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Banpu NEXT,  in collaboration with Phuket Patri Tour, has recently lauched innovative Banpu NEXT e-Ferry in Phuket as Thailand’s first marine tour electric ferry, starting its first route with Phuket – Phang-nga tour. Tourists are welcomed to embark on a clean energy ferry to take pleasure in green tourism, visiting the country's most stunning spots in gorgeous Phang-nga Bay including Ko Pa Nak, Ko Hong, Khao Ta Pu (James Bond Island) and Khao Phing Kan. Key features of Banpu NEXT e-Ferry include its capabilities in terms of traveling comfort, high level of safety, being built under ISO 9001: 2015 standards for quality management system, and energy-saving and eco-friendly advantages because it does not create any oil and noise and air pollutions. If all of  marine tourism activities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulld of Thailand are electrified like Banpu NEXT e-Ferry, over 53 million liters of fuels can be saved and 140,000 tonnes of CO2 emission can be reduced in one year, which is equivalent to planting 17 million trees. This pioneering project could lead to massively beneficial changes to the environment, without having to sacrifice the joy of travelling. For more information and for booking a chartered tour, please call + 66 (0) 76 263 558, visit website www.phuketpatritourgroup.com or go to Facebook page ‘Phuket Patri Tour’.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) joins forces with ICONSIAM and entrepreneurs along the banks of Chao Phraya River to unite Thai hearts by organizing the mega-phenomenon “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” promising to become the most spectacular celebration of Thailand to ring in the New Year, under the concept of "The Wonders of Happiness upon the River", representing hope, faith, prosperity, and happiness. The mega-event will feature  over 20,000 spectacular, eco-friendly fireworks, which are made from Thai sticky rice, that will be lit up along the most beautiful curve of the Chao Phraya River spanning an area of over 1,400 meters and within a distance of over 5 kilometers of the city-wide celebration. Each act signifies auspicious meanings of Big Hope, Believe, Brilliant Life, Beautiful World, Blooming Wealth, Be Together (presented by True Corporation), and Best Begin. In addition to a myriad of entertainments throughout the night of New Year’s Eve by top artists and the avant-garde fireworks, one of the unmissable activities is the “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” video and photography contest under the theme of “Magic upon the River”, granting over THB 500,000-worth prizes to the winners. The countdown celebration event will be broadcast live on Thairath TV 32 HD Channel as well as on the online platforms via Facebook pages of ICONSIAM, Thairath Online, Khaosod and TrueID application. ICONSIAM is easily and rapidly accessible via the complete modes of transportation - cars, rails, and boats. The operation of Bangkok’s Gold Line electric rail route in December will also ease the public transportation.

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To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of ICONSIAM in splendid style during the festive time of the year, the extravagant illumination event “Bangkok Illumination 2020 at ICONSIAM” will take place from now until 30 December 2020 at ICONSIAM on Charoen Nakhon Road. The large space of the riverside River Park will be dazzlingly lit up with artsy lighting and the longest line of illuminated Christmas trees by the Chao Phraya River. For the first time, ICONSIAM collaborates with Mike Perry, an Emmy winning artist in 2018 (animation), in designing 2 remarkable patterns for Christmas trees and floating Yi Peng lanterns that combine Thai ness and the universal aspects into one, inspired by Thai temples and a Thai traditional motif called Kra Jung Bai Thed. Additionally, the venue is also illuminated by world-class installation art, Infinity Forest, resembling a vast field of gorgeous lights, created by New York-based design studio “SOFTlab” at Napalai Terrace on the 7th floor of ICONSIAM. More fascinations are illuminated figure project Fantastic Planet at River Park, featuring two giant illuminated humanoid figures that are 7 metres tall, created by Australian visual artist Amanda Parer, whose inspiration comes from the 1973 Czech/ French film Fantastic Planet, a stop motion science fiction film about a world of gargantuan humanoids in distant future. The 2nd anniversary celebration of ICONSIAM comes with a parade of joyful activities, ICON of HAPPINESS, under the concept of "Magic Comes Alive", expressing gratitude to customers and giving away discount coupons to be used at ICONSIAM. Many more irresistible deals are also offered. For further information, please call 1338 or visit www.iconsiam.com

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GHM has signed a management agreement with Aquarius International Development (AQI) to operate a 200-key resort on Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand, which is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2023. The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a cliff-edge restaurant, rooftop bar, spa, infinity pool with pool bar, and conference facilities overlooking the gleaming Gulf of Thailand. “This new resort is shaping up with an integrity of design and a certain poise that are hallmarks of the Chedi experience,” said GHM CEO Tommy Lai. “We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013, and The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.” Koh Chang is a pristine gem in the Gulf of Thailand, which is accessible by air and by road from Bangkok, with car ferries from Trat mainland to Koh Chang taking less than an hour. When the impeccable design and exceptional amenities of the resort arrive on the island, the best is yet to come!

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Setting up branches at Mahanakhon CUBE are a dozen favourite Thai street food restaurants, some of which are Michelin-recommended. The new rock star venue for foodies is named ‘Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE’, and will unquestionably offer plenty of mouth-watering comfort foods to satisfy every palate. Located on the first floor of Mahanakhon CUBE, which is found at exit number three of Chong Nonsi BTS station, Thai Taste Hub fits the bill especially for those who love legendary street foods but not the hassle of driving around crowded areas and trying to find a parking space, then queuing up at the original restaurant and fighting to keep their seats. The 640 sqm space here can accommodate 200 foodies at a time. The ambience is street of course, with a mix of arts by Thai artists working in different mediums e.g. Beerpitch on typography, Benzilla on street art, Gongkan on acrylic on wall, Pim on ceramic and mosaic, and Lolay on the 3.5-metre sculpture at the heart of the space.   Yih Sahp Luhk (Michelin Plate 2020) Original restaurant: Phra Athit Road Signature dishes: Braised Short Ribs Rice Pot (THB 220), Hotate (scallops) Rice Pot (THB 450) Our thoughts: The baked rice was flavoursome, the beef ribs were tender and super juicy, and the accompanying soup was perfect!   Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Dinsor Road Signature dishes: Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Crispy Pork Belly (THB 220), Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Grilled Pork Jowl (THB 190) Our thoughts: The Pad Thai sauce was vibrant and coated the noodles thoroughly. It’s worth observing the cooking process as well since the large flames that engulf the entire wok is pretty impressive.   Nai Ek Roll Noodle (Michelin Plate 2018-2019) Original restaurant: Bangkok Chinatown Signature dishes: Roll Noodles (THB 65-90), Deep Fried Crispy Pork with Rice (THB 65-90) Our thoughts: The Roll Noodles (Guay Jub) had a slight chewiness that was satisfying, the crispy pork was perfectly cooked, and we could not waste even a single drop of the aromatic black pepper soup gave our sinuses a big hit (in a good way!).   Maverick Suki (Michelin Plate 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Soi Yod Sae, Bamrungmuang Road Signature dishes: Stir-Fried Sukiyaki (THB 80), Stir-Fried Noodle with Chicken (THB 70) Our thoughts: The sukiyaki sauce, which has been passed down through generations since 1960, proved to be so irresistible that we kept asking for more. The marinated pork was so tender it literally melted in our mouths.   Phed Phed Hey! Original restaurant: Nakhon Phanom Signature dishes: Salad with Vermicelli Noodles (THB 275), Mongosteen Papaya Salad with Shrimp Paste and Sugar Cane (THB 275) Our thoughts: The oversize portions were impressive, as well as the succulence of each dish. Even so, the three of us found it difficult to finish each portion! So the more of you, the merrier a meal here becomes.   Boon Lert Original restaurant: Nang Loeng Signature dishes: Egg Noodle Soup with Crab (THB 70-80), Wontons with Grilled Pork in Soy Sauce (THB 55-65) Our thoughts: The traditional bone broth complemented the delicate egg noodles splendidly, and the crab meat was very succulent.   Limlaosa Original restaurant: Song Wat

