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It's been a year already since Airbnb has launched compelling Online Experiences to invite people to travel virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Online Experiences allows you to still dig deep into local culture and share passions with the Hosts while staying safe at home. For an one-off virtual experience in Thailand, no matter where you are, you can Visit The Hidden Thai Village, learn about the History & Culture of Transwoman - Thailand, and try Street Dance with Smiles from Step Up. If you are a food aficionado, don't miss The Northern Thai Pantry! Various categories of the Online Experiences are available to satisfy your unique wanderlust. With a slow-but-steady increase of the number of the vaccinated, it opens up to more actions. Some new Online Experiences categories have emerged and have been gaining a lot of interest from people worldwide like the category of Outdoor Activities, Dance, Music, and Fitness & Recreation. Here are some of Airbnb’s most popular Online Experiences to date: From My House to Yours, Thai Cooking (most booked Online Experience in Thailand in 2020) Sangria and Secrets with Drag Taste Spice Up Life with Thai Food World's Top Coffee Masterclass ‘True vs False’ Funny Historical Game Pasta with the Grandmas GINspiration History & Cocktails at Home Master Northern Thai Dish with Insider Irish Village, History, Culture & Craic Secrets of Magic Looking ahead, Online Experiences will continue to support Host earnings, provide unique opportunities for human connection, and create new ways to draw travel inspiration from home. Keep your passport in your drawer, sit on your comfy couch, and explore the world now with the Online Experience.

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Even though it would take some more time for tourism to get back to the normal state, you can still look forward to bright days at the beach, adrenaline-rushing activities, or a romantic conversation in an embrace of mountains. Now, you can #TiewThip (meaning "imaginary travel" in Thai) to these high rated places recommended by booking.com, starting with picking a card that suits your emotion best, so you know where you want to set foot in once it's safe to do so.   Card No.1: Adventure This card shows that you are craving for an adventurous trip. With a venturous instinct, you are seeking for destinations where you can express your curiosity and athleticism while exploring the beauty of nature. One of the best choices for travelers who seek an adventure-based trip is Kanchanaburi. There are plenty of outdoor activities that can be joined whether it be mountain climbing, hiking, trekking tour or zipline while kayaking on the seemingly endless river or the big dam is always a top of mind activity for everyone. At the Panvaree Resort, guests in the raft resort are surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the river and can enjoy an all-free private kayak.   Card No.2: Relaxing This card reveals your true simple need to take a relaxing trip to de-stress and spend quality time close to the stunning coast. If you desire a relaxing trip that is close to nature - get refreshed and enjoy the peaceful and stunning surroundings of Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima. Have you ever visited DusitD2 Khao Yai on your best weekend trip? If not, why don’t you plan your next trip at this resort which offers verdant views, which harmoniously goes along with the deluxe decor design.   Card No. 3: Instagrammable This card shows your creativity and self-expressive spirit as you are a content creator! You always seek to explore the hidden or off-the-beaten track destinations, and opts to stay in unique accommodations in order to differentiate yourself from the crowd. If the uniqueness and picturesque spots matter to you, destinations that offer breathtaking views of nature as Phuket is the must-visit one. The Surin Phuket is surrounded by coconut trees on the white sand private beach with its clear turquoise waters, this beachfront property is the perfect tropical getaway, and perfect location to capture your memorable shots.   Card No.4: Sustainability This Card reveals the traveler’s true soul of conservation with a will of traveling that creates a positive impact to the environment and society. Have you ever imagined that travelers can take a trip while also supporting the destination’s recovery efforts and that their money's going back into the local community. Let’s explore what Koh Samui has. To make your journey more sustainable, consider an eco-friendly or green accommodation. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort is one of the eco-accommodations available on Booking.com. This resort offers a luxurious stay with plenty of leisure activities, whilst ensuring ecological conservation and partnerships with local communities through their practices. Moreover, travelers can enjoy their evening by visiting a nearby local market or area in order to support the local economy.

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Two outlets at Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit – Tuxedo Espresso Bar and Plate Restaurant – are now ready to bring their tasty bites to your doorstep! Now you can take pleasure in Tuxedo's famous Afternoon Tea at home, which is available for delivery from 12:00–16:30 daily, comprising new pastries like Blueberry & Brie Grilled Cheese Honey Toast, Pulled Pork Ciabatta and Crème Catalane, as well as Orange Crème Brulée. To fill your stomach, Plate Restaurant offers a distinctive selection of Strait dishes including Singapore Chicken Rice and Singapore Laksa, alongside a variety of comfort favourites like salads, burgers, pizza and pasta. The savouries can be ordered via LINEMAN and Foodpanda.

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In collaboration with outstanding design teams, Novotel has embraced new design concepts to turn the brand into a hospitality leader in the midscale hotel space. The new designs will be the next paramount chapter of the brand, transforming the hotels' signature experience into a whole new level. The four non-standardised concepts will be applied at Novotel locations across the globe. The modern, intuitive and ageless designs incorporates high-quality, sustainable materials. The teams and their winning design submissions include: RF Studio - adaptable, sustainable, easy to renovate, this concept delivers a homey feeling and unexpected atmosphere; guests are encouraged to discover a new way of hotel living and feel like they are at the heart of a village. Metro - modelled around Novotel’s of "Time is on your side", this modern design concept features natural tones and raw materials, inviting guests to enjoy a multifunctional and flexible space that evolves throughout the day. Sundukovy Sisters - This concept blends business with pleasure and mixes well-being among unique ‘co-living’ spaces that embrace lively, social surroundings, current trends and timeless comforts. Hypothesis - With a focus on reducing not only physical waste, but also reducing wasted space and time, this design concept allows guests to achieve the balance they seek during their stay. "Novotel is endowed with strong brand characteristics and a history of innovation and excellence within the global hospitality industry. We were inspired to build upon these strengths, with the goal of continuing to offer the best guest experience amid the evolving expectations of locals and international travellers alike," said Damien Perrot, Global Senior Vice President of Design at Accor. "We pushed the boundaries to conceive modern, intuitive design ideas, where the way we organize the space, the decor and every single object or element serves a specific purpose. All the chosen designs responded to this request brilliantly, allowing us to re-interpret the way we design Novotel hotels around the world. We look forward to writing the next chapter in the brand's acclaimed success story and to taking Novotel to new heights in the years to come." Over the next several years, guests can expect to see these new designs appearing at a number of Novotel locations worldwide.

