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In southeastern Vietnam, Azerai Ke Ga Bay, an elegant and secluded oceanfront retreat, is now ready to welcome you to the days of serenity. Boasting elegance in the minimalist design, plus its precious surroundings like pristine ocean, Ke Ga island and soaring sand dunes, this is the place for the getaway of your dream. The 46-key resort, a combination of suites and private-pool suites, succeeds Princess D’Annam Resort & Spa on the same site following an extensive renovation, and is located 180 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City on a sweeping five-kilometer white sand beach overlooking the East Sea. Aside from the natural glamour of the setting, the Azerai Spa elevates the pleasure of staying here with 10 private treatment rooms and modern hydrotherapy facilities. The Terrace, The Dining Room and The Living Room provide a variety of dining and lounging options, including both indoor and outdoor settings with views of the beach and relaxed poolfront tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The culinary team crafts an array of local delicacies, with a focus on plentiful offerings from the sea. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first beach resort, and follows Azerai La Residence, Hue, a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital, and Azerai Can Tho, a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta. Visit azerai.com/resorts/azerai-ke-ga-bay for more details.

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A highly-anticipated Ritz Carlton Reserve, Higashiyama Niseko Village, is now ready to welcome guests to Japan's first-rate winter wonderland of Niseko in the country's northernmost island of Hokkaido, offering an exceptional escape for guests seeking personal and physical exploration. The resort, owned by YTL Hotels, is a stunning ski-in/ski-out property that interweaves the highest level of personalised service and care with the charm of Japan’s local history, culture and cuisine. Higashiyama Niseko Village is only the fifth Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the world, and the very first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan.  Higashiyama Niseko Village features 50 elegant guest rooms and suites appointed with refined amenities. A sense of cultivated beauty infuses all the spaces in the resort, with natural polished marble, fragrant cedarwood and flame brushed finished granite. Its culinary ethos focuses on the philosophy of “shun”, the celebration of seasonal produce harvested at its peak. Guests can expect delectable cuisine that mirrors the seasons with the finest locally sourced vegetables, prized cuts and seafood served at Yukibana, or quintessential dining experiences at Sushi Nagi that observes the omakase tradition of entrusting the “Itamae”, or head chef, with his delicate creations. Customised cocktails, single malts and local brews may be savoured by the fireplace at Ume Lounge, with an eclectic array of Izakaya-style dishes. Higashiyama Niseko Village is only the fifth Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the world, and the very first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan. For more information and reservation enquiries, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/higashiyamanisekovillage or email reservation.higashiyama@ritzcarlton.com. 

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From now until 17 February 2021, River City Bangkok invites you to dive into the world of dreams and emotions through the eyes of Marcelo von Schwartz, an Argentine film director, architect, and art photographer, at his Bangkok Dreamscape exhibition, showcasing his perspective as an architect towards the metropolis that never cease to transform in form of "a re-creation of a wide range of emotional inputs placed in another dimension, as if it is coming from a dream." The exhibition takes place at RCB Galleria 3 on the second floor of River City Bangkok. Free entry. For updates, keep yourself posted at River City Bangkok Facebook Page.  

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Lumpini Park is a large-sized public park located at the heart of Bangkok covering the area of 300 rai. It is regarded as Thailand’s first public park that has lasted since the reign of King Rama VI. Comparing to human life stages, this park is probably at the stage of senior adult who has had a lot of descendants and has been through thick and thin for many years. Many people, at a minimum of 10,000 visitors each day, has come to visit our Great-Grand Parent with different purposes. Some people come for taking a walk, doing exercises, organizing various events such as Red Cross fair, Songkran festive event, walk rally and marathon activity, and so on. Lumpini Park is not only a large and multi-purposed public park, but this extensive green space is also the place where a number of recreation centers, associations and clubs are located. It has unique shady atmosphere with big, old and long-standing trees scattering all over the park with large-scale pond and vast green areas amongst the high-rise buildings of modern urban society. In the next 5 years, the year 2025 will mark the 100th anniversary of Lumpini Park. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to implement a significant makeover to transform the park to be a colossal green area that supports urban lifestyles in the modern era. Initially, the regeneration plan is divided into three phases: the first phase is that all infrastructures and public utilities systems in the park will be renovated such as the works to improve pipelines and underground drainage system, wastewater management, lighting system, pavement and running tracks and renovate buildings in the park. For the second phase, area development will be conducted to make the park a learning space. Lastly, in the third phase, unused areas will be developed to the utmost benefits for the public. This receives positive cooperation from landscape architectures to jointly propose the development concepts and transformation designs. Nevertheless, survey of public opinions from service users and private sectors nearby will be conducted in order that all stakeholders can participate in this mission. For more updates, keep yourself posted at www.prbangkok.com

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Pattaya City is just a few hours' drive away from Bangkok, so it is undoubtedly a popular beach destination for urbanites, especially for those who seek liveliness while being pacified by gentle sea breeze. With its premium location that is close to the beach while being situated amidst silence, OZO North Pattaya invites you to explore the vibrance of Pattaya, knowing you are always welcome to recharge at this cosy home away from home. At highly affordable prices, you will be surprised by the very-well-thought-out facilities at the hotel, from an immense pool, fun spots for kids, tasty delicacies, to high quality beddings and the in-room comforts that will make you feel completely at ease. Here is our quick introduction for this marvelous stay: https://youtu.be/mnujDskupI8 For booking and further information, please visit www.ozohotels.com/pattaya.   

