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Now that international tourism is gradually reopening, many travelers from across the globe plan to revel in the magic of Switzerland. One of the country's unmissable spots is, undoubtedly, the famed Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, where you can witness the fabled snowscape and enjoy a variety of funs in the region. With the launch of the V-Cableway and the Eiger Express, experiencing the top destination of Switzerland is more convenient than ever. The leading-edge V-Cableway has been built to offer visitors a heavenly trip to the Top of Europe with much reduced time, with an emphasis on sustainability. The new cableway will ensure the success of tourism in the Jungfrau region as a whole in the medium and long term, making it a year-round destination for Swiss tourism. It provides the foundation for the region's development into a premium destination and will provide Switzerland with a top winter and summer destination with modern public transport connections.   THE EIGER EXPRESS - THE MOST MODERN TRICABLE GONDOLA The Eiger Express, the world's most modern tricable gondola, has been officially launched for a year already, allowing visitors to save 47 minutes on their journey with the direct transport link with the Berner Oberland-Bahn stop at the state-of-the-art terminal in Grindelwald Grund. Additionally, it takes only 15 minutes from Grindelwald terminal to the Eiger Glacier station. The heated seats in modern cabins are equipped to keep you comfortable all year round.   THE NEW GRINDELWALD TERMINAL The Grindelwald Terminal has become the most modern terminal in the Alps, featuring a number of shopping options for top Swiss products and international brands, eating experiences, a sports shop and ski depots for rental. For those who prefer to get there by car, there are over 1,000 parking spots available at the multi-storey car park, with advance reservation for spaces allowed. Besides, the Platinum Lounge pampers guests who book a VIP package with free drinks and snacks while they are waiting to get into the luxurious VIP gondola. There is also the COVID-19 walk-in test centre, offering both RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests.   BUILT FOR THE FUTURE When designing and constructing the cableways, Jungfrau Railways has placed a huge emphasis on the use of the latest technology while keeping sustainability in mind. The construction periods were planned in accordance with the breeding season of ptarmigans, as well as keeping the existing plant species for re-planting, and other measures to keep the environment flourishing for the future generations. In addition, the tricable (3s) technology offers high safety while requiring only a few supports, ensuring wind stability, all without the need to cut through forests. The modern technology also lets the Eiger Express takes visitors from Grindelwald to the Eigergletscher station in just 15 minutes.   Check out the video below for a preview of the marvelous experience or visit www.jungfrau.ch for more further information.

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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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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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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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For the first time in decades, Phuket's iconic heritage house, the 119-year-old 'Governor's Mansion', will welcome guests to experience the one-off palatial stay during this Songkran Festival. Situated in the heart on Phuket Old Town, the mansion was built by successful local businessman Pra Pitak Chinpracha, and has presently become the well-preserved architectural and cultural heritage of the province. Its second floor is turned into a stunning space by renowned Thai designer Saran Yen Panya in a way that pay homage to Thailand's rich heritage with a touch of modernity, featuring a number of statement pieces by talented designers. Not only a rare opportunity to revel in the original Sino-Portuguese baroque manor is offered, as guests will be hosted by famous Phuket-born model-actress Patricia Tanchanok Good, together with national ambassador for royal Thai cuisine and Blue Elephant founder, master chef Nooror Somany Steppe. Guests will be immersed in a quintessentially Phuketian experience, including: A personal welcome at check-in by Thai superstar Patricia ‘Good’ Tanchanok, who will share her favourite hidden gems in Phuket and tips for exploring the island Exclusive access to a two-bedroom suite on the Mansion’s expansive second floor, including a private reception lounge and living room A bespoke, multi-course ‘Songkran’ tasting menu prepared and hosted by master Chef Nooror Somany Steppe A scuba diving and snorkeling adventure around the sparkling reefs and islands that dot the Andaman Sea A gibbon rehabilitation social impact experience in Phuket’s last rainforest, Khao Pra Taew Wildlife Sanctuary A group of four lucky guests will get to soak up the vibrant festivities with an island getaway of a lifetime, only on Airbnb. The majestic Governor’s Mansion will be bookable on airbnb.com/governorsmansion for USD 50* (approx. THB 1,700) for a two-night stay from 15-17 April 2022. Bookings open at 8 AM ICT on 5 April 2022.   *Plus taxes and fees. This two-night stay is not a contest. Airbnb is closely monitoring Thailand infection rates and government policies and will offer booking guests a USD 1,000 Airbnb credit if it becomes necessary to cancel the stay.    