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Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary Italian brand famous for its luxurious products and designs, partners up with Utopia Corporation, one of the largest real estate developers in Phuket, to bring the "Italian feeling" to the paradise island of Phuket in form of a completely one-of-a-kind luxury boutique hotel. Scheduled to welcome guests in 2023, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be situated on the beachfront at secluded Chalong Bay, overlooking the azure Andaman Sea. This spectacular low-rise retreat will be curated by Alexander Wong, founder of Alexander Wong Architects, whose original avant-garde style has won multiple global awards. For a dramatic first impression, guests will be welcomed into a world of international glitz with a Glamour Lobby that features slatted rosewood LED screens. With 39 suites and 7 villas, all of which are equipped with cutting-edge amenities and adorned with designer furnishings and abstract artworks, a beyond-expectation experience is what to expect here. Alexander Wong, the hotel's designer, considers Phuket to be the “Miami of Asia”, due to its international allure and cultural appeal. Reflecting the spirit of South Beach, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will feature its signature Red Pool, which will embrace the best elements of a chic Floridian beach club. The Miami restaurant is a multi-sensory feast for diners, with a contemporary menu and a colourful ceiling inspired by the French post-impressionist painter, Henri Rousseau. Guests can also stay in shape at the state-of-the-art Power Gym. “Our goal is to bring a branded Tonino Lamborghini experience to the best places worldwide, and soon we will bring the Tonino Lamborghini spirit to Phuket: one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel will be a luxury hotel with captivating architecture, bespoke interior design and top-quality services, with the ultimate purpose to satisfy the top-level requests of international clientele. Together with Utopia, we will strive to offer a new concept of hospitality. Our clientele will feel the values of our family’s DNA and heritage, Italian spirit, extreme attention-to-detail, and the energy that Tonino Lamborghini brand transmits. As my father always says; ‘If I cannot give you Italy, I will give you Its feeling!’” Utopia Corporation has grown rapidly since its establishment in 2015 with a collection of hospitality, residential, commercial and entertainment projects across Phuket, along with architecture, design, development, engineering, construction and hotel operation services. It operates three own-branded hotels in Phuket: Utopia Kata, Utopia Loft, and Utopia Naiharn, which was named as Asia’s “Top Emerging Hotel” in the Now Travel Asia Awards. “We are delighted to form this landmark agreement with Tonino Lamborghini. It is indeed an honour to introduce this famous Italian name to Thailand’s hotel industry for the first time; their brand is recognised around the globe as a beacon of luxury, exclusivity and flair. Combined with Utopia Corporation’s hospitality and development expertise, I am confident that our partnership will usher in an exciting new era for Phuket’s tourism industry, allowing us to attract new markets,” commented Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Utopia Corporation. By collaborating with Tonino Lamborghini, Utopia

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Front Room at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is now ready to pamper your taste buds with home-cooking-style dishes with a fresh concept that celebrates the 8 flavours of Thai cuisine, curated by native whizzes and gurus. Inspired by "ros meu Mae" (tastes of mother's cooking), many dishes come from the chefs' childhood memories of their comforting home dining. The culinary collaboration brought Dr. Niphatchanok (Ajarn Ning) Najpinij’s culinary heritage that was bestowed on her by her mother Asst. Prof. Kobkaew Najpinij, a renowned guru of Thai cuisine, together with her own culinary research to the new menu that was co-created with Chef Supanat (Ann) Khanarak and the Front Room team led by sous chef Sarocha (Bua) Rajatanawin. The menu celebrates the eight distinctive Thai flavors of sour, sweet, nutty, salty, spicy, bitter, astringent and mild in a home-cooking style as an ode to all ‘Mae’. The highlights of Front Room’s new, extensive menu include: Phla Lai Bua Hoy Shell or Seared Hokkaido Scallop with Lotus Stem, Pomelo and Homemade Chili Paste; Talae Gub Sator Kua Sauce Khem or Stir-Fried Squid, Tiger Prawn, Bitter Bean with Salted Seafood Sauce; Nuea Khem Tom Kati or Coconut Broth with Salted Beef Cheek, Shallot and Chili; Pla Gao Nung Gub Sauce Larb Kua or Streamed Grouper with Northeastern Thai-style Sauce; Moo Sam Shan Pad Grathiam Dong or Stir-Fried Kurobuta Pork Belly with Fermented Garlic; and Ma Phrao Cheesecake or Coconut Cheesecake with Young Coconut Jelly and White Chocolate Mousse. Front Room at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located at the Lower Lobby and is open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch from 11:30 to 14:00 (last order), and for dinner from 17:30 to 21:30 (last order). The three-course set lunch is priced at THB 900++, and à la carte items range from THB 280++ to THB 980++. For further information and reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 846 8888 or e-mail: bkkwa.fb@waldorfastoria.com

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Luxury beachfront resort Meliá Koh Samui has introduced packages to foster quality family time, combining a stay in a remarkable 105 sq.m. Family Suite with a host of recreational, culinary and wellness experiences for all ages. The beautiful suite features a private balcony, large livig area with games like Jenga, Othello, Rubik, tic-tac-toe and dominos, as well as a master bedroom and double sofa bed for 2 children. The gigantic winding lagoon pool comes with fun kids' zone and water slides. Also, your little ones will love the two-storey Kid's Club called Kidsdom. The "Family Escape" package includes a stay for 2 adults and 2 children in a Family Suite, as well as an educational workshop that instructs the kids on how to create traditional Batik textile art at Kidsdom, priced at THB 4800 (USD 154) net per room per night for a minimum of two nights. The package also includes free daily ice-cream for the kids, a 20% discount on food and beverage at the resort’s dining outlets including Breeza Beach Restaurant and Bar, and 50% off the price of all treatments at YHI Spa. For a long stay, the "Family Fun and Wellbeing" package includes a stay for 2 adults and 2 children in a Family Suite, a round-trip airport transfer from Samui International Airport, a 90-minute treatment at YHI Spa, an “Edutainment” program at the Kid’s Club with activities ranging from ‘Animal yoga’ and ‘Splash dance’ to creative workshops including ‘Coconut leaf creation’ and ‘Painting with nature’, priced at THB 29,999 (USD 966) net for 7 nights  (40% off on room rates). Additionally, the package comprises a daily food and beverage credit of THB 500 (USD 16), ice-cream for the kids, cotton candy each afternoon, and a 20% discount on food and beverage at the resort’s dining outlets. A further 5%discount is applied to the Family Fun and Wellbeing package for bookings of at least 14 nights, with a further 10% discount applicable for bookings for 30 nights or more. The family-orientated packages are available until December 23 this year. To book, please call +66 (0) 77 938 899 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

