Features

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ONYX Introduces its Saffron Collection
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Six Senses’ Six Weeks of Summer of #AtHomeWithSixSenses adds new characters
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Plan Ahead, Travel Later: Anantara launches digital eGift offer
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Lest this day pass unnoticed
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A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Hydroponics with Avani Hotels
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Healing the Planet: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas spotlights its sustainability champions on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day
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Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas offers guests travel escapism while staying at home
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Anantara Siam Introduces private sacred inking sessions by Bangkok’s bamboo tattoo master
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Thailand’s Elephant Boat Race and River Festival glides to a spectacular finish
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COSI Samui Chaweng Beach helps bring creative arts to Koh Samui

ONYX Introduces its Saffron Collection

ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP is introducing Saffron Collection, a portfolio of individual boutique hotels and resorts each narrating their own timeless tale, to complement the ongoing regional expansion of Amari, OZO and Shama.

Conceptualized as a portfolio of hotels that creatively interprets compelling stories of the personalities and history associated with each destination, Saffron Collection will initially be available in Hanoi, Penang, Bangkok and Sa Kaeo in Thailand, with plans for further expansion across the Asia-Pacific region.

ONYX Hospitality Group’s Oriental Residence Bangkok will be reintroduced as a Saffron Collection property, with The Five Residences Hanoi scheduled to open in October 2020 as a new-build addition to this collection.

This will be followed by the mid-2021 opening of The George in Penang, and the early 2022 opening of Indochina Hotel in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.

Each Saffron Collection property will serve as a timeless showcase of the continuous legacy of the landmarks, people or legends that made a lasting impact on the destination and neighbourhood.

Travellers will like the distinctive soul and character of each hotel. They will be connected with the past and present with compelling tales presented through specially-commissioned postcards, journals, exploration maps, mixology concoctions and bedtime stories.

At the heart of every Saffron Collection lobby, a customized cocktail cabinet will take pride of place. Offering a select list of mixology concoctions from the locality complemented with one signature cocktail representing each Saffron Collection property, travellers can interact with tales from their journeys and find inspiration for their next storied destination.

As the Saffron Collection portfolio expands in the years to come, travellers can expect a growing list of signature cocktails designed for each property.

Oriental Residence Bangkok

Inspired by the tales and moments in history of the ‘Oriental Hotel’ along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Oriental Residence Bangkok is a modern-day city-centre interpretation of one of the world’s most revered hotels.

Welcoming travellers since 2012, Oriental Residence Bangkok is flanked by the embassies of the United States and the Netherlands. The property features 145 suites, a collection of light-filled function rooms and the French-inspired Cafe Claire.

“Saffron Collection is driven by our quest to create a distinctive portfolio of boutique hotels and resorts that appeal to guests who want to be immersed in the stories and legends of the places they visit,” said Douglas Martell, president and CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group.

“Each Saffron Collection property aims to create memorable experiences through locally-relevant design and sensitive integration into the past and present of a destination. For owners and investors, Saffron Collection is also our way of preserving the compelling moments in a family, a corporation or a building and area’s history, and reinterpreting them towards memorable experiences for our present and future travellers.”

 

Six Senses’ Six Weeks of Summer of #AtHomeWithSixSenses adds new characters

 SINCE THE END OF MARCHSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has offered guests, followers and friends a daily dose of live chats, cooking, meditation and yoga classes, marine biology schooling and fun-filled ‘behind the scenes’ moments from resorts to provide support, positivity and connection at home.

As lockdowns ease, not everyone is ready to jump on a plane and the prospect of IRL classes might feel overwhelming. But as a brand that firmly believes in the power of travel to recharge and reconnect, Six Senses has unveiled the next six chapters to its #AtHomeWithSixSenses story.

The beautiful landscapes, support from wellness experts and unexpected encounters will continue to provide inspiration wherever, and at whatever pace, it feels right for people.

#AtHomeWithSixSenses content will continue at sixsenses.com and @SixSensesHotelsResortsSpas and @SixSensesSpas to educate, entertain and provide an escape (albeit a virtual one) so as not to rush the process of working out what constitutes the ‘new normal’.

It has been this spirit of togetherness that has brought so much joy, inspiration and a sense of community to Six Senses hosts, friends and people from around the world.