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Capella Bangkok, the refined boutique retreat on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, sets the stage for a spectacular passing of the year with indelible epicurean get-togethers. On 31 December 2020, the culinary experts at Côte will craft an exclusive year-end menu with optional wine pairing, while Phra Nakhon hosts an enchanting interactive feast with shared courses and live stations. Count down to the new year at Stella, where Champagne, free-flow cocktails and canapés lead up to a spectacular firework show at midnight. The resort also offers New Year’s Eve ‘Under The Stars’ accommodation package, starting from THB 52,888++ per room for 2 persons, including complimentary room upgrade, luxurious New Year Eve’s dinner, live entertainment, late checkout and more. When 2021 commences, Phra Nakhon and Côte will both host special New Year’s Day lunches on 1 January 2021, with the option of wine and Champagne to start off 2021 in style. For full details, please visit this page. To learn more, please email info.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +66 (0 2 098 3888.

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Inspired by the story of Fifty Shades of Grey, Playroom in Ekamai brings the vibes of spellbinding Russian bar with seductiveness added, inviting you to indulge in creative drinks in the luxuriously sensual setting, and be pampered by melodic jazz music from vintage vinyl records and live jazz bands. After the success of Stage, Sainisa "Jay" Sangsingkeaw creates Playroom, a luxurious classic speakeasy bar dressed in red, gold, and black, plus fun gimmicks. The entrance is a secret door that blends into a wall of hundreds of drawers, hiding an elegant bar with the finest attention to every minute detail. The bar counter brings to mind a sensuous corset, under a dazzling and illusory light, being the electrifying spot to take pleasure in a cocktail, champagne, or a smooth glass of whiskey. Playroom features 10 signature cocktails specially conjured to convey its sensual character, as well as a wide selection of classic cocktails, exquisite champagnes, and rare whiskeys available only in few places in Bangkok, alongside Stage light snacks and signature dishes from Stage to pair with the drinks. Playroom opens daily from 18:00 - 24:00. Visit Playroom's Facebook page for more details or call +66 (0) 80 278 7808 for reservations.

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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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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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With the Covid-19 pandemic crisis hitting the globe, a new genre of travel has appeared i.e. private, whether individual or group. Lifestyle + Travel has compiled a list of top villas and suites in Thailand for your next holiday in private and in style, as it looks like we will have to live with the ‘new normal’ for quite some time.   Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood Known for its unparalleled luxury meets eco-friendly philosophy, Soneva Kiri nestles within lush rainforest on an unspoiled island with some of the best beaches in Thailand. The Six Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Reserve, a magical haven atop the cliff, spans over 2,928 sqm and caters up to 16 guests with its six bedrooms. The tree house is a dream come true for children, their own realm in a private jungle canopy. There is a separate master bedroom with walk-in dressing area and bathroom with outdoor vanity, blitz shower, steam room and bath. Four further ensuite bedrooms have with indoor and outdoor showers, bath and personalised deck areas. Other enticing features of this haven are the gargantuan swimming pool with its own water slide, gym and steam room, games room, outdoor dining table and oversized cushions on enormous day beds overlooking the water. E. mail@soneva.com / reservations@soneva.com W. soneva.com   Villa Siam at Iniala Beach House, Phang Nga Designed by Eggarat Wongcharit, Villa Siam is an eclectic fantasy inspired by Thai culture and Buddhism in Phang Nga. Eggarat’s extraordinary creations use a modern take on traditional Thai craftsmen’s techniques, and his unique and original work includes beds and sofas suspended from the ceiling by wicker bamboo, as well as a spa inscribed with Buddhist teachings translated into English, located within an ancient golden Thai bell. Intricate wickerwork and glass mosaics grace the rooms, one of which pays tribute to the sacred Buddha with three large illuminated images on the wall behind hanging white sofas, covered in mother of pearl. A wrapped pagoda with traditional Thai weaving expanding over it onto the ceiling ties the room’s contemporary lines with its Thai roots seamlessly together, and the weaving incorporates an elaborate dream catcher facing down upon guests as they walk in. A dining table seats up to six, with a backdrop of playfully-waving cats. E. info@iniala.com W. inialathailand.com   Villa 24 at Samujana, Koh Samui Set on a tranquil, pristine beach of Samui, Villa 24 is the largest of the Samujana villas at an impressive 1,808 sqm. This is a home for a big family or someone with many friends, as it showcases eight bedrooms. Villa 24 has both south and west views over the Gulf of Thailand for enjoying sunrises and sunsets over the ocean. It comes complete with an outdoor dining sala, private gym, cinema, large infinity edge pool and jacuzzi. The friendly Samujana Villa hosts have been handpicked and professionally trained to ensure guest needs are not only met, but exceeded. For fun beyond the villa, Samujana offers an extensive range of land and water experiences from boating excursions on a private sailboat to chauffeured tours