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This November, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit invites you to try special truffle-focused dishes at Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant and Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar, created by expert culinary team, to make your meal even more memorable. At Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Chinese ingredients and alluring black truffle come together as Black Truffle Soup with Fish Maw, Dried Scallops, Bamboo Fungus and Wolfberries (THB 780++). Complimentary Special Chinese Tea is offered for every order of this truffle soup during lunch and dinner. At Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar, don't miss savouring Burrata Truffle Salad (THB 590++) alongside Australian grain-fed steak. The Steak & Truffle dish (THB 790++) is accompanied by Spring Pea, Autumn Black Truffle & Truffle Fries. For your second truffle dish, you will receive 10% discount! For more information or to make reservations, please contact +66 (0)2 090 7888 or email Fbreservations@carltonhotel.co.th

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Buzzing among art aficionados all over the town, Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 (BAB 2020), the Thai capital long-awaited contemporary art festival has officially opened its curtain under the theme of "Escape Routes". This time around, the mixed-use real estate projects in the heart of the city, One Bangkok and The PARQ, will join in hosting the event by providing venues on their premises, including The Prelude, BAB Box and BAB Café at The PARQ, for the exhibitions of artworks by several acclaimed international artists. Bringing together a lineup of more than 200 contemporary pieces of art from 82 Thai and international artists, Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 will invite visitors to experience, discover and interpret highly emotive and meaningful pieces of art, which can open our eyes to solutions to global issues that affect societies, economies, politics and the environment. The forms of art displayed at Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 encompass a wide variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, installation artworks, videos, mixed media projects, and blueprints. The Prelude, BAB Box in One Bangkok and The PARQ are three of the venues for the Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 out of a total of 10 landmarks in the city. Some of the highlights on display in The Prelude, BAB Box and The PARQ that no art lover should miss are: The Prelude Dusit Thani Province 1 by Prateep Suthatongthai: This artwork investigates the history of Dusit Thani, a utopian city founded on the vision of King Rama VI. The artist explores the structural plan and meaning of the city, reconstructs its blueprints and recreates old photographs of the city through realistic painting techniques.   BAB Box DO A TO MII Doll 1939, Doll 2020 by Lolay: This installation includes paintings and sculptures that embody the physical conditions of society, the community, the city, the country, and the world. The cyborg characters incarnate symptoms that people worldwide endure from the effects of catastrophes like epidemics, political strife and social conflicts. Martyrs: Earth, Wind, Fire, Air by Bill Viola: The video installation depicts four Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) and their capacity to endure pain and hardships in order to remain faithful to their values, beliefs, and principles. Devi/The River (After Aristide Maillol) by Thanet Awsinsiri: The artwork explores various contexts of the female body as the artist borrows ideas from a world-famous painting Gabrielle Estrées and One of Her Sisters and Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona, reinterpreting them in a way to offer viewers new sensations and perspectives.   The PARQ A Child’s World in the Days of Adults by Narongyot Thongyu: Narongyot Thongyu is invested in “the truth to materials” and revealing their essence. The installation encourages viewers to compare reality with imagination. The artist uses the process of inventing toys as a way to return to his childhood memories. Tooth Clinic by Note Kritsada: Note Kritsada expands on his childhood visits to the dental clinic and takes viewers into a mutually shared experience to open up new perspectives. Rising by Marina Abramović: A VR artwork by Marina

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Phuket is an island of sophistication with an ever-evolving cultural scene. The recent opening of Living Art Gallery has elevated the local art scene to international level. Set in the centre of Blue Tree, the lifestyle hub of Phuket, the new gallery promises to showcase revolving exhibitions of works by Thai artists of different genres, as well as by designers who work closely with Thai artisanal communities, which the gallery intends to support. Led by Somchat Krainara, The Living Art Gallery will host its inaugural annual festival in Phuket during 26 - 29 November 2020. “Phuket is a tourist destination because of its local attractions. The city has its own charms and characteristics, drawing in visitors from all over the world. The city is incredibly rich in culture, and by bringing art into Phuket I’m hoping it will enhance the art and cultural reputation of the destination -- in other words making Phuket become known as a MICE destination for arts, and creating a truly cultural and creative city,” said Somchat. Both the gallery and the upcoming festival hold on to the same purpose – to provide a platform for emerging Thai artists to showcase their work to an international audience, and to support artisanal communities across Thailand with opportunities to make connections with art lovers, fellow artists and designers, and an international audience.   Living Art Gallery is divided into four zones:   Zone 1: Peranakan Culture (Baba-Yaya) in Phuket Province Inspired by the traditional Peranakan houses of Phuket old town, Awika Samukrsaman – the apparel designer – creates woven textiles in pastel hues that interpret the patterns, colours and symbols of southern Thai culture. Awika has been w orking closely with local communities to preserve the local traditional knowledge of textiles and weaving, while pushing it into a contemporary direction. Within the conceptual Peranakan house, the vivid and intricate embroidered paintings of Sunisa Assawinrungroj are displayed. Stirred by the death of her pet rabbit, Sunisa embroidered delicate rabbits in traditional Phuket dress into these pieces. Hanging in one corner is Rungcheewan Kamvichit’s collection of contemporary tie-dyes, made using fine Thai silk and the rare Shibori tie-dye technique. On the opposite side hang a painting titled Sao Phuket by Sarawut Yasamut which depicts a southern woman carrying a Chinese-style food basket and embraced by flowers native to Phuket and Indonesia. Ongkorn Sinlapangkul is also featured in this zone, with the artist’s special interpretation of the colours and sights of Phuket in two fantastical paintings of a seahorse and woman with a dragon mask.   Zone 2: Forest and Landscape of Phuket The second zone of the gallery takes visitors on a journey through Phuket’s landscape from the viewpoint of artists. It kicks off with a special collection of nature-inspired ceramics crafted by master artisan Professor Somlak Pantiboon, known for his pottery studio Doi Din Dang in Chiang Rai. Also hailing from northern Thailand, but from Chiang Mai, is Likit Tunoud who describes the interaction of humans and nature, and its oftentimes destructive consequences, in intricate ink-on-paper drawings. Adding his influence to this zone is Professor

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The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives will be ready to welcome guests back to experience the unparalleled stay in a turquoise paradise from 5 December 2020 onwards with heartwarming safety measures. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat, a gorgeous getaway with your friends, or aquatic adventures, The Standard awaits with special reopening packages. With its 115 overwater and beach villas, you can just unwind at your beautiful room or enjoy vibrant activities such as dancing under the largest disco ball in the Maldives at the Beru Bar, moonlight movie screenings with cocktails on the beach, the acclaimed Standard Hollywood style pool and beach parties, and a lineup of festive Christmas and New Year’s workshops, celebrations and culinary delights. Travelers have been returning to the Maldives in steadily increasing numbers since mid-July due to its successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its remote location and strict health guidelines, set by the Maldivian Ministry of Health, have made it one of the safest remote areas of the world. The Maldives is currently open to visitors from all countries, and travelers will find their journey to be safe and comfortable. A Health Declaration Form must be filled out and submitted online 24 hours prior to their flight, and then visitors must present a negative PCR test issued within 96 hours prior to the departure from their original destination. As The Standard is a "one island, one resort" paradise – all guests will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine. Also, with "The Maldives Border Miles Program", the first loyalty program of its kind in the world, offers travelers discounts, privileges and other offers. To celebrate its reopening, The Standard offers stays at special rates starting at USD 350 per night and flexible worry-free bookings that allow cancellations up to 3 days prior to arrival with no cancellation fees, available for stays until 23 December 2022. Use our HAPPY HIDEAWAY promotion by booking 5 or more villas to enjoy rates at USD 250 per night. Stay for 14 nights at USD 3,000 or 28 nights at USD 5,000 with our STOWAWAY promotion, with an additional 25% discount on food & beverages. Book by 31 December 2020 for these rates at standardhotels.com