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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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Grown up and more experienced, Stage, French & global-inspired restaurant led by Chef Sainisa 'Jay' Sangsingkaew, has stepped up their culinary techniques as well as choices of ingredients and created 'Stage Menu 7.0', a series of modern dishes with playful twists. 'Stage Menu 7.0' focuses on the use of Modern European Culinary Techniques, alongside the increasing uses of premium local ingredients sourcing within Thailand, designed to be enjoyable from first to last. The highlights of the menu includes  White Asparagus served with Razor Clam, Caviar, and Aspic Ox & Bone Oxtail Terrine with Bone Marrow Croquette and Terragon Emulsion; Suratthani River Prawn served with Riso, Prawn Bisque, and topped with Summer Truffle; Soft-Shell Crab brandy battered, served with Seablite Dumpling, Lemon Confit, and Dashi Broth; among others. For sweet treats, Texture Of Pear is the special dessert presenting the fruit in different tastes and forms. The 7-course tasting menu is priced at THB 2,900++ (Wine pairing 4 glasses at THB 1,700++) and ‘Stage Experience’ 10-course tasting menu at THB 4,500++ (Wine pairing 6 glasses at THB 2,500++). Book your spot at +66 (0) 2 002 5253, info@restaurant-stage.co or visit www.restaurant-stage.co

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After months of transformation, Dusit Thani Hua Hin has rolled out a number of new exciting facilities including an onsite organic farm. On top of that, the five-star beachfront resort has recently launched Nómada, a thrilling dining concept inspired by South American indigenous fares, made using fresh ingredients from local sources and its garden. The name is derived from the nomadic ways of living – hunting, gathering, and fishing sustainably, and the experience is led by Chilean Chef Andre Josef Nweh Severino, who fuses his knowledge about traditional South African recipes with his passion for sustainability. Nómada's culinary team delivers a stunning array of authentic South American dishes as well as juicy grills made over an open flame. The menu comprises small bites like Fish and shrimp tiradito (Fresh sea bass and grilled river prawns with Chilean yellow chilli sauce and pebre); Rock lobster in Chilean sauce (deglazed with white wine); Ceviche with mango; and Nómada wanton cones, at the side of choices of premium cuts including 120 days grain-fed Angus Tomahawk, Ribeye, and Tenderloin, and slow-cooked Picanha, and fresh catches from the sea. In addition, creative sweet treats and tantalising cocktails are served at the seaside restaurant as well. Nómada opens every Wednesday to Sunday for lunch (12:00 - 15:00) and dinner (18:00 - 22:00). For more information and reservation, please call +66 (0) 3252 0009.