Chapter 1: Wellness
Pioneering wellness is a core brand value. Tune in and understand how the popular wellness screening can provide a springboard to long-lasting health changes, how to keep the whole family positive and how to let go with yoga, and how to boost physical and cognitive performance with biohacks.

Chapter 2: Eat
Roasting, broiling, frying or grilling, or enjoying the fruits of an on-site organic garden with cocktail in hand? There are so many options for the brand’s Eat With Six Senses experts Jonathan and Celia as they continue to share top nutritional insights, recipes and host cooking secrets from Executive Chefs. This chapter is packed with popular kitchen characters and is as light-hearted as it is delicious.

Chapter 3: Grow
Well-being starts young at Six Senses, and this is a great time to look at the six dimensions of wellness (social, environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual), the foundation for Grow With Six Senses. This chapter goes behind the scenes of the Junior Marine Biology and Junior Eco Warrior programs, demonstrates how to flex the spine like a cat in a kids’ yoga class and stay calm during a mindfulness journey (with a bear who will pay a surprise visit).

Chapter 4: Sustainability
From turtle talks and spotting black-shanked douc langurs to upcycling glass bottles into jewelry and learning about the first plastic-free kitchen – these daily stories will showcase the brand’s commitment to sustainability and encourage people to take responsibility now and help model mindsets for the future generations.

Chapter 5: Sleep
Sleep is much more than just pillow talk. Six Senses in-house experts come together once again to help make concrete changes in order drop off quickly, sleep soundly and wake up feeling fantastic.

Chapter 6: From the Heart of Six Senses
Six Senses hosts are the beating heart of the brand. They live by its values and project what the brand stands for every day. For the past few months, they have created the magic behind each meaningful virtual experience and will continue sharing heart-warming stories, lessons learned and experiences lived.

Friends of Six Senses
The much-loved weekly talks hosted by Six Senses Wellness Pioneer Anna Bjurstam will continue to take place every Tuesday with leading experts from around the world ready to share their insights and practical tools.

On Aug. 11, the best-selling author and celebrity therapist, Marisa Peer, will talk about the ways to reprogram the immune system at a cellular level and share powerful tools to demonstrate that it is possible to rewire one’s thoughts and beliefs to produce life-changing health results.

On Aug. 18, marine biologist and the author of Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols, will share how being part of something bigger than oneself really moves people. Anna will talk to a sleep specialist Dr. Neil Stanley on August 25.

Six Weeks of Summer will conclude the #AtHomeWithSixSenses story and set a scene for a new adventure to come.

 

Plan Ahead, Travel Later: Anantara launches digital eGift offer

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS HAS launched an unmissable eGift offer providing guests time to dream of their next escape, anywhere in the world. The launch of the eGift offer enables guests to transform their wanderlust into tangible travel plans with an exclusive 30% extra value.

Around the world, Anantara Hotels & Resorts are preparing to open their doors wide and welcome back guests, so it’s the perfect time to plan that long awaited dream getaway.

From beachfront favourites such as Anantara Hua Hin Resort, drivable for Bangkok’s city dwellers seeking seaside respite, or desert dreaming at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in the Liwa Desert outside Abu Dhabi. For a limited time only, Anantara offers guests 30% extra value on any eGift.

The eGift offer is applicable for all Anantara stays, including dining, spas and of course Signature Anantara Experiences at participating hotels & resorts around the world.

From underwater dining at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort’s breathtaking SEA Restaurant, to the spectacular opportunity to get up close and personal with elephants and spend a night in the unique Jungle Bubbles at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand.

Anantara is committed to providing guests flexible and convenient experiences at its hotels and resorts situated in some of the most stunning locations around the world.

This offer will be available for 30 days ending on June 28, 2020. eGifts booked during this period will be valid for 12 months.

As the world looks to reopen and many are planning their next long-awaited trip, purchasing an eGift offer is the perfect way to honour a loved one or to celebrate an upcoming special occasion.

To find out more about the launch of the eGift offer by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas visit egiftcard.anantara.com to purchase and review the full terms & conditions.

 

Lest this day pass unnoticed

May 16 1763

HE WAS KNOWN as Dictionary Johnson, creator of the first English dictionary, under some very difficult circumstances. Before then, he eked out a living as a journalist, sometimes making up the speeches that were supposedly given in Parliament.