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A highly-anticipated Ritz Carlton Reserve, Higashiyama Niseko Village, is now ready to welcome guests to Japan's first-rate winter wonderland of Niseko in the country's northernmost island of Hokkaido, offering an exceptional escape for guests seeking personal and physical exploration. The resort, owned by YTL Hotels, is a stunning ski-in/ski-out property that interweaves the highest level of personalised service and care with the charm of Japan’s local history, culture and cuisine. Higashiyama Niseko Village is only the fifth Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the world, and the very first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan.  Higashiyama Niseko Village features 50 elegant guest rooms and suites appointed with refined amenities. A sense of cultivated beauty infuses all the spaces in the resort, with natural polished marble, fragrant cedarwood and flame brushed finished granite. Its culinary ethos focuses on the philosophy of “shun”, the celebration of seasonal produce harvested at its peak. Guests can expect delectable cuisine that mirrors the seasons with the finest locally sourced vegetables, prized cuts and seafood served at Yukibana, or quintessential dining experiences at Sushi Nagi that observes the omakase tradition of entrusting the “Itamae”, or head chef, with his delicate creations. Customised cocktails, single malts and local brews may be savoured by the fireplace at Ume Lounge, with an eclectic array of Izakaya-style dishes. Higashiyama Niseko Village is only the fifth Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the world, and the very first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan. For more information and reservation enquiries, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/higashiyamanisekovillage or email reservation.higashiyama@ritzcarlton.com. 

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In southeastern Vietnam, Azerai Ke Ga Bay, an elegant and secluded oceanfront retreat, is now ready to welcome you to the days of serenity. Boasting elegance in the minimalist design, plus its precious surroundings like pristine ocean, Ke Ga island and soaring sand dunes, this is the place for the getaway of your dream. The 46-key resort, a combination of suites and private-pool suites, succeeds Princess D’Annam Resort & Spa on the same site following an extensive renovation, and is located 180 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City on a sweeping five-kilometer white sand beach overlooking the East Sea. Aside from the natural glamour of the setting, the Azerai Spa elevates the pleasure of staying here with 10 private treatment rooms and modern hydrotherapy facilities. The Terrace, The Dining Room and The Living Room provide a variety of dining and lounging options, including both indoor and outdoor settings with views of the beach and relaxed poolfront tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The culinary team crafts an array of local delicacies, with a focus on plentiful offerings from the sea. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first beach resort, and follows Azerai La Residence, Hue, a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital, and Azerai Can Tho, a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta. Visit azerai.com/resorts/azerai-ke-ga-bay for more details.

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With the Covid-19 pandemic crisis hitting the globe, a new genre of travel has appeared i.e. private, whether individual or group. Lifestyle + Travel has compiled a list of top villas and suites in Thailand for your next holiday in private and in style, as it looks like we will have to live with the ‘new normal’ for quite some time.   Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood Known for its unparalleled luxury meets eco-friendly philosophy, Soneva Kiri nestles within lush rainforest on an unspoiled island with some of the best beaches in Thailand. The Six Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Reserve, a magical haven atop the cliff, spans over 2,928 sqm and caters up to 16 guests with its six bedrooms. The tree house is a dream come true for children, their own realm in a private jungle canopy. There is a separate master bedroom with walk-in dressing area and bathroom with outdoor vanity, blitz shower, steam room and bath. Four further ensuite bedrooms have with indoor and outdoor showers, bath and personalised deck areas. Other enticing features of this haven are the gargantuan swimming pool with its own water slide, gym and steam room, games room, outdoor dining table and oversized cushions on enormous day beds overlooking the water. E. mail@soneva.com / reservations@soneva.com W. soneva.com   Villa Siam at Iniala Beach House, Phang Nga Designed by Eggarat Wongcharit, Villa Siam is an eclectic fantasy inspired by Thai culture and Buddhism in Phang Nga. Eggarat’s extraordinary creations use a modern take on traditional Thai craftsmen’s techniques, and his unique and original work includes beds and sofas suspended from the ceiling by wicker bamboo, as well as a spa inscribed with Buddhist teachings translated into English, located within an ancient golden Thai bell. Intricate wickerwork and glass mosaics grace the rooms, one of which pays tribute to the sacred Buddha with three large illuminated images on the wall behind hanging white sofas, covered in mother of pearl. A wrapped pagoda with traditional Thai weaving expanding over it onto the ceiling ties the room’s contemporary lines with its Thai roots seamlessly together, and the weaving incorporates an elaborate dream catcher facing down upon guests as they walk in. A dining table seats up to six, with a backdrop of playfully-waving cats. E. info@iniala.com W. inialathailand.com   Villa 24 at Samujana, Koh Samui Set on a tranquil, pristine beach of Samui, Villa 24 is the largest of the Samujana villas at an impressive 1,808 sqm. This is a home for a big family or someone with many friends, as it showcases eight bedrooms. Villa 24 has both south and west views over the Gulf of Thailand for enjoying sunrises and sunsets over the ocean. It comes complete with an outdoor dining sala, private gym, cinema, large infinity edge pool and jacuzzi. The friendly Samujana Villa hosts have been handpicked and professionally trained to ensure guest needs are not only met, but exceeded. For fun beyond the villa, Samujana offers an extensive range of land and water experiences from boating excursions on a private sailboat to chauffeured tours