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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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Recently in late April, Capella Bangkok's Côte has welcome its founding Chef Chef Mauro Colagreco to Thailand. After one year and a half of the restaurant's inauguration, Côte by Mauro Colagreco has been one of Bangkok's most acclaimed culinary gems, keeping food aficionados coming back for more and more, thanks to its exquisite concept of 'Riviera to River' – bringing the Mediterranean Riviera flavours to the bank of Chao Phraya River while paying homage to the origins and the destination alike. The culinary team led by highly-talented Chef Davide Garavaglia plays a massive role in its success, flawlessly translating Chef Colagreco’s philosophy and passion for sustainable and seasonal produce through a range of fascinating tasting menus and a signature '9-course Carte Blanche' gastronomic journey. Côte's excellence stands out from the crowd that it has been awarded one Michelin Star. 'I’m so delighted to be in Bangkok to finally celebrate the first Michelin star with all the team. It such an achievement,' said Chef Colagreco. 'This trip is a dream come true. It has been so challenging to travel the last years, being here in Bangkok, feeling the energy of the city, of my team and meet our dedicated guests, it’s incredible.' During his stay in Thailand, Chef Colagreco with his team met with organic farmers at Poomjai Garden located next to the Bangkhuntien canal in Bangkok and Plean Yod Tarn community in Samutsongkhram province to source vegetables and herbs of the highest quality. 'For me, working with sustainable ingredients not only means following the seasons, it also means working the land with full respect and embracing what nature brings into the kitchen. We have to be flexible and resourceful in adapting the menu to highlight the best produce available every single day.' Chef Colagreco explained. Côte by Mauro Colagreco is located on the second floor of Capella Bangkok, and is open for lunch from 12:00 to 14:00 and dinner from 18:00 to 22:00 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). For reservations, email cote.bangkok@capellahotels.com, call +66 (0) 2 098 3888 or visit www.cotebkk.com. Keep yourself posted at Facebook: @cote.bangkok or Instagram: @cote.bangkok.

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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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Now that international tourism is gradually reopening, many travelers from across the globe plan to revel in the magic of Switzerland. One of the country's unmissable spots is, undoubtedly, the famed Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, where you can witness the fabled snowscape and enjoy a variety of funs in the region. With the launch of the V-Cableway and the Eiger Express, experiencing the top destination of Switzerland is more convenient than ever. The leading-edge V-Cableway has been built to offer visitors a heavenly trip to the Top of Europe with much reduced time, with an emphasis on sustainability. The new cableway will ensure the success of tourism in the Jungfrau region as a whole in the medium and long term, making it a year-round destination for Swiss tourism. It provides the foundation for the region's development into a premium destination and will provide Switzerland with a top winter and summer destination with modern public transport connections.   THE EIGER EXPRESS - THE MOST MODERN TRICABLE GONDOLA The Eiger Express, the world's most modern tricable gondola, has been officially launched for a year already, allowing visitors to save 47 minutes on their journey with the direct transport link with the Berner Oberland-Bahn stop at the state-of-the-art terminal in Grindelwald Grund. Additionally, it takes only 15 minutes from Grindelwald terminal to the Eiger Glacier station. The heated seats in modern cabins are equipped to keep you comfortable all year round.   THE NEW GRINDELWALD TERMINAL The Grindelwald Terminal has become the most modern terminal in the Alps, featuring a number of shopping options for top Swiss products and international brands, eating experiences, a sports shop and ski depots for rental. For those who prefer to get there by car, there are over 1,000 parking spots available at the multi-storey car park, with advance reservation for spaces allowed. Besides, the Platinum Lounge pampers guests who book a VIP package with free drinks and snacks while they are waiting to get into the luxurious VIP gondola. There is also the COVID-19 walk-in test centre, offering both RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests.   BUILT FOR THE FUTURE When designing and constructing the cableways, Jungfrau Railways has placed a huge emphasis on the use of the latest technology while keeping sustainability in mind. The construction periods were planned in accordance with the breeding season of ptarmigans, as well as keeping the existing plant species for re-planting, and other measures to keep the environment flourishing for the future generations. In addition, the tricable (3s) technology offers high safety while requiring only a few supports, ensuring wind stability, all without the need to cut through forests. The modern technology also lets the Eiger Express takes visitors from Grindelwald to the Eigergletscher station in just 15 minutes.   Check out the video below for a preview of the marvelous experience or visit www.jungfrau.ch for more further information.

