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The great outdoors has always been a thing in New Zealand thanks to the country's sensational landscapes full of skyscraping mountains, dense woodlands, and soul-soothing rivers. A road trip may offers you convenience as you relish the nature's glamour, but trekking allows you to access off-the-beaten places and provide you with one-of-a-kind immersive experiences amidst stunning nature. If you are up for some adventures, the stunning Great Walks may already be in your bucket list. Here are some of the multi-day treks in New Zealand that you should not miss:   Abel Tasman Coast Track Easy / 2–5 days Ideal for beginners and families with young children, the Abel Tasman Coast Track lets you easily stroll along the well-marked trails and overnight at huts or campsites (advance booking is required). It takes just around 2-4 hours per day, and the terrain is relatively flat, so it's good for people of all ages. In addition, you may opt for kayaking in the pristine ocean if you want to add a different zest of adventure to your trip! More details on the Abel Tasman Coast Track: HERE   Rakiura Track Easy to intermediate / 3 days The 32-km circuit takes hikers on an island adventure along open coastline. The trail's peaceful surroundings are top-notch and it offers you a chance to discover Māori land and early Māori settlement sites, as well as to spot tokoeka, the native brown kiwi. Being the southernmost Dark Sky Sanctuary, Stewart Island can surprise you with breathtaking Southern Lights. More details on the Rakiura Track: HERE Heaphy Track Intermediate / 4–6 days For those who are ready to embark on a bit more adventurous days, this ancient trail in the Kahurangi National Park is a great choice. The lush track was once walked by Māori pounamu (jade) hunters, and you can discover native plants, ancient rocks, and rare wildlife including the great spotted kiwi and Poweilliphanta, world's largest carnivorous snail. Mountain biking is allowed from May to November. More details on the Heaphy Track: HERE   Routeburn Track Intermediate / 2–4 days This trail lets you revel in otherworldly landscapes within both Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. What you'll find along the way are soaring mountains, majestic valleys, cascading falls, and gleaming lakes, as well as native birds. Different seasons offers you different challenges and vistas, but if you are not an experienced hiker with full-option hiking gears, it's better to take a walk in the Great Walks season from November to April. More details on the Routeburn Track: HERE   Milford Track Intermediate to difficult / 4 days Optimal for trekking from October to April, the historical route is known as the 'world's finest walk' thanks to its jaw-dropping sceneries that can be witness throughout the tramp – mesmerising waterfalls, untouched nature, and awe-inspiring mountains. This is quite a challenging hike so make sure you are fit and well-equipped enough for steep terrains and lengthy distance in each day. More details on the Milford Track: HERE     Source: New Zealand Tourism

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When ‘wellbeing’ cannot be completed simply by massages or spa rituals, Dusit International, Thailand’s preeminent hospitality group, has stepped up its game by introducing the new group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, based on the three key principles: pause, focus, and growth. At Dusit Thani Hua Hin Beach Resort, Devarana Wellness Centre offers exceptional services for an elevated sense of wellbeing of guests. Blending in Thai wisdoms and Buddhist principles, plus organic ingredients to be turned into nourishing meals, the wellness experience here really goes beyond the spa. You can opt for various programmes and even customise your own retreat to match your unique needs. DETAIL MATTERS The wellness journey starts right at your room, with health-friendly minibar and complimentary fruits and treats to freshen you up throughout the day. To help enhance your deep sleep, aside from comfy mattress and smooth bed linens, there are various types of pillows on bed, so you can be sure to find the right one.   WELLNESS AT ITS FINEST At the newly-refurbished Devarana Wellness Centre, soul-soothing sense would approach you on the first step with its calming sounds, refreshing scents, stylish design, and ample space. An array of wellness workshops and fitness classes will be held amidst this beautiful setting. For a spa session, there are a selection of over 30 treatments and therapies to be conducted by experienced staffs. Before the session starts, a mini singing bowl ritual will help you transport your busy mind into a more meditative state to help you obtain the best of restorative benefits of each session. Strongly recommended is the Devarana Signature Massage, a harmonious combination between Thai Ayuraveda healing, Shiatsu techniques, and Swedish influence ─ it is optimal for physically and mentally de-stressing.   STAY WELL INSIDE AND OUT Emotional wellbeing is also the heart of the wellness concept. There are daily activities for you to improve your emotions including tai chi, sunset yoga, meditation in the garden, and numerous more. You can also indulge in special wellness events like full moon beach sound bath, reiki healing, among others. In addition, there will be wellness videos available on-demand throughout your stay, in collaboration with expert wellbeing coach and educator, Cat Lau.   To find out more about Devarana Wellness at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, visit www.dusit.com/dusitthani-huahin/devarana-wellness

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Accor, a world leading hospitality group, in collaboration with Nomura Real Estate Development, a leading real estate company in Japan, introduces Fairmont Tokyo, slated to open in 2025. Fairmont Tokyo is the luxury brand’s first hotel in Japan. The hotel comprises 219 guest rooms and features awe-inspiring views of Tokyo Bay. Located on the upper floors of the South Tower of the Shibaura Project, it is part of a development designed under the National Strategic Special Zone Program. It is unique in that it is the only location in the cosmopolitan area that offers access to business, culture, and well-being amenities. This hotel’s enviable location is also convenient as it’s just an 18-minute drive from Haneda International Airport and within close proximity to Hamamatsucho Railway Station. Fairmont Tokyo will also offer a range of suites, three restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, meeting rooms, banquet facilities and chapel, offering a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. Find out more about the brand at www.fairmont.com

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As tourism is flourishing again, the world's largest multi-attraction pass, Go City, has made an exciting debut of 'Go City Bangkok' – value-for-money travel passes with access to a number of top attractions and experiences in the vibrant metropolis. Go City's unique passes offer the opportunity to see the best of a city, from the top sights to unique off-the-beaten-path experiences, all at a massive savings. There are two options for the Go City Bangkok pass, each designed for a different type of travel style. Presently, the Go City Bangkok passes allows access to these unmissable experiences: King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk, Chinatown Food Tour and Bangkok Pub Tour, Ayutthaya Day Tour, Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise, Tuk Tuk Tour, and authentic Thai massage experiences. In the near future, Go City is planning to add more lifestyle options into the mix like stunning sky bars, mouth-watering food and beverages options, and others. On top of that, for Thai travellers who is taking a trip overseas, Go City has also expanded attraction options in various cities including London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney. The Bangkok's All-Inclusive pass lets spontaneous customers maximise their visits and see as much of the city as they can for a set number of days. An Adult 2-Day All-Inclusive Pass is priced at THB 2,999 (approximately USD 89). The Explorer Pass offers flexibility for your exploration across 60 days, which you can choose ahead of time or upon arrival. An Adult 3-Choice Explorer Pass is priced at THB 1,899 (approximately USD 57). To learn more or make a purchase, visit GoCity.com/Bangkok, or download the Go City app from the App Store or Google Play.