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Phuket is an island of sophistication with an ever-evolving cultural scene. The recent opening of Living Art Gallery has elevated the local art scene to international level. Set in the centre of Blue Tree, the lifestyle hub of Phuket, the new gallery promises to showcase revolving exhibitions of works by Thai artists of different genres, as well as by designers who work closely with Thai artisanal communities, which the gallery intends to support. Led by Somchat Krainara, The Living Art Gallery will host its inaugural annual festival in Phuket during 26 - 29 November 2020. “Phuket is a tourist destination because of its local attractions. The city has its own charms and characteristics, drawing in visitors from all over the world. The city is incredibly rich in culture, and by bringing art into Phuket I’m hoping it will enhance the art and cultural reputation of the destination -- in other words making Phuket become known as a MICE destination for arts, and creating a truly cultural and creative city,” said Somchat. Both the gallery and the upcoming festival hold on to the same purpose – to provide a platform for emerging Thai artists to showcase their work to an international audience, and to support artisanal communities across Thailand with opportunities to make connections with art lovers, fellow artists and designers, and an international audience.   Living Art Gallery is divided into four zones:   Zone 1: Peranakan Culture (Baba-Yaya) in Phuket Province Inspired by the traditional Peranakan houses of Phuket old town, Awika Samukrsaman – the apparel designer – creates woven textiles in pastel hues that interpret the patterns, colours and symbols of southern Thai culture. Awika has been w orking closely with local communities to preserve the local traditional knowledge of textiles and weaving, while pushing it into a contemporary direction. Within the conceptual Peranakan house, the vivid and intricate embroidered paintings of Sunisa Assawinrungroj are displayed. Stirred by the death of her pet rabbit, Sunisa embroidered delicate rabbits in traditional Phuket dress into these pieces. Hanging in one corner is Rungcheewan Kamvichit’s collection of contemporary tie-dyes, made using fine Thai silk and the rare Shibori tie-dye technique. On the opposite side hang a painting titled Sao Phuket by Sarawut Yasamut which depicts a southern woman carrying a Chinese-style food basket and embraced by flowers native to Phuket and Indonesia. Ongkorn Sinlapangkul is also featured in this zone, with the artist’s special interpretation of the colours and sights of Phuket in two fantastical paintings of a seahorse and woman with a dragon mask.   Zone 2: Forest and Landscape of Phuket The second zone of the gallery takes visitors on a journey through Phuket’s landscape from the viewpoint of artists. It kicks off with a special collection of nature-inspired ceramics crafted by master artisan Professor Somlak Pantiboon, known for his pottery studio Doi Din Dang in Chiang Rai. Also hailing from northern Thailand, but from Chiang Mai, is Likit Tunoud who describes the interaction of humans and nature, and its oftentimes destructive consequences, in intricate ink-on-paper drawings. Adding his influence to this zone is Professor

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) joins forces with ICONSIAM and entrepreneurs along the banks of Chao Phraya River to unite Thai hearts by organizing the mega-phenomenon “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” promising to become the most spectacular celebration of Thailand to ring in the New Year, under the concept of "The Wonders of Happiness upon the River", representing hope, faith, prosperity, and happiness. The mega-event will feature  over 20,000 spectacular, eco-friendly fireworks, which are made from Thai sticky rice, that will be lit up along the most beautiful curve of the Chao Phraya River spanning an area of over 1,400 meters and within a distance of over 5 kilometers of the city-wide celebration. Each act signifies auspicious meanings of Big Hope, Believe, Brilliant Life, Beautiful World, Blooming Wealth, Be Together (presented by True Corporation), and Best Begin. In addition to a myriad of entertainments throughout the night of New Year’s Eve by top artists and the avant-garde fireworks, one of the unmissable activities is the “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” video and photography contest under the theme of “Magic upon the River”, granting over THB 500,000-worth prizes to the winners. The countdown celebration event will be broadcast live on Thairath TV 32 HD Channel as well as on the online platforms via Facebook pages of ICONSIAM, Thairath Online, Khaosod and TrueID application. ICONSIAM is easily and rapidly accessible via the complete modes of transportation - cars, rails, and boats. The operation of Bangkok’s Gold Line electric rail route in December will also ease the public transportation.

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Buzzing among art aficionados all over the town, Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 (BAB 2020), the Thai capital long-awaited contemporary art festival has officially opened its curtain under the theme of "Escape Routes". This time around, the mixed-use real estate projects in the heart of the city, One Bangkok and The PARQ, will join in hosting the event by providing venues on their premises, including The Prelude, BAB Box and BAB Café at The PARQ, for the exhibitions of artworks by several acclaimed international artists. Bringing together a lineup of more than 200 contemporary pieces of art from 82 Thai and international artists, Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 will invite visitors to experience, discover and interpret highly emotive and meaningful pieces of art, which can open our eyes to solutions to global issues that affect societies, economies, politics and the environment. The forms of art displayed at Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 encompass a wide variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, installation artworks, videos, mixed media projects, and blueprints. The Prelude, BAB Box in One Bangkok and The PARQ are three of the venues for the Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 out of a total of 10 landmarks in the city. Some of the highlights on display in The Prelude, BAB Box and The PARQ that no art lover should miss are: The Prelude Dusit Thani Province 1 by Prateep Suthatongthai: This artwork investigates the history of Dusit Thani, a utopian city founded on the vision of King Rama VI. The artist explores the structural plan and meaning of the city, reconstructs its blueprints and recreates old photographs of the city through realistic painting techniques.   BAB Box DO A TO MII Doll 1939, Doll 2020 by Lolay: This installation includes paintings and sculptures that embody the physical conditions of society, the community, the city, the country, and the world. The cyborg characters incarnate symptoms that people worldwide endure from the effects of catastrophes like epidemics, political strife and social conflicts. Martyrs: Earth, Wind, Fire, Air by Bill Viola: The video installation depicts four Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) and their capacity to endure pain and hardships in order to remain faithful to their values, beliefs, and principles. Devi/The River (After Aristide Maillol) by Thanet Awsinsiri: The artwork explores various contexts of the female body as the artist borrows ideas from a world-famous painting Gabrielle Estrées and One of Her Sisters and Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona, reinterpreting them in a way to offer viewers new sensations and perspectives.   The PARQ A Child’s World in the Days of Adults by Narongyot Thongyu: Narongyot Thongyu is invested in “the truth to materials” and revealing their essence. The installation encourages viewers to compare reality with imagination. The artist uses the process of inventing toys as a way to return to his childhood memories. Tooth Clinic by Note Kritsada: Note Kritsada expands on his childhood visits to the dental clinic and takes viewers into a mutually shared experience to open up new perspectives. Rising by Marina Abramović: A VR artwork by Marina

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The District Grill Room & Bar makes this Father’s Day a celebration to remember with sumptuous sets of fine cuisine. You can choose between Seafood Tower including whole Canadian lobster, Fine de Claire oysters, jumbo tiger prawns, Alaskan king crab leg, and Hokkaido Japanese scallops, or Meat Platter including Australian 240-day grass-fed T-bone, Australian lamb chops, roasted chicken thigh, sticky pork ribs glazed, and pan seared foie gras, priced at THB 6,300 ++ per set with a complimentary bottle of wine. The District Grill Room & Bar is open on Wednesday to Sunday for dinner from 18:00 - 23:00. For further information and reservation, please call +66 0(2) 797 0000 or email to diningbangkok@marriott.com