There is one memorable scene before he became famous:

Evening. May 16, 1763. James Boswell, an impressionable 22-year-old from Scotland, is about to meet Dr. Samuel Johnson for the first time. Boswell had tried to meet Johnson a number of times but something always went wrong at the last minute. Then, quite unexpectedly, while he was having tea with Mr. Davies, the bookseller and sometime actor, Johnson suddenly made an appearance.

By this time, Boswell, who liked to hobnob with the talented and famous, was highly agitated and nervous, wanting to insinuate himself to Johnson, yet frightened of saying the wrong thing.

Here’s how he remembered it in his biography of Johnson:

Mr. Thomas Davies, the actor, who then kept a bookseller’s shop in Russel Street, Covent Garden, told me that Johnson was very much his friend, and came frequently to his house, where he more than once invited me to meet him; but by some unlucky accident or another he was prevented from coming to us.At last, on Monday the 16th of May, when I was sitting in Mr. Davies’s back parlour, after having drunk tea with him and Mrs. Davies, Johnson unexpectedly came into the shop; and Mr. Davies having perceived him through the glass door in the room in which we were sitting, advancing towards us — he announced his awful approach to me, in somewhat the manner of an actor in the part of Horatio, when he addresses Hamlet on the appearance of his father’s ghost, “Look my Lord, it comes.” I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson’s figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary, in the attitude of him sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua very kindly presented to me …

This passage still resonates, even after 257 years, as does this memorable account of Johnson’s meeting with David Garrick, a famous actor of the day and a former pupil from Johnson’s teaching days. They are standing backstage in Garrick’s theatre and Garrick had just asked Johnson how he liked it.

“I’ll come no more behind your scenes,” said Johnson, ”for the silk stockings and white bosoms of your actresses excite my amorous propensities.”

A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Hydroponics with Avani Hotels

THERE IS NO BETTER TIME to grow your own fresh vegetables and microgreens than now, while staying at home.

Avani Pattaya Resort in Thailand is sharing their years of expertise in hydroponic farming with “do-it-yourself” home farming tips.

One of the advantages of growing your own produce is that you know exactly where your greens come from. It also guarantees freshness and reduces the carbon footprint by not having to transport the greens. With hydroponics, you have the added benefits of using less water and eschewing pesticides.

Hydroponically farmed vegetables also tend to be healthier, as they are less susceptible to diseases and insect pests, as well as giving a higher yield and thus saving you money.

Before you start

Through trial and error, the team at Avani Pattaya Resort found that the best plants to grow in a hydroponic system are Chinese kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, rocket and microgreens.

Avani Pattaya Resort has also prepared a quick crash course video on how to start your own DIY Hydroponics, please follow this link to see the video.

Consider repurposing everyday items before purchasing a dedicated hydroponics kit and order the rest online. You will need:

  • Individual containers. These can be wet tissue boxes that are made of plastic, coffee cans or jars, plastic water bottles or other reusable containers. Alternatively, you can make your own container by stacking two coffee cups together.
  • Net cups (optional).
  • A plastic or metal tray.
  • A sheet of rockwool or sponge foam, with pre-cut slots for the seeds.
  • Nutrient solution, which is the most important part. There are some ready-made solutions that can be purchased online.

Getting started

  • Begin by placing a sheet of foam on a tray and soaking it with water. Once wet, place the seeds into the slots.
  • Transfer the seeded foam into a transparent container. Put a clear see-through lid on the container and put it out in the sun. This will create a greenhouse-like effect, helping to capture the moisture.
  • It will take between one and two weeks before you see the first shoots.
  • After two weeks it’s time to move the seedlings into separate containers filled with nutrient solution. If you are using net cups as containers, don’t fill them up too much. If you’re using two coffee cups stacked together as a container, make sure to make holes in them.
  • Cut the foam around the seedlings and move the plants into individual containers filled with nutrient solution.
  • Ensure that the plant has sufficient light, and for best results consider LED grow lights.
  • Check the roots every now and then, to ensure they are clean and clear of algae.
  • It will take approximately five to six weeks for the plants to be fully grown.
  • Once the plants are ready, harvest the leaves. You should be able to harvest each plant several times.