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Throughout the year of 2022, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park's international culinary marketplace, Goji Kitchen + Bar, will offer traditional delicacies from different regions of Italy at its popular weekend buffets and brunches. For this June and July, it's Rome time! These months' epicurean adventure will feature the world-famous flavours of the Italian capital. The talented chefs will create an artisanal menu that features many famous Roman dishes including Gnocchi Cacio e Pepe, Saltimbocca alla Romana, Gnocchi alla Romana, Linguine Cacio e Pepe, Pizza Margherita and more. For dessert, diners can choose from a Profiteroles, Ricotta Lemon Pie and authentic Italian gelato with biscotti. You can also opt for a free-flow beverage package includes unlimited Bellini cocktails for just THB 990++ per person. 'A Taste of Rome' is available as part of Goji Kitchen + Bar’s vibrant weekend buffets and brunches from 1 June to 31 July 2022, details as follows: Friday – Sunday Dinner (17:30 – 22:00) is priced at THB 2,199 ++ per person Saturday Lunch (12:00 – 14:30) is priced at THB 2,199 ++ per person Sunday Brunch (12:00 – 14:30) is priced at THB 2,500 ++ per person Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott discounts apply. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 059 5999, email restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com or book HERE.

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The multi-award winning Royal Cliff Hotels Group has been a hospitality landmark in the vibrant city of Pattaya for more than 4 decades and it is well loved by guests from around the world. Constantly upgrading, it is a safe haven for travelers to spend quality time with their loved ones, enjoy total relaxation or stay active with multiple sport facilities on-site. Offering different types of accommodations, the resort continues to adapt its facilities to ever-changing customer demands and tirelessly upgrades while keeping its heritage spirit alive. A recent major makeover in the rooms and suites at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel has elevated the property to a new level of modern luxury.   Superb Family-Friendly Facilities Experience Royal Cliff’s new spectacular infinity-edged pool, Sky Aquarium at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel! This incredible pool features an exciting kids’ pool along with multiple spots for various activities, including outdoor massages, surf skating, and many more. Guests are able to take a refreshing dip while immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring panoramic sea views and the new sensational surrounding landscape. Chill out at the adjoining pool bar where you can treat yourself to a dizzying array of refreshing ice-cold mocktails and other alcoholic beverages!   It is the perfect place to bask in the sunshine while enjoying delicious cocktails during the day or experiencing unbelievable sunsets in the evening.   The Royal Cliff also successfully hosts popular family-friendly events that have become part of Pattaya’s most anticipated events every year.  It offers family–friendly accommodations along with on-site amenities that keep both parents and kids happy and entertained at all times. Funtasea – Kids World and The Verge - Games, Pool and Karaoke offer productive and fun activities for families to enjoy.   New 2-Bedroom Thai Modern Theme Suite This beautiful suite is inspired by beautiful white sandy beaches, glowing pearls, and the mystique of ocean corals. Luxury reigns supreme inside these new modern 2-bedroom theme suites. Experience an elegant minimalist white theme with a contemporary twist lightly accented by blue and purple furnishings and a dramatic chandelier. The suite offers an exquisite interior design, unmatched ocean views of the stunning Gulf of Thailand along with plenty of space to relax. Whether you want to read a book in the master bedroom or watch TV in the comfortable living room, every area of the suite will surely delight you. The newly renovated bathroom invites you to relax in a large Jacuzzi whilst soaking up the magnificent sea views. In addition, the large rain showers will be a great way to energize you to start the day. Enjoy every moment in this serene and ultra-chic retreat which is perfect for friends and families.   Royal Cliff is the Only Hotel in Thailand to Win the Best of SHA Award for Hotel Accommodation The Royal Cliff remains a safe haven where essential services can be enjoyed with the appropriate safety precautions in place.  It has achieved the amazing milestone of being the only hotel in Thailand to be awarded the “Best of SHA Award” for Hotel Accommodation. 

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To offer Thailand's creatives a chance to explore and to pamper guests with visual delights, Anantara Siam Bangkok has recently unveiled its marvelous 'Art Afternoon Tea' series, featuring art-inspired experience with exquisiteness. In collaboration with Thai visual artist Naraphat Sakarthornsap, the 'House of Bloom' Afternoon Tea turns the eats in to the art, alongside the whole experience, inspired by the artist's creative process, in which he tapped his childhood imagination to create a fantastical world of lavish flowers that defy the laws of nature. The resulting floral collages, displayed in the lobby in light boxes, are striking, multi-layered and playful, reminding guests to enjoy every moment and savour new experiences. His art is coupled with and enhanced by the elegant confectionery from Anantara’s Cluster Executive Pastry Chef Anupong Nualchawee. He uses the motif of overlapping blooms to create delightful petal cakes served on a gold-plated tiered tray alongside fresh flowers and dewy moss. In 'orchid' cakes, he brings together tangy passion fruit and rich chocolate, while the delicate apple rose petals are balanced with yuzu meringue. Artfully camouflaged as kala flowers and orchids are two playful white peach and cherry blossom pop cakes. Equally creative are the multilayer savouries such as shrimp wrapped in lotus and spring rolls with sea bass, as well as scones flavoured with lavender and white chocolate served with clotted cream, pineapple and jasmine jam, and caramel butter. Guests can upgrade the experience by opting for one of the refreshing mocktails or two glasses of premium champagne. House of Bloom Afternoon Tea is available daily from 14:00 to 18:00 and is priced at THB 1,950++ for two guests including tea, coffee or mocktail, with additional THB 1,000 for two glasses of Moët & Chandon Champagne. For reservations, please call +66 (0) 2126 8866 or email dining.asia@anantara.com.