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Rosewood Bangkok introduces "Sweet Soirée" – a new evening dessert concept at Lakorn European Brasserie under the romantic theme of "Love Letter to Thailand". As the sky at dusk is turning glamourous pink, you can enjoy an expansive array of intricate all-you-can-savour desserts including mignardises, chocolate bonbons, pâte de fruits, marshmallow, mini tartlets, cannelés and cookies, as well as a choice of one exquisitely crafted patisserie from award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Florian Couteau. You can also enjoy pairing the confections with unlimited infused gin from 20:00 until 23:00, featuring one of three gin-of-the-week flavors: pineapple, strawberry or mango, while the vinyl-spinning DJ plays the funky tunes. For the Sweet Soirée debut, Executive Pastry Chef Florian Couteau created “A Love Letter to Thailand”, showcasing Thailand's alluring tropical fruits on the extravagant desserts. It deliciously exemplifies the “Partners in Provenance” program of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, in which hotel chefs share a passionate commitment to source, present and beautifully showcase locally produced, fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Sweet Soirée is available every Friday from 18:30 to 22:30 at THB 888++ per person, including one plated dessert and unlimited access to the sweets buffet. For more information or reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 080 0070 or email bangkok.lakorn@rosewoodhotels.com  

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This December, 3 of Marriott International’s world-class hotels in Bangkok will showcase the finest Chinese cuisine this December, as they host the “Flavors Explosion : A Journey through Chinese Cuisines” – a series of delectable dining events that demonstrate the skills of 3 Chinese culinary artists and the finest local and imported seafood. The series will be led by these hotshot chefs: Chef Oscar Pun is a native of Hong Kong who likes to combine classical recipes with innovative cooking techniques, having mastered his culinary skill for over 20 years in the kitchens of leading luxury hotels and top restaurants, including Michelin-starred establishments in Beijing and Singapore. He now delights diners at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. Chef Bruce Hui is a Chinese Chef who has a passion to develop and refine time-honoured Chinese recipes. His simple yet sophisticated style focuses on the spirit of each dish and its ingredients, while not strictly adhering to tradition. Guests can discover his inventive culinary creations at Yào Restaurant, an award-winning dining destination of Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse. Chef Cheng Kam Sing learnt the art of Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong, but has been a resident of Thailand since 1989, where he has worked at some of the most sought-after Chinese restaurants in Bangkok. At The Silk Road, The Athenee Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, his modern yet authentic style is intended to accentuate the natural flavors and textures, with eye-catching presentation. For 3 nights only, on 15, 16 and 17 December 2020, diners can savor delicious and highly authentic dishes created exclusively for the event by the aforementioned trio of Chinese executive chefs. On each evening, these 3 epicurean experts will use their experience and ingenuity to craft an original menu, focusing on sublime seafood. This gastronomic gathering will be hosted on 15 December at Yào Restaurant, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse; on 16 December at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park; and on 17 December at The Silk Road, The Athenee Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel. The “Flavors Explosion: A Journey through Chinese Cuisines” set menu is priced at just THB 2,888++. À la carte dishes are also available.  Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott members will enjoy exclusive Restaurants and Bars benefits. For more information and reservations, please contact: Yào Restaurant: www.yaobangkok.com / Wimolthip.L@marriotthotels.com / +66 (0) 2 088 5666 Pagoda Chinese Restaurant: restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com / +66 (0) 2 059 5999 The Silk Road: gec.theathenee@luxurycollection.com / +66 (0) 2 650 8800

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Setting up branches at Mahanakhon CUBE are a dozen favourite Thai street food restaurants, some of which are Michelin-recommended. The new rock star venue for foodies is named ‘Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE’, and will unquestionably offer plenty of mouth-watering comfort foods to satisfy every palate. Located on the first floor of Mahanakhon CUBE, which is found at exit number three of Chong Nonsi BTS station, Thai Taste Hub fits the bill especially for those who love legendary street foods but not the hassle of driving around crowded areas and trying to find a parking space, then queuing up at the original restaurant and fighting to keep their seats. The 640 sqm space here can accommodate 200 foodies at a time. The ambience is street of course, with a mix of arts by Thai artists working in different mediums e.g. Beerpitch on typography, Benzilla on street art, Gongkan on acrylic on wall, Pim on ceramic and mosaic, and Lolay on the 3.5-metre sculpture at the heart of the space.   Yih Sahp Luhk (Michelin Plate 2020) Original restaurant: Phra Athit Road Signature dishes: Braised Short Ribs Rice Pot (THB 220), Hotate (scallops) Rice Pot (THB 450) Our thoughts: The baked rice was flavoursome, the beef ribs were tender and super juicy, and the accompanying soup was perfect!   Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Dinsor Road Signature dishes: Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Crispy Pork Belly (THB 220), Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Grilled Pork Jowl (THB 190) Our thoughts: The Pad Thai sauce was vibrant and coated the noodles thoroughly. It’s worth observing the cooking process as well since the large flames that engulf the entire wok is pretty impressive.   Nai Ek Roll Noodle (Michelin Plate 2018-2019) Original restaurant: Bangkok Chinatown Signature dishes: Roll Noodles (THB 65-90), Deep Fried Crispy Pork with Rice (THB 65-90) Our thoughts: The Roll Noodles (Guay Jub) had a slight chewiness that was satisfying, the crispy pork was perfectly cooked, and we could not waste even a single drop of the aromatic black pepper soup gave our sinuses a big hit (in a good way!).   Maverick Suki (Michelin Plate 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Soi Yod Sae, Bamrungmuang Road Signature dishes: Stir-Fried Sukiyaki (THB 80), Stir-Fried Noodle with Chicken (THB 70) Our thoughts: The sukiyaki sauce, which has been passed down through generations since 1960, proved to be so irresistible that we kept asking for more. The marinated pork was so tender it literally melted in our mouths.   Phed Phed Hey! Original restaurant: Nakhon Phanom Signature dishes: Salad with Vermicelli Noodles (THB 275), Mongosteen Papaya Salad with Shrimp Paste and Sugar Cane (THB 275) Our thoughts: The oversize portions were impressive, as well as the succulence of each dish. Even so, the three of us found it difficult to finish each portion! So the more of you, the merrier a meal here becomes.   Boon Lert Original restaurant: Nang Loeng Signature dishes: Egg Noodle Soup with Crab (THB 70-80), Wontons with Grilled Pork in Soy Sauce (THB 55-65) Our thoughts: The traditional bone broth complemented the delicate egg noodles splendidly, and the crab meat was very succulent.   Limlaosa Original restaurant: Song Wat

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The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives will be ready to welcome guests back to experience the unparalleled stay in a turquoise paradise from 5 December 2020 onwards with heartwarming safety measures. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat, a gorgeous getaway with your friends, or aquatic adventures, The Standard awaits with special reopening packages. With its 115 overwater and beach villas, you can just unwind at your beautiful room or enjoy vibrant activities such as dancing under the largest disco ball in the Maldives at the Beru Bar, moonlight movie screenings with cocktails on the beach, the acclaimed Standard Hollywood style pool and beach parties, and a lineup of festive Christmas and New Year’s workshops, celebrations and culinary delights. Travelers have been returning to the Maldives in steadily increasing numbers since mid-July due to its successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its remote location and strict health guidelines, set by the Maldivian Ministry of Health, have made it one of the safest remote areas of the world. The Maldives is currently open to visitors from all countries, and travelers will find their journey to be safe and comfortable. A Health Declaration Form must be filled out and submitted online 24 hours prior to their flight, and then visitors must present a negative PCR test issued within 96 hours prior to the departure from their original destination. As The Standard is a "one island, one resort" paradise – all guests will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine. Also, with "The Maldives Border Miles Program", the first loyalty program of its kind in the world, offers travelers discounts, privileges and other offers. To celebrate its reopening, The Standard offers stays at special rates starting at USD 350 per night and flexible worry-free bookings that allow cancellations up to 3 days prior to arrival with no cancellation fees, available for stays until 23 December 2022. Use our HAPPY HIDEAWAY promotion by booking 5 or more villas to enjoy rates at USD 250 per night. Stay for 14 nights at USD 3,000 or 28 nights at USD 5,000 with our STOWAWAY promotion, with an additional 25% discount on food & beverages. Book by 31 December 2020 for these rates at standardhotels.com