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Tired of cooking at home? How about treating yourself with delectable dishes by some of Bangkok's famous eateries? – Restaurants across Bangkok under Accor brands such as Sofitel, Pullman and MGallery are now ready to serve up their signature dishes at your door!   European Cuisines Gourmands can enjoy freshly cooked Belgian savouries like Liège waffles, croquettes, and traditional Liégeoise meatballs in the comfort of your home delivered by Belga Rooftop Bar & Restaurant at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. Scarlett at Pullman G Bangkok is also offering a special set menu with main dishes including duck leg confit and Chiang Mai risotto truffle. Medici Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan – MGallery offers one, two or three-course authentic Italian set lunch, with a selection of 20 dishes. For a special French dinner, Signature Restaurant at VIE Bangkok Hotel offers a three-course dinner featuring lobster sausage, duck confit, and strawberry tart.   Tastes of Japan Delivered fresh from Pullman Bangkok King Power, Tenshino serves donburi bowls with mouth-watering toppings such as salmon or beef, while Tenko presents Chef Goji Kobayashi's Omakase boxes, including a selection of traditional nigiri sushi and the freshest available fish. YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar at VIE Bangkok Hotel offers a variety of delicious sets of authentic Japanese specialties like the Katsu Don set, comprising fluffy rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, egg, vegetables, and condiments.   Comfort Foods The renowned American burger joint from Los Angeles, 25 Degrees at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, delivers juiciest burgers, light bites, and refreshing drinks arranged in dreamy sets. For a quick and easy lunch, ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchada offers a Lunch Box Set for THB 180, from which you can select one salad, one main dish, and one dessert. Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam also offers Thai, Chinese, and international cuisine, such as Pad Thai, Dim Sum Bundle Set, and Taco, with prices starting at THB 180.   Free delivery and takeaway options are available at certain hotels depending on the location. AccorPlus members receive up to 25% discount. For orders and more information, visit all.accor.com/event/bangkok-home-delivery.en.shtml

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Set in untouched part of northern Ubud, Buahan, Bali's first Banyan Tree Escape, will open its door in September 2021 and will pioneer a "no walls, no doors" concept alongside sustainable, blend-into-nature design, as well as unique craft forms used throughout the property. For you to feel truly connected, the resort appoints open spaces with compelling activities to evoke a sense of community. At the resort's heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room offering a delectable experience with zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques, serving mainly plant-based options. The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique "open" garden experience. Embraced by rice paddies, jungle, river and waterfall, with a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks, the resort boasts one-off "The Naked Experience", where you are at one with nature. In addition to beautiful balés, you can spend some quality times at a garden sanctuary, which is ideal for meditation, reading, or simply relax. For more information and reservations, visit www.escape.banyantree.com. For more stories of Buahan, check out its Instagram @banyantree.escape.buahan.

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In collaboration with medical professionals and dietician, the talented culinary team at Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok is now ready to offer an opportunity to enjoy tasty dishes, which are full of health benefits, right at your home! The collection of delicious dairy- and gluten-free dishes are made using fresh ingredients and superfoods to optimise healthfulness of every bite and to meet the needs of those who have dietary restrictions. Additionally, each menu reveals its calorie content and nutritional facts, so it's easier for you to plan your day's meals for your best health. On the list are Thai favourites including stir-fried tofu, chili and hot basil, chicken and almond milk green curry, or sweet potato and chicken massamun curry, all of which are served with steamed locally-grown riceberry, as well as international options such as vegetable lasagna with tomato & pepper ragout, baked salmon with vegetable spaghetti and herb coulis, and lemongrass & mint chicken breast with steamed broccolini and roasted cherry tomatoes. Also available are pan-Asian specialties like red miso ramen with mushrooms and zucchini noodles, and an Asian-inspired Cobb salad. Guilt-free sweet treats are also on offered. To place an order, please use the official food delivery site or call +66 (0) 2 666 3333. Prices start from THB 220+, with free delivery within 3 kilometres of the hotel. For further distances, additional delivery fees apply.