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This June, Red Sky restaurant on the 55th floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld invites you to indulge in special dishes with premium seasonal ingredients, umami-enhancing Girolles, is a small mushroom but rich in uniquely peppery flavours, and succulent cherries alongside panoramic views of Bangkok skyline. Created by Chef de Cuisine, Christian Ham, the 'Girolles and Cherries' seasonal menu is available at the side of the restaurant’s full a la carte menu, including Pan Seared Foie Gras Fresh Cherries; Green Pea Velouté tiger prawn, golden girolle mushrooms, almonds; Crispy Duck Leg Confit caramelized endive, cherry sauce; Ayveron Lamb Duo: roasted lamb chop, stewed shoulder fresh girolles and dried fruits; and Cherry Clafoutis pistachio ice cream. The seasonal dishes are available from today until 30 June 2022 at Red Sky Restaurant. For bookings, please call +66 (0) 2 100 6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th

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From 1 June to 31 July 2022 at dusk and nighttime, King Power Mahanakhon will heighten your excitement at the iconic skyscraper with the 'AMAZ ซิ่ง BKK' event, featuring light installations that tell the stories of Bangkok Metropolis, presenting the amazements of the 3 outstanding districts that are famed for vibrant nightlife: CHINESE NEON represents the one-off charm of street food scene at Yaowarat Chinatown. FARANG FREE FORM brings the vibrance of bustling and fun-filled Khao San Road into arts. INDIAN PATTERN takes inspiration from the rich-in-culture Little India area covering Pahurat Road, Triphet Road, and Chakraphet Road. The event will take place on 74th floor, King Power Mahanakon from 19:00 to 22:00. Entrance ticket is priced at THB 250. To buy ticket: HERE. For more information, please call +66 (0) 2 677 8721 or kingpowermahanakhon.co.th

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If you are into creative drinks, design-forward venues, or one-of-a-kind tasting experiences, check out these recently-opened bars offering surprises that could be one of the highlights of your travel.   Club Soda Bali, Indonesia Images by Club Soda Bali   The 'postmodern happiness portal' has recently been launched in Berawa, curated by the founders of award-winning Restaurant Locavore in Ubud. Here, you can indulge in creative concoctions while surrounded by art installation and energetic beats. What to expect: Innovative cocktails, mocktails, as well as natural wines that will never cease to amaze, as well as Asian and Japanese-inspired bites – all of which are crafted using local Indonesian ingredients. Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00 onwards More details: locavorenext.com/family/club-soda     Villa Frantzén Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand Images by Villa Frantzén   The cosy Nordic barn is situated in the very heart of Bangkok, serving up fascinating modern Nordic cocktail with Asian influences. The bar is led by Gabriel Valdés, who was the mastermind behind Pharmarium, a unique bar experience in Stockholm. What to expect: Smooth cocktails boasting pure taste of natural ingredients that reflect the Scandinavian landscape. Don't be fooled by the drinks' plain looks – you will definitely be stunned. Hours: Open daily, 17:00 until midnight More details: villafrantzen.com     COCOA XO at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand Image by Centara Grand at CentralWorld   Centara Grand at CentralWorld has recently introduced its new, unique tasting experience in an alfresco setting, COCOA XO, Bangkok's first cacao pod, on the 57th floor, in collaboration with Martell Cognac and artisanal French Chocolatier Cacao Barry. What to expect: A marvelous world of decadence featuring premium chocolate and cognac, a chocolate fountain, bespoke choctails by talented mixologists, among others, overlooking stunning Bangkok skyline. Hours: Open daily, 16:00-00:30 More details: www.cocoaxobangkok.com     Metropole Underground at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Cambodia Image by Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh   Phnom Penh's first subterranean bar, Metropole Underground, takes inspiration from the metro system of the early 20th Century Paris, seamlessly blending European with Khmer influences. What to expect: Speakeasy-style cocktails to be savoured in a chic surrounding, together with lively DJ beats. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 18:00-01:00 More details: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/cambodia/hyatt-regency-phnom-penh/pnhrp/dining

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As tourism is flourishing again, the world's largest multi-attraction pass, Go City, has made an exciting debut of 'Go City Bangkok' – value-for-money travel passes with access to a number of top attractions and experiences in the vibrant metropolis. Go City's unique passes offer the opportunity to see the best of a city, from the top sights to unique off-the-beaten-path experiences, all at a massive savings. There are two options for the Go City Bangkok pass, each designed for a different type of travel style. Presently, the Go City Bangkok passes allows access to these unmissable experiences: King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk, Chinatown Food Tour and Bangkok Pub Tour, Ayutthaya Day Tour, Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise, Tuk Tuk Tour, and authentic Thai massage experiences. In the near future, Go City is planning to add more lifestyle options into the mix like stunning sky bars, mouth-watering food and beverages options, and others. On top of that, for Thai travellers who is taking a trip overseas, Go City has also expanded attraction options in various cities including London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney. The Bangkok's All-Inclusive pass lets spontaneous customers maximise their visits and see as much of the city as they can for a set number of days. An Adult 2-Day All-Inclusive Pass is priced at THB 2,999 (approximately USD 89). The Explorer Pass offers flexibility for your exploration across 60 days, which you can choose ahead of time or upon arrival. An Adult 3-Choice Explorer Pass is priced at THB 1,899 (approximately USD 57). To learn more or make a purchase, visit GoCity.com/Bangkok, or download the Go City app from the App Store or Google Play.

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When ‘wellbeing’ cannot be completed simply by massages or spa rituals, Dusit International, Thailand’s preeminent hospitality group, has stepped up its game by introducing the new group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, based on the three key principles: pause, focus, and growth. At Dusit Thani Hua Hin Beach Resort, Devarana Wellness Centre offers exceptional services for an elevated sense of wellbeing of guests. Blending in Thai wisdoms and Buddhist principles, plus organic ingredients to be turned into nourishing meals, the wellness experience here really goes beyond the spa. You can opt for various programmes and even customise your own retreat to match your unique needs. DETAIL MATTERS The wellness journey starts right at your room, with health-friendly minibar and complimentary fruits and treats to freshen you up throughout the day. To help enhance your deep sleep, aside from comfy mattress and smooth bed linens, there are various types of pillows on bed, so you can be sure to find the right one.   WELLNESS AT ITS FINEST At the newly-refurbished Devarana Wellness Centre, soul-soothing sense would approach you on the first step with its calming sounds, refreshing scents, stylish design, and ample space. An array of wellness workshops and fitness classes will be held amidst this beautiful setting. For a spa session, there are a selection of over 30 treatments and therapies to be conducted by experienced staffs. Before the session starts, a mini singing bowl ritual will help you transport your busy mind into a more meditative state to help you obtain the best of restorative benefits of each session. Strongly recommended is the Devarana Signature Massage, a harmonious combination between Thai Ayuraveda healing, Shiatsu techniques, and Swedish influence ─ it is optimal for physically and mentally de-stressing.   STAY WELL INSIDE AND OUT Emotional wellbeing is also the heart of the wellness concept. There are daily activities for you to improve your emotions including tai chi, sunset yoga, meditation in the garden, and numerous more. You can also indulge in special wellness events like full moon beach sound bath, reiki healing, among others. In addition, there will be wellness videos available on-demand throughout your stay, in collaboration with expert wellbeing coach and educator, Cat Lau.   To find out more about Devarana Wellness at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, visit www.dusit.com/dusitthani-huahin/devarana-wellness