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Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary Italian brand famous for its luxurious products and designs, partners up with Utopia Corporation, one of the largest real estate developers in Phuket, to bring the "Italian feeling" to the paradise island of Phuket in form of a completely one-of-a-kind luxury boutique hotel. Scheduled to welcome guests in 2023, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be situated on the beachfront at secluded Chalong Bay, overlooking the azure Andaman Sea. This spectacular low-rise retreat will be curated by Alexander Wong, founder of Alexander Wong Architects, whose original avant-garde style has won multiple global awards. For a dramatic first impression, guests will be welcomed into a world of international glitz with a Glamour Lobby that features slatted rosewood LED screens. With 39 suites and 7 villas, all of which are equipped with cutting-edge amenities and adorned with designer furnishings and abstract artworks, a beyond-expectation experience is what to expect here. Alexander Wong, the hotel's designer, considers Phuket to be the “Miami of Asia”, due to its international allure and cultural appeal. Reflecting the spirit of South Beach, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will feature its signature Red Pool, which will embrace the best elements of a chic Floridian beach club. The Miami restaurant is a multi-sensory feast for diners, with a contemporary menu and a colourful ceiling inspired by the French post-impressionist painter, Henri Rousseau. Guests can also stay in shape at the state-of-the-art Power Gym. “Our goal is to bring a branded Tonino Lamborghini experience to the best places worldwide, and soon we will bring the Tonino Lamborghini spirit to Phuket: one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel will be a luxury hotel with captivating architecture, bespoke interior design and top-quality services, with the ultimate purpose to satisfy the top-level requests of international clientele. Together with Utopia, we will strive to offer a new concept of hospitality. Our clientele will feel the values of our family’s DNA and heritage, Italian spirit, extreme attention-to-detail, and the energy that Tonino Lamborghini brand transmits. As my father always says; ‘If I cannot give you Italy, I will give you Its feeling!’” Utopia Corporation has grown rapidly since its establishment in 2015 with a collection of hospitality, residential, commercial and entertainment projects across Phuket, along with architecture, design, development, engineering, construction and hotel operation services. It operates three own-branded hotels in Phuket: Utopia Kata, Utopia Loft, and Utopia Naiharn, which was named as Asia’s “Top Emerging Hotel” in the Now Travel Asia Awards. “We are delighted to form this landmark agreement with Tonino Lamborghini. It is indeed an honour to introduce this famous Italian name to Thailand’s hotel industry for the first time; their brand is recognised around the globe as a beacon of luxury, exclusivity and flair. Combined with Utopia Corporation’s hospitality and development expertise, I am confident that our partnership will usher in an exciting new era for Phuket’s tourism industry, allowing us to attract new markets,” commented Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Utopia Corporation. By collaborating with Tonino Lamborghini, Utopia

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GHM has signed a management agreement with Aquarius International Development (AQI) to operate a 200-key resort on Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand, which is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2023. The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a cliff-edge restaurant, rooftop bar, spa, infinity pool with pool bar, and conference facilities overlooking the gleaming Gulf of Thailand. “This new resort is shaping up with an integrity of design and a certain poise that are hallmarks of the Chedi experience,” said GHM CEO Tommy Lai. “We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013, and The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.” Koh Chang is a pristine gem in the Gulf of Thailand, which is accessible by air and by road from Bangkok, with car ferries from Trat mainland to Koh Chang taking less than an hour. When the impeccable design and exceptional amenities of the resort arrive on the island, the best is yet to come!

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Luxury beachfront resort Meliá Koh Samui has introduced packages to foster quality family time, combining a stay in a remarkable 105 sq.m. Family Suite with a host of recreational, culinary and wellness experiences for all ages. The beautiful suite features a private balcony, large livig area with games like Jenga, Othello, Rubik, tic-tac-toe and dominos, as well as a master bedroom and double sofa bed for 2 children. The gigantic winding lagoon pool comes with fun kids' zone and water slides. Also, your little ones will love the two-storey Kid's Club called Kidsdom. The "Family Escape" package includes a stay for 2 adults and 2 children in a Family Suite, as well as an educational workshop that instructs the kids on how to create traditional Batik textile art at Kidsdom, priced at THB 4800 (USD 154) net per room per night for a minimum of two nights. The package also includes free daily ice-cream for the kids, a 20% discount on food and beverage at the resort’s dining outlets including Breeza Beach Restaurant and Bar, and 50% off the price of all treatments at YHI Spa. For a long stay, the "Family Fun and Wellbeing" package includes a stay for 2 adults and 2 children in a Family Suite, a round-trip airport transfer from Samui International Airport, a 90-minute treatment at YHI Spa, an “Edutainment” program at the Kid’s Club with activities ranging from ‘Animal yoga’ and ‘Splash dance’ to creative workshops including ‘Coconut leaf creation’ and ‘Painting with nature’, priced at THB 29,999 (USD 966) net for 7 nights  (40% off on room rates). Additionally, the package comprises a daily food and beverage credit of THB 500 (USD 16), ice-cream for the kids, cotton candy each afternoon, and a 20% discount on food and beverage at the resort’s dining outlets. A further 5%discount is applied to the Family Fun and Wellbeing package for bookings of at least 14 nights, with a further 10% discount applicable for bookings for 30 nights or more. The family-orientated packages are available until December 23 this year. To book, please call +66 (0) 77 938 899 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

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Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary Italian brand famous for its luxurious products and designs, partners up with Utopia Corporation, one of the largest real estate developers in Phuket, to bring the "Italian feeling" to the paradise island of Phuket in form of a completely one-of-a-kind luxury boutique hotel. Scheduled to welcome guests in 2023, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be situated on the beachfront at secluded Chalong Bay, overlooking the azure Andaman Sea. This spectacular low-rise retreat will be curated by Alexander Wong, founder of Alexander Wong Architects, whose original avant-garde style has won multiple global awards. For a dramatic first impression, guests will be welcomed into a world of international glitz with a Glamour Lobby that features slatted rosewood LED screens. With 39 suites and 7 villas, all of which are equipped with cutting-edge amenities and adorned with designer furnishings and abstract artworks, a beyond-expectation experience is what to expect here. Alexander Wong, the hotel's designer, considers Phuket to be the “Miami of Asia”, due to its international allure and cultural appeal. Reflecting the spirit of South Beach, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will feature its signature Red Pool, which will embrace the best elements of a chic Floridian beach club. The Miami restaurant is a multi-sensory feast for diners, with a contemporary menu and a colourful ceiling inspired by the French post-impressionist painter, Henri Rousseau. Guests can also stay in shape at the state-of-the-art Power Gym. “Our goal is to bring a branded Tonino Lamborghini experience to the best places worldwide, and soon we will bring the Tonino Lamborghini spirit to Phuket: one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel will be a luxury hotel with captivating architecture, bespoke interior design and top-quality services, with the ultimate purpose to satisfy the top-level requests of international clientele. Together with Utopia, we will strive to offer a new concept of hospitality. Our clientele will feel the values of our family’s DNA and heritage, Italian spirit, extreme attention-to-detail, and the energy that Tonino Lamborghini brand transmits. As my father always says; ‘If I cannot give you Italy, I will give you Its feeling!’” Utopia Corporation has grown rapidly since its establishment in 2015 with a collection of hospitality, residential, commercial and entertainment projects across Phuket, along with architecture, design, development, engineering, construction and hotel operation services. It operates three own-branded hotels in Phuket: Utopia Kata, Utopia Loft, and Utopia Naiharn, which was named as Asia’s “Top Emerging Hotel” in the Now Travel Asia Awards. “We are delighted to form this landmark agreement with Tonino Lamborghini. It is indeed an honour to introduce this famous Italian name to Thailand’s hotel industry for the first time; their brand is recognised around the globe as a beacon of luxury, exclusivity and flair. Combined with Utopia Corporation’s hospitality and development expertise, I am confident that our partnership will usher in an exciting new era for Phuket’s tourism industry, allowing us to attract new markets,” commented Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Utopia Corporation. By collaborating with Tonino Lamborghini, Utopia

