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In partnership with Singapore Tourism Board, Ascott has launched "Hey Explorer, Make Memories with Ascott in Singapore" promotion, offering guests who are Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) members a complimentary heritage walking tour experience with their stay at any of the nine participating properties in Singapore. Guests can choose from any of the three walking tours of the heritage districts of Singapore – Chinatown, Kampong Glam, and Little India. The tours will be conducted by award-winning tour operator, Monster Day Tours. Guests will visit key attractions while learning about the district’s heritage and culture, taking a deep dive into Singapore’s multi-racial history. Chinatown Heritage Walking Tour - Follow the footsteps of early immigrants in the historic district of Chinatown and learn more about how they live, play and braved obstacles to build a life here in Singapore. Rediscover Chinatown’s rich cultural heritage with a visit to famous temples, heritage shophouses and hidden streets. Kampong Glam Heritage Walking Tour - Explore the rich and colourful tapestry of Kampong Glam through a deeper understanding of the Malay culture and traditions. Relive history as we trace life back to the Kampung days and the transformation to modern living. Capture insta-worthy photos with iconic monuments such as Istana Kampong Gelam (former Malay palace in Singapore) and the Sultan Mosque. Little India Heritage Walking Tour - Go on a sense-awakening journey through colourful Little India. Visit traditional Indian shops, Indian temples, and off-the-beaten-track spots for a deeper exploration of a community that is brimming with cultural beauty and rich history. Learn about the use of “forgotten spaces” for arts & culture, and areas of this precinct. The complimentary heritage walking tour is available from now till 31 December 2021. To redeem the heritage walking tour voucher, guests can approach the front desk during their stay. The voucher is valid for one month after their stay with Ascott. Participating properties include the following approved to market and accept leisure bookings: Ascott Orchard Singapore, Ascott Raffles Pace Singapore, lyf Funan Singapore, and D’Hotel Singapore. For more information, please visit: www.the-ascott.com/en/offers/hey-explorer-make-memories-with-ascott.html.  

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Starting from 31 March 2021, Laguna Phuket will host 3 weekends of "Laguna Phuket Revive 555 Festival", a series of exciting sports, music, cultural and community events at various chic venues. Here is a brief schedule of The Revive 555 Festival, so you can plan ahead, and don't forget to book early as this could be of high demand!: 31 March - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Thailand Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Championship 2021 hosted at Xana Beach Club 3 - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts hosted at Laguna Grove 3 - 4 April: Angel Market offering arts, crafts, food and live entertainment at Cassia Phuket 10 - 12 April: Roy Rim Lay, which showcases local gastronomy and music at Laguna Grove 11 April: An afternoon beach run, followed by live entertainment and refreshments at sunset at Xana Beach Club 12 April: Laguna Phuket Sustainability Day and Night Community Activity 12 - 15 April: Laguna Phuket Pride 2021, a 4-day event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community 14 April: Laguna Golf Phuket tournament 17 - 18 April: A surf skate event at Cassia Phuket 17 - 18 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts at Laguna Grove In addition, each Laguna Phuket hotel will be arranging exclusive fringe activities. Guests at Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Saii Laguna Phuket will be able to access all destination events directly via Laguna Phuket on-site shuttle services, with promotions available throughout the festival. Hotel guests will enjoy priority and special access to all events. Book now at www.lagunaphuket.com

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Due to today's situation filled with uncertainty, anxiety, and insecurity, "The Dance In Between" art pieces by Hiroko Hongyok will touch your soul in an exquisitely soothing way. Being “in between'' is like walking into a desert without a compass, being surrounded by nothing but sand. In this state, it's easy to feel lost, being overwhelmed by fear, especially when it involves your aspirations, dreams, career and relationships. Instead of worrying about what is out of our control, why not learn to cherish the unknown? "The Dance In Between" exhibition is a celebration of the "in-betweenness" in an eye-opening way. The exhibition invites you to interact with the ambiguity of “neither black nor white”, in a playful, yet thought-provoking manner. Growing up familiar with the teachings of Zen, Hiroko Hongyok’s practice is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic ideal of “Ma” (間), which is defined as “the space between objects, the silence between sounds, the stillness between actions”. Hiroko represents “Ma” (間) through abstract forms that play deliberately with the boundaries of dichotomies; hovering in between expansion and contraction, revealing and concealing, inside and outside, movement and stillness. Like dancing, Hiroko invites the audience to discover this “in-between” state and enjoy every moment of life. Experience "The Dance In Between" at Room 248, second floor, River City Bangkok from 11 February until 14 March 2021. Free Entry. In response to Covid-19, this exhibition is open for limited capacity of 10.

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The first Dusit-branded hotel in Kuwait, Dusit Princess Mahboula Kuwait, is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2023 in a premium location overlooking the Persian Gulf within easy reach of popular local attractions such as Al Kout Mall, Kuwait’s largest waterfront retail and leisure destination; and Kuwait Magic, a large beachfront mall with an indoor amusement park. Comprising 180 hotel rooms and 70 serviced apartments under Dusit International’s upper midscale Dusit Princess brand, the new hotel will be equipped to meet the needs of both tourists and long-stay guests, including associates of local oil and gas companies  seeking comfortable and convenient lodgings near their places of work. The property’s serviced apartments have been specifically designed for families. Additionally, there will be an all-day dining venue, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge, a swimming pool, a vast gym with modern equipment, as well as Dusit’s signature Namm Spa providing a wide range of wellness therapies and treatments. Dusit’s portfolio now includes 340 properties operating under six brands across 15  countries. In the Middle East, the company currently operates seven hotels and is on course to open two more this year.