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The great outdoors has always been a thing in New Zealand thanks to the country's sensational landscapes full of skyscraping mountains, dense woodlands, and soul-soothing rivers. A road trip may offers you convenience as you relish the nature's glamour, but trekking allows you to access off-the-beaten places and provide you with one-of-a-kind immersive experiences amidst stunning nature. If you are up for some adventures, the stunning Great Walks may already be in your bucket list. Here are some of the multi-day treks in New Zealand that you should not miss:   Abel Tasman Coast Track Easy / 2–5 days Ideal for beginners and families with young children, the Abel Tasman Coast Track lets you easily stroll along the well-marked trails and overnight at huts or campsites (advance booking is required). It takes just around 2-4 hours per day, and the terrain is relatively flat, so it's good for people of all ages. In addition, you may opt for kayaking in the pristine ocean if you want to add a different zest of adventure to your trip! More details on the Abel Tasman Coast Track: HERE   Rakiura Track Easy to intermediate / 3 days The 32-km circuit takes hikers on an island adventure along open coastline. The trail's peaceful surroundings are top-notch and it offers you a chance to discover Māori land and early Māori settlement sites, as well as to spot tokoeka, the native brown kiwi. Being the southernmost Dark Sky Sanctuary, Stewart Island can surprise you with breathtaking Southern Lights. More details on the Rakiura Track: HERE Heaphy Track Intermediate / 4–6 days For those who are ready to embark on a bit more adventurous days, this ancient trail in the Kahurangi National Park is a great choice. The lush track was once walked by Māori pounamu (jade) hunters, and you can discover native plants, ancient rocks, and rare wildlife including the great spotted kiwi and Poweilliphanta, world's largest carnivorous snail. Mountain biking is allowed from May to November. More details on the Heaphy Track: HERE   Routeburn Track Intermediate / 2–4 days This trail lets you revel in otherworldly landscapes within both Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. What you'll find along the way are soaring mountains, majestic valleys, cascading falls, and gleaming lakes, as well as native birds. Different seasons offers you different challenges and vistas, but if you are not an experienced hiker with full-option hiking gears, it's better to take a walk in the Great Walks season from November to April. More details on the Routeburn Track: HERE   Milford Track Intermediate to difficult / 4 days Optimal for trekking from October to April, the historical route is known as the 'world's finest walk' thanks to its jaw-dropping sceneries that can be witness throughout the tramp – mesmerising waterfalls, untouched nature, and awe-inspiring mountains. This is quite a challenging hike so make sure you are fit and well-equipped enough for steep terrains and lengthy distance in each day. More details on the Milford Track: HERE     Source: New Zealand Tourism

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The long-awaited water-splashing is returning soon! Even though this year's Songkran Festival is not yet optimal to celebrate the days with a huge crowd, there are plenty of compelling options to make this year another one to remember with your family, whether it's a relaxing getaway to the beach, feasting on unlimited tasty foods, or enjoying a mini-celebration and other funs.   10-30 April: Meliá Chiang Mai The new star of Chiang Mai City celebrates its very first Songkran Fest with a special offer: a two-night stay in a Meliá Room including breakfast for two, a round-trip airport transfer, a complimentary cocktail for two at Mai The Sky Bar with spectacular 360-degree panorama of the Ping River and Doi Suthep, only at THB 4,599 nett per room! Thailand's 'We Travel Together' discount can be applied and it will cost THB 2,760 nett only! To get this special price, book now until 16 April 2022, applicable for a stay period from 10-30 April 2022. To book: +66 (0) 52 090 699 / reservation.chiangmai@melia.com   13-15 April: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park Throughout 3 days, Goji Kitchen + Bar will present tasty times filled with mouth-watering Thai and international dishes and sweet treats, with a focus on Thai favourites, as well as special station for Thai traditional summertime cuisine – 'Khao Chae', chilled rice in jasmine-infused water topped with refreshing condiments. The Songkran Feast is available for lunch and dinner, priced at THB 1,698++ per person (except dinner on 15 April, which is priced at THB 2,199++ per person). An optional beverage package is also available for just THB 1,488++. Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott discounts apply. To book: +66 (0) 2 059 5999 / restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com or HERE   13-15 April: Banyan Tree Samui Take your family to the tropical paradise and enjoy the splashing away the heat in style at Banyan Tree Samui. On 13 April, the elegant resort invites you to enjoy the 'Splash Party' at its private beach with unlimited drinks, light bites, and ice-cream (THB 799 per person, free of charge for children under 12) at daytime, and revel in delectables at a beachfront street market along with amusing Thai folk dance (THB 1,500 nett per person, free of charge for children under 12) in the following evening. On April 15, don't miss out on the High Tea Buffet with a breathtaking view at Saffron Restaurant (THB 1,550 nett per couple, including a complimentary Sanctuary Day Pass). You can also opt for a special 5-course dinner featuring finest tastes of Thai cuisine (THB 2,1000 nett per person) throughout the week. To book: +66 (0) 77 915 333 / samui@banyantree.com   13-16 April: Anantara Chiang Mai The five-star riverfront resort offers the sweet 'Songkran Escape' with special rates for a two-night stay and an additional 'Khao Chae' meal, starting from THB 9,000 per room. On 15 April, Friday fun is elevated in this year's festivity at Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites with an exclusive pool party on its rooftop, featuring all-you-can-savour ice-cream and an array of activities (THB 799 per adult / THB 400

