailand’s Fashion Features Editor Chalisa Viravan, also known for the ultra chic account @tasteofnowhere, never disappoints. And it’s not just the clothes (think flowy kaftans, vibrant prints, and a mix of designer duds and local ware) her travels are also dripping with style. We just have to say that - taste, is contradictorily everywhere! As an avid devotee of Cuba, we get a go-to list of this newly opened town. With this being a favorite destination, maybe we should have hired her as the face of the #SS17Paradiso campaign!

What was the best discovery you made?
The whole country itself. Everything about it is so unique. The country has its charm unlike other places because it feels like a place frozen in time. You can still witness their traces of richness and art-deco influence before Communism came along in the 50s.

What makes Cuba so special to you?
I’ve always liked this country since I was a child. After going there myself, I find that there is nothing contrived or photoshopped about the country—everything from the art, cars, colonial architecture, women and culture is exactly like what you see in the pictures.

Did you pick up any phrases there?
Gracias (thank you) because it is probably what I used most often… all day long. To almost everyone with my Thai smile charm.

Your travel life-saver?
Internet cards, because there is literally no internet signal, 3G or 4G in Cuba. You have to stand in line for almost two hours to buy one because the whole country, whether tourists or locals, must all get connected through these cards that work with Wifi spots in hotels!

Any clothing items you never travel without?
Sandals. It’s practically common sense to always bring it along, especially if you’re traveling during the summer. It’s perfect for days when you need convenience. 

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Nanda Hampe

Destination: Kenya

It is impossible to scroll through Nanda Hampe’s travel blog, 100 Grams of Sun, and not catch some wanderlust. Gorgeous photographs of her traveling around the world to some of the most jaw-dropping destinations while looking like she (literally) just woke up like this, may leave some (yes, us too) a tad green with envy. Capturing her endless adventures of having breakfast with giraffes, doing yoga with pink flamingoes and rowing in an astounding lake of lilies, we ask the New York-based Thai-German about her previous trip to Kenya.

What was the best discovery you made?
I would have loved to do what we discovered giraffes do: They don’t really sleep. They only take a few 5-minute power naps throughout the day. Wouldn’t that be so wonderful if we could do the same? Life would be even fuller as it already is!

Did you pick up any phrases there?
Little did we know that 42 tribe languages (plus many sub dialects) are spoken in Kenya, but HAKUNA MATATA (no problem)! Almost 100% of Kenya’s (and Tanzania’s) population also have one language in common: Swahili. Here’s some: Hello = Jambo!, Welcome = Karibu, Thank you = Asante, Simba Toto = Little Lion,  Barto Toto = Little Barto.

Your travel life-saver?
Instagram. When doing research for our upcoming trips I often turn to Instagram to see what other travelers have posted about the destination.

Any clothing items you never travel without?
I always travel with a big cashmere scarf. Especially going on Safaris, we start the day around 5 am every morning and it tends to still be chilly and cold. 

Fool-proof tips to get that perfect shot when taking photographs? 
Always look for 100 grams of sun. It’s always about the light in each picture and a little bit of sun goes a long way. Light makes colors and contrasts pop. Talking about contrasts, I usually wear colorful outfits to create that contrast in our pictures.

Where to stay? 
In Nairobi definitely stay at the Giraffe Manor. Having breakfast with giraffes is not quite something you do every day. It was like a day dream I keep reliving every day. The Giraffe Manor is part of a Boutique Hotel group called the Safari Collection.

Must-eats?
When in Kenya, we were bound to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on property. It was super delicious! Our dinner at the Giraffe Manor was in a beautifully decorated room with one large table where we dined with a few other guests

What to drink? 
Water. Water. And lots more water. It was essential to keep fresh in the dry heat, we filled up a few water bottles every morning and carried them around with us until we found the next fountain for a refill.

The next destination on your bucket list?
Since it is still quite cold in NYC at the moment, we always are always chasing the sun around the world. We are currently in Jamaica and are leaving for Morocco in a few days.

 

Photo credit: www.100gramsofsun.com

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Patcharavipa Bodiratnangkura

Destination: Los Angeles

The youngest Bodiratnangkura sister, Patcharavipa, is equal parts sophisticate and downtown cool. Having honed her look to perfectly tailored pieces and classic monochromatic styles, her effortless attitude and nonchalant style is a sight to behold. Mixing her artistic sensibilities with an assured sense of ease and confidence, Patcharavipa personifies the Sretsis aesthetic to a T. She’s usually jet setting around the world, with Los Angeles being her go-to stomping ground. Here’s an insider’s look of what makes LA just so damn cool (it does help that she is always a staple on the scene).

What was the best discovery you made?
So far, the hidden bookstore in West Hollywood.

What makes LA so special to you?
My oldest sister lives there!

Your travel life-saver?
Ear-phones, lip balm, and Kamilosan throat spray because traveling all the way to LA from London is such a long flight. I need to prepare for jet-lags, coughing and weather changes. Also, some cash for juice and mint.

Any clothing items you never travel without?
Leather jacket. The more you wear, the softer it gets and it’s perfect for LA at night because it's a bit chilly. 

How do you accessorize yourself when you are on your travels?
I wear TINY goat necklace (Patcharavipa’s eponymous jewelry line’s new tiny animal pendent) and put some in the pouches like my stackable Tushroom rings for daywear and Polki Petal hoops for night time.

What do you like to do when in LA?
Hang out with my sister and my cousin—we go hiking sometimes. Meet up with some friends downtown. Must get pancakes and burgers. Visit some stores. Get a tan (anywhere). Get my eyebrows done. Oh, and Wholefoods or Pavilions grocery shopping after dinner. 

Where to stay?
Beverly Hills Hotel, Chateau Marmont, Ace Hotel Downtown should be nice... also, the new Arts Club Hotel is opening on Sunset.

Must-eats?
Umami Burger, Matsuhisa, Chi Spacca and the restaurant downstairs at the Soho House.

The best places to grab a drink? 
Polo Lounge— very cozy or Soho House—Old-Fashioned is always good.

The next destination on your bucket list?
Morocco for the culture : food, nature, art and design.