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Siam Kempinski is now offering a special afternoon at your home with its afternoon tea delivery and takeaway options comprising mouth-watering homemade savouries and sweets inspired by summer blooms and sunshine, together with 2 servings of Ronnefeldt tea. In the comfort of your home, you can savour the hotel's delectable specialities including mini chèvre cheesecake and apricot compote; Canadian lobster and chilli mango tartlet; artisanal smoked salmon, ikura and dill sour cream; ham and truffle cheese sandwich roll; and smoked duck, Japanese pumpkin and citrus pie. In addition, you can have your tongue pampered by heavenly sweet treats like coconut pineapple choux; hazelnut chocolate and yuzu; passion fruit and raspberry tartlet and touch of rose; lemon lime macaron; exotic baba, pandan cream and mango compote; and apricot madeleine cake. The afternoon-tea classic plain, orange, raisin and Valrhona chocolate scones with homemade clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry jam are also included in the sets. The "Kempinski Pastry Tower – Takeaway Set" is priced at THB 890++ per set and includes two-piece of 12-kind mini-pastries with a total of 24 pieces, comprising a butter croissant; almond croissant; chocolate croissant; fruit Danish; coconut Danish; chocolate donut; sausage roll; bacon quiche; sugar brioche; ham and cheese puff; muffin of the day; and a soft roll served with two selections of jam and two servings of butter, paired with one choice of cold drink. The "Kempinski Pastry Box – Takeaway Set" is priced at THB 490+ per box and includes two-piece of six-kind mini-pastries with a total of 12 pieces, comprising a plain croissant; chocolate croissant; fruit Danish; bacon quiche; sausage roll; and muffin of the day served with one serving of jam and butter. An additional delivery fee is applied per destination and drop-off point within Bangkok. A takeaway or a delivery service is available daily with 24 hours' advance notice and is available until June 2021. Please contact Hanuman Bar at +66 (0) 2 162 9000, dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or use the Line Official Account @Siamkempinskihotel or click here.

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Bangkok's latest temping dining and staycation experience! The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is now offering a "Dinecation" package, inviting you to stay completely safe while savouring top-notch cuisine. The package allows you to stay at the hotel at any time in May and June 2021 and receive a credit package for VIP private dining at your beautiful room! With room rates starting from THB 4,800++ per night, you will receive THB 4,800 credit net per day to be used with any of the four restaurants at the hotel’s Epicurean Hub, with an assigned personal butler to make sure you have everything you need. The package also includes early check-in from 06:00 onwards and late check-out until 18:00. The Dinecation experience can be booked until 31 May 2021. Maximum occupancy is three adults per room, or two adults and two children per room. Marriott Bonvoy members will receive 1,000 bonus points. To reserve, please call +66 (0) 2 650 8800, email to Reservations.TheAthenee@luxurycollection.com, or visit www.theatheneehotel.com

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In accordance with the recent change of the Alternative State Quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving in Thailand, Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok, the holistic health-focused urban retreat amidst tropical gardens, offers new packages with post-stay medical services to ensure the long-term health of all guests. The wellness resort is now offering 7-, 10- or 14-day "Health Watch" packages, all of which comprise five-star accommodation in spacious rooms and suites with private balconies, three daily meals, a VIP airport transfer, and world-class medical services courtesy of Bangkok Hospital, including 24-hour nurse supervision, COVID-19 tests, immune system enhancing supplements, and tele-medical consultations. Three daily meals can be selected from regularly rotating menus featuring over 150 dishes, including an array of vegan and vegetarian choices, and scoops of Mövenpick ice cream and other tasty treats can be ordered from Rim Klong Café. The 7-day package is only valid for visitors who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations, while the 10-day option is applicable for regular travellers, and the 14-day package is required for visitors arriving from “high-risk” countries (as per the government’s latest list, to be announced every two weeks). After guests' ASQ period ends, Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok and Bangkok Hospital also offer additional medical check-ups to reassure their healthiness and safety with "ASQ Basic" and "ASQ Executive" services at special prices. Upon check-out, a Health Watch membership card will entitle the holder to a raft of benefits, including special rates, 25% discounts on F&B and future stays and three 50% discount vouchers at the resort’s restaurants. The Health Watch packages are available from now until 30 June 2021. Rates start from THB 41,000 net per person for the 7-day package, THB 55,000 net per person for the 10-day package, or THB 66,500 net per person for the 14-day package (all prices based on Superior Room accommodation – other rooms and suites are available). For further details, please contact +66 (0) 2 666 3333, resort.bdms.reservation@movenpick.com or visit www.movenpickbdmsbangkok.com

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Sit by an extended stretch of soft sands, five-star Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort is now offering a chance to escape with special perks for Thai residents: Stay for 2 nights and receive a THB 1,200 F&B credit per room to enjoy signature dishes and beverages at Mangosteen’s Restaurant and CocoVida Pool & Bar Stay for 3 nights and receive a THB 2,400 F&B credit per room to be used at Mangosteen’s Restaurant and CocoVida Pool & Bar Both promotions also include more benefits as follows: Complimentary daily breakfast for 2 persons Early check-in from 8:00 a.m. and late check-out up to 3:00 p.m. 20% off foods and beverages at all resort's outlets Complimentary use of all water sports equipment and access to outdoor group sessions "Two for the price of one" spa treatments 20% discount on tour program (if booked with our tour desk) 20% discount on laundry service Free high speed internet access in room and wireless in public areas These offers are for bookings and stays from now until 31 October 2021. Reservations can be cancelled or changed up to 24 hours before arrival date. For more information and to make a reservation, call +66 (0) 75 628 000 or visit www.dusit.com