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If you are into creative drinks, design-forward venues, or one-of-a-kind tasting experiences, check out these recently-opened bars offering surprises that could be one of the highlights of your travel.   Club Soda Bali, Indonesia Images by Club Soda Bali   The 'postmodern happiness portal' has recently been launched in Berawa, curated by the founders of award-winning Restaurant Locavore in Ubud. Here, you can indulge in creative concoctions while surrounded by art installation and energetic beats. What to expect: Innovative cocktails, mocktails, as well as natural wines that will never cease to amaze, as well as Asian and Japanese-inspired bites – all of which are crafted using local Indonesian ingredients. Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00 onwards More details: locavorenext.com/family/club-soda     Villa Frantzén Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand Images by Villa Frantzén   The cosy Nordic barn is situated in the very heart of Bangkok, serving up fascinating modern Nordic cocktail with Asian influences. The bar is led by Gabriel Valdés, who was the mastermind behind Pharmarium, a unique bar experience in Stockholm. What to expect: Smooth cocktails boasting pure taste of natural ingredients that reflect the Scandinavian landscape. Don't be fooled by the drinks' plain looks – you will definitely be stunned. Hours: Open daily, 17:00 until midnight More details: villafrantzen.com     COCOA XO at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand Image by Centara Grand at CentralWorld   Centara Grand at CentralWorld has recently introduced its new, unique tasting experience in an alfresco setting, COCOA XO, Bangkok's first cacao pod, on the 57th floor, in collaboration with Martell Cognac and artisanal French Chocolatier Cacao Barry. What to expect: A marvelous world of decadence featuring premium chocolate and cognac, a chocolate fountain, bespoke choctails by talented mixologists, among others, overlooking stunning Bangkok skyline. Hours: Open daily, 16:00-00:30 More details: www.cocoaxobangkok.com     Metropole Underground at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Cambodia Image by Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh   Phnom Penh's first subterranean bar, Metropole Underground, takes inspiration from the metro system of the early 20th Century Paris, seamlessly blending European with Khmer influences. What to expect: Speakeasy-style cocktails to be savoured in a chic surrounding, together with lively DJ beats. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 18:00-01:00 More details: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/cambodia/hyatt-regency-phnom-penh/pnhrp/dining

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To offer Thailand's creatives a chance to explore and to pamper guests with visual delights, Anantara Siam Bangkok has recently unveiled its marvelous 'Art Afternoon Tea' series, featuring art-inspired experience with exquisiteness. In collaboration with Thai visual artist Naraphat Sakarthornsap, the 'House of Bloom' Afternoon Tea turns the eats in to the art, alongside the whole experience, inspired by the artist's creative process, in which he tapped his childhood imagination to create a fantastical world of lavish flowers that defy the laws of nature. The resulting floral collages, displayed in the lobby in light boxes, are striking, multi-layered and playful, reminding guests to enjoy every moment and savour new experiences. His art is coupled with and enhanced by the elegant confectionery from Anantara’s Cluster Executive Pastry Chef Anupong Nualchawee. He uses the motif of overlapping blooms to create delightful petal cakes served on a gold-plated tiered tray alongside fresh flowers and dewy moss. In 'orchid' cakes, he brings together tangy passion fruit and rich chocolate, while the delicate apple rose petals are balanced with yuzu meringue. Artfully camouflaged as kala flowers and orchids are two playful white peach and cherry blossom pop cakes. Equally creative are the multilayer savouries such as shrimp wrapped in lotus and spring rolls with sea bass, as well as scones flavoured with lavender and white chocolate served with clotted cream, pineapple and jasmine jam, and caramel butter. Guests can upgrade the experience by opting for one of the refreshing mocktails or two glasses of premium champagne. House of Bloom Afternoon Tea is available daily from 14:00 to 18:00 and is priced at THB 1,950++ for two guests including tea, coffee or mocktail, with additional THB 1,000 for two glasses of Moët & Chandon Champagne. For reservations, please call +66 (0) 2126 8866 or email dining.asia@anantara.com.

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Five-star Meliá Chiang Mai has unveiled the new mouth-watering 'Brunch el Domingo' – the Sunday brunch to be savoured twice a month from this July until September, featuring Spanish, Mediterranean and Thai delicacies. Available on the first and the last Sunday of the month at Laan Na Kitchen, the Brunch el Domingo fulfills your afternoon with imported charcuterie, chilled prawns on ice, healthful Mediterranean salads and a live cooking noodle station. On offer are Tortilla Española, chorizo and bacon quiche; imported Manchego and artisan cheeses; a selection of cold cuts including Ibérico ham (jamón), Spanish sausage (chorizo), chicken ham, and smoked fish; soi curry noodle soup with grilled chicken; a large Paella; pan cooked fideuá; the hotel’s famous churros; fruit and marshmallow skewers to be dipped in a warm chocolate fountain; and many more. The Sunday brunch will be held on 3 July, 31 July, 7 August, 28 August, 4 September and 25 September 2022, priced at THB 1,499 nett per person, THB 750 nett per child aged six to 12 years, and free for children aged five and below. A two-hour free-flow package with house wine, draft beer and soft drinks is THB 1,000 nett per person. In addition, you can enjoy 'come four, pay three' promotion if booked at least one week in advance with a non-refundable deposit. For information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 52 090 601 or email fb@meliachiangmai.com

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This June, Red Sky restaurant on the 55th floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld invites you to indulge in special dishes with premium seasonal ingredients, umami-enhancing Girolles, is a small mushroom but rich in uniquely peppery flavours, and succulent cherries alongside panoramic views of Bangkok skyline. Created by Chef de Cuisine, Christian Ham, the 'Girolles and Cherries' seasonal menu is available at the side of the restaurant’s full a la carte menu, including Pan Seared Foie Gras Fresh Cherries; Green Pea Velouté tiger prawn, golden girolle mushrooms, almonds; Crispy Duck Leg Confit caramelized endive, cherry sauce; Ayveron Lamb Duo: roasted lamb chop, stewed shoulder fresh girolles and dried fruits; and Cherry Clafoutis pistachio ice cream. The seasonal dishes are available from today until 30 June 2022 at Red Sky Restaurant. For bookings, please call +66 (0) 2 100 6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th