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Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse brings you to a whole new GLAMPING experience without having to leave Bangkok! “Surawongse Glamping” has landed in Bangkok for the very first time, transforming the hotel's pool terrace into your one-off outdoor get-together, with the whole space all-to-yourself for ultimate enjoyment with an exquisite choice of indulgent tailored menu and beverages while soaking in splendid views of the glittering city under a starry sky. Open for booking for every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and starting from this 18 December onwards. Priced at THB 2,888++ per person, including dinner and beverages. The package is for 2.30 hours and 2 - 10 persons. For more information and booking, please contact pawika.j@marriott.com or send us Facebook message via www.facebook.com/marriottsurawongse

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To make your day special without having to leave the house, UNO MAS offers delicious at-home experience with "Seafood on Ice Brunch", alongside a bottle of world-class G.H. Mumm Changpange to pamper your tongue with Spanish and Mediterranean delights. Freshly-imported delicacies include Canadian lobster (1 piece per person), Alaskan king crab, black tiger prawns, slipper lobster, New Zealand mussels, and smoked salmon. You can also indulge in a selection of cold cuts with Iberico Jamon and condiments, pulpo (octopus) salad, white anchovies in vinegar Boquerones royal cut smoked salmon salad Cogollo de Tudela, seafood Nikkei ceviche, and spinach salad with raisins and Manchego. The brunch also includes fresh-baked baguettes with butter as well as an assortment of petits fours. An all inclusive brunch package for 2 people with a 0.75-liter bottle of G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne is priced at THB 7,999 net. A brunch for 4 people with a 1.5-liter magnum bottle of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne is priced at THB 15,555 net. Orders must be placed at least 1 day in advance via +66 (0) 2 100 6255 or diningcgcw@chr.co.th. Deliver daily during 12:00 - 19:00. Free delivery within a 10-km radius (THB 20 per additional km). To find out more about UNO MAS, visit www.unomasbangkok.com

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From 9 January 2021 onwards, Playroom, the Fifty Shades Of Grey-inspired speakeasy bar in Ekamai, temporary turns itself into "Playroom Café", a luxuriously seductive and sexy café like no other! Playroom Café, together with the crowd-pleasing contemporary French casual fine-dining restaurant “Stage”, offers indulgent cups of freshly-brewed coffee (THB 70 - 120), drip coffee (THB 160), and other drinks such as, Iced Chocolate (THB 120), Iced Matcha Latte (THB 120) and Iced Thai Milk Tea (THB 100). There are also other refreshing mocktails, inspired by Playroom’s signature cocktails (all at THB 180). Enjoy selections of homemade pastry, scones (THB 350), signature desserts (THB 390) from the famous Stage’s Dessert Trolley, or even snack menu like the signature Truffle Hot Dog (THB 280) and Wagyu Burger (THB 450), while losing yourself in the fascinating jazz tunes. Playroom Café opens daily from 12:00 - 20:00. For further details, call +66 (0) 80 278 7808 or visit www.facebook.com/Playroom.Bkk 

