Memories of Thailand

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Sharing love and fun with your family at Dhara Dhevi
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New book on the early days of Thai tourism
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Banyan Tree  Samui’s  coconut celebration
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Romantic Valentine Dinner inspired by Michelin Star Chefs at La VIE
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The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott
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Vie Bangkok’s fine cuisine start of the New Year
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Christmas and New Year celebrations at SALA
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Celebrating Christmas at Four Seasons Samui
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Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri
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Christmas and New Year at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Sharing love and fun with your family at Dhara Dhevi

THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI is now offering an exclusive “Fun Family Bonding” package created to satisfy the whole family while also ensuring a luxurious escape.

From getting to know the resident water buffalos on the Colonial Lawn every morning during breakfast to splashing in the two expansive swimming pools, giving alms to local monks for a colourful cultural experience to taking an old-fashioned horse carriage through the lush grounds, you and your kids will find an endless array of exciting activities over this 60 acres of a destination resort.

In addition to the resort’s event-packed Kid’s Club and various child-friendly dining specials, families can now enjoy even more fun together with the “Family Fun Bonding” package.

The offer is inclusive of three days two nights for families of two adults and up to two children under the age of 12. Available from now until Dec. 15, 2017, with price start from 19,550 THB per suite per night, and comes with the following benefits:

An accommodation in selected room type; complimentary one extra bed set up for kid under the age of 12; daily buffet breakfast at Akaligo for two adults and one child; one set dinner for two adults and one child at Fujian restaurant or Le Grand Lanna; private rice planting experience for the entire family; complimentary scheduled activities for kids each day; and roundtrip transfer from and to Chiang Mai International Airport.

The offer requires a minimum of two-nights stay and advance reservation and booking must be made directly with the hotel in advance.

To make a reservation, the reservations office at 053 888 888 or e-mail:  reservations@dharadhevi.com

 

 

 

New book on the early days of Thai tourism

A NEW BOOK that charts the development of Thai tourism over the past 60 years – Thailand Tourism: The Early Days – has been published by Dusit International, in partnership with Bangkok Bank, Boon Rawd Brewery, Central Group, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Jim Thompson, Siam Piwat, Thai Airways, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The book was written by Thailand-based journalist and lecturer, Steve Van Beek, and edited by Roy Howard, the original advertising manager of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.

The book examines in rich detail the challenges faced by these early pioneers and, through profiles, anecdotes and quotes, underscores the need to preserve their stories.

Among the key figures profiled in the glossy, full-colour book are His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president of the Royal Project Foundation; General Prem Tinsulanonda, former prime minister of Thailand; Lt. General Chalermchai Charuvastra, founder of the Tourist Organization of Thailand; Niels Lumholdt, former executive vice-president of Thai Airways International; Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, founder of Bangkok Airways; Kusa Panyarachun, founder of Thailand’s first travel agency; Chin Sophonpanich, founder of Bangkok Bank; Samrit Chirathivat, founder of Central Group; and Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, founder of Dusit International.

A special section dedicated to Thailand’s royal family highlights how projects initiated by His Majesty the late King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, have had a positive effect on tourism.

Chanin Donavanik, Dusit International, hopes the book will not only help to preserve the stories of the early pioneers, but also inspire a new generation of hospitality workers to follow in their footsteps.

The travel industry is one of the most important industries in Thailand, and today employs almost 15% of the population and contributes 17% GDP to the Thai economy, said Mr. Chanin.

“I think it’s vitally important that the new generation understands what happened in the past, and how the risks and opportunities taken by the early pioneers ultimately shaped the industry as we know it today.

“In producing the book, we hoped to preserve the inspiring stories and wisdom of our forebears by featuring as many influencers from 60 years ago as possible.”

In keeping with Dusit’s aim to help boost hospitality education in Thailand, copies of the book will be distributed for free to schools, colleges and universities offering tourism, hotel management and culinary programs in Thailand. A free ebook, available in English and Thai, will also be available at www.thailandtourismtheearlydaysbook.com.

The book is also available at Asia Books and all Dusit hotels in Thailand, priced at 1,500 THB.

In remembrance of His Majesty the late King, all proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Royal Project Foundation, which helps to improve the living conditions of Thailand’s rural communities.