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On 18-19 June 2022, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown will host 'The Hamlet for Good' charity weekend filled with creative funs, organised by the team behind renowned The Hamlet bar-camp at Wonderfruit Festival, featuring exciting culinary collaborations by up-and-coming local chefs, a creative bar takeover, art therapy workshops, cutting-edge DJs, and other unique activities. Net proceeds go to support humanitarian assistance for victims of conflict. Situated in the heart of Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown, the hotel's concept of elevating local experiences seamlessly matches with the one-off mini-festival, being an ideal base of exploration. During the event, special room rates will be offered to the participants, starting only at THB 1,500 per night inclusive of complimentary access to the creative bar takeover (THB 550 on the door for non-guest / non-dinner ticket holders). Alongside three exclusive dinners held at three nearby venues, the tasty offerings include a creative Sunday Brunch at the hotel’s JAM JAM Eatery & Bar. Here's a peek of what's going to happen: Art Therapy with Peace Please and Watercolour Paints with Sansuwanya; an interactive art exhibition featuring curated masterworks from 15 emerging artists presented in 16 different rooms; not-to-be-missed collaboration meals at the hotel's JAM JAM Eatery & Bar and 3 partnering venues by Chefs Paolo Vitaletti (Appia Trattoria), Billy Bautista (Billy’s Smokehouse), Napol ‘Joe’ Jantraget (Samlor), Koranat ‘Tle’ Robkob (Mother), and Jirapat ‘Sept’ Praphotjanaporn (Aunglo by Yangrak), Chefs Bo & Dylan (Bo.Lan) and Num Weerawat Triyasenawat (Samuay and Sons), Chalee Kader (100 Mahaseth), Prin Polsuk (Samrub Samrub Thai), and more; a morning yoga session with Kru Jah; among others. Each dining experience at The Hamlet for Good is priced at just THB 3,000++ per person and includes one welcome drink. Special drinks pairings created by event sponsors Campari, Aperol, and Wine Garage will also be available. Workshops start at THB 1,750 per person. Special room rates are available via direct booking at asaihotels.com or call +66 (0) 02 220 8999. Dinner and workshop tickets are available at ticketmelon.com/asaihotels/thehamletforgood2022    

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The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery, the first MGallery hotel in the country, has now opened its door to pamper guests with its modern facilities and state-of-the-art concept. The 206-key sleek urban resort is situated in heart of Tung Chung within the iconic Citygate mixed-use commercial complex, offering serenity amidst nature while taking only 30 minutes to get to Central, plus environmentally-conscious credentials, innovative food & drinks, and unique guestroom & suite features. The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery takes its name and inspiration from the historic silver mines of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. Guest rooms and suites shines with a silver décor, from metallic design motifs throughout the hotel, to the outdoor sculpture garden, to the shimmering views of sunlit waves upon the sea. Upon arrival, guest will be amazed by the sensation of descending through a hidden lush greenery, a cascading waterfall and a brilliant silver leaf archway leading up to a cozy manor home. Within the hotel, guests will discover a lush, outdoor garden featuring winding paths, a stylish 25-meter swimming pool, expansive lawns, and a well-equipped fitness area. A dozen extraordinary signature suites surround the garden, featuring generously sized outdoor terraces, each with its own private outdoor Plunge Pool or private outdoor heated Jacuzzi overlooking the verdant hills of Lantau. These suites offer a true resort-style experience, rare among the urban environment of Hong Kong. In addition, The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery offers a number of unique guest experiences including curated Memorable Moments for each guest, a signature of the MGallery brand, such as private helicopter tours above Lantau; hiking adventures in Tai O; or excursions to nearby tourist attractions such as the world-famous Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, and Hong Kong Disneyland. For enquiries, please email HA4A4@accor.com or call +852 3602 8989. Visit ALL.com to explore exciting new experiences on offer at The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery.

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The multi-award winning Royal Cliff Hotels Group has been a hospitality landmark in the vibrant city of Pattaya for more than 4 decades and it is well loved by guests from around the world. Constantly upgrading, it is a safe haven for travelers to spend quality time with their loved ones, enjoy total relaxation or stay active with multiple sport facilities on-site. Offering different types of accommodations, the resort continues to adapt its facilities to ever-changing customer demands and tirelessly upgrades while keeping its heritage spirit alive. A recent major makeover in the rooms and suites at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel has elevated the property to a new level of modern luxury.   Superb Family-Friendly Facilities Experience Royal Cliff’s new spectacular infinity-edged pool, Sky Aquarium at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel! This incredible pool features an exciting kids’ pool along with multiple spots for various activities, including outdoor massages, surf skating, and many more. Guests are able to take a refreshing dip while immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring panoramic sea views and the new sensational surrounding landscape. Chill out at the adjoining pool bar where you can treat yourself to a dizzying array of refreshing ice-cold mocktails and other alcoholic beverages!   It is the perfect place to bask in the sunshine while enjoying delicious cocktails during the day or experiencing unbelievable sunsets in the evening.   The Royal Cliff also successfully hosts popular family-friendly events that have become part of Pattaya’s most anticipated events every year.  It offers family–friendly accommodations along with on-site amenities that keep both parents and kids happy and entertained at all times. Funtasea – Kids World and The Verge - Games, Pool and Karaoke offer productive and fun activities for families to enjoy.   New 2-Bedroom Thai Modern Theme Suite This beautiful suite is inspired by beautiful white sandy beaches, glowing pearls, and the mystique of ocean corals. Luxury reigns supreme inside these new modern 2-bedroom theme suites. Experience an elegant minimalist white theme with a contemporary twist lightly accented by blue and purple furnishings and a dramatic chandelier. The suite offers an exquisite interior design, unmatched ocean views of the stunning Gulf of Thailand along with plenty of space to relax. Whether you want to read a book in the master bedroom or watch TV in the comfortable living room, every area of the suite will surely delight you. The newly renovated bathroom invites you to relax in a large Jacuzzi whilst soaking up the magnificent sea views. In addition, the large rain showers will be a great way to energize you to start the day. Enjoy every moment in this serene and ultra-chic retreat which is perfect for friends and families.   Royal Cliff is the Only Hotel in Thailand to Win the Best of SHA Award for Hotel Accommodation The Royal Cliff remains a safe haven where essential services can be enjoyed with the appropriate safety precautions in place.  It has achieved the amazing milestone of being the only hotel in Thailand to be awarded the “Best of SHA Award” for Hotel Accommodation. 