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Capella Bangkok, the refined boutique retreat on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, sets the stage for a spectacular passing of the year with indelible epicurean get-togethers. On 31 December 2020, the culinary experts at Côte will craft an exclusive year-end menu with optional wine pairing, while Phra Nakhon hosts an enchanting interactive feast with shared courses and live stations. Count down to the new year at Stella, where Champagne, free-flow cocktails and canapés lead up to a spectacular firework show at midnight. The resort also offers New Year’s Eve ‘Under The Stars’ accommodation package, starting from THB 52,888++ per room for 2 persons, including complimentary room upgrade, luxurious New Year Eve’s dinner, live entertainment, late checkout and more. When 2021 commences, Phra Nakhon and Côte will both host special New Year’s Day lunches on 1 January 2021, with the option of wine and Champagne to start off 2021 in style. For full details, please visit this page. To learn more, please email info.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +66 (0 2 098 3888.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Elements at The Okura Prestige Bangkok has once again been awarded a MICHELIN Star. Elements has developed a reputation for serving finely prepared gourmet French cuisine with seasonal Japanese influences. The restaurant is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Hans Zahner, who oversees tasting menus that are refreshed regularly to take full advantage of premium seasonal ingredients from around the world. Commenting on the award, Mr. Niek Hammer, General Manager of The Okura Prestige Bangkok, said, "Maintaining a MICHELIN star, the despite all the challenges faced this year, is a magnificent accolade for Elements. On behalf of Chef Hans and his team I would like to thank MICHELIN for recognizing that standards at the restaurant remain world-class and that our commitment to quality and a great dining experience continues to be rewarded." Executive Chef Sebastiaan Hoogewerf, added, "Earning praise from the MICHELIN Guide again this year is a wonderful accolade for Elements. It is a testament to the hard work of our kitchen team and front-of-house staff. I would like to thank all for their efforts and I congratulate them. We are going in the right direction with our culinary offerings at The Okura Prestige Bangkok and Elements is leading the way. 2021 promises to be an exciting year for gourmet dining." In addition to MICHELIN recognition, since 2017 Elements has been ranked as one of the top 5 best restaurants in the country by leading luxury lifestyle magazine Thailand Tatler in its annual Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants Dining Guide Awards. For more information and reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 687 9000, or email elements@okurabangkok.com, or www.okurabangkok.com

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To make the "work from home" period more enjoyable, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit now offers an uninterrupted and private work space with a "Workcation package", only at THB 1,200 net! The perks you will receive are as follows: Workcation in a Deluxe Room with a stunning view from 9:00 - 7:00 for one person A complimentary grab & go choice of coffee or tea from Tuxedo Espresso Bar A complimentary Bento lunch set to have in-room or at Tuxedo Espresso Bar, beverage included 20% off on foods and beverages at the hotel outlets and in-room dining during your working hours Complimentary Wi-Fi access Invite your guest at additional THB 300 net For an overnight stay, only THB 600 net additional charge Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit has implemented strict protocols for your safety and comfort and the hotel is SHA certified. The promotion is available from now until 28 February 2021. For further information or reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email to reservations@carltonhotel.co.th

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From now until 30 April 2021, you can book your vacation at newly opened Banyan Tree Krabi at tempting rates valid for stays until 30 September 2021! Situated at tranquil Tubkaek Beach, Banyan Tree Krabi is embraced by pristine seascape, offering jaw-dropping vista that is unique to the province. In addition, with its first-rate services, sublime design, unbeatable dining scene, and reinvigorating spa sessions, the resort is genuinely your private paradise. For your forthcoming trip, the 72-key luxury beach resort invites you to experience privacy amidst exquisite nature with these irresistible perks: 25% off the best rate at any of its suites and villas, each of which has its own private pool Complimentary breakfast 50% off any spa and massage treatment (plus 30% off a second treatment) A free afternoon tea set served in refined English style at either your private terrace or at Naga Kitchen Thai citizens can combine the discount with the national Rao Tiew Duay Gan (“Let’s Travel Together”) campaign whereby the government refunds 40% of their bill For more information and reservation, click HERE.

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Even though the global pandemic in 2020 may halted your international travels, it is still great to learn about wonderful things to look forward to when the situation eases up. For your future trips, here are some of the soon-to-be-launched tropical havens that could become your next favourite stays!   The Ithaafushi Private Island by Waldorf Astoria Maldives In January, The Ithaafushi Private Island Estate by Waldorf Astoria Maldives will make the paradise island even more paradisiacal. The elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi invites you to experience its one-of-a-kind spin-off with superb privacy and first-rate luxuries on the secluded 32,000 sqm island. The Ithaafushi Private Island Estate features elegant standalone villas, accommodating up to 24 guests, accessible by a private yacht, alongside a team of dedicated Experience Curators to satisfy your every need while you are relishing in the stunning vista of endless sea of turquoise and gleamingly white sands.  W: www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com/private-island   Regent Phu Quoc If you seek an exquisite sanctuary for your body and mind, Regent™ Phu Quoc is the place. The all villas and suites resort offers options from one bedroom havens to expansive seven bedroom ultra-villas, all of which are dressed elegantly, as well as daily vista of breathtaking sunset best viewed from your private infinity pool, rooftop bar, or a Personal Haven fashioned on the beach. Besides, the resort's facilities and wellness journeys will make you feel more rejuvenated than ever. W: www.ihg.com/regent/hotels/us/en/phu-quoc/pqcrr/hoteldetail   Kagi Maldives Spa Island  Situated in the secluded tip of North Male’ Atoll, the adults-only five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island has freshly debuted with 50 polished villas and top-notch wellness experience. At the heart of the island sits Kagi’s 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub, offering personalised programmes for guests to Release, Restore, and Regain with a wide array of therapies ranging from the classics to the alternatives. To discover pristine underwater glamour, a dive centre is there to assist you. W: www.kagimaldives.com   Andaz Bali, Indonesia In historic Sanur, Andaz Bali will open its wondrous door in April with eye-catching design inspired by the surrounding traditional Balinese villages, while adding a contemporary twist. Andaz Bali will offer guests vibrant culinary experiences including grilled seafood on the beachfront alongside a myriad of leisure options including shared wellness facilities with the adjacent Hyatt Regency Bali. W: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/indonesia/andaz-bali/dpsaz