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This year, Chinese New Year falls on 12 February, marking a beginning of a year  of Ox – a valued animal in Chinese culture for its vital role in agriculture, honesty, and determination. Family gatherings and having "lucky foods" together are part of long-time Chinese New Year traditions, with each dish believed to bring you good luck in the coming year such as dim sum for abundance, noodles for longevity, fish for prosperity, Peking duck for wealth, and plenty more. Here are 4 exquisite restaurants in Bangkok to revel in the auspicious day with your family with superbly cooked "lucky foods":   Nan Bei Restaurant at Rosewood Bangkok WHAT'S SPECIAL: Longevity Set (THB 8,888 for 4 - 6 people) - Give yourself a delicious blessing with authentic heirloom recipes by Chef Geng, such as Honey-Glazed BBQ Kurobuta Pork, Braised Abalone with Goose Web, Wagyu Tenderloin with Black Pepper Sauce, and Squirrel Fish. Prosperity Set (THB 25,000 for 8 - 6 people) - Elevated and signature dishes like Hokkaido Scallop with Scallion Oil, Peking Duck, Spotted Grouper with Light Soy Sauce, Fish Maw with Abalone Sauce, Tiger Prawns with Jumbo Green Asparagus and Salted Egg, and Abalone Rice with Truffle and Abalone Sauce. For takeaways, the Longevity Set and Prosperity Set will be available for pick-up at THB 7,888 and THB 18,888 respectively. A minimum two-hour advance order is required. DATES: 5 - 14 February 2021 OPENING DAY / HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday / Lunch at 11:30 - 14:00 / Dinner at 17:30 - 21:00 BOOK / ORDER AT: +66 (0) 2 080 0080 or bangkok.nanbei@rosewoodhotels.com / Takeaway options at bit.ly/RosewoodBangkokOnTheMove   Fei Ya Restaurant at Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel WHAT'S SPECIAL: 9-Course Lunch and Dinner (starting at THB 19,888++ for 10 people) - Chef Cheung Chin Choi has prepared auspicious cuisines including Yusheng salad, Fei Ya’s famous lychee wood-roasted Peking duck, Braised Australia Abalone, goose web, mushroom, and seaweed with garden green, Wok-fried scallop and sea whelk in “X.O” sauce, Steamed whole spotted grouper in “Hong Kong” soya sauce, Fried rice with roasted duck and conpoy wrapped in lotus leaves, Double steamed bird’s nest in coconut milk and many more. All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum Lunch Buffet (THB 1,588++ per person)  DATES: 11 - 14 February 2021 OPENING DAY / HOURS: Open daily / Lunch at 11:30 - 14:30 / Dinner at 18:00 - 22:30 BOOK / ORDER AT: +66 (0) 2 125 5000 / www.renaissancebangkok.com   Dynasty Restaurant at Centara Grand at CentralWorld WHAT'S SPECIAL: Premium Dim Sum Lunch Buffet (THB 1,2500++ per person) with additional free-flow ChaTraMue tea at THB 99++ DATES: 12 - 13 February 2021 for the all-you-can-eat option OPENING DAY / HOURS: Open daily / Lunch at 11:30 - 14:30 / Dinner at 18:00 - 21:00 * special hours during Chinese New Year period: Dinner only on 11 February / Lunch & dinner on 12 & 13 February / Lunch only on 12 February BOOK / ORDER AT: +66 (0) 2 100 6255 / diningcgcw@chr.co.th / www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/cgcw/restaurant/dynasty   57th Street at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit WHAT'S SPECIAL: Dinner Buffet (THB 1,490 net per person) with an indulgent array of Chinese delicacies

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To mark the beginning of the new era, award-winning Soneva Jani in Maldives has announced its "Chapter Two", a marvelous expansion of first-rate offerings with 27 new luxurious water villas, new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and Soneva Unlimited. The new over-villas in Chapter Two, ranging from One Bedroom to Four Bedroom Water reserves, have been designed to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion amidst the ocean, featuring vast indoor and outdoor living spaces and sweeping terraces, private pool, some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom Reserves also have the iconic retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Other privileges at the Chapter Two are Soneva Unmilited, which includes unlimited access to meals, fine wines, diving, experiences, spa treatments and transfers; new outlets led by expert chefs with tasty options of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, as well as mouth-watering grills; and the new Wellness Centre with a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic, a cross-functional fitness area, and an open-air yoga pavilion with facilities for aerial yoga. The starting price for a 1 Bedroom Water Retreat in Chapter Two starts from USD 3,560+++ in shoulder season, which includes all meals, transfers, experiences, drinks and spa treatments.

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From 27 February onwards at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Executive Chef Sebastiaan Hoogewerf and Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara from Yamazato will work together to serve up all-you-can-eat Yatai & Izakaya Night delights at Up & Above Restaurant every Saturday evening. Yatai is a mobile food shops in Japan, which normally sell noodles and street snacks. Izakaya literally means ‘stay-drink-place’, similar to a tapas bar where friends, family and colleagues go to eat, drink and unwind. When both styles of savouries come together, Japanese favourites on the buffet menu include barachirachi & sashimi, yakitori, tori tsukane, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, udon with onsen egg, oden soup, hot smoked salmon donburi and there is a cooking station serving tonkatsu made a la minute. Other scrumptious buffet options include fresh seafood on ice: lobster, Dutch mussels, razor clams, prawns and oysters served with a choice of condiments, as well as BBQ highlights such as grilled tiger prawns, grilled squid and grilled mackerel teriyaki. A special dish from the kitchen is pan seared foie gras and balsamic reduction, while for dessert a homemade ice cream station and treats like taiyaki and Hokkaido cheesecake guarantee a sweet finish Yatai & Izakaya Night is available every Saturday from 18:00 - 22:00 and can be enjoyed along additional free flow beverages to complete the traditional Japanese experience. Prices start from THB 1,950++ per person including free-flow juices, mocktails and soft drinks and THB 2,950++ per person for additional free-flow draft beer, curated drinks, wine, soft drinks and juices. For reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 687 9000, email  FB.concierge@okurabangkok.com, or book on our website www.okurabangkok.com