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Even though it would take some more time for tourism to get back to the normal state, you can still look forward to bright days at the beach, adrenaline-rushing activities, or a romantic conversation in an embrace of mountains. Now, you can #TiewThip (meaning "imaginary travel" in Thai) to these high rated places recommended by booking.com, starting with picking a card that suits your emotion best, so you know where you want to set foot in once it's safe to do so.   Card No.1: Adventure This card shows that you are craving for an adventurous trip. With a venturous instinct, you are seeking for destinations where you can express your curiosity and athleticism while exploring the beauty of nature. One of the best choices for travelers who seek an adventure-based trip is Kanchanaburi. There are plenty of outdoor activities that can be joined whether it be mountain climbing, hiking, trekking tour or zipline while kayaking on the seemingly endless river or the big dam is always a top of mind activity for everyone. At the Panvaree Resort, guests in the raft resort are surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the river and can enjoy an all-free private kayak.   Card No.2: Relaxing This card reveals your true simple need to take a relaxing trip to de-stress and spend quality time close to the stunning coast. If you desire a relaxing trip that is close to nature - get refreshed and enjoy the peaceful and stunning surroundings of Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima. Have you ever visited DusitD2 Khao Yai on your best weekend trip? If not, why don’t you plan your next trip at this resort which offers verdant views, which harmoniously goes along with the deluxe decor design.   Card No. 3: Instagrammable This card shows your creativity and self-expressive spirit as you are a content creator! You always seek to explore the hidden or off-the-beaten track destinations, and opts to stay in unique accommodations in order to differentiate yourself from the crowd. If the uniqueness and picturesque spots matter to you, destinations that offer breathtaking views of nature as Phuket is the must-visit one. The Surin Phuket is surrounded by coconut trees on the white sand private beach with its clear turquoise waters, this beachfront property is the perfect tropical getaway, and perfect location to capture your memorable shots.   Card No.4: Sustainability This Card reveals the traveler’s true soul of conservation with a will of traveling that creates a positive impact to the environment and society. Have you ever imagined that travelers can take a trip while also supporting the destination’s recovery efforts and that their money's going back into the local community. Let’s explore what Koh Samui has. To make your journey more sustainable, consider an eco-friendly or green accommodation. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort is one of the eco-accommodations available on Booking.com. This resort offers a luxurious stay with plenty of leisure activities, whilst ensuring ecological conservation and partnerships with local communities through their practices. Moreover, travelers can enjoy their evening by visiting a nearby local market or area in order to support the local economy.

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It's been a year already since Airbnb has launched compelling Online Experiences to invite people to travel virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Online Experiences allows you to still dig deep into local culture and share passions with the Hosts while staying safe at home. For an one-off virtual experience in Thailand, no matter where you are, you can Visit The Hidden Thai Village, learn about the History & Culture of Transwoman - Thailand, and try Street Dance with Smiles from Step Up. If you are a food aficionado, don't miss The Northern Thai Pantry! Various categories of the Online Experiences are available to satisfy your unique wanderlust. With a slow-but-steady increase of the number of the vaccinated, it opens up to more actions. Some new Online Experiences categories have emerged and have been gaining a lot of interest from people worldwide like the category of Outdoor Activities, Dance, Music, and Fitness & Recreation. Here are some of Airbnb’s most popular Online Experiences to date: From My House to Yours, Thai Cooking (most booked Online Experience in Thailand in 2020) Sangria and Secrets with Drag Taste Spice Up Life with Thai Food World's Top Coffee Masterclass ‘True vs False’ Funny Historical Game Pasta with the Grandmas GINspiration History & Cocktails at Home Master Northern Thai Dish with Insider Irish Village, History, Culture & Craic Secrets of Magic Looking ahead, Online Experiences will continue to support Host earnings, provide unique opportunities for human connection, and create new ways to draw travel inspiration from home. Keep your passport in your drawer, sit on your comfy couch, and explore the world now with the Online Experience.

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If you are planning an elegant getaway suitable for multi-generations, don't miss out on considering Four Seasons Resorts as your family's next home-away-from-home with myriad facilities and activities to bring the family together and connect the young and the old with Thailand's vibrant culture amidst lush nature.   Get Closer to Nature and Culture at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai At Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, children and adults alike can enjoy learning about farming culture of Northern Thailand at the Resort's own rice fields and the rice museum, as well as meeting the Resort’s famous resident buffaloes. Kids will also get to join the farmers to place rice sprouts, which is a rare, valuable experience, in the vicinity of your exquisite villa. For the upcoming summer break, the Resort offers an exciting Family Escape with savings on residence, guaranteed upgrade, daily breakfast and the option of a Resort credit of THB 1,500 or a spa experience at Wara Cheewa Spa. Additionally, children can stay and dine with the Resort’s compliments!   Go Glamping at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle For a serene getaway, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle offers an extravagant level of privacy in the midst of magical jungles of the Golden Triangle with 15 ample tented camps and a two-bedroom Explorer's Lodge. Older kids (10+ years old), together with adults, can embark on marvelous explorations including "Fishing with Locals", "My Elephant and I", unmissable "Golden Triangle Excursion", and more. Available from now until this New Year's Eve, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle invites you to Go Glamping with special perks for stays of two nights or more.   Aquatic Excursions at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui On the gorgeous Koh Samui, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is nestled on the most tranquil side of the island, with pristine sea that is home to rich marine lives. One of the most compelling activities is "Coral Talk", an enjoyable educational session on coral reef and sustainability led by the Resort's on-site marine biologist, where families can snorkel along the vibrant reef adjoining the Resort. Also, kids can enjoy complimentary "Kids For All Seasons" funs while the parents are unwinding at the award-winning spa. To make this summer more memorable than ever, you can embark on an Island Getaway in your luxurious pool villa, enjoy in-villa breakfast and choose from a Resort credit of THB 1,500 to savour the delectable dining or a relaxing spa experience at The Secret Garden Spa. Here too, children eat and stay with the Resort’s compliments. To reserve a family experience, email reservations.thailand@fourseasons.com, call +66 (0) 2207 8900 or download the Four Seasons App to connect via the FS Chat.