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) joins forces with ICONSIAM and entrepreneurs along the banks of Chao Phraya River to unite Thai hearts by organizing the mega-phenomenon “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” promising to become the most spectacular celebration of Thailand to ring in the New Year, under the concept of "The Wonders of Happiness upon the River", representing hope, faith, prosperity, and happiness. The mega-event will feature  over 20,000 spectacular, eco-friendly fireworks, which are made from Thai sticky rice, that will be lit up along the most beautiful curve of the Chao Phraya River spanning an area of over 1,400 meters and within a distance of over 5 kilometers of the city-wide celebration. Each act signifies auspicious meanings of Big Hope, Believe, Brilliant Life, Beautiful World, Blooming Wealth, Be Together (presented by True Corporation), and Best Begin. In addition to a myriad of entertainments throughout the night of New Year’s Eve by top artists and the avant-garde fireworks, one of the unmissable activities is the “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” video and photography contest under the theme of “Magic upon the River”, granting over THB 500,000-worth prizes to the winners. The countdown celebration event will be broadcast live on Thairath TV 32 HD Channel as well as on the online platforms via Facebook pages of ICONSIAM, Thairath Online, Khaosod and TrueID application. ICONSIAM is easily and rapidly accessible via the complete modes of transportation - cars, rails, and boats. The operation of Bangkok’s Gold Line electric rail route in December will also ease the public transportation.

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Setting up branches at Mahanakhon CUBE are a dozen favourite Thai street food restaurants, some of which are Michelin-recommended. The new rock star venue for foodies is named ‘Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE’, and will unquestionably offer plenty of mouth-watering comfort foods to satisfy every palate. Located on the first floor of Mahanakhon CUBE, which is found at exit number three of Chong Nonsi BTS station, Thai Taste Hub fits the bill especially for those who love legendary street foods but not the hassle of driving around crowded areas and trying to find a parking space, then queuing up at the original restaurant and fighting to keep their seats. The 640 sqm space here can accommodate 200 foodies at a time. The ambience is street of course, with a mix of arts by Thai artists working in different mediums e.g. Beerpitch on typography, Benzilla on street art, Gongkan on acrylic on wall, Pim on ceramic and mosaic, and Lolay on the 3.5-metre sculpture at the heart of the space.   Yih Sahp Luhk (Michelin Plate 2020) Original restaurant: Phra Athit Road Signature dishes: Braised Short Ribs Rice Pot (THB 220), Hotate (scallops) Rice Pot (THB 450) Our thoughts: The baked rice was flavoursome, the beef ribs were tender and super juicy, and the accompanying soup was perfect!   Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Dinsor Road Signature dishes: Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Crispy Pork Belly (THB 220), Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Grilled Pork Jowl (THB 190) Our thoughts: The Pad Thai sauce was vibrant and coated the noodles thoroughly. It’s worth observing the cooking process as well since the large flames that engulf the entire wok is pretty impressive.   Nai Ek Roll Noodle (Michelin Plate 2018-2019) Original restaurant: Bangkok Chinatown Signature dishes: Roll Noodles (THB 65-90), Deep Fried Crispy Pork with Rice (THB 65-90) Our thoughts: The Roll Noodles (Guay Jub) had a slight chewiness that was satisfying, the crispy pork was perfectly cooked, and we could not waste even a single drop of the aromatic black pepper soup gave our sinuses a big hit (in a good way!).   Maverick Suki (Michelin Plate 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Soi Yod Sae, Bamrungmuang Road Signature dishes: Stir-Fried Sukiyaki (THB 80), Stir-Fried Noodle with Chicken (THB 70) Our thoughts: The sukiyaki sauce, which has been passed down through generations since 1960, proved to be so irresistible that we kept asking for more. The marinated pork was so tender it literally melted in our mouths.   Phed Phed Hey! Original restaurant: Nakhon Phanom Signature dishes: Salad with Vermicelli Noodles (THB 275), Mongosteen Papaya Salad with Shrimp Paste and Sugar Cane (THB 275) Our thoughts: The oversize portions were impressive, as well as the succulence of each dish. Even so, the three of us found it difficult to finish each portion! So the more of you, the merrier a meal here becomes.   Boon Lert Original restaurant: Nang Loeng Signature dishes: Egg Noodle Soup with Crab (THB 70-80), Wontons with Grilled Pork in Soy Sauce (THB 55-65) Our thoughts: The traditional bone broth complemented the delicate egg noodles splendidly, and the crab meat was very succulent.   Limlaosa Original restaurant: Song Wat

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Loy Krathong Festival has long been one of the most awaited ones for Thai residents and visitors alike, as the vista of thousands of candlelit floats on moonlit rivers is uniquely indelible. This year, to make the festivity even more special, these 4 hotels in Bangkok are more than willing to make your time with your beloved ones extraordinary!   CAPELLA BANGKOK This new beautiful face in town sits on the shore of Chao Phraya river, boasting heavenly cuisines by world-class chefs and culinary teams, as well as a boutique stay that is unique to Capella. What's special: A wonderful riverfront celebration that lets you explore deeper into the cultural and culinary heritage of Thailand with live classical music, Thai dancing, and krathong floating in the moonlight. A special buffet diner with cuisines of Old Siam by Chef Wichian and his team at Phra Nakhon Thai restaurant, priced at THB 6,000 net per person. (Advanced reservations and pre-payment are required) Ultra-fine dining experience by three-Michelin-starred Chef Mauro Colagreco at Côte, featuring the nine-course ‘Carte Blanche’ blind menu, inspired by the tastes of French and Italian Rivieras, priced at THB 9,000 net per person, with an optional wine pairing at THB 3,200 per person. (Advanced reservations and pre-payment are required) Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020 Contact: phranakhon.bangkok@capellahotels.com / +66 (0) 2 098 3888   CHATRIUM BANGKOK The riverside hotel is famous for its unbeatable panorama of the gleaming metropolis and the tranquil Chao Phraya river. What's special: A fabulous contemporary Thai performance show, Thai band and exciting fireworks, as well as a krathong floating tradition. Enjoy sumptuous Thai cuisine, fresh seafood, and international dishes at River Barge Restaurant and Pier 28 at THB 2,499 net for adults and THB 1,249 net for children (6-11 years old). "Loy Krathong Package" including buffet dinner for 2 persons and a 1-night stay in a gorgeous Grand Room City View (room only) priced at only THB 5,888 net. Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020 Contact: riverbarge.chrb@chatrium.com / www.chatrium.com / +66 (0) 2 307 8888   ROYAL ORCHID SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS Situated by the bank of Chao Phraya river in a culture-rich area of Bangkok, the hotel offers a luxurious stay with unforgettable view and finest delicacies. What's special: An Isarn-themed celebration with an exquisite dinner Giorgio's Loy Krathong International Buffet, priced at THB 2,800++ per person. Riverside Grill, an extensive selection of a la carte dishes plus one premium dish of your choice, priced at THB 2,000++ per person. Thara Thong, royal Thai cuisine a la carte menu featuring complimentary Thai costume for you to wear during dinner upon prior arrangement, priced from THB 290++ per dish. *Top up with free flow of house red/white/sparkling wines, local beers, soft drinks and drinking water at THB 999 net. *Children 0-4 years old eat free, 5-12 years old pay half price. Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020 Contact: bit.ly/roloykrathong / events.rosh@sheraton.com / +66 (0) 2 266 0123   SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BANGKOK Luxury at its finest can be found here, plus a gorgeous view that will take your breath away. What's special: Get dressed and join the magical celebration with a Long Drum