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An afternoon tea session with Singaporean touch! – Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit takes you on a luscious trip without having to leave the country with a mouth-watering afternoon tea set with Singaporean delicacies at Tuxedo Espresso Bar. Tea enthusiasts can expect a classic selection of Singaporean sweets like Kueh Dadar, Durian Puff Craquelin, Oriental Egg Tart and Steamed Palm Sugar Cake. The famous Singapore Laksa will also be served alongside Nasi Lemak, Chicken & Sardine Curry Puff and Chwee Kueh Steamed Rice Cake with Preserved Turnip. Carlton’s version is a full dedication to all the famous food, light bites and sweets that Singaporeans grew up eating. The afternoon tea is priced at THB 1,080++ for two persons, or THB 1,380++ for two persons with two glasses of bubbles. Aailable from March on, serving daily from 12:00 - 16:30 at Tuxedo Espresso Bar, lobby floor. For more information or reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email FBreservations@carltonhotel.co.th

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To mark the first anniversary of Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, the 5-star hotel in the heart of the city invites you to unwind at the hotel with special promotion. From 19 February - 19 March 2021, you can book your first night's stay and enjoy the second night at only THB 1! This outstanding package also includes: Breakfast add-on, only THB 1 per person on your second night With the purchase of any food item, enjoy a selection of THB 1 offers at each outlet Full flexibility on rescheduling or cancellation up to 24 hours prior to arrival For further information or reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email reservations@carltonhotel.co.th

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What is your ideal celebration with your better half?: A candlelit dinner? An intimate conversation over tea and sweet treats? Or a gastronomic exploration? – Here we have compiled 8 exquisite eateries with Valentine's specials to make the romantic feast even more memorable. CHAR Restaurant at Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road Romantic offer(s): A five-course set menu of transcendent grills with Japanese touches uniquely created by the restaurant's accomplished Chef including Hokkaido scallop, Wagyu fillet beef with black truffle jus, and Black cod with miso butter and Jerusalem artichoke, and mouth-watering more. Price: THB 2,500++ per person Date: 13 - 14 February 2021 Reservation: +66 (0) 2 207 4999 / reservation.hotelindigobangkok@ihg.com   Paii at The House on Sathon Romantic offer(s): Sweet Afternoon Tea (THB 1,999++ per set) - Indulge into a love-themed afternoon tea for two amidst verdant garden, featuring special treats and savouries, as well as 2 pots of TWG tea and 2 welcome drinks. Valentine's Set Menu (THB 4,500++ per couple) - A five-course modern Thai seafood set menu in an exquisite house including Hamachi pon pla, Jean-Paul oyster and Hokkaido scallop served with Paii chili jam and triple caviars, wagyu A5 sirloin and more. Exclusive Valentine's Celebration (THB 20,000++ per couple) - Exclusively available ONLY FOR ONE COUPLE! Savour the five-course set dinner inclusive of one bottle of selected beverage served privately in a fully decorated Valentine’s Secret Room and a one-night stay in Marvelous Suite inclusive of breakfast for two. Date: 11 - 14 February 2021 for afternoon tea (14:30 - 17:30) / 14 February 2021 for dinner (18:00 - 23:00) Reservation: megatix.in.th/valentineswbkk / +66 (0) 2 344 4000   The Lobby Lounge at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok Romantic offer(s): Experience the exclusive "Afternoon Tea at Kempinski – Solo Harp Love Melodies Edition" with a tasty 50 shades of red sweet and savoury delicacies by Chef Franck Istel such as caviar and egg vol-au-vent, classic prawn cocktail tart shell, and chèvre terrine sandwich, passionfruit wild strawberry mini dome, and vanilla raspberry chocolate madeleine, in the European grandeur of the lobby while listening to live harp love melodies. Price: THB 990++ per person Date: 1 - 28 February 2021 (14:00 - 17:00) Reservation: +66 (0) 2 162 9000 / dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com   Biscotti at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel Romantic offer(s): A buffet-style lunch (THB 1,490++ per person) including a choice of the main dish, served at the table, as well as coffee or tea. Special four-course dinner (THB 4,990++ per couple) by Chef Alessio featuring melt-in-your-mouth scallop tartar, prawn risotto, baked black cod or veal tenderloin and a moreish dessert of Red Velvet, lemon tart and macaroons, as well as 2 glasses of festive beverage. The private dining package (starting from THB 5,000++ per couple) featuring homestyle Italian cuisine from Biscotti and other outlets of the hotel to be served in the comfort of your plush suite, including an overnight stay for two with breakfast in bed, and optional add-ons such as fresh flowers and an Aroma milk bath. Date: 14 February 2021 (11:30 - 14:30 for lunch / 17:00 - 24:00 for dinner) Reservation: +66 (0) 2 126 8866 ext. 1201 /