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As travel restrictions across the globe are easing, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives has relaunched its Stowaway package to allow guests to plan a long-term stay in the tropical paradise for 14 or 28 magical nights. Whether you are planning a romantic escape, a family vacation, a group-of-friends getaway, or even a solo retreat, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives offers one-of-a-kind Maldivian affairs and carefree routines. You may indulge in curated cultural experiences, get yourself pumped with aquatic beauty, pamper your body and soul at a full-service spa, unwind in tranquility, or get social with like-minded people. At its 6 onsite outlets, farm-fresh locally sourced ingredients are turned into a mouth-watering array of local and global creations. The Stowaway package is priced from USD 3,600 for 14 nights or USD 6,000 for 28 nights. Available to book now until 30 April 2021 for stays between now and 22 December 2021. The package includes daily breakfast and 20% off food at the resort’s various dining options, from the bright and breezy dining room at KULA to the traditional Maldivian cuisine and hospitality found at GUDUGUDA. To reserve a room and learn more, visit www.standardhotels.com

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If you can't get enough of natural creaminess and unique sweetness of durians, Ventisi - The Thai at Centara Grand at CentralWorld invites you to indulge into their durian delicacies filled with sheer lusciousness. Famous Chanee and Mhon Thong durians are creatively transformed into full-flavoured cakes, chocolates and pastries, made fresh daily, at prices starting from just THB 30++! For those who love pastries, taste-worthy are Durian Choux, Pistachio Éclair with Durian Cream, and Purple sweet potato Montblanc with durian cream. For a fluffier sensation, don't miss Chocolate Durian Opera Cake, Durian Double Cheesecake, and Pandan & Durian Roll. Divinely melt-in-your-mouth are Durian Tiramisu, Durian & Coconut Mousse, Durian Rocher Chocolate, and Durian White Chocolate Truffle, while Monthong Ice Cream will definitely be your favourite on a hot day. In addition, you can enjoy one-off 'Durian Afternoon Tea' featuring the above-mentioned durian delicacies, traditional scones with durian jam and hot beverages served at Ventisi - The Café for THB 888++ for 2 persons. The sweet treats are available at Ventisi, Zing, and GrabFood from now 31 August 2021.

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Tired of cooking at home? How about treating yourself with delectable dishes by some of Bangkok's famous eateries? – Restaurants across Bangkok under Accor brands such as Sofitel, Pullman and MGallery are now ready to serve up their signature dishes at your door!   European Cuisines Gourmands can enjoy freshly cooked Belgian savouries like Liège waffles, croquettes, and traditional Liégeoise meatballs in the comfort of your home delivered by Belga Rooftop Bar & Restaurant at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. Scarlett at Pullman G Bangkok is also offering a special set menu with main dishes including duck leg confit and Chiang Mai risotto truffle. Medici Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan – MGallery offers one, two or three-course authentic Italian set lunch, with a selection of 20 dishes. For a special French dinner, Signature Restaurant at VIE Bangkok Hotel offers a three-course dinner featuring lobster sausage, duck confit, and strawberry tart.   Tastes of Japan Delivered fresh from Pullman Bangkok King Power, Tenshino serves donburi bowls with mouth-watering toppings such as salmon or beef, while Tenko presents Chef Goji Kobayashi's Omakase boxes, including a selection of traditional nigiri sushi and the freshest available fish. YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar at VIE Bangkok Hotel offers a variety of delicious sets of authentic Japanese specialties like the Katsu Don set, comprising fluffy rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, egg, vegetables, and condiments.   Comfort Foods The renowned American burger joint from Los Angeles, 25 Degrees at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, delivers juiciest burgers, light bites, and refreshing drinks arranged in dreamy sets. For a quick and easy lunch, ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchada offers a Lunch Box Set for THB 180, from which you can select one salad, one main dish, and one dessert. Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam also offers Thai, Chinese, and international cuisine, such as Pad Thai, Dim Sum Bundle Set, and Taco, with prices starting at THB 180.   Free delivery and takeaway options are available at certain hotels depending on the location. AccorPlus members receive up to 25% discount. For orders and more information, visit all.accor.com/event/bangkok-home-delivery.en.shtml

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In collaboration with medical professionals and dietician, the talented culinary team at Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok is now ready to offer an opportunity to enjoy tasty dishes, which are full of health benefits, right at your home! The collection of delicious dairy- and gluten-free dishes are made using fresh ingredients and superfoods to optimise healthfulness of every bite and to meet the needs of those who have dietary restrictions. Additionally, each menu reveals its calorie content and nutritional facts, so it's easier for you to plan your day's meals for your best health. On the list are Thai favourites including stir-fried tofu, chili and hot basil, chicken and almond milk green curry, or sweet potato and chicken massamun curry, all of which are served with steamed locally-grown riceberry, as well as international options such as vegetable lasagna with tomato & pepper ragout, baked salmon with vegetable spaghetti and herb coulis, and lemongrass & mint chicken breast with steamed broccolini and roasted cherry tomatoes. Also available are pan-Asian specialties like red miso ramen with mushrooms and zucchini noodles, and an Asian-inspired Cobb salad. Guilt-free sweet treats are also on offered. To place an order, please use the official food delivery site or call +66 (0) 2 666 3333. Prices start from THB 220+, with free delivery within 3 kilometres of the hotel. For further distances, additional delivery fees apply.