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Tinidee Hideaway Tonsai Beach Krabi, Krabi's latest stylish stay at scenic Tonsai Bay with beach-facing private villas, a Thai longhouse with hostel-style dorms, pleasant public facilities and resort swimming pool, is now offering irresistible promotions for those seeking an escape to a placid place. The idyllic beach location makes it ideal for rock-climbers, adventurers, families and those looking for a relaxing break. STAY LONGER, SAVE MORE For stays of 2 nights or more, you can enjoy 25% OFF Best Available Rates (room only and room with breakfast). Other superb benefits include: - Daily breakfast at Café Nidee (for room with breakfast bookings) - Free High Speed Wi-Fi Access - 'MAYA' welcome drink upon arrival - Early check-in from 13:00 (subject to availability) - Late check-out till 14:00 (subject to availability) - Free cancelation up to 24 hours before arrival BOOK NOW AND SAVE Reserve a stay now for your future visit to receive 15% OFF Best Available Rates (room only and room with breakfast). Other great benefits include: - Daily breakfast at Café Nidee (for room with breakfast bookings) - Free High Speed Wi-Fi Access - 'MAYA' welcome drink upon arrival - Early check-in from 13:00 (subject to availability) - Late check-out till 14:00 (subject to availability) - Free cancelation up to 24 hours before arrival   The promotions are available for bookings and stays from now - 31  March 2021. For more information and to make a reservation, please call +66 (0) 75 628 042 or www.tinidee.com

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From now until 30 April 2021, you can book your vacation at newly opened Banyan Tree Krabi at tempting rates valid for stays until 30 September 2021! Situated at tranquil Tubkaek Beach, Banyan Tree Krabi is embraced by pristine seascape, offering jaw-dropping vista that is unique to the province. In addition, with its first-rate services, sublime design, unbeatable dining scene, and reinvigorating spa sessions, the resort is genuinely your private paradise. For your forthcoming trip, the 72-key luxury beach resort invites you to experience privacy amidst exquisite nature with these irresistible perks: 25% off the best rate at any of its suites and villas, each of which has its own private pool Complimentary breakfast 50% off any spa and massage treatment (plus 30% off a second treatment) A free afternoon tea set served in refined English style at either your private terrace or at Naga Kitchen Thai citizens can combine the discount with the national Rao Tiew Duay Gan (“Let’s Travel Together”) campaign whereby the government refunds 40% of their bill For more information and reservation, click HERE.

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Tinidee Hideaway Tonsai Beach Krabi, Krabi's latest stylish stay at scenic Tonsai Bay with beach-facing private villas, a Thai longhouse with hostel-style dorms, pleasant public facilities and resort swimming pool, is now offering irresistible promotions for those seeking an escape to a placid place. The idyllic beach location makes it ideal for rock-climbers, adventurers, families and those looking for a relaxing break. STAY LONGER, SAVE MORE For stays of 2 nights or more, you can enjoy 25% OFF Best Available Rates (room only and room with breakfast). Other superb benefits include: - Daily breakfast at Café Nidee (for room with breakfast bookings) - Free High Speed Wi-Fi Access - 'MAYA' welcome drink upon arrival - Early check-in from 13:00 (subject to availability) - Late check-out till 14:00 (subject to availability) - Free cancelation up to 24 hours before arrival BOOK NOW AND SAVE Reserve a stay now for your future visit to receive 15% OFF Best Available Rates (room only and room with breakfast). Other great benefits include: - Daily breakfast at Café Nidee (for room with breakfast bookings) - Free High Speed Wi-Fi Access - 'MAYA' welcome drink upon arrival - Early check-in from 13:00 (subject to availability) - Late check-out till 14:00 (subject to availability) - Free cancelation up to 24 hours before arrival   The promotions are available for bookings and stays from now - 31  March 2021. For more information and to make a reservation, please call +66 (0) 75 628 042 or www.tinidee.com