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As thailand’s café culture gets increasingly worldly, new spots are emerging almost daily. Many are cool, possibly also dramatic places and undoubtedly visit- worthy. The ones that you will return to again and again, however, are likely those that give you a cosy feeling, as if you are at home sharing comforting drinks and tasty bites with your best friends.   DROP BY DOUGH Udomsuk and Ari, Bangkok A Donut House with Hygge Vibes Speciality: Freshly-baked doughnuts with rich, indulgent fillings. Setting: Cosy Scandinavian interior design that invites you to enjoy every minute there. Must-tries: Classic Vanilla / Nutella & Hazelnut / Bacon Cheddar Cheese Instagram: @dropbydough   MAGOKORO TEA HOUSE Mueang, Chiang Mai   Tea in a Mini Japanese Zen Garden Speciality: Heavenly green teas from an award-winning farm served in traditional Japanese style, as well as tasty Japanese sweets. Setting: A mini Zen garden that transports you to a bucolic setting in Japan. Must-tries: Ikigai Ceremonial Set / Cold Brew Tea / Matcha Roll Instagram: @magokoro.teahouse   MORE THAN FEELING BREW Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok A House of Hand-Crafted Coffee Speciality: Coffee made with loving hands, from grinding to brewing in a Flair Espresso Maker to make the perfect cup for you. Setting: Cosy and minimalist, good for long stretches of time with friends or for working in peace with a perfect cup of ambrosial coffee near at hand. Must-tries: Dirty / Cold Drip / Cold Brew / Matcha Latte Instagram: @morethanfeelingbrew   REMEDY CAFE AND STAY Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok A Vintage House by the River Speciality: Speciality coffee made with beans of different origins, brewed with advanced equipment including a Flair Espresso Maker, AeroPress coffee maker, V60 Dripper, and more. If you don’t like being too caffeinated, the milky frappés and fruity smoothies are also very good. Setting: A small slow life riverside house with vintage décor and pleasant music coming from a vinyl record player. Must-tries: Breezy Remedy Signature / Dirty Coffee / Lemon Drizzle Cake Instagram: @remedy.bkk   WHISPERING CAFÉ Sampran, Nakhon Pathom Garden House of Your Dreams Speciality: A variety of tastebud-pleasing drinks and sweets. Setting: A vintage wooden house set in a vast idyllic garden by Thailand’s top landscape designer, with a tranquil pond in which you can paddle around in a little boat. Must-tries: Mint Chocolate / Matcha Latte Cold / Roselle Soda / Dark Beer Cake Instagram: @whispering.cafe   POONYPOONY COFFEE Sutthisan, Bangkok Welcome to the Barista’s Home Speciality: Seriously good cups with wicked latte art by Poon, the owner, who has worked as a barista in Melbourne. The latte art in his Babycino is the talk of the town. Setting: The very friendly atmosphere of Poon’s house, sipping aromatic coffee made by the man himself. This is a café with a personal touch that makes you want to linger. Must-tries: Dirty / Orange Tonic / Drip Coffee Instagram: @poonypoonycoffee   BILLYBILLIES Bangna, Bangkok   A Cosy English Tea Room Speciality: Blissful home-made cakes and bakes inspired by English tea rooms, as well as original house blend teas specially created for this cosy house. The made-to- order birthday cakes will steal your heart, and the organised creative workshops will give you lots of fun. Setting: The ambience of a cosy English tea room that attracts passers-by and, as you step inside, you will feel as if you

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Starting from 31 March 2021, Laguna Phuket will host 3 weekends of "Laguna Phuket Revive 555 Festival", a series of exciting sports, music, cultural and community events at various chic venues. Here is a brief schedule of The Revive 555 Festival, so you can plan ahead, and don't forget to book early as this could be of high demand!: 31 March - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Thailand Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Championship 2021 hosted at Xana Beach Club 3 - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts hosted at Laguna Grove 3 - 4 April: Angel Market offering arts, crafts, food and live entertainment at Cassia Phuket 10 - 12 April: Roy Rim Lay, which showcases local gastronomy and music at Laguna Grove 11 April: An afternoon beach run, followed by live entertainment and refreshments at sunset at Xana Beach Club 12 April: Laguna Phuket Sustainability Day and Night Community Activity 12 - 15 April: Laguna Phuket Pride 2021, a 4-day event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community 14 April: Laguna Golf Phuket tournament 17 - 18 April: A surf skate event at Cassia Phuket 17 - 18 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts at Laguna Grove In addition, each Laguna Phuket hotel will be arranging exclusive fringe activities. Guests at Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Saii Laguna Phuket will be able to access all destination events directly via Laguna Phuket on-site shuttle services, with promotions available throughout the festival. Hotel guests will enjoy priority and special access to all events. Book now at www.lagunaphuket.com