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Siam Kempinski is now offering a special afternoon at your home with its afternoon tea delivery and takeaway options comprising mouth-watering homemade savouries and sweets inspired by summer blooms and sunshine, together with 2 servings of Ronnefeldt tea. In the comfort of your home, you can savour the hotel's delectable specialities including mini chèvre cheesecake and apricot compote; Canadian lobster and chilli mango tartlet; artisanal smoked salmon, ikura and dill sour cream; ham and truffle cheese sandwich roll; and smoked duck, Japanese pumpkin and citrus pie. In addition, you can have your tongue pampered by heavenly sweet treats like coconut pineapple choux; hazelnut chocolate and yuzu; passion fruit and raspberry tartlet and touch of rose; lemon lime macaron; exotic baba, pandan cream and mango compote; and apricot madeleine cake. The afternoon-tea classic plain, orange, raisin and Valrhona chocolate scones with homemade clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry jam are also included in the sets. The "Kempinski Pastry Tower – Takeaway Set" is priced at THB 890++ per set and includes two-piece of 12-kind mini-pastries with a total of 24 pieces, comprising a butter croissant; almond croissant; chocolate croissant; fruit Danish; coconut Danish; chocolate donut; sausage roll; bacon quiche; sugar brioche; ham and cheese puff; muffin of the day; and a soft roll served with two selections of jam and two servings of butter, paired with one choice of cold drink. The "Kempinski Pastry Box – Takeaway Set" is priced at THB 490+ per box and includes two-piece of six-kind mini-pastries with a total of 12 pieces, comprising a plain croissant; chocolate croissant; fruit Danish; bacon quiche; sausage roll; and muffin of the day served with one serving of jam and butter. An additional delivery fee is applied per destination and drop-off point within Bangkok. A takeaway or a delivery service is available daily with 24 hours' advance notice and is available until June 2021. Please contact Hanuman Bar at +66 (0) 2 162 9000, dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or use the Line Official Account @Siamkempinskihotel or click here.

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Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2021, five-star Meliá Chiang Mai will bring world-class hospitality to the heart of the charming city, with a modern design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai's alluring culture. Situated at the most convenient location in close proximity to tourist attractions, the 260-key hotel is just a few minutes away from Chiang Mai International Airport. Towering over the River Ping, guests can relish the best views of Chiang Mai city with a backdrop of endless mountain ranges. On its top is a 360-degree rooftop bar, which is the highest in the city, boasting an unrivaled panorama of the city. On the 21st floor are an exquisite dining room, offering contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean touches, as well as The Level executive lounge, an intimate area for indulging an upgraded breakfast and afternoon treats for 'The Level' guests. The all-day-dining restaurant Mosaic will serve authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting. The hotel also hosts a number of contemporary facilities, including those suited for business, special events and weddings. To learn more about the soon-to-be-open hotel, visit www.melia.com/en/hotels/thailand/chiang-mai/melia-chiang-mai/index.htm

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As one of Thailand’s top family-friendly hotels, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin remains committed to providing the kind of relaxing and fun experiences families expect, alongside 'IHG Clean Promise' hygiene programme to ensure highest safety for all guests and staff, in compliance with the advices of the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local public health authorities. Aside from temperature checks and hygiene amenities, the hotel also applies enhanced deep-cleaning, touchless procedure, and strict social distancing in all public areas. If you seek a safe getaway with your family, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is now offering an all-inclusive package, including perks as follows: Daily Breakfast for 2 Unlimited access to Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle during the stay 1 cake and tea of coffee at Thalay Bar (not accumulable) One time set lunch & one time set dinner at Plamong restaurant for 2 adults on food only (not accumulable) Early check in from 10:00 (subject to availability) Late check out until 16:00 (subject to availability) *'Kids Eat Free' is not applicable for this package For room rates, A one-night stay in Vana Nava Room is priced at THB 3,799 net per room, and a one-night stay in Ocean View Room at THB 3,999 net per room. To make a reservation, please contact +66 (0) 32 809 999 or visit vananavahuahin.holidayinnresorts.com for more information.

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If you seek an isolation in nature or a long stay on an island, this is your good news! Meliá Koh Samui is now offering the "Isolation Indulgence" long stay package with tempting benefits to allow you to work from this beautiful island, or simply unwind until you are ready to get back to the city. The package is priced at THB 29,999 nett for a Deluxe Room, THB 38,999 nett for a Premium Pool Access Room and THB 47,999 nett for a Boat Suite for 15 nights – half  the regular double-occupancy room rates! In addition, the "Isolation Indulgence" offers a 30% discount on food and beverage, a 30% discount on YHI Spa services, complimentary morning yoga sessions, two complimentary pieces of laundry daily, four complimentary bottles of water daily, and complimentary in-room stationary. Optionally, an in-room breakfast is available at THB 200 per person per day, while a preset two-course lunch is priced at THB 400 (USD 12.72) per person per day and a preset two-course dinner at THB 500 per person per day. Safety and cleanliness has been priorities at Meliá Koh Samui with a raft of stringent health, safety and hygiene measures in place to protect guests, staff and the community from COVID-19. The "Isolation Indulgence" package is valid for bookings and stats from now until 31 October 2021. To book or to inquire, please call +66 (0) 89 184 0725 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

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Set in untouched part of northern Ubud, Buahan, Bali's first Banyan Tree Escape, will open its door in September 2021 and will pioneer a "no walls, no doors" concept alongside sustainable, blend-into-nature design, as well as unique craft forms used throughout the property. For you to feel truly connected, the resort appoints open spaces with compelling activities to evoke a sense of community. At the resort's heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room offering a delectable experience with zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques, serving mainly plant-based options. The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique "open" garden experience. Embraced by rice paddies, jungle, river and waterfall, with a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks, the resort boasts one-off "The Naked Experience", where you are at one with nature. In addition to beautiful balés, you can spend some quality times at a garden sanctuary, which is ideal for meditation, reading, or simply relax. For more information and reservations, visit www.escape.banyantree.com. For more stories of Buahan, check out its Instagram @banyantree.escape.buahan.