For more information visit www.thailandtourismtheearlydaysbook.com.

 

 

Banyan Tree  Samui’s  coconut celebration

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BANYAN TREE SAMUI is offering a special experience that enables guests to sample the coconut spirit of Samui ,while relaxing in the comfort of the pool villas set amid the privacy of the resort’s bay, or pampering themselves at the award-winning Banyan Tree Samui’s spa, or enjoying the resort’s  cuisine at the its signature restaurants.

Banyan Tree Samui’s villas, each with its private pool, are evenly dotted around the hills. All villas that are the same, retaining a unique charm and featuring scenic views of the Gulf of Thailand.

On checking-in, guests will receive a personalized handbag made from coconut wood for use during their stay. The Lobby Lounge is perched on a headland, with a panoramic view of the resort and surrounding sea.

Guests can enjoy the taste of coconut in one of the resort’s restaurants, when ordering such traditional Thai dishes as Kanom Buang Chao Wung (Thai style crêpe prawns with crab meat and young coconut filling), Mieng Som O Goong Sod (spicy pomelo salad with shrimps, roasted coconut and shallot) or Panang Mhoo Maprao Onn (dried red curry pork and young coconut accompanied by grilled palm heart, pumpkin and asparagus), or the signature cocktails including Tom Kha (based on Malibu, coconut cream, lime, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaf and red chili) or Banyan Tree Iced Tea (based on Malibu, gin, vodka, triple sec, lime juice and young coconut juice).

The following day starts with a trip to local coconut farms –  a short distance of the resort. Here, among the coconut trees, you can sample the freshest coconut juice; buy authentic oil and watch specially trained monkeys  climb and pick coconuts from the trees.

After the fun-filled day, Banyan Tree’s award-winning spa beckons, or be treated in the privacy of your own Spa Sanctuary Pool Villa, nestled in the lush hillside. Coconut oil, widely used for its healing effect, is the key ingredient in a soothing 120-minute Coconut Immersion package that includes a 30-minute Pineapple & Coconut Scrub; 60-minute Island Dew Massage; 30-minute Refreshments and Relaxation. The coconut oil is always freshly made in-house from the local coconuts grown at nearby farms.

There are even coconut souvenirs to remind you of your magical time in Samui, such as handcrafted bags, coconut soap and coconut oil available at the resort’s retail outlet, Banyan Tree Gallery Samui.

For reservations and enquiries, visit www.banyantree.com

 

Romantic Valentine Dinner inspired by Michelin Star Chefs at La VIE

LA VIE – CREATIVE FRENCH CUISINE in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel is offering a special Valentine’s set dinner tasting menu of dishes inspired by the Michelin Star Chefs on St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day at La VIE features an elegant atmosphere designed for romance, with candlelight, soft piano music and a complimentary mini bottle (200 ml) of sparkling Spanish Cava Rosé per couple.

The menu for our special Valentine’s Day Set Dinner begins with a lightly poached Tsarskaya Oyster, Champagne Sabayon; moving on to roasted Hokkaido scallop, coconut and cauliflower, truffle emulsion; a perfectly prepared 45 ̊C Tasmanian Ocean trout, avocado, blood orange, coriander; and breast of Muscovy Duck, salt-baked Celeriac, Cassis.

The sweet table features “Rouge” Raspberry, Rosé and Lychee desserts.

The five-course Valentine’s Day Set Dinner is 5,000 THB per couple.

 

 

 

The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott

IF YOU GO TO PHUKET MARRIOTT, you’ll see a number of images of the Red-Whiskered Bulbul incorporated all around the resort – in its furnishings, fixtures, fittings and sculptures.

The bird, which got its name from its bright red cheeks, is prized by local people for their sweet call and beautiful plumage – especially the rarer all-white breeds. Its call is so charming and distinctive that it once captured the heart of royalty.

Recognizing the importance of this bird, Queen Sirikit of Thailand established an annual bird-singing contest in Narathiwat – a province in southern Thailand. This contest was intended to build stronger community relations in Narathiwat, giving the red-whiskered bulbul truly has a royal seal of approval.

The red-whiskered bulbul is quite rare, and it is believed that seeing one can bring good luck.