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In partnership with Singapore Tourism Board, Ascott has launched "Hey Explorer, Make Memories with Ascott in Singapore" promotion, offering guests who are Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) members a complimentary heritage walking tour experience with their stay at any of the nine participating properties in Singapore. Guests can choose from any of the three walking tours of the heritage districts of Singapore – Chinatown, Kampong Glam, and Little India. The tours will be conducted by award-winning tour operator, Monster Day Tours. Guests will visit key attractions while learning about the district’s heritage and culture, taking a deep dive into Singapore’s multi-racial history. Chinatown Heritage Walking Tour - Follow the footsteps of early immigrants in the historic district of Chinatown and learn more about how they live, play and braved obstacles to build a life here in Singapore. Rediscover Chinatown’s rich cultural heritage with a visit to famous temples, heritage shophouses and hidden streets. Kampong Glam Heritage Walking Tour - Explore the rich and colourful tapestry of Kampong Glam through a deeper understanding of the Malay culture and traditions. Relive history as we trace life back to the Kampung days and the transformation to modern living. Capture insta-worthy photos with iconic monuments such as Istana Kampong Gelam (former Malay palace in Singapore) and the Sultan Mosque. Little India Heritage Walking Tour - Go on a sense-awakening journey through colourful Little India. Visit traditional Indian shops, Indian temples, and off-the-beaten-track spots for a deeper exploration of a community that is brimming with cultural beauty and rich history. Learn about the use of “forgotten spaces” for arts & culture, and areas of this precinct. The complimentary heritage walking tour is available from now till 31 December 2021. To redeem the heritage walking tour voucher, guests can approach the front desk during their stay. The voucher is valid for one month after their stay with Ascott. Participating properties include the following approved to market and accept leisure bookings: Ascott Orchard Singapore, Ascott Raffles Pace Singapore, lyf Funan Singapore, and D’Hotel Singapore. For more information, please visit: www.the-ascott.com/en/offers/hey-explorer-make-memories-with-ascott.html.  

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Sit on secluded Choeng Mon Beach, Beachfront Meliá Koh Samui invites you and your better half to stay on the paradise island with special romantic luxuries with 2 curated experiences. Vitamin Sea for Two Package A stay in a Premium Pool Access Room with a private terrace by the resort's lagoon pool A 1-hour Thai massage for two on the beach 3 pre-dinner tapas plates complimented by 2 glasses of sparkling wine Daily breakfast for two 20% off foods and beverages at the resort's dining outlets 50% off spa treatments A complimentary round-trip airport transfer (for a 3-night stay or more) Priced from THB 4,800 net per room per night   Energizing Couple's Escape Package A stay in a Premium Pool Access Room with a private terrace by the resort's lagoon pool A wellness consultation at YHI Spa A 60-minute Ultimate Hands On massage class for couples A body exfoliation for two and facial treatment for two A floating breakfast Daily breakfast for two Daily F&B credit of THB 500 20% off foods and beverages at the resort's dining outlets A round-trip airport transfer Priced from THB 29,99 net per room for 7 nights (a further 5% discount is applied for bookings of at least 14 nights, with a further 10& discount applicable for bookings of 30 nights or more)   Both packages are available until 30 June 2021. For more details or to make a booking, please call +66 (0) 77 938 899 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

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

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Recently, World Reward Solutions has successfully hosted "Khao Yai Muan Chuen" dining event in collaboration with Khao Yai Tourism Association. The event was organised with a help from White Glove Academy & FINN by World Rewards Solution in training students and teacher from Pak Chong Technical College and personnel from Grand Siri Resort, Pen Laos restaurant, and Gran Monte Vineyard in providing services in a premium level. The training is also led by Michelin-starred Chef Thaninthon Chantarawanyoung, and he has also created a wonderful 7-course menu using mainly locally-sourced ingredients. With the first event being a huge success with over 50 guests who have enjoy the delectable experience amidst beautiful nature, the next dining experience by leading chefs will follow soon! For further inquiries, please contact World Reward Solutions at +66 (0) 2 016 9998.  

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From 27 February onwards at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Executive Chef Sebastiaan Hoogewerf and Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara from Yamazato will work together to serve up all-you-can-eat Yatai & Izakaya Night delights at Up & Above Restaurant every Saturday evening. Yatai is a mobile food shops in Japan, which normally sell noodles and street snacks. Izakaya literally means ‘stay-drink-place’, similar to a tapas bar where friends, family and colleagues go to eat, drink and unwind. When both styles of savouries come together, Japanese favourites on the buffet menu include barachirachi & sashimi, yakitori, tori tsukane, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, udon with onsen egg, oden soup, hot smoked salmon donburi and there is a cooking station serving tonkatsu made a la minute. Other scrumptious buffet options include fresh seafood on ice: lobster, Dutch mussels, razor clams, prawns and oysters served with a choice of condiments, as well as BBQ highlights such as grilled tiger prawns, grilled squid and grilled mackerel teriyaki. A special dish from the kitchen is pan seared foie gras and balsamic reduction, while for dessert a homemade ice cream station and treats like taiyaki and Hokkaido cheesecake guarantee a sweet finish Yatai & Izakaya Night is available every Saturday from 18:00 - 22:00 and can be enjoyed along additional free flow beverages to complete the traditional Japanese experience. Prices start from THB 1,950++ per person including free-flow juices, mocktails and soft drinks and THB 2,950++ per person for additional free-flow draft beer, curated drinks, wine, soft drinks and juices. For reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 687 9000, email  FB.concierge@okurabangkok.com, or book on our website www.okurabangkok.com

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An afternoon tea session with Singaporean touch! – Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit takes you on a luscious trip without having to leave the country with a mouth-watering afternoon tea set with Singaporean delicacies at Tuxedo Espresso Bar. Tea enthusiasts can expect a classic selection of Singaporean sweets like Kueh Dadar, Durian Puff Craquelin, Oriental Egg Tart and Steamed Palm Sugar Cake. The famous Singapore Laksa will also be served alongside Nasi Lemak, Chicken & Sardine Curry Puff and Chwee Kueh Steamed Rice Cake with Preserved Turnip. Carlton’s version is a full dedication to all the famous food, light bites and sweets that Singaporeans grew up eating. The afternoon tea is priced at THB 1,080++ for two persons, or THB 1,380++ for two persons with two glasses of bubbles. Aailable from March on, serving daily from 12:00 - 16:30 at Tuxedo Espresso Bar, lobby floor. For more information or reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email FBreservations@carltonhotel.co.th