Growing tips

  • Choose the right plant cultivars for the scale of space that you have.
  • If you’re not ready for plants that require special attention, stick to the basic types of herbs/plants that can be grown very easily, such as: basil, celery, chives, coriander, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary and thyme.
  • Be as observant as possible when you’re growing seeds for the first time without any soil. Things to look out for are: the period needed for full sprouting, the appearance of seeds as they sprout, and the physical appearance of seeds as they germinate.
  • Plants need lighting at least six hours a day to grow well, but also avoid strong sunlight.
  • Pay extra attention to watering them during seeding, keep the sponge soaked.
  • Note growth phases of individual plants at specific weeks, so you will have a handy reference for next time.
  • Do not wait more than 42 days to harvest, as they will begin to taste bitter after that.

 

 

 

Healing the Planet: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas spotlights its sustainability champions on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARYof Earth Day. In honour of this milestone, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas turns the lens on its sustainability champions with the release of a short video showcasing some of the company’s most impactful green initiatives worldwide.

From reef rehabilitation to elephant conservation, Anantara’s environmental programs are woven into each property’s operations. Responding to an increased awareness among travellers of the impact mass tourism is having on the planet, these initiatives are designed to encourage sustainable travel through meaningful community involvement.

Cardamom Tented Camp

In Cambodia, Anantara sustainability efforts are focused on protecting forests that have been ravaged by illegal loggers, poachers and sand dredgers. Nestled in Southern Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountain range, the Cardamom Tented Camp is a non-profit eco lodge resting within 18,000 hectares of pristine land.

All the funds generated by tourism are channelled into running the camp and into financing park ranger patrols. Since funding began, a vibrancy has returned within this corridor of land and wildlife is thriving.

Anantara’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF)

The ongoing maintenance of the Cardamom Tented Camp is funded in part by Anantara guests via Anantara’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). Set up in 2006 to improve the plight of Thailand’s elephants, it has since diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic and cultural objectives with unprecedented success.

More than 30 elephants have been rescued from Thailand’s city streets, accompanied by their entire mahout family. English lessons, education for children and a silk worm business are all part of the rehabilitation program.

Holistic Approach to Reef Protection (HARP) Program

Launched in 2015 to reverse coral bleaching in the Maldives, the Holistic Approach to Reef Protection (HARP) program is bearing fruit. For years, Anantara staff and guests have been painstakingly attaching fragments of rescued coral to ropes and tables at coral nurseries of Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Private Island.

A 2019 field study by marine biologist Dr. Andy Bruckner revealed that rehabilitation efforts have encouraged extraordinary growth across all the nurseries, giving hope for the future.

Zero Waste Commitment at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort has made operational sustainability the linchpin of its green program. A reverse osmosis plant produces 2,000 litres of clean water per day which is bottled for drinking – critical for Tangalle, which suffers from regular dry spells.

Degradable waste is composted and then used to fertilize a vegetable garden and rice field that supply the resort’s restaurants with fresh produce. In partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the resort also educates the public and local school children about turtle conservation and organizes turtle walks.

Smallholder Farmer Engagement Program

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia team works hard to ensure smallholder farmers get a share of the tourism economy. In addition to buying all the crop directly from the smallholders and forgoing the middleman, the hotel supports Maramba Women’s Mushroom Farm and trains the 3,000-plus workers at Nsongwe Women’s Farm in sustainable agriculture techniques. Just as impactful is the Libuyu Women’s Peanut Butter Project, empowering HIV-positive women by outfitting a peanut butter factory and helping run it.

“At Anantara, we not only ensure we do the right thing for the environment but always look for ways to engage the guests, to make them part of our sustainability efforts,” comments John Roberts, group director of sustainability and conservation for Anantara Hotels. “It’s educational and meaningful and the planet benefits too, so everyone wins.”

To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntjgd078miE

 

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas offers guests travel escapism while staying at home

ANANTARA CELEBRATES EVERY DAY with an invitation to discover a new passion, whether it’s indigenous Spice Spoons cooking classes, Anantara Spa rituals that channel local wellness traditions, or unique travel experiences that are true memory makers.

With the current situation worldwide, Anantara understands that it is a difficult time for most people to travel and so our global network of Anantara Experts will be bringing our signature indigenous experiences to you at home.

The philosophy of Anantara Hotels Resorts and Spas, the luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, is ‘Life Is a Journey.’

Until the time comes to start our travel journeys safely once again, the Anantara Nomads Blog https://www.anantara.com/en/blog will be continually connecting everyone with a steady stream of personable and authentic content and stories designed to inspire and provide a positive form of travel escapism during this period of global social distancing.