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Over 150 years ago, the first luxury Orient Express train was launched, and the one-off experience will return in 2023 with the 'Orient Express La Dolce Vita' to take you on an unforgettable expedition through Italy, offering a new way of experiencing the country: an environmentally-friendly adventure where forgotten roads are explored, hidden treasures discovered and where architectural triumphs take centre stage. Throughout the journey, you will be pampered with 5-star service on board, savouring the Made in Italy' beauty and excellence  through award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine. The 'La Dolce Vita' inspired design embodies the Italian art of living and all its beautiful traditions with a more contemporary spirit of travel. The train’s sumptuous decor will adorn 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites, and one Honour Suite and restaurant, all boldly celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s. The Orient Express La Dolce Vita which will welcome its first passengers in 2023. Six trains will embark through several iconic itineraries across 14 regions and beyond, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.  

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Grown up and more experienced, Stage, French & global-inspired restaurant led by Chef Sainisa 'Jay' Sangsingkaew, has stepped up their culinary techniques as well as choices of ingredients and created 'Stage Menu 7.0', a series of modern dishes with playful twists. 'Stage Menu 7.0' focuses on the use of Modern European Culinary Techniques, alongside the increasing uses of premium local ingredients sourcing within Thailand, designed to be enjoyable from first to last. The highlights of the menu includes  White Asparagus served with Razor Clam, Caviar, and Aspic Ox & Bone Oxtail Terrine with Bone Marrow Croquette and Terragon Emulsion; Suratthani River Prawn served with Riso, Prawn Bisque, and topped with Summer Truffle; Soft-Shell Crab brandy battered, served with Seablite Dumpling, Lemon Confit, and Dashi Broth; among others. For sweet treats, Texture Of Pear is the special dessert presenting the fruit in different tastes and forms. The 7-course tasting menu is priced at THB 2,900++ (Wine pairing 4 glasses at THB 1,700++) and ‘Stage Experience’ 10-course tasting menu at THB 4,500++ (Wine pairing 6 glasses at THB 2,500++). Book your spot at +66 (0) 2 002 5253, info@restaurant-stage.co or visit www.restaurant-stage.co

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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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Recently in late April, Capella Bangkok's Côte has welcome its founding Chef Chef Mauro Colagreco to Thailand. After one year and a half of the restaurant's inauguration, Côte by Mauro Colagreco has been one of Bangkok's most acclaimed culinary gems, keeping food aficionados coming back for more and more, thanks to its exquisite concept of 'Riviera to River' – bringing the Mediterranean Riviera flavours to the bank of Chao Phraya River while paying homage to the origins and the destination alike. The culinary team led by highly-talented Chef Davide Garavaglia plays a massive role in its success, flawlessly translating Chef Colagreco’s philosophy and passion for sustainable and seasonal produce through a range of fascinating tasting menus and a signature '9-course Carte Blanche' gastronomic journey. Côte's excellence stands out from the crowd that it has been awarded one Michelin Star. 'I’m so delighted to be in Bangkok to finally celebrate the first Michelin star with all the team. It such an achievement,' said Chef Colagreco. 'This trip is a dream come true. It has been so challenging to travel the last years, being here in Bangkok, feeling the energy of the city, of my team and meet our dedicated guests, it’s incredible.' During his stay in Thailand, Chef Colagreco with his team met with organic farmers at Poomjai Garden located next to the Bangkhuntien canal in Bangkok and Plean Yod Tarn community in Samutsongkhram province to source vegetables and herbs of the highest quality. 'For me, working with sustainable ingredients not only means following the seasons, it also means working the land with full respect and embracing what nature brings into the kitchen. We have to be flexible and resourceful in adapting the menu to highlight the best produce available every single day.' Chef Colagreco explained. Côte by Mauro Colagreco is located on the second floor of Capella Bangkok, and is open for lunch from 12:00 to 14:00 and dinner from 18:00 to 22:00 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). For reservations, email cote.bangkok@capellahotels.com, call +66 (0) 2 098 3888 or visit www.cotebkk.com. Keep yourself posted at Facebook: @cote.bangkok or Instagram: @cote.bangkok.