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As thailand’s café culture gets increasingly worldly, new spots are emerging almost daily. Many are cool, possibly also dramatic places and undoubtedly visit- worthy. The ones that you will return to again and again, however, are likely those that give you a cosy feeling, as if you are at home sharing comforting drinks and tasty bites with your best friends.   DROP BY DOUGH Udomsuk and Ari, Bangkok A Donut House with Hygge Vibes Speciality: Freshly-baked doughnuts with rich, indulgent fillings. Setting: Cosy Scandinavian interior design that invites you to enjoy every minute there. Must-tries: Classic Vanilla / Nutella & Hazelnut / Bacon Cheddar Cheese Instagram: @dropbydough   MAGOKORO TEA HOUSE Mueang, Chiang Mai   Tea in a Mini Japanese Zen Garden Speciality: Heavenly green teas from an award-winning farm served in traditional Japanese style, as well as tasty Japanese sweets. Setting: A mini Zen garden that transports you to a bucolic setting in Japan. Must-tries: Ikigai Ceremonial Set / Cold Brew Tea / Matcha Roll Instagram: @magokoro.teahouse   MORE THAN FEELING BREW Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok A House of Hand-Crafted Coffee Speciality: Coffee made with loving hands, from grinding to brewing in a Flair Espresso Maker to make the perfect cup for you. Setting: Cosy and minimalist, good for long stretches of time with friends or for working in peace with a perfect cup of ambrosial coffee near at hand. Must-tries: Dirty / Cold Drip / Cold Brew / Matcha Latte Instagram: @morethanfeelingbrew   REMEDY CAFE AND STAY Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok A Vintage House by the River Speciality: Speciality coffee made with beans of different origins, brewed with advanced equipment including a Flair Espresso Maker, AeroPress coffee maker, V60 Dripper, and more. If you don’t like being too caffeinated, the milky frappés and fruity smoothies are also very good. Setting: A small slow life riverside house with vintage décor and pleasant music coming from a vinyl record player. Must-tries: Breezy Remedy Signature / Dirty Coffee / Lemon Drizzle Cake Instagram: @remedy.bkk   WHISPERING CAFÉ Sampran, Nakhon Pathom Garden House of Your Dreams Speciality: A variety of tastebud-pleasing drinks and sweets. Setting: A vintage wooden house set in a vast idyllic garden by Thailand’s top landscape designer, with a tranquil pond in which you can paddle around in a little boat. Must-tries: Mint Chocolate / Matcha Latte Cold / Roselle Soda / Dark Beer Cake Instagram: @whispering.cafe   POONYPOONY COFFEE Sutthisan, Bangkok Welcome to the Barista’s Home Speciality: Seriously good cups with wicked latte art by Poon, the owner, who has worked as a barista in Melbourne. The latte art in his Babycino is the talk of the town. Setting: The very friendly atmosphere of Poon’s house, sipping aromatic coffee made by the man himself. This is a café with a personal touch that makes you want to linger. Must-tries: Dirty / Orange Tonic / Drip Coffee Instagram: @poonypoonycoffee   BILLYBILLIES Bangna, Bangkok   A Cosy English Tea Room Speciality: Blissful home-made cakes and bakes inspired by English tea rooms, as well as original house blend teas specially created for this cosy house. The made-to- order birthday cakes will steal your heart, and the organised creative workshops will give you lots of fun. Setting: The ambience of a cosy English tea room that attracts passers-by and, as you step inside, you will feel as if you

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To mark the beginning of the new era, award-winning Soneva Jani in Maldives has announced its "Chapter Two", a marvelous expansion of first-rate offerings with 27 new luxurious water villas, new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and Soneva Unlimited. The new over-villas in Chapter Two, ranging from One Bedroom to Four Bedroom Water reserves, have been designed to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion amidst the ocean, featuring vast indoor and outdoor living spaces and sweeping terraces, private pool, some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom Reserves also have the iconic retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Other privileges at the Chapter Two are Soneva Unmilited, which includes unlimited access to meals, fine wines, diving, experiences, spa treatments and transfers; new outlets led by expert chefs with tasty options of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, as well as mouth-watering grills; and the new Wellness Centre with a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic, a cross-functional fitness area, and an open-air yoga pavilion with facilities for aerial yoga. The starting price for a 1 Bedroom Water Retreat in Chapter Two starts from USD 3,560+++ in shoulder season, which includes all meals, transfers, experiences, drinks and spa treatments.

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To mark the first anniversary of Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, the 5-star hotel in the heart of the city invites you to unwind at the hotel with special promotion. From 19 February - 19 March 2021, you can book your first night's stay and enjoy the second night at only THB 1! This outstanding package also includes: Breakfast add-on, only THB 1 per person on your second night With the purchase of any food item, enjoy a selection of THB 1 offers at each outlet Full flexibility on rescheduling or cancellation up to 24 hours prior to arrival For further information or reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email reservations@carltonhotel.co.th

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Situated in one of the most vibrant areas of Bangkok, Centara Grand at CentralWorld is now offering tempting "The Place to Be" staycation deal to let you experience the luxury of unwinding at the very heart of Bangkok, with state-of-the-art creature comforts near at hand. "The Place to Be" package benefits include: THB 1,400 daily hotel credit to purchase food, beverages, or spa treatments during your stay Free early check-ins and late checkouts to 21:00 for bookings from Sunday to Thursday (subject availability) Complimentary Wi-Fi access Complimentary stay for children less than 12 years of age sharing parents room and bedding (up to Maximum 1-2 children depending on Room Category) This deal applies to all room types, running from now until 30 June 2021. To book, please visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centara-place-to-be **For Centara The 1  card, get 20% off when you book direct with hotel website. For more information, call +66 (0) 2 100 1234 ext. 6759 - 6763 or email cgcwreservation@chr.co.th