Using the hashtag, #AnantaraEscapism, our properties from all corners of the world will be sharing bitesize video content and healthy living tips to inspire and stimulate guests from our homes to theirs across our social media channels below.

Whether it’s nourishing and immunity boosting recipes from our culinary chefs from the Maldives to Oman, wellness boosting home spa remedies, or home workouts and fitness tips from our exceptional team members, such as martial arts lessons from Vietnam’s Anantara Quy Nhon’s resident Việt Võ Đạo martial arts master, Mr Phuc.

The Nomad’s blog will be regularly refreshed with fun and nourishing recipes, experiences and bucket-list ideas for future travels.

Now more than ever it’s time to look after ourselves and the world we live in and sustainable tourism has long been a key pillar of the Anantara ethos.

The month of April will be devoted to Earth Month, with a series of nature stories highlighting some of the projects and the incredible team members and Anantara Experts that protect and support the communities which our properties are thankful to call home.

Anantara guests play an integral role in supporting these, whether it’s planting rescued coral with the Holistic Approach to Reef Protection at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort or helping to clean beaches and release baby turtles with the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation at Anantara Layan Resort and Anantara Mai Khao Resort in Phuket, Thailand. For the next few weeks we will be sharing our stunning nature inspired experiences digitally.

To further calm nerves and put smiles on the faces of everyone at home, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort will be sharing twice daily live streams from the rescued elephants that reside in the onsite elephant camp supported by Anantara’s charitable non-profit organization,

The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). Guests will be able to virtually frolic in the Ruak River as the elephants go about their daily bathing and walk alongside the team of veterinarians fielding questions via Instagram and Facebook.

At Anantara we pride ourselves in bringing story collecting travellers closer to the colourful local traditions, intriguing heritage and breathtaking topography of some of the world’s most exotic destinations and while we are waiting patiently to welcome you back to our hotels very soon we’ll be taking mobile technology to the next level delivering consistent experiences across all devices and enabling potential customers to enjoy a streamlined browsing experience across multiple languages on any screen size using responsive technology.

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, visit www.anantara.com .

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Anantara Siam Introduces private sacred inking sessions by Bangkok’s bamboo tattoo master

 ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS AND SPAS’ flagship hotel, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, is introducing private sacred tattoo sessions by one of the City of Angels’ most famous Sak Yant masters, Ajarn Neng Onnut.

Anantara Siam is the only hotel in Thailand that offers this exclusive private service by the revered master.

Sak Yant tattoos, also referred to as bamboo tattoos, are expertly engraved into the skin entirely by hand using a traditional Khem Sak – a handcrafted metal rod designed to replicate the shape of a bamboo stick that is often passed down to an Ajarn, meaning master in Thai, by their own master.

These tattoos are popular among Thais who mostly visit a temple to get inked by a Buddhist monk and are traditional forms of tattooing magical ancient geometric and deity symbols with Buddhist prayers onto the body.

The tattoos are sacred blessings that are believed to impart magical powers for luck; protection; charisma; fortune; and other powers onto the wearer to help in their own personal journey.

In recent years the practice has become increasingly popular with foreign tourists, thanks in part to Ajarn Neng who inked Sak Yant tattoos on Hollywood actors including Ryan Phillippe; Jesse Bradford; and Brooke Shields; and famed Hong Kong actor, Alex Fong.

The most famous Yant is the Haah Taew or five-line Yant; and Ajarn Neng also inks simple one-line Yants and Gao Yord, a nine-spine Yant; or much bigger Yants designs like Twin Tigers.

A master, teacher and learned scholar in the sacred art of Sak Yant, Ajarn Neng Onnut has more than ten years of perfecting his expert craft on over 10,000 people under his Khem Sak, and his fascination with this sacred art has been described as something of an obsession.

“Being an Ajarn in Sak Yant was not something I planned, but when I realized it was what I must do, it was as if everything before had been leading me to that moment,” said Ajarn Neng.

Sak Yant is one of the world’s most ancient and sacred traditions and becoming learned in it includes mastering the intricate art work of the tattoos, which consists of almost 1,000 different graphic images.

Ajarn Neng’s passion to become a master also saw him learning how to read and write the entire ancient Khmer and Pali scripts, memorizing all the unique prayers and secret spells, chants and mantras that relate to the sacred tattoos.