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Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2021, five-star Meliá Chiang Mai will bring world-class hospitality to the heart of the charming city, with a modern design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai's alluring culture. Situated at the most convenient location in close proximity to tourist attractions, the 260-key hotel is just a few minutes away from Chiang Mai International Airport. Towering over the River Ping, guests can relish the best views of Chiang Mai city with a backdrop of endless mountain ranges. On its top is a 360-degree rooftop bar, which is the highest in the city, boasting an unrivaled panorama of the city. On the 21st floor are an exquisite dining room, offering contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean touches, as well as The Level executive lounge, an intimate area for indulging an upgraded breakfast and afternoon treats for 'The Level' guests. The all-day-dining restaurant Mosaic will serve authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting. The hotel also hosts a number of contemporary facilities, including those suited for business, special events and weddings. To learn more about the soon-to-be-open hotel, visit www.melia.com/en/hotels/thailand/chiang-mai/melia-chiang-mai/index.htm

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If you can't get enough of natural creaminess and unique sweetness of durians, Ventisi - The Thai at Centara Grand at CentralWorld invites you to indulge into their durian delicacies filled with sheer lusciousness. Famous Chanee and Mhon Thong durians are creatively transformed into full-flavoured cakes, chocolates and pastries, made fresh daily, at prices starting from just THB 30++! For those who love pastries, taste-worthy are Durian Choux, Pistachio Éclair with Durian Cream, and Purple sweet potato Montblanc with durian cream. For a fluffier sensation, don't miss Chocolate Durian Opera Cake, Durian Double Cheesecake, and Pandan & Durian Roll. Divinely melt-in-your-mouth are Durian Tiramisu, Durian & Coconut Mousse, Durian Rocher Chocolate, and Durian White Chocolate Truffle, while Monthong Ice Cream will definitely be your favourite on a hot day. In addition, you can enjoy one-off 'Durian Afternoon Tea' featuring the above-mentioned durian delicacies, traditional scones with durian jam and hot beverages served at Ventisi - The Café for THB 888++ for 2 persons. The sweet treats are available at Ventisi, Zing, and GrabFood from now 31 August 2021.

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Set in untouched part of northern Ubud, Buahan, Bali's first Banyan Tree Escape, will open its door in September 2021 and will pioneer a "no walls, no doors" concept alongside sustainable, blend-into-nature design, as well as unique craft forms used throughout the property. For you to feel truly connected, the resort appoints open spaces with compelling activities to evoke a sense of community. At the resort's heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room offering a delectable experience with zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques, serving mainly plant-based options. The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique "open" garden experience. Embraced by rice paddies, jungle, river and waterfall, with a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks, the resort boasts one-off "The Naked Experience", where you are at one with nature. In addition to beautiful balés, you can spend some quality times at a garden sanctuary, which is ideal for meditation, reading, or simply relax. For more information and reservations, visit www.escape.banyantree.com. For more stories of Buahan, check out its Instagram @banyantree.escape.buahan.

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Tired of cooking at home? How about treating yourself with delectable dishes by some of Bangkok's famous eateries? – Restaurants across Bangkok under Accor brands such as Sofitel, Pullman and MGallery are now ready to serve up their signature dishes at your door!   European Cuisines Gourmands can enjoy freshly cooked Belgian savouries like Liège waffles, croquettes, and traditional Liégeoise meatballs in the comfort of your home delivered by Belga Rooftop Bar & Restaurant at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. Scarlett at Pullman G Bangkok is also offering a special set menu with main dishes including duck leg confit and Chiang Mai risotto truffle. Medici Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan – MGallery offers one, two or three-course authentic Italian set lunch, with a selection of 20 dishes. For a special French dinner, Signature Restaurant at VIE Bangkok Hotel offers a three-course dinner featuring lobster sausage, duck confit, and strawberry tart.   Tastes of Japan Delivered fresh from Pullman Bangkok King Power, Tenshino serves donburi bowls with mouth-watering toppings such as salmon or beef, while Tenko presents Chef Goji Kobayashi's Omakase boxes, including a selection of traditional nigiri sushi and the freshest available fish. YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar at VIE Bangkok Hotel offers a variety of delicious sets of authentic Japanese specialties like the Katsu Don set, comprising fluffy rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, egg, vegetables, and condiments.   Comfort Foods The renowned American burger joint from Los Angeles, 25 Degrees at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, delivers juiciest burgers, light bites, and refreshing drinks arranged in dreamy sets. For a quick and easy lunch, ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchada offers a Lunch Box Set for THB 180, from which you can select one salad, one main dish, and one dessert. Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam also offers Thai, Chinese, and international cuisine, such as Pad Thai, Dim Sum Bundle Set, and Taco, with prices starting at THB 180.   Free delivery and takeaway options are available at certain hotels depending on the location. AccorPlus members receive up to 25% discount. For orders and more information, visit all.accor.com/event/bangkok-home-delivery.en.shtml