So if you see a red-whiskered bulbul at the resort, remember to treat it with respect – it represents the life and soul of the southern Thai community. Locals have them in beautiful cages. One bird in each in order to make them sing and go for the bird voice competition.

Also interesting is if they sing well and their voice is above the normal level, they are valued at more than 100,000 THB.

Phuket Marriott was officially opened in June 2016 as a completely refurbished resort. It was previously operated by Imperial Adamas.

Located on the sandy beach of Nai Yang, considered one of the most scenic area of Phuket, the 180-room resort is surrounded with tropical vegetation and lush green forest within the Sirinath National Park.

It is just a 10-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and adjacent to the old town of Nai Yang along with numerous natural attractions and scenic hot spots.

On hand for the official opening, Karl Hudson, area vice-president, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia & Japan of Marriott International, noted that Marriott had signed an agreement with TCC Land Asset World in 2013 to develop seven hotels and resorts in Thailand.

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Phuket welcomes approximately 12 million visitors per year, mostly tourists from European and Asian countries. Phuket is one of the largest contributors to Thailand’s tourism industry, bringing around 200 billion Baht to the country each year.

“The opening of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, will address the needs of both local and international travelers,” said David Ippersiel, general manager of the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with signature welcome drinks in the open-air Greatroom with views and the fresh Andaman breeze.

Guest rooms are designed in two unique styles: traditional-Thai with relaxing earth tones, or a more sleek-contemporary décor with modern and innovative touches.

A choice of several restaurants and bars is available at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, offering both Thai and international cuisine with personalized service and local chefs.

The Andaman Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant, features a wide array of dishes while the beachfront Big Fish Restaurant & Bar serves fresh seafood and offers a wide range of beverages, from local signature drinks to international cocktails. Afternoon tea is served in the resort’s open-air lobby lounge.

The resort also features a range of facilities — from its large lagoon-inspired swimming pool to a fully equipped 24 hour fitness centre, the luxurious Quan Spa with its world-renowned signature treatments to the beachside pirate-themed Kid’s Club.

The resort also has a 126-square-metre ballroom and several function rooms, all with natural daylight, that make it ideal for various types of events, ranging from private parties to exclusive seaside weddings.

For more information and reservations, call Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach at +66 (0) 76 625 555 or visit the official website of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach: www.phuketmarriottnaiyang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vie Bangkok’s fine cuisine start of the New Year

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IF FINE CUISINE is part of your New Year’s celebrations, you’ll be interested in VIE Bangkok’s New Year’s Eve set dinner – a five-course feast, served from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm at La VIE Creative French Cuisine.

The dinner includes langoustine tartar, avurga caviar, citrus, coriander, tournedos Rossini, foie-gras, sauce Périgueux, black winter truffle, strawberry kirsch and Champagne foam.

Entertainment includes a live trio band – plus a complimentary souvenir, and an optional beverage package with free-flow bubbly and wine.

VIE’s New Year’s Day brunch features a range of dishes that range from seafood on ice, cheeses and salads to main course favourites like roasted lamb medallion, Black Angus rib eye and vegetables. Plus unlimited orders from the restaurant’s à la carte concdept menu, including appetizers and live stations.

It also comes with a complimentary New Year’s souvenir.

For reservations, call 66-2309-3939 or emailfb@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

Christmas and New Year celebrations at SALA

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SALA PHUKET is celebrating Christmas Eve with an evening of holiday cheer that includes the Mao Kilao primary school choir singing carols at the resort’s poolside Christmas Eve cocktail  party, followed by a screen of A Wonderful Life on the lawn under the stars.

For further information, email info@sallaphuket.com or call 66-763-888.

SALA Samui Choengnon Beach will mark Christmas Eve with a festive dinner, complete with Christmas pudding, a children’s dance and a fire show. For further information, email chefsamui@salasalasamui.com or call 66-7724-5888.

At SALA Rattanakosin Bangkok, it’s a night on the riverside; and savouring Italian dishes at SALA Chiang Mai.

The place to be on New Year’s Eve is at SALA Samui Choengmon Beach, with a live Khim Thai performance, followed by music arts and a contemporary take on the traditional Thai performance, and a thrilling fire dance show.

New Year’s Eve at SALA Phuket includes a Sky Fall cocktail party between 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm; Spectre dinner, and music by international DJ Rui from 10.30 pm into the New Year; and Casino Royale Ice Bar at the SALA Ice Bar from 11 to midnight.