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VLCC, the leader in wellness and beauty service provider, has arrived in Thailand to offer exceptional care in the premium beachfront setting of Avani+ Hua Hin Resort, with tailor-made programmes designed to meet individual needs and deliver quantifiable results provided by experienced medical practitioners. Each rejuvenating programme fuses modern medical testing and diagnostics with Ayurveda therapies to deliver first-rate holistic care. Medi-spa treatments include aesthetics and injectables including Botox, fillers, body contouring and skincare solutions along with custom blends of IV Therapy. The unique flexi-concept of VLCC at Avani+ Hua Hin allows you to dip in and out of their wellness programme, enjoy the facilities of the resort and welcome friends and family to stay and relax at the beach together. In addition to relaxing treatments, you may opt for multiple layered programmes that resolve long term chronic pain sufferers with a dynamic approach to pain management for overall wellness and long term musculoskeletal conditions that can be improved through anti-inflammatory treatments, the elimination of heavy metal residues as well as rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions led by a team of highly trained experts. The medical team includes a specialist aesthetic and regenerative Doctor, expert physiotherapist, qualified nutritionist, trained medical nurse and Ayurvedic practitioner from India. Each programme is designed to nourish the body, mind and soul. Itineraries include recreation activities such as Zumba, nature walks, yoga and meditation sessions to complement traditional spa treatments and medical solutions. Another unique aspect of the offerings of VLCC at Avani+ Hua Hin includes Post-package Follow-up, Review and Consultation for up to 12 months. This consultation will be available at over 217 VLCC Wellness & Aesthetic Beauty Clinics in 11 countries. To find out more and to book, please visit www.avanihotels.com/en/hua-hin/wellness

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The multi-award winning Royal Cliff Hotels Group has been a hospitality landmark in the vibrant city of Pattaya for more than 4 decades and it is well loved by guests from around the world. Constantly upgrading, it is a safe haven for travelers to spend quality time with their loved ones, enjoy total relaxation or stay active with multiple sport facilities on-site. Offering different types of accommodations, the resort continues to adapt its facilities to ever-changing customer demands and tirelessly upgrades while keeping its heritage spirit alive. A recent major makeover in the rooms and suites at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel has elevated the property to a new level of modern luxury.   Superb Family-Friendly Facilities Experience Royal Cliff’s new spectacular infinity-edged pool, Sky Aquarium at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel! This incredible pool features an exciting kids’ pool along with multiple spots for various activities, including outdoor massages, surf skating, and many more. Guests are able to take a refreshing dip while immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring panoramic sea views and the new sensational surrounding landscape. Chill out at the adjoining pool bar where you can treat yourself to a dizzying array of refreshing ice-cold mocktails and other alcoholic beverages!   It is the perfect place to bask in the sunshine while enjoying delicious cocktails during the day or experiencing unbelievable sunsets in the evening.   The Royal Cliff also successfully hosts popular family-friendly events that have become part of Pattaya’s most anticipated events every year.  It offers family–friendly accommodations along with on-site amenities that keep both parents and kids happy and entertained at all times. Funtasea – Kids World and The Verge - Games, Pool and Karaoke offer productive and fun activities for families to enjoy.   New 2-Bedroom Thai Modern Theme Suite This beautiful suite is inspired by beautiful white sandy beaches, glowing pearls, and the mystique of ocean corals. Luxury reigns supreme inside these new modern 2-bedroom theme suites. Experience an elegant minimalist white theme with a contemporary twist lightly accented by blue and purple furnishings and a dramatic chandelier. The suite offers an exquisite interior design, unmatched ocean views of the stunning Gulf of Thailand along with plenty of space to relax. Whether you want to read a book in the master bedroom or watch TV in the comfortable living room, every area of the suite will surely delight you. The newly renovated bathroom invites you to relax in a large Jacuzzi whilst soaking up the magnificent sea views. In addition, the large rain showers will be a great way to energize you to start the day. Enjoy every moment in this serene and ultra-chic retreat which is perfect for friends and families.   Royal Cliff is the Only Hotel in Thailand to Win the Best of SHA Award for Hotel Accommodation The Royal Cliff remains a safe haven where essential services can be enjoyed with the appropriate safety precautions in place.  It has achieved the amazing milestone of being the only hotel in Thailand to be awarded the “Best of SHA Award” for Hotel Accommodation. 

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Throughout the year of 2022, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park's international culinary marketplace, Goji Kitchen + Bar, will offer traditional delicacies from different regions of Italy at its popular weekend buffets and brunches. For this June and July, it's Rome time! These months' epicurean adventure will feature the world-famous flavours of the Italian capital. The talented chefs will create an artisanal menu that features many famous Roman dishes including Gnocchi Cacio e Pepe, Saltimbocca alla Romana, Gnocchi alla Romana, Linguine Cacio e Pepe, Pizza Margherita and more. For dessert, diners can choose from a Profiteroles, Ricotta Lemon Pie and authentic Italian gelato with biscotti. You can also opt for a free-flow beverage package includes unlimited Bellini cocktails for just THB 990++ per person. 'A Taste of Rome' is available as part of Goji Kitchen + Bar’s vibrant weekend buffets and brunches from 1 June to 31 July 2022, details as follows: Friday – Sunday Dinner (17:30 – 22:00) is priced at THB 2,199 ++ per person Saturday Lunch (12:00 – 14:30) is priced at THB 2,199 ++ per person Sunday Brunch (12:00 – 14:30) is priced at THB 2,500 ++ per person Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott discounts apply. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 059 5999, email restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com or book HERE.

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Centara Grand at CentralWorld has unveiled its exclusive Durian delicacies made with the creamy, sweet, buttery flesh of the 'King of Fruits', available at Ventisi restaurant and Zing bakery from now until 31 August 2022. Enjoy the distinct flavour of the Chanee and Monthong durians creatively and freshly created by talented Executive Pastry Chef Thawat and team. A selection of 12 different sweet treats is priced from just THB 45++, including Durian Double Cheesecake, Durian Tiramisu, Kanyao Durian white Chocolate Truffle with Green Durian Skin, Durian Strawberry Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Durian Opera Cake, Durian & Coconut Mousse, Monthong Ice Cream, as well as new savoury creations such as Purple Sweet Potato Durian Roll THB, Macaroon Sticky Rice with Durian, Chiffon Coconut Cream with Durian, Durian Pandan Shortcake, and more. On top of that, you can also enjoy one-of-a-kind 'Durian Afternoon Tea' featuring a variety of durian delicacies alongside traditional scones with durian jam and a choice of hot beverages for THB 888++ per set for 2 persons, served daily at Ventisi restaurant and Zing bakery. To find out more about the hotel's tantalising culinary scene, visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/cgcw/restaurants-and-bars