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After months of transformation, Dusit Thani Hua Hin has rolled out a number of new exciting facilities including an onsite organic farm. On top of that, the five-star beachfront resort has recently launched Nómada, a thrilling dining concept inspired by South American indigenous fares, made using fresh ingredients from local sources and its garden. The name is derived from the nomadic ways of living – hunting, gathering, and fishing sustainably, and the experience is led by Chilean Chef Andre Josef Nweh Severino, who fuses his knowledge about traditional South African recipes with his passion for sustainability. Nómada's culinary team delivers a stunning array of authentic South American dishes as well as juicy grills made over an open flame. The menu comprises small bites like Fish and shrimp tiradito (Fresh sea bass and grilled river prawns with Chilean yellow chilli sauce and pebre); Rock lobster in Chilean sauce (deglazed with white wine); Ceviche with mango; and Nómada wanton cones, at the side of choices of premium cuts including 120 days grain-fed Angus Tomahawk, Ribeye, and Tenderloin, and slow-cooked Picanha, and fresh catches from the sea. In addition, creative sweet treats and tantalising cocktails are served at the seaside restaurant as well. Nómada opens every Wednesday to Sunday for lunch (12:00 - 15:00) and dinner (18:00 - 22:00). For more information and reservation, please call +66 (0) 3252 0009.

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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 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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For the first time in decades, Phuket's iconic heritage house, the 119-year-old 'Governor's Mansion', will welcome guests to experience the one-off palatial stay during this Songkran Festival. Situated in the heart on Phuket Old Town, the mansion was built by successful local businessman Pra Pitak Chinpracha, and has presently become the well-preserved architectural and cultural heritage of the province. Its second floor is turned into a stunning space by renowned Thai designer Saran Yen Panya in a way that pay homage to Thailand's rich heritage with a touch of modernity, featuring a number of statement pieces by talented designers. Not only a rare opportunity to revel in the original Sino-Portuguese baroque manor is offered, as guests will be hosted by famous Phuket-born model-actress Patricia Tanchanok Good, together with national ambassador for royal Thai cuisine and Blue Elephant founder, master chef Nooror Somany Steppe. Guests will be immersed in a quintessentially Phuketian experience, including: A personal welcome at check-in by Thai superstar Patricia ‘Good’ Tanchanok, who will share her favourite hidden gems in Phuket and tips for exploring the island Exclusive access to a two-bedroom suite on the Mansion’s expansive second floor, including a private reception lounge and living room A bespoke, multi-course ‘Songkran’ tasting menu prepared and hosted by master Chef Nooror Somany Steppe A scuba diving and snorkeling adventure around the sparkling reefs and islands that dot the Andaman Sea A gibbon rehabilitation social impact experience in Phuket’s last rainforest, Khao Pra Taew Wildlife Sanctuary A group of four lucky guests will get to soak up the vibrant festivities with an island getaway of a lifetime, only on Airbnb. The majestic Governor’s Mansion will be bookable on airbnb.com/governorsmansion for USD 50* (approx. THB 1,700) for a two-night stay from 15-17 April 2022. Bookings open at 8 AM ICT on 5 April 2022.   *Plus taxes and fees. This two-night stay is not a contest. Airbnb is closely monitoring Thailand infection rates and government policies and will offer booking guests a USD 1,000 Airbnb credit if it becomes necessary to cancel the stay.    

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Award-winning oceanfront wellness destination Chiva-Som in Hua Hin invite you to revive your body and soul with the 'All-Inclusive Wellness Vacation', offering the chance to explore the benefits of its unique wellness philosophy, with a daily wellness treatment, healthy meals, up to a dozen group exercise classes a day, and full use of the resort’s world-class and extensive wellness facilities in a gorgeous setting with lush tropical garden and soothing sound of waves. Chiva-Som's wellness facilities are some of the most extensive and advanced in the world, with a health and wellness centre for spa and holistic treatments, water therapy suites, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, physiotherapy and fitness studios, and an aesthetics centre. Its wellness philosophy is all-encompassing, leading to complete and sustainable lifestyle transformations that result in enduring, long-term health benefits. The 'All-Inclusive Wellness Vacation' includes accommodation, three wellness meals and refreshments per night of stay, as well as complimentary access to group exercise and relaxation classes and use of the wellness facilities. Consultations with wellness advisors direct guests to the most beneficial wellness treatments to try, with a complimentary treatment per night included. Rates start from THB 12,500 net per person per night, with no minimum stay. Guests staying three nights or more also enjoy early check-in from 10:00 and a room upgrade subject to availability, and an additional THB 1,000 wellness credit per day. This offer is available to all residents of Thailand for stays until 31 st May 2022, and can be used in conjunction with Rao Tiew Duay Gan. For more information and reservations, please email reservations@chivasom.com or call +66 (0) 32 536 536.