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By 2030, Bangkok will become greener with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's plan to increase green space per capita to 10 sq.m. per person. The 'Green Bangkok 2030 Project' is one of the major projects of the BMA to increase green spaces with cooperation from the people of Bangkok. To create sustainability, the BMA invites and encourage all sectors to become part of the green improvement. This includes the use of the BMA's master city plan in enforcing construction areas and unused public spaces along roads, on footpath, or on traffic islands to be transformed into green spaces. In this regard, the BMA has set up rules for the consideration of tree planting on the roads with traffic islands, aiming to infuse the sense of 'nature' into urban environments. For example, on traffic islands that are more than 3 metres wide, grass shall be laid and flowering plants, ornamental plants or perennial plants shall be planted; on traffic islands of 2–3 metres width, small-sized perennial plants, shrubs, and ornamental plants shall be planted. There are also rules for tree planting along the roads with footpaths: 3-metre-wide footpaths without awning shall have perennial plants planted; footpaths that are over 4 metres wide with awning shall have medium-sized perennial plants planted; and more. Choices of plant species to suit certain environments are to be taken in consideration as well. In case of trees along the roads or footpaths, suggested are trees of medium height (5–15 meters) with strong root system that don't require much pruning and trimming, and have capacity to absorb pollutions and trapping dust. In some areas, only ornamental plants or shrubs should be planted instead to avoid impacts to the communication cable conduit systems. For more updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com

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Since the reign of King Buddha Yot Fa Chulalok the Great (Rama I), Saphan Han in Sampheng area has long been a famous and bustling trade area of the royal capital in the past. Originally, Saphan Han was a bridge crossing Ong Ang Canal, also known as Rop Krung Canal (meaning 'the canal that rings around the city'). Back then, the bridge was just a single plank for people to cross the canal, with one side of the bridge firmly fixed, while the other side could be turned over to allow boats to pass through, and this is where the name 'Saphan Han', meaning 'the turning bridge', came from. Saphan Han had been renovated and modified several times, with the most prominent modification occurred during the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV). It had been rebuilt with steel structure and wooden floor. Under the bridge, there was no iron wheels on the rail but it can be raised and moved to allow boats to pass through. In the reign of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V), the bridge was once again reconstructed, using the design of bridges in Italy, to become a more curved wooden bridge with broader corridor. Along both sides of the bridge, there have been small rooms or shophouses for rent, with a walkway in the middle. It has been one of the most photographed bridges in Bangkok. The area of Saphan Han or Saphan Lek (meaning 'metal bridge') has been famous as a shopping spot for games, electronic devices, and toys (both legal and violating intellectual property law). Makeshift shophouses were built and encroached entirely around Ong Ang Canal. As a result, the bridge and the canal was polluted and full of garbage. At present, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has successfully reorganised and improved the landscape of this area with cooperation from vendors and hawkers who agreed to move out of the area. In addition, people living in vicinal communities also agreed to improve and renovate their houses. All these cooperation has helped transforming the Saphan Han area into an eye-pleasing spot, as well as a tourist attraction with charming atmosphere of historical communities. For more news on Bangkok, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com

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The fifth of June is recognised as the World Environment Day, designated by the United Nations to raise awareness on environmental issues. Additionally, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been established to carry out environmental activities that encourage people around the world to jointly take action in environment protection. In 2021, UNEP has announced that this year's observance of the World Environment Day will be under the theme of 'Ecosystem Restoration'. Since 2007, the Department of Environment at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has organised the World Environment Day activities to promote public awareness among all sectors to participate in environmental protection together with world communities. As Thailand still faces the ongoing spread of COVID-19, BMA, in cooperation with UNEP and network partners, will organise environmental activities online under the theme of the Decade of Restoration Towards Sustainable Green Metropolis, campaigning for environmental protection, raising awareness on environmental issues, and inviting people to help restoring ecosystems of the metropolis. The activities will be available as 360° virtual experience. For further updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com

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In collaboration with outstanding design teams, Novotel has embraced new design concepts to turn the brand into a hospitality leader in the midscale hotel space. The new designs will be the next paramount chapter of the brand, transforming the hotels' signature experience into a whole new level. The four non-standardised concepts will be applied at Novotel locations across the globe. The modern, intuitive and ageless designs incorporates high-quality, sustainable materials. The teams and their winning design submissions include: RF Studio - adaptable, sustainable, easy to renovate, this concept delivers a homey feeling and unexpected atmosphere; guests are encouraged to discover a new way of hotel living and feel like they are at the heart of a village. Metro - modelled around Novotel’s of "Time is on your side", this modern design concept features natural tones and raw materials, inviting guests to enjoy a multifunctional and flexible space that evolves throughout the day. Sundukovy Sisters - This concept blends business with pleasure and mixes well-being among unique ‘co-living’ spaces that embrace lively, social surroundings, current trends and timeless comforts. Hypothesis - With a focus on reducing not only physical waste, but also reducing wasted space and time, this design concept allows guests to achieve the balance they seek during their stay. "Novotel is endowed with strong brand characteristics and a history of innovation and excellence within the global hospitality industry. We were inspired to build upon these strengths, with the goal of continuing to offer the best guest experience amid the evolving expectations of locals and international travellers alike," said Damien Perrot, Global Senior Vice President of Design at Accor. "We pushed the boundaries to conceive modern, intuitive design ideas, where the way we organize the space, the decor and every single object or element serves a specific purpose. All the chosen designs responded to this request brilliantly, allowing us to re-interpret the way we design Novotel hotels around the world. We look forward to writing the next chapter in the brand's acclaimed success story and to taking Novotel to new heights in the years to come." Over the next several years, guests can expect to see these new designs appearing at a number of Novotel locations worldwide.

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