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On 24 April 2022, VIU Restaurant at The St. Regis Bangkok invites you to experience mouth-watering Exquisite Sunday Brunch, in collaboration with renowned Indian chef Ganesh Yadav, Executive Sous Chef from Indus Bangkok, featuring time-honoured tastes of Indian. Featured on the one-day-only menu are historical Sikandri Raan, a seven-hour slow cooked pulled leg of mutton served with a flat flaky and fluffy bread called Malabar Parantha; Lucknowi Chicken Dum Biryani; Papadi Chaat, the popular street food snack found on street corners throughout the Indian capital; and Papadam. On top of the special menu, the weekly Exquisite Sunday Brunch features an extensive selection of premium dishes, including all-you-can-eat Alaska king crab, Wagyu beef with truffle sauce, sea urchin (uni) pasta, a smorgasbord of Western and Asian food selections, artisan goat cheese, cold cuts including Parma ham and chorizo, a dessert corner with handcrafted pastries and a Belgium chocolate fountain. The Exquisite Sunday Brunch x Indus will take place at VIU Restaurant, priced at THB 3,200++ per person (non-alcoholic drinks included). Advance reservations are highly recommended, which can be done via +66 (0) 2207 7777, fb.bangkok@stregis.com or visit www.stregisbangkokdining.com for more details.

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As tourism is flourishing again, the world's largest multi-attraction pass, Go City, has made an exciting debut of 'Go City Bangkok' – value-for-money travel passes with access to a number of top attractions and experiences in the vibrant metropolis. Go City's unique passes offer the opportunity to see the best of a city, from the top sights to unique off-the-beaten-path experiences, all at a massive savings. There are two options for the Go City Bangkok pass, each designed for a different type of travel style. Presently, the Go City Bangkok passes allows access to these unmissable experiences: King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk, Chinatown Food Tour and Bangkok Pub Tour, Ayutthaya Day Tour, Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise, Tuk Tuk Tour, and authentic Thai massage experiences. In the near future, Go City is planning to add more lifestyle options into the mix like stunning sky bars, mouth-watering food and beverages options, and others. On top of that, for Thai travellers who is taking a trip overseas, Go City has also expanded attraction options in various cities including London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney. The Bangkok's All-Inclusive pass lets spontaneous customers maximise their visits and see as much of the city as they can for a set number of days. An Adult 2-Day All-Inclusive Pass is priced at THB 2,999 (approximately USD 89). The Explorer Pass offers flexibility for your exploration across 60 days, which you can choose ahead of time or upon arrival. An Adult 3-Choice Explorer Pass is priced at THB 1,899 (approximately USD 57). To learn more or make a purchase, visit GoCity.com/Bangkok, or download the Go City app from the App Store or Google Play.

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Accor, a world leading hospitality group, in collaboration with Nomura Real Estate Development, a leading real estate company in Japan, introduces Fairmont Tokyo, slated to open in 2025. Fairmont Tokyo is the luxury brand’s first hotel in Japan. The hotel comprises 219 guest rooms and features awe-inspiring views of Tokyo Bay. Located on the upper floors of the South Tower of the Shibaura Project, it is part of a development designed under the National Strategic Special Zone Program. It is unique in that it is the only location in the cosmopolitan area that offers access to business, culture, and well-being amenities. This hotel’s enviable location is also convenient as it’s just an 18-minute drive from Haneda International Airport and within close proximity to Hamamatsucho Railway Station. Fairmont Tokyo will also offer a range of suites, three restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, meeting rooms, banquet facilities and chapel, offering a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. Find out more about the brand at www.fairmont.com

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on Friday 27 May 2022, Phuket's leading-edge sustainability-centric JAMPA will join hands with acclaimed Thai craft chocolate maker, Kad Kakao, to host the second epicurean event as part of the compelling 'Garden Table Series', featuring heavenly eco-friendly dishes prepared by a team of award-winning chef. Together with Kad Kakao's team, JAMPA’s Chef Rick Dingen has created an exciting menu using local ingredients and byproducts from chocolate making such as husk, pod, nibs and juice, affirming the restaurant's zero-waste ethos. 'JAMPA & KAD KAKOA' price starts at 2,500 THB++ for food only and 3,900 THB++ with beverage pairing. Seats are limited so early booking is recommended. Reserve your spot at +66 (0) 76 342 122 or reservation@jamparestaurant.com. Keep yourself updated at Facebook: @JampaRestaurant

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Mr. Chatree Wattanakhajorn, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), revealed that presently, Bangkok has green areas in the category of public park and small garden of 8,917 locations covering the area of 25,893 rai 61.05 square wah. The ratio of public green area per capita is 7.49 sq.m. per person. It is essential to speed up the process of increasing public park areas and develop capacity of the existing public parks so that people can access quality public spaces with more convenience. The BMA realises the importance of Lumphini Park, which is a large public park at the heart of the city and the year 2025 will mark the centennial of Lumphini Park. Thus, it is an opportune time for improving Lumphini Park to be the metropolitan public park for the future. This also enhances the capacity of the area to respond to city development and ways of life in the new era. The implementation of the plan for construction and renovation will be divided into various phases to avoid any impacts on service provision to the general public. Lumphini Park is the first public park of Thailand. It has been open since 1925 with the area of 360 rai (576,000 sq.m.), located in the CBD of Bangkok. According to the survey on the current condition of Lumphini Park, buildings and premises are in bad and damaged conditions. In addition, designing public parks and public green areas in the cities all over the world has moved toward land use that is in line with the changing urban environment and ways of life of people. Other than being a place for relaxation, public parks also play an important role in reducing impacts of natural disasters. For example, the use of public park as a water retention area or to attenuate stormwater runoff before discharging to public draining system of the city to solve flood. There is also the use of bioengineering system for water circulation of the public park to treat wastewater. The treated water will be reused for park irrigation which can reduce the use of tap water. Moreover, large trees and various kinds of plants in the public park can help reduce the city’s temperature, alleviate air pollution, and capture fine particles that are harmful to public health. After the renovation of Lumphini Park is completed, it is anticipated that the park will produce various benefits for the people of Bangkok. It will become a quality public park, a comprehensive functional area for all activities, the 'Lungs of the City' in the heart of Bangkok, and a versatile solution for urban problem. Read more: www.prbangkok.com/en

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