Commenting on the introduction of private Sak Yant tattoo sessions by Ajarn Neng Onnut at the luxury urban retreat in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities, Daniel Simon, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s general manager, said that Anantara takes pride in connecting travellers to the indigenous with passionate expertise.

“We are honoured and thrilled to welcome Ajarn Neng to one of Bangkok’s most exclusive addresses and to offer our guests an authentic, once-in-a lifetime experience that is a quintessential Thai tradition.

“Perfectly blending an elegant location with an indigenous experience, every detail has been carefully considered to ensure the traditional sacred tattoos are executed with the utmost care given to hygiene and comfort,” Simon concluded.

The private Sak Yant tattoo sessions by Ajarn Neng Onnut are performed in the privacy of a guest’s suite, or in a private treatment room.  A consultation by the Ajarn takes place the day before when the master meets and learns about the guest’s life and goals in life and decides on a fitting Yant.

Before and after inking the Yant, the Ajarn performs a ceremony where the body and art are blessed, giving the wearer a permanent and deeply significant reminder of the unique experience.

Prices for a private Sak Yant tattoo session by Ajarn Neng Onnut at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel start from $800 USD for a small symbol called Na and $1,000 U.S. for a one-line Yant, to $3,000 USD per hour for a Twin Tiger design.

A prior reservation is essential and can be made by calling Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on telephone +66 2 126 8866 or email siam@anantara.com.

 

 

Thailand’s Elephant Boat Race and River Festival glides to a spectacular finish

AFTER THREE DAYS OF FUN FESTIVITIES on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, the second annual Elephant Boat Race and River Festival wrapped up, with the Raja Navy (Royal Thai Navy) – Citi, winning the royal trophy granted by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua.

The final four teams – Raja Navy (Royal Thai Navy) – Citi, Thailand National Sports University Lampang Campus – Casillero Del Diablo; Samut Prakarn – PWC Thailand; Pradu Thong Goddess – Keith&Kym; went head to head in the thrilling final but it was last year’s winners the Raja Navy that blitzed the race and claimed the final victory for the second year running.

On land, visitors were treated to champagne tents, musical concerts by top bands including Paradox and Oat Pramote, live graffiti artwork by world renowned street artist Alex Face and spectacular fireworks displays.

The festival, in the centre of the city, also celebrated Thai culture with interactive workshops from the Thailand Kite Association and a selection of Thailand’s top restaurants and Bangkok’s favourite chefs.

International celebrities seen at this year’s event included author and creator of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell and New York Fashion Designer Nicole Miller cheered on their favourite teams amongst the crowds. Thai celebrity and environmental activist Pearypie Amata Chittasenee and Jay Spencer was also in attendance along with a host of Bangkok’s glitterati.

The exciting event has not only been about fun and games – a generous sum was raised through ticket sales, for many elephant charity projects during the event.

Funds from the event will be donated to various projects including funding vets, English teachers and conservation workshops to improve the year-round lives of elephants and mahout families in Surin Province where ex-street elephants face on-going hardship.

Other significant benefits from the money raised by the festival include: developing programs with communities along the edge of Khao Yai National Park to help them survive together with the wild elephants, who regularly visit their villages & crop fields, funding projects to study the behaviour patterns of crop-raiding elephants as well as continuing the nine-year-old project to show traditional elephant trainers and camp owners the benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training for captive elephants and continuing our development work to give Thailand’s captive elephants greater freedom and environmental enrichment in their lives.

 

 

 

COSI Samui Chaweng Beach helps bring creative arts to Koh Samui

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is helping bring the creative arts to life at its COSI Samui Chaweng Beach Resort on the island of Koh Samui through the recently launched Samui Art Destination Project.

The project, which is co-sponsored by the Central Group’s CPN Property Development and Investment subsidiary and Central Festival Samui, brings six established and emerging Thai and international artists to Samui, providing each with a venue on the island for them to create new wall-sized original artworks.

While Koh Samui is well known for world-class beaches and scuba diving locales, the island offers a great diversity of attractions.

The Samui Art Destination Project will transform the city into a huge art gallery, where leading artists from across the globe express their creative visions freely and boldly while driving tourism to the island.

Famous Thai singer, Pod Thanachai, from the band ModernDog recently created a larger-than-life-size painting depicting the island’s wildlife on an interior wall provided by COSI Samui Chaweng Beach.

International artists participating in the project include Alex Face, Patricio Oliver, Shinichiro Kotai and Baron Ueda.

 

 

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