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Capella Bangkok, the refined boutique retreat on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, sets the stage for a spectacular passing of the year with indelible epicurean get-togethers. On 31 December 2020, the culinary experts at Côte will craft an exclusive year-end menu with optional wine pairing, while Phra Nakhon hosts an enchanting interactive feast with shared courses and live stations. Count down to the new year at Stella, where Champagne, free-flow cocktails and canapés lead up to a spectacular firework show at midnight. The resort also offers New Year’s Eve ‘Under The Stars’ accommodation package, starting from THB 52,888++ per room for 2 persons, including complimentary room upgrade, luxurious New Year Eve’s dinner, live entertainment, late checkout and more. When 2021 commences, Phra Nakhon and Côte will both host special New Year’s Day lunches on 1 January 2021, with the option of wine and Champagne to start off 2021 in style. For full details, please visit this page. To learn more, please email info.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +66 (0 2 098 3888.

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Bangkok's creative flea market 'Made by Legacy' returns again with an endless and eclectic array of unique collections from more than 200 vendors, craftsmen, and taste-makers, offering vintage apparels, brand names archives, organic clothing, handmade accessories, crafted items, art pieces, old books, potteries, watches, vinyl records, one-of-a-kind home decorations, imported furniture, antiques rarities, and outdoor gears. As always, food and drinks are aplenty, ranging from a mix of cuisines, cocktails and creations, so you can deliciously hang out with your friends by the river after browsing one-off goods. Made by Legacy Number 12 will take place on 25 - 27 December 2020 at the warehouse next to the old Pepsi Pier in Bangkok, which is turned into a classic New York-style flea market. Check out www.madebylegacy.com or facebook.com/madebylegacy for updates.

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During the reign of King Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V), the Act on “Announcement on Canal Digging” was promulgated in 1877. King Rama V ordered the digging of a canal started from Phra Khanong Canal connecting to Bang Pakong River. The digging work was resumed from the existing canal which had been incomplete since the reign of King Rama III. This aimed to augment cultivated areas along both sides of the canal. In this regard, Phraya Prawet Burirom (Phraya is a noble title in Siam period) was assigned to direct and supervise the canal digging and King Rama V graciously named the canal after its supervisor “Prawet Burirom Canal”. The work was done with cadastral survey and the canal is in a straight line to shorten travel distance as much as possible. Another 4 branch canals were also dug, namely the Canal 1, Canal 2, Canal 3, and Canal 4. The waterways expanded the area of where people can earn a living. The digging of Prawet Burirom Canal started in 1878 and was completed in 1880 with total length of 46 kilometres. Before digging Prawet Burirom Canal, the area was a sparse forest with a very small population, as witnessed by some old people. Later, the use of vehicles increased thanks to more convenient roads. When the road along the Prawet Burirom Canal was constructed, people preferred to travel by cars instead of by boats. Prawet Burirom Canal presently had become merely the waterway supplying water to a community and draining water to the river and the sea. Presently, as the way of life of riverside community has changed, we must team up to revive the unique waterfront lifestyle. Concurrently, litter prevention campaigns should be launched in order to conserve and improve the health of canals and rivers. The canal can also be developed into an attraction, which can create jobs for people in the community. Prawet District, local administration and development committee of Prawet District, and Krathum Suea Pla Temple currently join forces to resurrect "Traditional Boat Racing Festival at Prawet Burirom Canal" to carry on the tradition, community lifestyle, and cultural heritage related to the water. Moreover, awareness campaigns should be conducted among youths and the public to acknowledge them on importance of nature, living as a community, and local culture and conserve these precious things for future generations. This might as well be ecotourism promotion of Prawet Burirom Canal and its neighbouring areas, as well as the promotion of public participation in upholding and preserving religions, arts, and culture which will take place during rainy season or in October. For more updates: prbangkok-eng.com