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Since 2016, ART x Lagos has been a cornerstone of the African art scene, as well as the first of its kind in West Africa. Over 30,000 visitors, from art collectors, art patrons, scholars, to critics and more, have traveled from all over the globe to visit this cutting-edge art fair. The fair has also hosted delegations from leading global art institutions. The growth of the scene is undoubtedly indicators of Lagos’ position as a fast-emerging and exciting cultural hub. As this year has given most people a reason to reflect and pivot, these galleries represent the resilience and creativity of the African continent. Visitors to the online fair via ARTXLAGOS.COM will be able to explore 200 works from leading artists offering up new perspectives on histories grounded in Africa and its people.   BLOOM ART LAGOS Lagos, Nigeria Currently a unique fusion of an art gallery and private studio, Bloom Art Lagos offers intimate exhibitions in an accessible format that is supported by coveted ancillary programming, tailored to each exhibition. Inspired by a desire for innovative approaches to showcasing and challenging Nigerian artists, the gallery offers pointed perspectives on contemporary visual art, connecting it to significant cultural precedents. Featured Artists: Angela Amami Isiuwe, Gbenga Offo, Olu Ajayi, Richardson Ovbiebo and Uchay Joel Chilma.   ED CROSS FINE ART London, UK Ed Cross Fine Art collaborates with emerging and established artists on the African continent and its Diaspora, seeking to stage conversations between practitioners and international audiences, as guided by its artists. The exhibition platform seeks to amplify voices historically silenced, and to create space for their independent development. Featured Artists: Abe Odedina, Tiffanie Delune and Wole Lagunju.   GALERIE CÉCILE FAKHOURY Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Opening its doors in 2012, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury had by 2018 expanded to Dakar, Senegal, and Paris, France. Strongly rooted in their respective identities and stories, the artists it represents distinguish themselves through the use of a language that abolishes barriers and rejects geographical stigmatisation. Featured Artists: Aboudia, François Xavier Gbré, Ouattara Watts, Roméo Mivekannin and Sadikou Oukpedjo.   GALERIE MAM Doula, Cameroon With nearly 25 years of experience and a strong professional reputation in the art market, Galerie MAM continues to offer exciting programs to its collectors and art lovers, in addition to providing advisory and logistics services. The gallery plays a significant part in the promotion of contemporary African art offering a robust program with a diverse catalogue of works. Featured Artists: Bernard Matussière, Boris Nzebo and Claudie Poinsard.   Kó Lagos, Nigeria In Yoruba, kó translates as a verb meaning ‘to gather’ or ‘to build’. The art space is dedicated to promoting modern and contemporary art with a dual focus on championing Nigeria’s leading artists from the modern period and celebrating emerging and established contemporary artists across Africa and the Diaspora. It aims to support the visual arts in Africa by providing a platform to communicate, share and grow. Featured Artists: Ben Osawe, Chike Obeagu, Chioma Ebinama, Isaac Emokpae, Toyin Loye and Uzo Egonu.   LOUISIMONE GUIRANDOU GALLERY Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery was formed from pioneering gallery Arts Pluriels, one of the first traditional and contemporary art galleries in Africa. Through an eclectic program

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GHM has signed a management agreement with Aquarius International Development (AQI) to operate a 200-key resort on Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand, which is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2023. The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a cliff-edge restaurant, rooftop bar, spa, infinity pool with pool bar, and conference facilities overlooking the gleaming Gulf of Thailand. “This new resort is shaping up with an integrity of design and a certain poise that are hallmarks of the Chedi experience,” said GHM CEO Tommy Lai. “We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013, and The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.” Koh Chang is a pristine gem in the Gulf of Thailand, which is accessible by air and by road from Bangkok, with car ferries from Trat mainland to Koh Chang taking less than an hour. When the impeccable design and exceptional amenities of the resort arrive on the island, the best is yet to come!

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The Royal Cliff Hotels Group was once again recognised for its efforts in hygiene and safety by receiving the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The stamp is a significant recognition that Royal Cliff is a destination that implements the highest health, hygiene and safety standards that comply with the prevention, protocols and sanitary measures outlined by the international body. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in Thailand, Royal Cliff took this opportunity to improve, upgrade and advance further. It developed the Prevent and Protect Program which was based on the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Thailand’s Ministry of Health. It consists of a wide range of measures to ensure that guests will have an extraordinary and safe stay in all its different hotels. The Safe Travels stamp is the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene designation for travel and tourism, designed specifically to address COVID-19 and similar outbreaks. It enables travelers to recognize destinations that have implemented health and hygiene standards aligned with WTTC’s Safe Travels Protocols, so they can experience “Safe Travels”. Royal Cliff has also received the Amazing Thailand ‘Safety and Health Administration’ (SHA) Certificate which signifies that the hotel is ready to welcome domestic and international guests. For more information on the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, please visit www.royalcliff.com

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Banpu NEXT,  in collaboration with Phuket Patri Tour, has recently lauched innovative Banpu NEXT e-Ferry in Phuket as Thailand’s first marine tour electric ferry, starting its first route with Phuket – Phang-nga tour. Tourists are welcomed to embark on a clean energy ferry to take pleasure in green tourism, visiting the country's most stunning spots in gorgeous Phang-nga Bay including Ko Pa Nak, Ko Hong, Khao Ta Pu (James Bond Island) and Khao Phing Kan. Key features of Banpu NEXT e-Ferry include its capabilities in terms of traveling comfort, high level of safety, being built under ISO 9001: 2015 standards for quality management system, and energy-saving and eco-friendly advantages because it does not create any oil and noise and air pollutions. If all of  marine tourism activities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulld of Thailand are electrified like Banpu NEXT e-Ferry, over 53 million liters of fuels can be saved and 140,000 tonnes of CO2 emission can be reduced in one year, which is equivalent to planting 17 million trees. This pioneering project could lead to massively beneficial changes to the environment, without having to sacrifice the joy of travelling. For more information and for booking a chartered tour, please call + 66 (0) 76 263 558, visit website www.phuketpatritourgroup.com or go to Facebook page ‘Phuket Patri Tour’.

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