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The first Dusit-branded hotel in Kuwait, Dusit Princess Mahboula Kuwait, is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2023 in a premium location overlooking the Persian Gulf within easy reach of popular local attractions such as Al Kout Mall, Kuwait’s largest waterfront retail and leisure destination; and Kuwait Magic, a large beachfront mall with an indoor amusement park. Comprising 180 hotel rooms and 70 serviced apartments under Dusit International’s upper midscale Dusit Princess brand, the new hotel will be equipped to meet the needs of both tourists and long-stay guests, including associates of local oil and gas companies  seeking comfortable and convenient lodgings near their places of work. The property’s serviced apartments have been specifically designed for families. Additionally, there will be an all-day dining venue, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge, a swimming pool, a vast gym with modern equipment, as well as Dusit’s signature Namm Spa providing a wide range of wellness therapies and treatments. Dusit’s portfolio now includes 340 properties operating under six brands across 15  countries. In the Middle East, the company currently operates seven hotels and is on course to open two more this year.

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To mark the beginning of the new era, award-winning Soneva Jani in Maldives has announced its "Chapter Two", a marvelous expansion of first-rate offerings with 27 new luxurious water villas, new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and Soneva Unlimited. The new over-villas in Chapter Two, ranging from One Bedroom to Four Bedroom Water reserves, have been designed to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion amidst the ocean, featuring vast indoor and outdoor living spaces and sweeping terraces, private pool, some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom Reserves also have the iconic retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Other privileges at the Chapter Two are Soneva Unmilited, which includes unlimited access to meals, fine wines, diving, experiences, spa treatments and transfers; new outlets led by expert chefs with tasty options of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, as well as mouth-watering grills; and the new Wellness Centre with a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic, a cross-functional fitness area, and an open-air yoga pavilion with facilities for aerial yoga. The starting price for a 1 Bedroom Water Retreat in Chapter Two starts from USD 3,560+++ in shoulder season, which includes all meals, transfers, experiences, drinks and spa treatments.

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If a cat or dog island sounds too ordinary for you, Koh Matsum is a modest paradise that will surprise you with cuddly piggies running carefreely on the shore! Rumour has it that these pigs swam across from nearby Koh Taen to the tiny island, while some people said they were brought here by Mr. Kitt, who owns a beach bar on the lightly populated island thanks to his kind heart. The drove of hogs has since grown to about 12, and has been brightening up the day of a myriad of visiting tourists. Aside from the friendly pigs, the island is also teeming with fish and rare birds. Also, after a break from tourism, marine lives like turtles, dugongs, sharks, and numerous fish species and coral reefs arare naturally replenished, so they are now more vivid than ever. Banyan Tree Samui, one of the island’s most prestigious resort, was in the news last year when a rare giant green turtle laid over 200 eggs in nests on the resort’s secluded beach. The nests were protected by the resort’s resident marine biologist who built a fence to protect them from predators. Situated 2 kilometres off the south coast of Koh Samui, reachable by boat trips from Koh Samui. Banyan Tree Samui offers a half-day tour in a state-of-the-art "Sense of the Sea" speedboat carrying up to 12 passengers, which can also be reserved for a private tour with a chic picnic lunch. For reservations and more information, please visit www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/samui     Photos by Richard Barrow

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Starting from 31 March 2021, Laguna Phuket will host 3 weekends of "Laguna Phuket Revive 555 Festival", a series of exciting sports, music, cultural and community events at various chic venues. Here is a brief schedule of The Revive 555 Festival, so you can plan ahead, and don't forget to book early as this could be of high demand!: 31 March - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Thailand Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Championship 2021 hosted at Xana Beach Club 3 - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts hosted at Laguna Grove 3 - 4 April: Angel Market offering arts, crafts, food and live entertainment at Cassia Phuket 10 - 12 April: Roy Rim Lay, which showcases local gastronomy and music at Laguna Grove 11 April: An afternoon beach run, followed by live entertainment and refreshments at sunset at Xana Beach Club 12 April: Laguna Phuket Sustainability Day and Night Community Activity 12 - 15 April: Laguna Phuket Pride 2021, a 4-day event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community 14 April: Laguna Golf Phuket tournament 17 - 18 April: A surf skate event at Cassia Phuket 17 - 18 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts at Laguna Grove In addition, each Laguna Phuket hotel will be arranging exclusive fringe activities. Guests at Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Saii Laguna Phuket will be able to access all destination events directly via Laguna Phuket on-site shuttle services, with promotions available throughout the festival. Hotel guests will enjoy priority and special access to all events. Book now at www.lagunaphuket.com