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Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, as the Director of the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA), presided over the meeting of BMA-CCSA, no.10/2021. Executives of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), BMA spokespersons, as well as representatives from BMA departments, Metropolitan Police Headquarters and Bangkok Internal Security Operations Command, district zones, and related agencies under the BMA participated in the meeting at Rattanakosin Room, Bangkok City Hall (Sao Chingcha), Phra Nakhon District. Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed that, according to the meeting to follow up the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic situation in Bangkok held on 14 January 2021, 14 new confirmed cases are detected. Key factor contributed to the declining number of patients is the BMA Announcement on the Order of Temporary Closure of Premises No. 14 dated December 29, 2020; No. 15 dated January 3, 2021; and No. 16 dated January 5, 2021. Previously, the number of cases had increased because many people traveled to risk areas or entertainment venues. At present, the BMA can control the outbreak situation. The BMA also conducted active case findings of more than 10,000 samples using nasopharyngeal swabs and saliva testing. From now on, the BMA will continuously speed up active case finding for COVID-19 cases as much as possible. The BMA Spokesman also mentioned the COVID-19 vaccines which will be given to Thai people that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha clearly reiterated that all Thais would be vaccinated to prevent Covid-19. The first in line will be healthcare and medical personnel according to the disease control guidelines as they are working closely with patients. Regarding side effects from the vaccines, medical professionals are working together to determine which vaccines to be used. Regarding the procuring of the vaccines, if the Royal Thai Government cannot allocate budget for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines, the BMA is ready to allocate its budget for the people of Bangkok. However, presently, all countries around the world are in need of vaccines while total manufacturing capacity is limited, which means it will take some time to successfully purchase the vaccines. Ministry of Public Health as well as the BMA Health Department and Medical Services Department have discussed on how to import good and effective COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate all Thai people as soon as possible. For more updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com     Photo by Ingo Joseph via Pexels.

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Bangkok is now a full-fledged ageing society, as the city has become the area with the highest number of aged populations in Thailand. It is, therefore, essential for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to prepare economic and medical services, as well as care facilities to be able to provide more inclusive and effective care for elderly people, leading to the construction project of Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home. At present, the BMA has run an old age home called Ban Bang Khae II home, located in Bang Khae District. However, it can accommodate only 140 persons, while there are over 1 million elderly people living in Bangkok. Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, has assigned the BMA organisations to work together in finding spots for additional old age homes to cover every corner of Bangkok. Fortunately, the BMA has gained a support from charitable persons who donated a 32-rai land located at Bueng Sakae Ngam, Khlong Sam Wa District, which is the most suitable location for the project. Hence, the Governor of Bangkok assigned the BMA Public Works Department to design the Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home Project in which, presently, the initial design has been completed. As for the conceptual idea for the design and planning of project, the project area is divided into 3 zones: the public zone comprising Public Health Center building and parking lot; the semi-public zone comprising administrative building, vocational training building, food center building, health park, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building; and the accommodation zone comprising houses, service and residential buildings for officers, and activity building. Houses in the accommodation zone has been designed and categorized into 2 types. Type A house can accommodate up to 8 people. Each house has 2 large bedrooms (4 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Type B house can accommodate up to 14 people. Each house is divided into 7 large bedrooms (2 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Both types of houses will be equipped with beds, wardrobes, tables, chairs, air conditioners, and handrails for the elderly bathrooms. The first phase of construction will focus on overall landscaping works, construction of food center building to be used temporarily as canteen, as well as administrative and vocational training buildings, construction of Type A houses, construction of dykes and moats around the project area, pool digging, road pavement toward the project area, growing trees as a project area fence; and installation of lighting and sanitary system. For the second phase, it is planned for the construction of additional Type A houses, Type B houses, activity building, service and residential buildings for officers, administrative building, vocational training building, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building, and Public Health Center building. The last phase of construction will be landscape improvement and construction of parking lot. It is expected that the first phase will be completed in 2022. Shortly after that, the BMA will accelerate the construction of the second phase. The budget for this project mainly comes from BMA and donations. The BMA believes

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Lumpini Park is a large-sized public park located at the heart of Bangkok covering the area of 300 rai. It is regarded as Thailand’s first public park that has lasted since the reign of King Rama VI. Comparing to human life stages, this park is probably at the stage of senior adult who has had a lot of descendants and has been through thick and thin for many years. Many people, at a minimum of 10,000 visitors each day, has come to visit our Great-Grand Parent with different purposes. Some people come for taking a walk, doing exercises, organizing various events such as Red Cross fair, Songkran festive event, walk rally and marathon activity, and so on. Lumpini Park is not only a large and multi-purposed public park, but this extensive green space is also the place where a number of recreation centers, associations and clubs are located. It has unique shady atmosphere with big, old and long-standing trees scattering all over the park with large-scale pond and vast green areas amongst the high-rise buildings of modern urban society. In the next 5 years, the year 2025 will mark the 100th anniversary of Lumpini Park. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to implement a significant makeover to transform the park to be a colossal green area that supports urban lifestyles in the modern era. Initially, the regeneration plan is divided into three phases: the first phase is that all infrastructures and public utilities systems in the park will be renovated such as the works to improve pipelines and underground drainage system, wastewater management, lighting system, pavement and running tracks and renovate buildings in the park. For the second phase, area development will be conducted to make the park a learning space. Lastly, in the third phase, unused areas will be developed to the utmost benefits for the public. This receives positive cooperation from landscape architectures to jointly propose the development concepts and transformation designs. Nevertheless, survey of public opinions from service users and private sectors nearby will be conducted in order that all stakeholders can participate in this mission. For more updates, keep yourself posted at www.prbangkok.com

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