At SALA Khaoyai, there’s a barbecue served on the roof of each pool villa; and at SALA Rattanakosin, a six-course set dinner with live entertainment; and a New Year’s Eve BBQ buffet with unlimited drinks from 8.30 pm to midnight.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Christmas at Four Seasons Samui

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SPECIAL MENUS have been created by Executive Chef Chriz Patzold for two of Four Seasons Koh Samui’s distinctive restaurants to celebrate Christmas in style.

Pla Pla is offering traditional roast turkey, a glass of chilled Cava and plum pudding, while KOH Tai Kitchen & Bar will be serving a Thai-inspired Christmas menu that includes a complimentary wine.

New Year’s Eve festivities start with a special dinner to mark the occasion at one of the resort’s restaurants that features lobsters, oysters, foi gras, a pasta station and special Thai selections; or a Gala Dinner at Pla Pla restaurant, or festive dining at the Beach House.

Following dinner make your way to the Latin American Countdown  party around the infinity edge pool beside the ocean, listening to the resort’s Latin Band and DJ music featuring hits from today and yesterday, dancing, and a fireworks display  while feasting on desserts and free-flowing chilled Champagne all the way to the 2017 countdown.

For more information and reservations, call the Festive Desk Team at telephone: +66 77 243 000 or e-mail Concierge.Kohsamui@fourseasons.com.

Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri

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IT ALL STARTS, Saturday, Dec. 24, with breakfast in The Living Room, followed by stretching exercises at Six Senses Spa, cooking class at Benz Restaurant, where you can create your own lunch, served at The View, or lunch at the North Beach for fresh salads an Australian beef and a New World wine.

Christmas Eve festivities include drinks at The View, with carol singing by children from the Klong Jao School, Koh Hood, and Christmas canapés, followed by Christmas Eve dinner, served outside The Living Room, featuring Butter Ball turkeys from the U.S., farmhouse herb stuffing. There’s also a carving station, offering New Zealand lamb and Wagyu beef from Australia, served with mulled wine or Gluhwein.

On Christmas Day, breakfast will last until 11.30 a.m., followed by Christmas lunch, starting at 12.30 p.m., featuring Catch of the Day from the bays of Koh Hood; and Christmas Dinner at The View and The Benz, that will feature a European Classic Christmas Dining Table.

9Boxing Day, Dec. 26, will be a busy day. Breakfast in The Dining Room, followed by a range of activities that include Muay Thai, Tai Chi, a tour of Koh Rang National Marine Park, the underworld of Koh Yak and Koh Yak Yai, and cooking class at The Wood Oven. Two alternatives for lunch: Japanese lunch at The View, or Aberdeen Angus bergers and “buckets of beer” at The North Beach. Dinner will feature Old and New World wines at The View and The Benz.

New Years Eve, Dec. 31, starts early with cocktails from 2 to 5 p.m. on the beach to the sounds Tonga’s Calypos Singers, followed at 6 p.m. for a New Year’s Eve performance at the resort’s outside Cinema Paradiso.

Count down festivities start at 10.30 with a special New Year’s Eve culinary journey in The Dining Room, followed by special performances by Whisky Kiss, highland and break dancers as guests and performers welcome in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Christmas and New Year at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

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USHER IN THE NEW YEAR or KHOM LAI at Four Seasons Chiang Mai by making a wish and releasing a candle-lit rice paper balloon into the night sky on the stroke of midnight.

The evening starts with family-style pre-dinner cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by an international gala with a countdown to 2017 at an exclusive pool party, featuring DJ Hed Kanadi from London’s No. 1 Dance and House Club, Ministry of Sound.

Christmas festivities include a Christmas Eve festive dinner buffet on Dec. 24 that includes Christmas favourites, international delicacies and cuisine to order at live cooking stations with a live jazz band playing Christmas songs.

Christmas Day starts with a brunch at the resort’s new cooking school, Rim Tai Kitchen, featuring honey-glazed ham, seafood on ice, guinea fowl and other dishes from around the world, and a jazz band playing Christmas favourites.

For more information and reservations, call +66 53 298 181 or e-mail Fb.chiangmai@fourseasons.com 

 
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