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Imagine yourself spending weeks in a peaceful setting, surrounded by verdant tropical forests, soft sands, and glittering sea, enjoying first-rate facilities, wouldn't it be delightful? Pimalai Resort & Spa, a five-star seaside paradise on dazzling Koh Lanta, invites you to recreate amidst revivifying nature and make the place your "home away from home", where you can "work with a view" and unwind in tranquility right after your task is finished, or go on a thrilling sea excursion whenever you want, with irresistible long stay offers. Thai residents and expats can work, rest and play at the blissful haven at tempting prices like never before: Spend a price of just five nights, and you can enjoy your marvelous seven night stay! Rates start from THB 17,530 for a full week in a Deluxe Room or only THB 42,200 for a Hillside Ocean View Pool Villa. (Valid until 31 March 2021) For stays of 15, 20, 45 or 60 nights, rates start from only THB 2,150 per night for a Deluxe Room as part of a 60-night residency, rising to THB 21,970 per night as part of a 15-night sojourn in a Three Bedroom Beachside Pool Villa. (Valid for stays now - 30 June 2021) Thai citizens who participate in the government’s Rao Tiew Duay Kan campaign will enjoy an additional discount. In accordance with the latest government advice, Pimalai has created a series of highly effective of health and safety protocols that bring total reassurance to visitors, while also ensuring the highest standards of Thai hospitality. Under the “Pimalai Care” initiative, innovative measures include 24-hour vacancy periods between bookings, three disinfection tunnels, ozone sanitisation in the guest rooms and heat cleaning in the kitchens. For more information to book your extended stay at Pimalai, please call +66 (0) 2 320 5500, email reservation@pimalai.com, or visit www.pimalai.com

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Recently, World Reward Solutions has successfully hosted "Khao Yai Muan Chuen" dining event in collaboration with Khao Yai Tourism Association. The event was organised with a help from White Glove Academy & FINN by World Rewards Solution in training students and teacher from Pak Chong Technical College and personnel from Grand Siri Resort, Pen Laos restaurant, and Gran Monte Vineyard in providing services in a premium level. The training is also led by Michelin-starred Chef Thaninthon Chantarawanyoung, and he has also created a wonderful 7-course menu using mainly locally-sourced ingredients. With the first event being a huge success with over 50 guests who have enjoy the delectable experience amidst beautiful nature, the next dining experience by leading chefs will follow soon! For further inquiries, please contact World Reward Solutions at +66 (0) 2 016 9998.  

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At Wachirabenchathat Park, also knownas Rot Fai Park, vast Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is an educative recreation spot for people of all ages. Not only people will be compelled by the colours of nature, the natural classroom is also the place for study, research, data collection and compilation on life cycles of butterflies and other insects, biodiversity, ecosystem, and importance of plants that are food of caterpillars, so visitors can get to know more about them and appreciate the beauty they bring to this world without having to travel far from Bangkok. The garden comprises an activity ground and an exhibition area displaying elegance of various species of butterflies and insects. The exhibition area has a mini theatre showing video on insects and ecosystem, a breeding and nursing room for butterfly and insect larvae (available only for group visitors) and an enclosure. Showcasing over 500 butterflies of 20 species, the enclosure was built in the shape of a large dome with a height of 15 meters, using open framework and airy materials for good air ventilation. The Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is part of the project on non-formal education promotion of the BMA affiliated schools and part of “Chatuchak Learning Park”, taking place at 3 connected public parks namely Chatuchak Park, H.M. Queen Sirikit Park, and Wachirabenchathat Park (Rot Fai Park), in line with the National Education Act  specifying that “public park” is one of the lifelong learning resources for people of all ages and genders. The garden is open on Tuesdays - Sundays and public holidays, except for Mondays, from 08:30 to 16:30. Free entry. For a group visit, please submit a letter to Director of Public Parks Office requesting for permission 5 – 7 working days in advance. For more interesting news, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com  Source of information: Bangkok Tourism Division

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The first Dusit-branded hotel in Kuwait, Dusit Princess Mahboula Kuwait, is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2023 in a premium location overlooking the Persian Gulf within easy reach of popular local attractions such as Al Kout Mall, Kuwait’s largest waterfront retail and leisure destination; and Kuwait Magic, a large beachfront mall with an indoor amusement park. Comprising 180 hotel rooms and 70 serviced apartments under Dusit International’s upper midscale Dusit Princess brand, the new hotel will be equipped to meet the needs of both tourists and long-stay guests, including associates of local oil and gas companies  seeking comfortable and convenient lodgings near their places of work. The property’s serviced apartments have been specifically designed for families. Additionally, there will be an all-day dining venue, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge, a swimming pool, a vast gym with modern equipment, as well as Dusit’s signature Namm Spa providing a wide range of wellness therapies and treatments. Dusit’s portfolio now includes 340 properties operating under six brands across 15  countries. In the Middle East, the company currently operates seven hotels and is on course to open two more this year.

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Due to today's situation filled with uncertainty, anxiety, and insecurity, "The Dance In Between" art pieces by Hiroko Hongyok will touch your soul in an exquisitely soothing way. Being “in between'' is like walking into a desert without a compass, being surrounded by nothing but sand. In this state, it's easy to feel lost, being overwhelmed by fear, especially when it involves your aspirations, dreams, career and relationships. Instead of worrying about what is out of our control, why not learn to cherish the unknown? "The Dance In Between" exhibition is a celebration of the "in-betweenness" in an eye-opening way. The exhibition invites you to interact with the ambiguity of “neither black nor white”, in a playful, yet thought-provoking manner. Growing up familiar with the teachings of Zen, Hiroko Hongyok’s practice is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic ideal of “Ma” (間), which is defined as “the space between objects, the silence between sounds, the stillness between actions”. Hiroko represents “Ma” (間) through abstract forms that play deliberately with the boundaries of dichotomies; hovering in between expansion and contraction, revealing and concealing, inside and outside, movement and stillness. Like dancing, Hiroko invites the audience to discover this “in-between” state and enjoy every moment of life. Experience "The Dance In Between" at Room 248, second floor, River City Bangkok from 11 February until 14 March 2021. Free Entry. In response to Covid-19, this exhibition is open for limited capacity of 10.

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