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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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For the first time in decades, Phuket's iconic heritage house, the 119-year-old 'Governor's Mansion', will welcome guests to experience the one-off palatial stay during this Songkran Festival. Situated in the heart on Phuket Old Town, the mansion was built by successful local businessman Pra Pitak Chinpracha, and has presently become the well-preserved architectural and cultural heritage of the province. Its second floor is turned into a stunning space by renowned Thai designer Saran Yen Panya in a way that pay homage to Thailand's rich heritage with a touch of modernity, featuring a number of statement pieces by talented designers. Not only a rare opportunity to revel in the original Sino-Portuguese baroque manor is offered, as guests will be hosted by famous Phuket-born model-actress Patricia Tanchanok Good, together with national ambassador for royal Thai cuisine and Blue Elephant founder, master chef Nooror Somany Steppe. Guests will be immersed in a quintessentially Phuketian experience, including: A personal welcome at check-in by Thai superstar Patricia ‘Good’ Tanchanok, who will share her favourite hidden gems in Phuket and tips for exploring the island Exclusive access to a two-bedroom suite on the Mansion’s expansive second floor, including a private reception lounge and living room A bespoke, multi-course ‘Songkran’ tasting menu prepared and hosted by master Chef Nooror Somany Steppe A scuba diving and snorkeling adventure around the sparkling reefs and islands that dot the Andaman Sea A gibbon rehabilitation social impact experience in Phuket’s last rainforest, Khao Pra Taew Wildlife Sanctuary A group of four lucky guests will get to soak up the vibrant festivities with an island getaway of a lifetime, only on Airbnb. The majestic Governor’s Mansion will be bookable on airbnb.com/governorsmansion for USD 50* (approx. THB 1,700) for a two-night stay from 15-17 April 2022. Bookings open at 8 AM ICT on 5 April 2022.   *Plus taxes and fees. This two-night stay is not a contest. Airbnb is closely monitoring Thailand infection rates and government policies and will offer booking guests a USD 1,000 Airbnb credit if it becomes necessary to cancel the stay.    

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Recently on 25 and 26 February 2022, Thailand's and world's first 'Dinner Incredible' event that brought 13 celebrated chefs from across the globe to co-create astonishing 12-course dinner at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok and Chim by Siam Wisdom has successfully become talk-of-the-epicurean-town. Behind the happening is 'The Lux Event', Phuket-based detail-oriented event planner who bring luxury to life for any kind of celebrations, from a private picnic, romantic dinner, birthday party, to wedding and other big celebration. The Lux Event made a use of eco-friendly decorations to showcase a sense of nature and do less harm to the environment, with dried branches, fresh leaves with different colours, among others, as elements to enhance the best appearance of each dish on the table. The event planning team comprises Sudarak 'Jean' Pukawanuch, Chaninard 'Sugar' Saratsayanan and Netnaphad 'Wine' Pulsavad, who are highly talented and creative, specialising in event planning and gourmet catering. Their use of arts, crafts, and designs never fails to please the eyes and put guests in a special mood.  With a network of renowned and trustworthy vendors and suppliers, The Lux Event can turn a dream event into the reality with gorgeous bouquets, props, gifts, and anything that will make the event nothing but exceptional. In addition, with extensive knowledge and creative ideas, their gourmet catering service has been well-received among their clients and guests. To learn more about The Lux Event, visit Facebook: @theluxeventphuket or Instagram: @theluxevent

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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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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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